Incoming Puppies?

Exciting puppy news, Navarre’s sister Dove is currently having a hot date with adorable tri boy in Idaho. Fingers crossed for puppies to play with in April! I think they’re going to be really nice puppies, assuming they come to exist. The plan is to see how this litter turns out, and if they are awesome, try for a repeat breeding in the future.

The sire actually goes back to Beanweenie above, who I puppyraised many years ago and was just the sweetest puppy – he is the reason I have Haku. Now Haku isn’t actually related to the sire of these puppies, but this dog’s grandfather was Bean’s father (and Bean’s mother is Haku’s mother). Anyway, so there is a random connection, and Rooster is a super nice dog, nice lines, lovely temperament, lovely jumper, lovely herding dog, great family dog – I’m excited to see what they produce. Hopefully. Don’t want to count the puppies before they’re born, I suppose.

I do very much want some of the puppies to stay local though, so if you’re looking for a border collie, I’d definitely recommend them. I think they’ll be nice dogs to live with, not neurotic or weird, friendly, happy and fun. I think they’ll be good agility dogs, and possibly good herding dogs too – which is a bonus.

Bonnie’s Rooster, one talented hopeful baby daddy (around 21 inches and 42lbs):

And Dovey, of course (around 19.5 inches and 35lbs):

So fingers crossed everything goes smoothly and puppies in a couple months!

Been kind of enjoying not going to agility trials for the past few months, though that wasn’t really the original plan. Sometimes I see some fun courses, but there is a whole lot of not very interesting stuff that costs a lot and requires a lot of travel and traffic. I don’t want to enter UKI as they can have just terrible courses, and USDAA is few and far between and the day filled with games I have no interest in.

So, meh, there just isn’t a venue out there that really calls my name to spend a bunch of money. Certainly no venues at all that actually reward people to push and do their best, it’s just collecting qualifiers for this or that, and I don’t want to have to spend all year going to trials so I can finally COMPETE at one trial a year I have to drive halfway across the country for. I love agility, I love to train it, I don’t feel like there is a venue out there that really makes me really want to enter it for the price.

UKI just added some new rules and regulations. Everyone is very excited about ‘fix and go’, which is fine. I don’t really need a trial to train my dogs, I can do that much cheaper at home. AKC is starting to refine their next batch of changes. There were some odd ones that I don’t understand the purpose of, like changing 6 weaves to 12 in novice. Is that really the place in agility we need to make things HARDER? Would be nice to get rid of the table, and, yes, of course bitches in heat should be allowed at the very least at major events. I like the concept of getting rid of spread jumps in preferred, but, yeah, that is a major time waster throughout the day taking them out and back. I’d be okay with just getting rid of spreads completely, but I don’t see that happening.

I didn’t see anything in either venue about actually having some concept where we encourage teams to actually push and try their best, and I didn’t expect it. Agility seems kind of stagnant in america, no reason for people to be faster or better handlers, just qualify and there you go. Faster dogs qualify less, so why bother to try to be faster or a better handler? There is absolutely no benefit whatsoever to ‘winning’. Just get through things and you’ll be much more successful. Yet I like that everyone is encouraged to play in the US, that is the very heart of agility for me, as long as you and your dog are having a good time together, it’s all good.

So no big agility plans this year, maybe the UKI ‘cup’ that Daisy putting on in the summer. I assume that will have fun courses, and feel like a real competition. Maybe a USDAA trial in March and a random AKC trial here and there. Maybe next year we’ll give 24 a try with Navarre, but this year, just chillin.

I am looking at some herding workshops, clinics and, yes, possibly even USBCHA trials where I’d have to actually (gasp!) travel. As I haven’t seen much locally, and we ARE on a time crunch here. So maybe going up to Fido’s or Packleader at some point, but I’d love to get Haku some experience on the fields there so we’d have a better chance of being successful. Maybe go out to eastern Oregon or Idaho as well for some clinics as well. We shall see, I’m open to seeing what we can learn this year. And still planning on Navarre’s obedience debut in April, we have a fun match this weekend to give a full run through and see what needs to be fixed.

It needs to stop fake snowing though, I cancelled all my herding plans over the weekend and ended up with just about ZERO snow. Hmph. I practiced my whistles, which may be a tiny bit better, but still are not even remotely good. Let’s just say if I were choosing herding whistles, they would probably not be Ian’s – mine would be much simpler. One step at a time. I now own three whistles (plastic, metal and brass) they all sound different and have easy and hard things about them – which isn’t super helpful.

Haku STILL seems periodically off to me in the front though, even though I’ve been leaving him at home when I take the dogs out and stretching him twice a day. So that’s annoying. He’s had the occasional front end lameness throughout his life, and usually rest will do it – if he’s REALLY broken I’m going to be very upset. Giving it more time though, it’s nothing huge, he certainly doesn’t think he’s broken – and he’s awful pissed at being left behind. He’s on the CBD oil and new supplements now, so we’ll see if they help as well.