WHOO okay I slowed down posting here & instagram with the agility trial this weekend, then my birthday (the 1st/Canada day), etc., and I was just rechargin’. I’m tired! Should be back to our regularly scheduled programming shortly (aka photos).
I want/need to get some photos of Gunner (and maybe me) with our ribbons from the weekend! I am also waiting on the photographer that was there for the trial to put up her album - I’m hoping she got some good ones so I can buy one or two!
Uhhh, easily best birthday ever? Like, between the blast we had at the trial (despite some embarrassments), I got tortilla blankets as gifts, I got a 75% off discount code on one of my fav games in conjunction with a gift card, I don’t even remember what else. It’s just been an amazing birthday. I felt so supported and encouraged by everyone at the trial; my fiance has been supportive & sweet & encouraging in every way; my friends and my mom and my grandma and my fiance’s family continue to also be amazing, loving individuals… I’m just in such a great place right now, you guys. It’s kind of overwhelming in how wonderful it is.
I want to do a proper review of the trial but it really boils down to Gunner getting more exposure, getting more used to having bar-setters sitting within the ring, etc., and working on my nerves so my handling is still together. And my timing. My verbals were a little late, combined with Gunner getting distracted wanting to deliver smooches.
Ring-side he was an angel. He didn’t rocket his cannon ball head into anyone’s face (my biggest fear), he snoozed in his crate like he was born for this (I really, really did not expect this, absolutely expected him to whine & cry the entire time), was wonderful about other dogs snarking at him, didn’t jump on anybody even when his lil fan club of 4-5 surrounded him for pets and ogling. Such a good man! I actually legit feel like I could take him to the ren faire or something if I wanted at this point??? Such a good man.
I have so many feelings after our first trial, too, but I’ll save that for another post! All good feelings, just like, more on the ways relationships with our dogs can grow and things. Ugh, I love my boys.
I don’t remember if there was much else I was gonna say. Gunner and I gotta go to do more trials, basically, and work on exposure. I’ve got proofing to do on our 2o2o, so I don’t have to slow down as much. And as always, our weaves (particularly entries) need tons of work. Everything else is refinement, practice, exposure, time.
Time for a relaxing 4th of July hanging with friends, smokin’ meat, swimmin’ in a pool, eatin’ s’mores, and just not doing anything I don’t feel like doing, lmao.