A couple of weeks ago Roxy and I made our annual pilgrimage to On Course Agility’s One Mind Dogs Winter Camp. This was our second year attending camp. Last year was such a blast so this year we couldn’t wait to get there! This year we had the pleasure of 3 days of instruction with Karen Holik and Mary Ellen Barry. Roxy and I also were luck enough to stay with our good friend, Judy Schor during camp. Judy’s home is amazing and Roxy and I were truly spoiled!
Camp did not disappoint this year. Both Karen and Mary Ellen were amazing and gave us lots of challenges and offered lots of insights into our training goals. One of our main goals for camp this year was to keep Roxy motivated and focused in a new environment. Getting Roxy to stay motivated in warmer temps is also a bit of a challenge. We did have some moments where Roxy seemed to “fizzle out” a bit but I saw progress as she did rally back for some sequences. With every exercise I see this little dog trying to figure stuff out and she gives me her all. Love her heart and how she is always happy and ready for anything.
I am a firm believer that each of our dogs come into our lives to teach us something. Roxy and my journey has been unique to me and has been exciting and challenging at the same time. Every bit of progress keeps me energized. I love love love working with my little poodly girl. I mean really, who wouldn’t love this face!
Here is a montage of our time at camp:
A few weeks ago Roxy and I headed to Barto, PA to try out for the IFCS World Team. This was our first time trying out for any world team. I knew going into the event that our training still was a work in progress but I felt this would be a good experience for both of us. It is an interesting feeling going into a big event with a young dog. I was nervous, but not for what I would consider the “normal” reasons. I wanted to make sure Roxy had a positive experience and I also wasn’t sure how she would handle the pressure and atmosphere of this type of event. I knew the courses would be fun and challenging and I felt we were up for it. I knew it was up to me to set the tone of the event for Roxy, I hoped I would not let her down. A plus to competing in Barto was the chance to see all my east coast buddies. 🙂 It was like coming home again. The event itself was incredibly well run. The camaraderie and sportsmanship made the entire weekend electric. Everyone was cheering for everyone. I cannot wait for next year’s event!!
I was so very proud of Roxy all weekend. She handled all the courses like a champ and she gave me 100%. Our runs had some bobbles here and there and I made some mistakes in my handling choices but we also had some amazing moments of brilliance. Watching the videos I can see glimmers of what I hope will only continue to become more brilliant. Whatever happens, I am having an amazing time with my poodly-girl! By the end of the weekend Roxy had zero off courses, the bobbles we incurred were lack of milage. After all the scores were added up Roxy and I earned the alternate spot on the USA Team! I could not have been prouder for our first time on the big stage.
I complied a short video of some of our highlights. Enjoy!!