Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Working singles up against a fence...

Last weekend (actually, now that I think about it, it really was the weekend before last. Time flies when you're having fun or just busy) the princesses, minus the princess palace made the trek to out to Lee Lumb's for a clinic with Alasdair and Patricia MacRae. 

The setting, as it always is at Lee's, was beautiful.

The clinic was REALLY good. I learned a lot about what to do, and what NOT to do with both Ben and Flint. 

This being Tricia's first trip to Canada we made sure she got the full experience including a full length and intimant tour of Canada Customs, great fall weather, and lots of sight seeing....or something like that. I hope we can convince them to come back soon...ever? 

I've included this picture of Ben...because he's running on green grass. Something we probably won't see again for about 7 or 8 months. 

Many thanks to Lee, Carly and Brian for being such great hosts and Kristi for her help in organizing the clinic.  You've set the bar high. Many thanks as well to the MacRaes for sharing their knowledge in such a clear and concise manner. There was MUCH talk under the tent about how "easy" the exercises were to grasp, and that was obvious by the improvement in the dogs and handlers.  

Now, out to the field to do some work!

Friday, October 5, 2012

This blog will be short

Much like Ben's National Final's run. After a fantastic season, lack of experience caught up with him. After a good session on the practice field the day before I was looking forward to running Ben. He left my feet the way I expected, but when he got to the top he was spooked by the set out crew (no fault of theirs, they were completely consistent through the week), lost his sheep back to set out and we retired. Such is life running young dogs. 

Having said that, we had a Fantastic time at the finals in Klamath Falls. Many thanks to the everyone who made these finals a success. We spent the week watching great teams run, visiting "Texas and California", closing down a party or two, and just plain visiting with old friends we don't to see often enough as well as meeting new friends we'd like to see more often. 

I didn't take any pictures, but Kristi Oikawa took a bunch of great ones. Her slide show really says it all. 

Looking forward to doing it all again next year.