Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Latest happenings

Ok - apologies for my recent lack of posts! I've either been too busy, or I can't be bothered updating you all on recent happenings (haha - I know... my bad!).

On the general scale of things though - nothing exciting has really happened, just the promise of a few things. We've had a few more trials (Leo) since my last post, but have no passes to brag of. His last agility trial he did real well - ran some nice rounds, but didn't get any clear rounds. Our main disappointment however would have to be our Obedience trial Saturday just gone. Leo *should* have passed with a score of 186, but his stupid mother said his name before commanding 'down' (or "park" as we like to say).... as I didn't realise you couldn't!!!! Well.... I learnt the hard way ;-). To say I was annoyed at myself was an understatement!!!! To make matters worse, he worked brilliantly in the arvo, sitting on another pass, and blew the sit-stay (too hot!).

Both dog's obedience however has been coming along really well. Each Tuesday night we have been going to Cranbourne for FOOs (Friends of Obedience) which has been really helpful. Leo has perked up a lot with his training, and I look forward to our continuing trials together. Kinta is also going well, but sometimes finds it hard to concentrate because of the happenings around her. Last night in particular she found hard... there must have been the smell of rabbits in the air or something, because every time we got to one end of the ring, she would momentarily lose concentration!!!! Ah well - as the saying goes..... practice, practice, practice!

Agility is an interesting one. I'm hoping to put Leo right down again to foundation level as doing various things just doesn't seem to be building up his speed long-term. So I think the best thing I can do is to go right back to the start and let him know that the name of the game is accuracy AND speed. I think this is probably the best way I can get the results I want from him. Kinta on the other hand is coming along like you would expect ;-).

On the social front - it's just been the usual - a few happenings here and there. Wicked tickets are being organised, as well as trips to QLD (we are staying here) for October. I'm really excited about this trip, but not sure how we are going to fit in everything we want!!!! Holidays are also being planned for a few nights away thanks to Leo... places we can stay at are our choices of these places. This is thanks to Leo doing very well last year in his obedience and winning dog trials Vic Obedience dog of the year. I think we'll stay at Andrews nest. At the moment, I'm also going through the net, trying to find some good comedy festival shows.... i've always wanted to go, but missed the mark on the dates!!! Hopefully I can scam a few people into coming with me too ;-).

Job front.... lets see - I have had one interview, but am going to turn the job down. It was for a vet nursing position, and if that was something I wanted to do long-term it would be a good opportunity.... but it's not, and I don't think it would actually help me further in my career. I would be getting 1/2 my pay, and will have to give up (yes, give up!) all of my dog training/ trialling as they would expect me to work every Saturday until someone more junior than me came along. Not to mention, I would be finishing work later and thus couldn't make it to training. Just not feasible for me. So we'll keep looking and see what we can find!

I really don't think there is much else to tell..... So have a happy easter everyone and hopefully I'll keep my blog a little more updated from now on!!!

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