Friday, January 09, 2009

Dog Agility

Some things have to be believed to be seen. ~Ralph Hodgson, The Skylark and Other Poems

Last night, DD and I took Dd to her first agility class. I've been apprehensive because Dakota is afraid of...everything. When DH comes home, she won't greet him until he puts down his keys. If anyone walks in carrying a package, she stands back nervously until it's put away. I still remember how terrified she was of garbage cans! So how would she deal with jumps and tunnels and poles?

She dealt with them just fine. She was truly amazing. By the end of the night, she was off-leash and running through the tunnels, over jumps and through the "tire" like a pro (well, maybe not quite like a pro, and maybe "running" is exaggerating a bit, but I was truly amazed at how well she did). After class was over, I decided to try her in the "chute" -- an obstacle that begins as a tunnel, but has a collapsing cover made of parachute like material that they have to push away and run through. I didn't figure I'd ever get her through it.

I had DD at one end, holding the material up so Dakota could see all the way through and I put Dd into the opening and gave her a little shove while DD called her. Took her a minute, but she ran through. We did that a couple times, and then let the material fall when Dakota was halfway through and she just barreled on all the way. After that, it was easy-peasy and I told the instructor I was a believer. AMEN!

We were the only orange dog in a class of black and white Border Collies, so that was odd. One of the dogs took a dislike to Dakota, but otherwise she made a bunch of new friends. She was completely exhausted and dying of thirst when she was done. I was tired (I did almost as much running as she did) and DD was excited (the teacher was fine with DD working the dog, too, which was we took turns running her through the course).

I love this class. I didn't bring my camera... sorry. But, to give you an idea of what Dd was doing, here is a YouTube video (the first dog is a Border Collie -- and it goes through many of the same obstacles we did last night...don't they all look so excited?):


DH is home today... so we'll see how writing goes. For the most part, we're all of us at JaNoWriMo doing well. Maybe not up to goal, but we're all WRITING, and having fun and isn't the important part?


BTW, I'm having some trouble with my computer and Google Reader. I can read the blogs in my reader, but when I try to click through to comment, it locks me up. I'm going to rebookmark everyone and try to visit you that way, but it'll take some time. So... it's not that I'm not READING you, I just can't get there to comment! Sorry. It's been frustrating, to say the least.


You Are Copper

You are provocative and challenging. You help people realize who they really are.

You live a very balanced life. You always take time for love and art.

You are both a powerful and generous person. You always have time to give back.

People find you to be incredibly ethical and loyal.

Um... hmmm... maybe... some?


Ceri Hebert said...

You Are Silver

You are a flexible person. Being open to opportunities in life has served you well.
You are very polished and sophisticated. You're probably in a higher class than you were born into.

You are naturally popular and quite influential. You are a bit of a trend starter among people you know. And while you are well liked, you don't let it go to your head. You remain contemplative and wise.

I love silver, but this is not me.
Well, maybe the comtemplative and wise part (ack)

Goals? I haven't been paying attention to whether or not I'm reaching my daily goal. I'm assuming I am since I think the daily goal is around 1600 wpd.

The agility class looks fun! Good for Dd!

Dru said...

re quiz: I'm copper

Looks like Dakota has found her calling. How often does she have to go to these classes?

Have a good Friday.

anno said...

The agility class looks like amazing fun! And I sure can see why both Dakota AND you are exhausted afterward -- that's a LOT of running!

I'm silver, too. But not particularly flexible; nor any kind of a trend setter, not at all...

Good luck with JaNo today!

Maria Zannini said...

This looks to be exactly what she needs. I'm so glad she took to it so fluidly. Yay, Team Arkins!

MomJane said...

I think you might have found Dakota's nitch. Good luck with the class.

You Are Gold

You are almost universally admired. People strive to be like you.
You are also highly valued. Your friendship, approval, and advice are all considered priceless.

You live an inspiring, fortunate life. Not many people are as lucky as you are.
But you haven't gotten to where you are on luck alone. You are incredibly competitive and

Anonymous said...

I'm silver. And it fits me!

You'll have to keep us posted on how agility classes go. I'm hoping to get my Copper into agility in the next 6 months or so.

Brandy said...

YAY Dakota! Sounds like y'all have found something her boundless energy is good for!

I am Gold. Hmm, nah. I am in no way competitive or ambitious. *G*

I hope you have a good day and find time to write!

Melissa said...

Yay Dakota! I need to update my JaNoWriMo. I've really slowed down and took a day off when I got sick.