I am showing this week’s video today instead of on Friday. Mostly because I spent a ridiculous amount of time working on it and I can’t wait to show it off. I know it’s a little long – I do apologize for that. But I really like the way it works with the music. If you don’t watch it all I won’t be offended.
We made a lot of mistakes this weekend. I’ll just say that right away. There are a few things that really bother me. For instance, I don’t like that Shiva broke her start line. We have a wicked lead-out that we have worked on for the last two years. Her sit-stay is fantastic. I rely on it a lot – perhaps too much – in order to get her focussed on me. The fact that she turned and ran away from me when I released her really bugs me. In general, she just wasn’t very thoughtful. Things we have perfected in class just ceased to exist. We looked like we’d never done this before. Obviously we just need a LOT more work in highly distracting environments.
There are some good things I’ve taken away from the weekend.
1. I managed to memorize two master’s level courses without a single problem. Since I’ve never had to follow a course sheet before, this was something that made me nervous. But I had no difficulty remembering which obstacle came next in the sequence. All those good university study habits have paid off. And I never thought I’d use that history degree…
2. When we arrived and I looked at the challenging jumpers course, I waffled. The first thing I said to my PH was “Maybe we should just watch.” It’s what I have said every single time before now. It’s why these were our very first full courses. Something inside me, however, prevented me from bailing. When they called our turn, I walked up to that start line with confidence. We not only participated in both courses, but we also attempted the gamble challenges later in the afternoon. I am pretty proud of that.
But enough rambling, it’s time for the video! I challenge you to see if Shiva’s tail ever stops wagging.
Thanks must to go my PH for his excellent videography. It’s not easy to keep up with a dog like Shiva in full zoomie mode.
There is another match this Sunday, same time, same place. I wasn’t sure if we were going to go but now I think we have to. As hard and exhausting and insane as it all was, we still had a blast. We’ve gone as far as we can in class. Now we have to figure out how to put it all together.