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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



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 23rd, 2016 06:42 pm (UTC)
WOW!!!! SO MUCH HAPPY. This is so great to see, and Stel is having so much fun. Raz's startline is impressive!
Nov. 23rd, 2016 06:47 pm (UTC)
She really is shaking off her stress at last!!!
And yeah Razzs startline is good, this was actually his worst startline all weekend... usually he gives me a quick relaxed and focused set up sit and doesn't budge (all thanks to Tammy!!) but here he was all intense impatient and I thought he was going to break.., but then he WAS a good boy!!
Nov. 24th, 2016 05:04 pm (UTC)
All so lovely! I love how much energy you give Stella, you have really found that sweet spot of using your body, movements and voice to bring the fun, great job figuring out her needs and sticking with her! And you and Razz are a smooth sweet team!
Nov. 25th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC)
I still am never sure about which dog I have on any given day with Stella---if being a loud rough-rider handler will help drive her or shut her down. She's such a funny quirky dog. Love her to pieces.
Nov. 24th, 2016 07:43 pm (UTC)

Wow your pacing and timing in all three runs was spectacular

Nov. 25th, 2016 04:00 am (UTC)
Well thank you. It still always feels like a crapshoot.
But now I really want to learn how to run. Run! None of this little steps tentative stuff. RUN!
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