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Can I bitch here about how I can no longer get on LJ via my phone? I've deleted and re-downloaded the app several times over three days and still i get this LJ apology that they can't do this right now, let me back on LJ via my phone. Its stupid. Its frustrating. Maybe its a boon.

I would have missed it but B caught it
Sure enough we are there nothing fancy but yeah, Wild woman Stella Bear game face on


More employment opportunities for dogs



I love the part that cats will be used in the future for overconfident people...


There is a guy at off leash with a big playful dog that has a very loud insistent bark and the guy gets embarrassed about it. The dog is quiet at home, just not in the park. He keeps saying he's going to get one of those collars to zap him. I've been talking him out of it. The dog is just excited to be out there and wants to play, someone THROW THE BALL!!! THROW THE BALL!! THROW THE FREAKIN BALL!!! The last time we talked about it the woman standing next to him said she really doesn't like the barking. Yeah ok, the dog is loud, but not when he is chasing the ball... so just throw the ball. to make this dog shut up at off leash would be like taking your little kid to the playground and say you can run and climb and play all you want here but don't make any sound.

Now Stella, she sometimes barks at the sound of someone outside our appartment. Eh. On the fence about that. She barks on leash sometimes, usually at night, at the sight of other dogs. I don't like that. She barks at passersby our gate in ct. and we are on a regular country walker/jogger/biker route so I really don't like that. Goes on all day unless I stay on top of which can be a full time occupation. She barks at cats and squirrels in our city backyard. She answers other dogs barking in the neighborhood...
She's gotten barkier and barkier in her old age.



Proud of my chocolate girl for weathering the high stress environment of the Thanksgiving Cluster in MA and even getting her OA on this (very suspenseful) run.

She took 13 seconds to tease me about whether or not to finish doing the teeter. THIRTEEN SECONDS!!!! with a total twinkle in her eye... probably still pissed I made her down on the table...

But, yep, the rest of the run was vintage Stella... she's nine and a half and apparently her thyroid has moved from low normal to mid normal... how did we accomplish that? I would really like to know... I think its certainly helped her ring stress

Home made Agility Equipment contest

I really think Dawn should enter this Clean Run contest about sharing a piece of agility equipment you made. Her dw plans we used were BRILLIANT. She would totally win but she seems to have vanished from fb. Or perhaps she unfriended me?

The contest:

We trained two running dws on her changing-heights design and the equipment was essential. we get compliments all the time.

B's launching her photo career a little

Clean Run just published their first Bronagh Daly photo in the new issue! Congratulations to them!

B"s first photo published in Clean Run Magazine

B's also officially launched her Bronagh Daly Photography website


and is promoting it on a paid FB business page


Of course I am not biased at all, but I think she is brilliant.

stella blue em away

At the ripe age of nine, Stella seems to suddenly be in her sort of second wind agility dog prime. Its bizarre and yet makes sense. I mean, she was our training-wheels dog (poor girl) and we've learned a lot more about what agility is and what it is not and more of everything (both the hardworks and magics) that goes into making a happy and strong and confidently focussed dog... Razzle has been an excellent teacher, to me and I believe also to Stel. Plus he's taken the pressure, whatever pressure there might have been, off her.

So, in B's grand plan of cramming AKC a slew of trials for Razz, she scheduled me a Friday a couple of weeks ago at Dream Park with both dogs on my own---her plan was to then come down and join us the next day. I have to say, I do love those days on my own with both dogs. Simple emotionally, even if complicated logistically. Like, for example both Razz and Stel were entered in Time2Beat at 20 inches and really, tho nerve-racking, this sort of added to the fun, because even with moving Stel to the bottom of 20 inches, (they had been just a couple dogs apart) she was still running just five dogs after Razz and so I had to reward and relay him right back to the car (which we park way out as far from other barking dogs as possible) to get Stel, pottied and stretched and warmed-up, right back to the ring. Got there, the dog right before us running in the ring. perfect. whew.



So that was fun...

I keep thinking that Stella will keep moving up in AKC to the point where she won't be happy with the harder courses. Novice and Open courses have been real fun for her, and thats all we are doing with her, fun, but now she is in Excellent JWW. She and I both hate pinwheels. I am always walking these courses unlike everyone else walking with the idea of what will be best for Stella, sometimes kooky choices, mainly finding anyway possible that I can STAY IN MOTION and be ahead, but not too far ahead, so basically pushing the line of WITH. And there were a number of pinwheels in this Excellent JWW course, ugh, and it was her last run of the day, so maybe not so high octane Stella... so my plan was do the opening and by the weaves I would know, if she was slow and stressy in the weaves I would just continue on straight out of the ring over two off course jumps to the finish. but if she was actually weaving, we'd give it a go.

Look at her run, I'm so proud of our muppetpuppet. 107 20-inch dogs running in the class and she walks off with the blue ribbon... ok, so maybe half of them were masters dogs... but even so, So many dogs were knocking bars and going off course... Stella Blue Em All Away