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We did it again! Flyer and I got that all-important third qualifying score in Rally Novice today. She is now officially known as CH Crossraguel Exuberant Flyer CD RN ONYX!
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I spent the last 2 days at a seminar, learning how to better communicate with my dogs and how to relax/destress them so they can learn.  I'm still slow and clumsy, but I think I'll improve with practice. Penny and I are both exhausted; all that learning is hard work!

Saturday and Sunday morning Flyer and I go to another trial to get that all-important third Rally Novice leg; zubiedad will come get her each day around noon, while I stay to steward the afternoon obedience trials. Until Saturday, I plan to be a vegetable - I'm tired from the last 5 days!

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Flyer qualified today and took 4th place in Rally Novice B! We'll try to complete her title next weekend.
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I've been in novice Rally classes with Flyer since last spring, when I finally felt like I could be on my feet enough to attempt training again. Flyer already had obedience titles, but after a 3 year lay-off from training, she had random bouts of amnesia. One week she remembered "heel" but forgot "stay"; the next she remembered "stay", but forgot "down", etc. In class tonight I finally felt like we were working in sync again. It was wonderful! Her heeling was good, her attention was great...if this keeps up we'll be entering some trials this spring. My old girl (10 in March!) may get another title after all!
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and we'll have a President that I can actually respect! Of course, being the hermit that I am, you couldn't pay me enough to be part of the huge crowd in DC tomorrow, but I will be joyfully watching on my television. I'm actually starting to feel hopeful about my country again.

Sigh...

Dec. 31st, 2008 09:51 pm
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The morons are out in force early this year. My inner city neighborhood is home a lot of idiots who think it's fun to celebrate the New Year by firing their guns  into the air. The macho fools don't seem to know that the bullets eventually come back down. There is damage to roofs and injuries to people almost every year from this nonsense.  Usually they wait till about midnight, but this year they've started about 9PM. It sounds like I'm in the middle of a war zone right now. I don't think it's anybody on my block, but the surrounding blocks are really noisy tonight.
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You'd think Earl would know after 20+ years with dogs that you cannot leave food out unattended, but no, he's a very slow learner.

He got a helping of leftover chicken and LEFT THE ROOM for a moment without putting the chicken in the fridge. Penny got it. So much for boiling down the carcass for soup...
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Merry Christmas everyone! Unlike the frozen north, we're warm and humid in Houston today - about 70F. I think it's going to be cold again Sunday or Monday, though, at least for Houston. Maybe the 40s or thereabouts.

We already knew Penny was magic, since she can get to things that are 6-7 feet off the ground without disturbing anything around them. There's nothing for her to climb; she evidently levitates and hovers like a helicopter.

Today she displayed a new magical talent. I cooked a regular Christmas feast today. Roast chicken, two side dishes, rolls, and two desserts. At various points I had to leave the kitchen with food on the stove or counters. Twenty-five years with largish dogs has taught me that they cannot be trusted to leave food alone, and I know the current crew are all incorrigible thieves,  so I shut the kitchen door behind me when I leave the room. I left the baster on the counter near the stove, ushered the dogs out of the kitchen, and shut the door. Two minutes later, Penny appeared under my desk, happily crunching on something. It was the remains of my baster. I looked, and the door was still shut. She didn't have it when we left the kitchen, so how did she get it?!!

A few minutes later, she appeared with a brand new toothbrush, still in its packaging. I haven't bought one since opening our last new one a few weeks ago, so where did she get it? She must have the ability to conjure items too! Either that, or teleport them from a neighbor's house...
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We Americans did something right yesterday - we elected Barack Obama! (And sent Caribou Barbie home to Alaska, thankfully.) But I was so sad to see homophobic bigots prevail in several states. Gay marriage is officially banned in Florida, Arizona, and probably California as well. And Arkansas voters banned gays from adopting children.

I know from personal experience how much it sucks to belong nowhere, to have no stability or sense of permanence. I was in foster care from 14-17, when I went out on my own. Yes, there are plenty of homes for adorable, healthy infants. But there are so many kids in need of adoptive parents who are toddlers or school age, or who have medical problems. There aren't enough homes for these children, and now the pool will be even less. This has got to be one of the dumbest things Arkansas has ever done.
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Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] pfeifferpack :

 

"Copy this sentence into your LiveJournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow."



Yippee!!!

Sep. 17th, 2008 05:37 am
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Electricity is life... )
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For graduation, our teacher set up a Novice-level Rally fun match for us. We had 10 minutes to walk the course without our dogs and then she randomly assigned numbers to us for show order.

Perfect score is 100 with 70 qualifying. I knew we'd get points off for crooked fronts, sits, and finishes - Flyer kinda remembers those things from her obedience days, but she's really rusty despite the work we've been doing the past 6 weeks.

First place at 94 was no surprise - the guy has multiple OTCHs on his older dogs, although this class was with his new 10 month old Sheltie puppy. There was a 5-way tie at 93, and Flyer was one of the 5! Rally is a timed sport, and my slow pace made us the slowest of the 93s, but I'm thrilled with that score. I know our teacher was being very lenient with her scoring, but I actually think we'll be able to do this and earn at least an RN. RA is iffy - Flyer has to heel past food and/or toys at that level, and you know that's going to be a MAJOR challenge. We are going to try for it, though.

My baby girl made me very proud tonight.
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