Practice, Practice, Practice!

By , February 11, 2014 3:39 pm


The boys and I have been settling in well to California life.  Honestly, it wasn’t too hard!  What’s not to love about CA?  Everyone is enjoying our walks on the beach and the mild temps.  Zorro has decided that he can take on all the seagulls and is beside himself when they hover just beyond his reach.  Roxy has gained more and more confidence on each walk.   She used to be leary of other dogs, bikes and people on the path but now handles all those distractions like a champ.  I think it helps having the “Jack pack” with her as a confidence builder.

Now that we are pretty well settled in, its time to focus our attention on our upcoming international competitions.  At the end of last year, Zip’s back had

20140105-37been giving him lots of issues and he definitely was not quite himself.  My main focus so far this year has been getting him healthy and happy.  We have had the opportunity to see some wonderful massage therapists at local trials.  They have given me some things to work on and I believe they are helping.  I also think our beach walks are really helping Zip’s core muscles which in turn also help his back.  I have seen very encouraging results so far.  I am cautiously optimistic that he will continue to improve.

Last month, friend and former WAO teamie, Ann Kajava, was gracious enough to lend out her facility for an impromptu practice for some of us on the team plus a few others willing to take on some tough challenges.  We set up some sequences sent to us by

our fearless leader and coach, Blake Stafford.  It was just what Zip and I needed.  (Well, probably more what “I” needed…)  Tough weave pole entries and exits, long jump challenges and all out running.  The day could not have been more perfect and lucky for us, Erika Maurer was in attendance and she was kind enough to snap some pictures of Zippy.

Last weekend Zip and I headed to Ohio for a more formal WAO team practice.  Big thanks to Jenn Crank for the use of her IncrediPaws facility, it was perfect!  Most of our teamies were  able to attend and it was great seeing everyone.  It was especially nice to see my partner in crime, Jeannette Hutchison.  Blake had lots of tough challenges for us to work.  It was so great to see how well the entire team handled these tough sequences.  Coming into the weeknd I was a little apprehensive in how Zip might handle 2 long days of lots of running.  I am so proud and happy to say that he did great! He was fired up and ready to run by the last run as he was on our first run of the weekend.  So very encouraging that our regime seems to be really helping him.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that we continue down this path.  The entire weekend was incredibly well organized thanks to our team manager, Susan Crank.  I also have to give a huge shout out to all our incredible sponsors, Clean Run, Brilliant K9, UK Agility International, Max 200, Way to Weave, All Leashed Up, Fleecy Paws and Karen’s Canines.  None of this would even be possible without their support.  So very grateful!! Here are some tidbits from our WAO team practice weekend:

Not to be completely outdone, Roxy has started some of her training too.  I may be biased but this little girl is smart as a whip!! She has boundless energy and wants to play all the time.  Puts a smile on my face just being around her.  We have mainly been working on playing/tugging with distractions.  She has great toy drive at home but was a bit distracted when other dogs and people were around.  We signed up for a few classes at Jumpin’ Java as well as training there on our own and each time I have seen a ton of improvement.  Our last time training at Jumpin’ Java there was an agility class running courses in the next ring and little Miss Roxstar was just that!  She was retrieving her toy, tugging and focused on me and quickly got over the loud sounds like the banging teeter and A-frame.   So very proud of her!! Very excited for our journey together!

Better late than never!!

By , December 27, 2013 11:12 pm

White IMG_7961Ok, I have been seriously slacking on my blog posts. I wish I could say I was living the life of leisure and completely forgot about my blog but unfortunately that was not the case. My life has been non-stop action since my last post. The boys and I have had an amazing fall and chaotic winter.


This fall all three boys and I attended JRTCA Nationals. Had a great weekend! The boys and I tried Go-to-Ground for the very first time and had a blast!! It was so amazing to see a dog work his natural instincts, so cool!! The boys definitely are hooked and can’t wait for another chance to chase the rats!! Of course we did our agility and everyone was great. Zip was a superstar but we missed the High in Trial Championship in the last class where I sent him to the backside of one of the jumps. Zor was my steady eddie ending up Reserve Champion!


After JRTCA Nats, Zip and I headed to USDAA Nationals in Murfreesboro, TN. Days were crazy long and courses were tough. Zip ran great in team and individual classes, making it to GP finals. Once again I sent him over the backside of a jump in finals…hmm, makes me think I may be working too many backsides these days!! Oh well could not have been prouder as by the end of the weekend Zip had earned us a spot on the 2014 IFCS Team USA We will be joining the team for the IFCS World Championships in the Netherlands!! So proud of my Zippydoodle!!

We were literally home 2 days from USDAA Nats and Zip and I were off again to compete at the US Open in NC, hoping for a spot on the 2014 World Agility Open Team USA. Both Zip and I were pretty exhausted after the marathon of showing in TN . But my little rockstar managed to put in some decent runs for a very good weekend. We earned a spot on the WAO Team USA as well!! This team will be


competing in Italy in 2014. Wow, wow, wow is all I can say!! So incredibly proud of Zippy, how did I get so lucky!! Our 2014 is going to be one crazy, fantastic ride!!!

In the middle of all our agility adventures, Brandon and I decided we are moving to Half Moon Bay, CA!! Talk about craziness!! Needless to say in the middle of everything we have been packing and planning for the move which we scheduled to happen after Thanksgiving. THEN, as if I wasn’t busy enough, we also added to our pack!! Introducing “Rockstar” aka “Roxy”!! Even though the timing wasn’t great, little Miss Roxy has been such a blessing. She is the spunkiest, funniest, happiest little dog. Everything I could have asked for in my next agility dog. I know I will be filling my blog up with our adventures very soon!











We have finally arrived safe and sound in Half Moon Bay after driving through one of the worst ice/snow storms the south has ever seen. We have been enjoying the beach and the warm temps. The pack and I can’t wait for our CA adventures to start!!

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