Monday, June 20, 2011

So once again I have been relegated to being the cheering squad while Zippy runs. I am working on getting back into shape, but Mom says I cannot compete until I have worked my way back up to practice running whole courses at 20" (I can jump one or two 22" jumps for obedience, but have been running practice runs at 12". At least she is practicing with me again, so that's good.

Anyway, on Friday, Mom and Zippy did pretty good but didn't have clean runs. But on Saturday, Zippy finished BOTH her open JWW and her open standard titles, so she is now an EXCELLENT dog. She is pretty pleased with herself. Mom says that they now need to work on building up speed as well as consistency (including tighter turns).

Here is Zip's JWW run:

Yesterday we hung out at home while mom tried to catch up on her work, so no more legs. Hope everyone else had a good weekend!


Monday, May 9, 2011

Sorry I've been on strike

So in case no one noticed, I haven't posted recently. I've been bummed cause Zippy has been able to agility, but I HAVE NOT! And there is NOTHING as much fun as doing jility!!!! Mom keeps saying that she doesn't want me to injure myself again. Well but can't she see I'm all better?

Well anyway, on Saturday, we went to a CPE trial AND I GOT TO RUN! TWICE!!!! Woo Hoo! Okay, so I was running 12" as a specialist, but it was SO AWESOME! I wished that Mom had entered me in ALL the runs, and not just two! But two was way better than NONE! So I was in level 4 specialist, and I Q'd with 1st place finishes in both runs. I was stoked!

Charlie got to run too -- but only once. Charlie is 10 and has not run since he was 7, but he also ran as a level 4 specialist, but cause he's bigger than me he had to jump 16". He said it was really really fun! Mom said he is just the best, and he powered out as soon as she told him okay.

Zippy - well she was sorta out of control on Saturday, but managed to eke out Q's in 4 of the 5 runs. She just was not listening to mom on the 5th one, and took off running before she was told to, so she wasted lots of time.

Okay well Sunday wasn't as much fun, but at least we didn't sit around all day waiting while Zippy played. It started out poorly for Zippy - mom tied her leash to the chair while she walked the rally course. Something happened - don't know if the wind tipped the chair or what, but all of a sudden poor Zippy was being chased aross the park by an evil chair!!!!! OMG was she scared!!!! She didn't stop until the chair got caught on a car, and mom was able to catch up to her. Mom put her in the RV with us and went back to walk the course. The rally class was really small, and Zippy still couldn't concentrate when it was her turn -- she kept looking around to see if she was going to be attacked again, so she didn't qualify. After that tho, Mom brought me out. Zippy was SOOOO glad to see me. That made me feel good, cause Zippy knew that I would take care of her. So I stood there with another poodle friend of mine, Candy, when Zippy went into the novice obedience ring. Zippy was still sorta nervous and didn't do as well as she normally would, but she ended up qualifying to finish her CD! Yay Zippy! And she got the trophy for high nonsporting dog!

Well then it was my turn to go into the open obedience ring. Mom didn't have time to properly warm me up, but took me in anyway. I tried to tell her that I really would have preferred to be doing agility, but she didn't listen very well. I did my drop on recall, but didn't pick up the dumbbells. Mom was surprised cause I normally do that, but you gotta give a girl a break - I mean you finally let me run agility, and then you take me to an obedience trial instead of a second day of agility?????

So then it was Zippy's turn to to agility. Mom wouldn't let me do it cause it was an AKC trial and she said I'm not in good enough shape yet to be jumping 20" (I normally jump 24"). Zippy had a GREAT open jumpers run -- but then was disqualified by the judge for being a rhinestone poodle (rhinestones on her collar). Mom had been told it was okay, but no more fancy collars in the ring for Zippy. Then Zippy did open standard. Mom didn't think she qualified, but decided to go back and look at the score, and Zippy got 1st place in open standard! So she got the one she probably shouldn't have, but didn't get the one she really earned!

Okay, well then Charlie got to veteran obedience. He didn't really want to do it, but he's a good guy, so he went with the program. But we made up for it when we got to go into the ring together for BRACE! Well agility is fun, but playing in the obedience ring with Charlie is almost as much fun! We had the judge laughing at us the whole time. In fact, after we did the recall in our (somewhat) rambunctious style, she was practically doubled over with laughter and almost couldn't get out the next command! She said we had made her day! :-) So I guess Sunday was okay, even without agility.

