Tuesday, March 10, 2020

ONYX 20,000 Points

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Over the summer, Ptera became my first dog to earn a title plaque with 20,000 points, which is the ONYX.

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We spent the year racing as much as possible, and chasing points. Ptera loves racing, and loves flyball. This year has been slow so far, with just one tournament in January, and nothing planned for a few months. (If the Covid-19 thing keeps ramping up, we may not have any tournaments for longer. At least one in our region has already been cancelled.)

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But, we had already decided to take the year off a bit, and do less traveling. We are hoping to go to a California tournament this year to run with Hot Rod Hounds in their own region, since they have come up to run with us quite a few times.

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Our ribbons are just getting bigger and bigger! 

I'm hoping this year is going to be a great one of stepping back, working on our training and just enjoying doing things like hiking and training new fun things.

Friday, January 17, 2020

January Snow

We got snow this week.

The forecast said we wouldn't, but at 3 am our power went out, and when I got up in the morning, there was enough snow to decide to stay home rather than risking the roads, especially with a winter weather advisory in effect all day.

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With the power out, once it was light, the best thing to do seemed to be taking the dogs out for a walk. We often walk in the forest just across the road from us, owned by a timber company, so it seemed like a good destination.

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Koira is 12, but feeling young and spunky most of the time. (You can see her wearing a Marco Polo radio tracker in these photos, because she went missing for 5 days over the summer and we're not taking chances.)

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Neither of the girls likes the snow much in and of itself, but they are always up for a hike as long as they don't get too cold.

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They both really enjoyed catching snowballs (I ran out of cookies). It does chill them a bit, but we were close to home.

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We were out for about an hour, and the girls were ready to be inside and warm next to the fire by the time we were done. It also started snowing pretty heavy right as we got home, so it was pretty good timing.

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With the sun peaking through the clouds, and a mist over everything, the lighting was amazing.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Koira Iron Dog

Koira earned her Iron Dog title (ten consecutive years racing NAFA flyball) this past fall. At the most recent tournament, we were awarded her official title plaque.

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My awesome friend had her photo studio set up at a dog show, and let me use her set up to get these awesome photos of Koira with her plaque before we tore down at the end of the weekend. I don't normally shoot with flash, but Koira didn't seem to mind much.

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This is the first plaque any of my dogs have earned in any sport, and for it to be Koira's Iron Dog means so much. I'm hopeful that Ptera will be earning a plaque-worthy title this year as well, but I don't know that it could possibly mean as much as this one.