Monday, August 31, 2009
After this past weekend, the last thing I wanted to do was get up this morning and work out. But, I did. Met up with friends for a 2 hour Harvey Bear walk. This was a new challenge with lots of elevation change. But fun.
Afterwards, stopped at the market for some food, home for a quick shower, and then off to the gym for a workout with David. After getting home around 12:30, I have absolutely no idea what happened to the last 4 hours. I did some cooking. Read a little. Played with the pups. And poof. Time is gone. Day one is almost over. Tomorrow: Road trip!!!
This past weekend SMART (salinas monterey agility racing team) hosted an agility event. Laura and I were trial chairs. It was fun, but alot of work. I didn't do so good in the Q department, but had some majorly wonderful runs and ended up with a Q in Master Jumpers (4th place). Master Jumpers generally scares the bejezus out of me as it is so fast and furious. But Fin and I had a good run (albeit a bit wild) and ended the trial on a high note.
Well, gotta go walk the dogs!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
The AKC world team came to San Jose, CA for their last practice prior to heading to Austria in September.Eleven teams participated with their two coaches. A few of us were lucky enough to volunteer and watch some amazing agility.
My job and that of my good buddies was to build courses, set jumps, move equipment, and in general make it easy for the teams to walk courses and practice running them.
The teams were gracious to us mere mortals that only wanted to bask in their glow of world teamness. Nancy Gyes runs a tight ship and on Saturday alone, we did EIGHT course changes.
On Friday, we started on an outdoor field at the top of the world. The fabulous Powerpaws facility. Laura and I driving home said we were looking forward to the next day to be in doors. We were tired of hammering in the stakes for the tunnel snugglers.
Sunday afternoon, the teams headed home for all parts around our country. I felt that the time spent helping the teams was invaluable. I learned a great deal and am better able to articulate what I need to do if I ever decide to pursue a spot on this team.
My camera isn't the greatest so no indoor shots. Just the outdoor practice on Friday afternoon.
I'm a little tired after the long weekend. I didn't know what to expect when I volunteered. Today I am really glad that I went and proud of the team that represents our country in September.
Monday, August 10, 2009
I hike for exercise. For fun too, but primarily it is exercise. I attach the dogs to a fanny pack so I can swing my arms. This also helps for flailing arms around when I trip over rocks.
They are attached to me because despite everything, I really like them and don't want them to be eaten by coyotes, chased by wild pigs, or kicked in the head by an irritated cow. There are some walks that they get to go off leash, but not the exercise hikes up Harvey Bear.
Tazzie (here in his winter full coat) is one of the hikers. He is a good hiker as long as we don't see any cows, coyotes, pigs, people, dogs, shadows, etc. Often Tazzie gets to go alone with me. One of the mommy and me things we do.
Fin also gets to hike. She prefers hiking downhill, does not like when ANYONE might be walking up the hill behind us, and likes some dogs, but not all. I suspect that Fin believes if she walks slowly behind me that the added weight will burn more calories. Often times, I will unlock the leash, hand it to my friend and take two of her BC's so that I can get a little help up the hills. Fin helps down hill...not up hill.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tazzie asks, "step away from the electric shears!" Tazz also gets really hot. Although the last few days it has been mild, we will get multiple days over 100 before summer is up. So I trim him up. Usually that trim is mild. This year, it is extreme.
Fin runs saying, "take him, not me!"