Monday, January 26, 2015

Spring In January!!

I can't believe this weather!  It is supposed to be a high of 16 today, unheard of for January, it's like spring !!!
I have so much to do today so I better get at it, cleaning out my van for one.  It is so full of sand. Yesterday Judy and I took the dogs for a walk and the Old Man River was open so the dogs went swimming!  That meant mucky dogs however, which meant a dirty van but they had so much fun!

I also want to get out and do some training with Lync, mostly hand signals for field, , left, right, back for the dummy, I haven't worked on that all winter and my plan is to try for his WCI this year if possible! 

I have been so busy with training Lync, he has Obedience on Tuesdays, Agility on Wednesdays, and Scenthurde on Thursdays!!  It is fun though and he is so smart, he picks things up pretty fast, the other night he finally had an "ah ha" moment and figured out how to do a left turn with me in heel position!! I was so flipping excited as we have been working on this forever!!

This weekend is a trick workshop we are attending, Lync has quite a few tricks he can do which I need to video!  I am working on him putting rings on a pylon right now, it's coming along prettty good.

Well that's all I have time to write, need to get outside and enjoy this weather!!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Going to Camrose :)

I am so excited !  Yesterday Amanda asked if I was interested in going to the Camrose shows with her.  I had decided I wasn't going to Camrose as it is quite farther away and a bit more expensive for the hotel.   But, sharing expenses with someone makes it easier!  I really like the hotel we are staying at, I stayed there last year when going to the Collie National, it is a gorgeous hotel with a restaurant right inside, you don't even need to go out to eat, the food is amazing!  Another bonus is the show site is 5 minutes from the hotel, so awesome!

The judges are decent AND the entries are only $20.00 as they are celebrating their 25th Anniversary so they dropped the price of the entries.  It is a great show for people who are doing obedience as well as it is in a whole separate room by itself, so nice and quiet.

It has been forever since Amanda and I have gone to a show together, we used to always travel for Agility , so that will be so nice.

Dianne might come to watch as well and have a bit of a vacation, she came last year to watch the National and we did quite a bit of laughing !  Especially going to the Karaoke night,  very fun listening to the drunk people who thought they could actually sing haha!

The show is not until the end of March so I have time to work on Lync's stack, I can never get it quite right when I am in the ring, there are times when I think it would look nice to have him stacked, right now I just free bait him, like a Collie lol

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Credit Cards, Hate Them !

Grrrrrrr, so frustrated!

Almost 2 years ago Brad and I decided to try and change our financial situation.  We had been struggling since moving here, I had left my business and was only working part time, and Brad's situation changed when he was off work for medical reasons for a year and a half.  Now I have been off work for over a year as well.

One of the things we did was get rid of every credit card we owned.  It has been such a struggle to not have one!  Not in the way that we need to pay cash for everything, that is the good part, but I travel alot for dog shows , that is where the problem is happening.

This morning I tried a couple of hotels, I wanted to reserve a room .  The first hotel doesn't accept anything but a credit card for payment, not debit and not cash!  The second hotel accepts a credit card to hold the room, but if you are paying in cash you need to pay up front and they want a $200.00 damage deposit up front as well! eeek!  Also because it is my moms credit card, she has let me use it for holding rooms, they now want to fax her an authorization letter, have her mail it back to them, super, that is not going to happen, my mom has been quite sick for some time and she is not going to want to bother with this.

I will figure it out, they can hold the damage deposit on my moms card I suppose, I was just so stunned I didn't end up reserving a room, geez Louise this sucks!

Monday, January 19, 2015

AKC Show

Home from the Dog Show yesterday without getting Lync's final point, ugh!! I hate sitting on 9 points, it's like a curse!  The same thing happened with Kort, we sat on 9 points for what seemed like forever !

On the first day we had a Booster with 16 Flatcoats entered!  It was wonderful !  Lync showed very well and took Reserve Male !  The next day the judge didn't like him at all and we didn't get anything.
I am hoping to go to Red Deer in April , I am glad I get to keep showing him as I love it, BUT, it gets so expensive with hotel rooms when you have to travel.  I wish we could have a summer show here in Lethbridge! I wonder why we don't?

This was Lync's last show as a 12-18 month old.  He is now in Open, which kind of sucks as he still looks so young , which is another reason I was hoping to finish him before he had to compete in Open.

Anyway, here is a video with Lync competing at the booster, he is Blazingstar Galwey WC for those of you who don't know his registered name :)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Show Weekend!

Lync competing at the Flatcoat National in August 2014

Taking a short break from packing and getting ready to leave tomorrow for Calgary.  It is the AKC winter show at Spruce Meadows.  It is so hard to believe that this was Lync's very first show ever!  He showed last year in Baby Puppy class, he was a rockstar and I knew he loved the show ring.  Pat Kopec showed him for me as I was still recovering from my accident, he won Best Baby Puppy In Breed.

I also competed in Scenthurdle with Kort and he got enough points to get his Scenthurdle Masters title.   Tate was alive and doing well, he came up with us as well.  Things sure have changed since last year.  This year I am traveling up with only 2 dogs, Kort has been retired from Scenthurdle due to his continuing back problems, and Lync is sitting on 9 points toward his Championship with only 1 more to go!
The entry is great, 16 on Saturday and Sunday!   He just needs 1 Winners Male to finish, fingers crossed, it won't be easy as the entry has some gorgeous dogs in it!!  If I am unsuccessful this weekend I will go up to Medicine Hat in July , and possibly Red Deer.  There is a show in Cochrane that is sooner but I will be going to Thunder Bay at that time for my sister Joanne's Wedding, maybe I can convince someone to take Lync to the show?  We will see, I would like to be the one to get the last point on him.

I would also like to travel to the States this year and get a start on his American champion.  I have never had an American champion, I never took Tate or Kort to the States, I showed Drake in the States and he had 7 points I think but I never finished him.

Lync will be the 4th dog I have put Championship on, and the first Flatcoat.  My plans are to let him grow up until he is about 3 before Specialing him in any capacity other then our local show.  We have Obedience, Scenthurdle and now Agility to keep us busy until then .

Ok, off to finish packing, then I need to bath Lync too!