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Author: Ivette

I live in the North East region of the U.S. I am married and have 3 JRTS. I have competed in dog agility for about 12 years. I created this blog as a personal journal to document our journey.
Summer of poodle fun!!

Summer of poodle fun!!

Well apparently these blog posts are turning into annual posts.  I am a total slacker.  But on the bright side, the pups and I have been so busy having all kinds of fun I simply have no time to post on a regular basis 🙂

Obviously lots has been happening over the last year.  Cynosport 2017 in Tennessee last fall was a blast.  We are already gearing up for Cynosport 2018 in Arizona in a couple of months.   We attended the USDAA Southwest Regional in May and Roxy earned both her semi-final byes in Grand Prix and Steeplechase in one weekend, what a rockstar!! Roxy and I are also on the road to qualify for our very first AKC nationals!

I have been doing agility for close to 20 years and never tried to qualify for AKC Nationals. My primary focus has always been USDAA and WAO.  In 2017 we started moving through the ranks in AKC.  By March 2018 we were fully competing in the Masters level and were able to start earning qualifiers for AKC Nationals.  By today’s blog post we just need a few more points and we will be fully qualified.  While I really love attending the big events, my main focus this past year with Roxy has been increasing her confidence in the ring.  I see how much joy she has in every aspect of her life so I knew she just needed the confidence to show that joy in the ring.  If the qualifiers happened and we made it to the big events that was just icing on the cake.

Well not only have we qualified for USDAA Nationals (Cynosport) and earned finals byes to the US Open (UKI) and are 99% qualified for AKC Nationals, this little amazing girl managed to make it to USDAA’s top ten in the country for 2 classes!!   This little poodle is all heart!

Later this week we head off to TN for IFCS World Team tryouts.  I love the event and also love supporting IFCS.  We will run our hearts out and have a great time no matter what the outcome.  The journey Roxy and I have been on has taught me to not focus on the destination but to “enjoy the ride.”  While I have probably been saying this for years with my previous dogs, I think only now I am truly believing and practicing this motto.  I can’t really explain what is different but I just know stepping to the line with Roxy “feels” different.  I think I am feeling more centered, more in the moment than I ever have before.  I have always felt joy stepping to the line with all my dogs but I think Roxy has taught me its ok to have goals without having expectations.  It think for me anyway, expectations always brought with it some level of stress that I feel slipping away with every run.  Once again I am humbled with what our dogs teach us if we are willing to listen.

Here are a few of our runs from this summer.  I thought the song was ridiculously appropriate, enjoy!!

USDAA Northeast Regional

USDAA Northeast Regional


Roxy and I headed Providence, RI for the Northeast Regional.  We had an amazing time!! The facility is top notch and the club ran a super trial!  It was great seeing all my east coast buddies!  Roxy ran great all weekend, loving the turf and the A/C.  We came to the regional in hopes of getting a Steeplechase and Grand Prix bye for Cynosport.  An unfortunate slip in the weaves and missed DW contact cost us the GP bye, but we ended up 4th in Steeplechase finals with a bye and 3rd in Biathlon, a bonus!!

I am sure many of you are sick of hearing about how proud I am of Roxy, but I have to say it again, this dog is all heart!! It is so great to see her confidence building with each run and how she truly gives her whole heart to me in everything we do.  We had an incident with another dog on our last day at the regional right before our first run.  Six months ago I think that would have been it for her, she would not have wanted to run at all.  I continued our normal pre-run routine but inside I had a million thoughts running through my head, most of them panicking.  I pushed the negative thoughts out and focused on our routine and off we went!  Before Roxy I had never had tricks that I taught my dogs at the start line.  I started doing this with Roxy and hoped it would help her when we stepped to the line.  I was so grateful on Sunday we had those tricks!! As soon as we started doing those tricks I had my girl back.  She was a little distracted for that first run but nothing that anyone else could see, only me knowing her like I do.  So proud of this little dog!!

Without further ado, (and because I am feeling particularly lazy and don’t feel like writing more) here are our video highlights!! Enjoy!!