Anyway, hope everyone else had as good a time as we did!



Sunday, February 13, 2011


Hi Everyone -

Jazzy said I needed to rite my own reports, cuz she was tired of riting for me. I'm still learning how to rite, so pleez excuse the mistakes.

On Wednesday Dec 29 I got to see Helen and Mel and watch meme run! She runs good. And Crushie runs FAST!!!! Wow!

Wen mom and me went into the jumpers ring, we wernt very connected and I tried to do a good job but mom pulled me off of some jumps. But in standard, except for one place that I thought I was supposed to go on the aframe I did it rite and got a Q and a fancy ribbon for finishing my novice title.

Then we waited and watched to go in for the fast run. I was so excited and I wanted to run so bad and it was cold, wich is grate for running -- when we went into the ring and mom took off my leash, I ran across the ring, checked out the next ring, then ran back to mom. I did the teeter, the weaves, the send, some other stuff, but we ran out of time and were 4 seconds over, which meant I lost 8 points. Mom was surprised that I still Q'd with a point to spare!!!!

On Thursday mom worked so we hung out.

On Friday, the last day of the year. we got to go tracking!!!!! Jazzy and me did some long straight tracks, then I got to do a TD track that had been laid for a
dog that got lost getting there (a lot of roads were closed cuz of the rain). It had been laid 3 hours before, so mom wasn't sure how I would do. Well I did the first leg fine, but then a model airplane was buzzing us, and I lifted my head to watch it. Wow. what is it? Anyway, I had to wait for it to move away to get started again (I didn't have a problem with any of the legs, but it was hard to concentrate on the corners with the plane buzzing over us). It finally went away and I did my 4th corner fine, and when I paused, mom said I was doing good, so I went up a hill and across a road, and THERE WAS THE GLOVE!!!!!!! Mom was very pleased and I got lots of treats. She said that with some work on my corners I shud be able to get certified pretty easily.

So on Saturday wich mom said was new years, we did FAST first, and I really tried to listen better to mom this time. I thought about running around, but mom told me to sit and stay so I did. We Q'd for my second novice fast leg, then I Q'd in open jumpers for my first open leg. Mom couldn't move me up to open standard cuz it was a different trial, so we had a novice run to do, and parts of it were beautiful. I guess other parts weren't so good, but mom didn't care cuz it didn't count anyway.

The next day it was cold again. We got to do FAST again, and until the very end I understood what mom wanted and we did really good except I lost some points at the end, cause I turned the wrong way. Mom said she needs to watch the video and figure out why -- but she said the beginning was gorgeous. Anyway, I got my 3rd novice fast leg so I am don with novice and I got another pretty ribbon.

By the time we got to do open standard and jumpers it was raining. I slipped a little and knocked the first bar, and didn't hold my aframe contact, and then mom didn't tell me to go over the teeter, and then I almost slipped off of the dog walk but I hung on and didn't fall, and mom told me I did really well and she was proud of me, so I felt good even tho we didn't get a ribbon. Jumpers was pretty good cept I guess I missed a couple of jumps, but by that time it was really raining, so we just finished up and came home.

When we got home, Jazzy and me we went running around the yard and when I came in to the house, I had Jazzy's muddy pawprints on me. Then we ate mcdonalds mcdoubles and went to sleep.

So the next Saturday on Jan 8, I got to do jility once more, and was in open in all the classes. I did pretty good in fast, cept I missed a jump in the send, so no ribbon. Mom said my standard run was beautiful, cept that she kept turning and pulling me out of the weaves (she did it TWICE), so no Q there either. And with jumpers, mom was just really really late in letting me know what I was supposed to do, so I was sort of all over the place, since she just didn't let me know in time what to do, and I had to keep stopping and changing directions. Mom didn't think I had Q'd on that run either, so we packed up and went home. But she was looking at the AKC website yesterday and it said I had TWO Open jumpers legs. She went back and looked at the video and realized that I really only had one refusal, and ended up with 3rd place! (which, of course, I don't have the ribbon cause mom didn't bother to pick it up!!!!!)

No more jility trials for me since then cause mom was waiting for me to come into season, wich I did three weeks ago, so mom promises me we will be able to compete again soon - probly in March.

Love, Zippy