August 24th, 2005


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As planned, I didn't do a lick of training last night. I got home at 7:45 and immediately took the dogs up to the field to wait for Karen to show up with her new doggie who apparently is going to be called Dante (after the poet not the basketball player). And she also brought Daisy her half-feral rescue dog (not really but she is extremely shy). Everyone got along well and Dante scored lots of points with Devon for being more than happy to play Chase The Terrier for about and hour.

This morning I didn't go to work until 10:00 (comp. time from working four hours on Saturday) so I reviewed some video from last Spring and from more recent handling classes. One thing I noticed was that it takes me too long to get moving from a standstill. Especially since I often have to stop to be sure that Jaime takes the line I want or he'll just run around the jump (nothing makes me more annoyed). I wonder if doing sprints would help? Well, of course any exercise would help this sluggish body. I can get going pretty fast (for me) once in motion but I seem to wait too long to get moving if I've paused for any reason. And this thought always brings me back to wishing I didn't have to work full-time so that maybe I'd have time to go to a gym once in awhile. Sigh.

I also made an appointment for Devon with Dr. Marcellin-Little for an intial evaluation. They said it would take 60-90 minutes and I would receive verbal as well as written recommendations to take away. Sounds good to me. The more I know about how he's put together, the more I can tailor his training and conditioning to his specific needs. I'd also be interested to know if repeatedly jumping off the back of the couch is harmful although I have no idea how I'd stop the little bugger from doing it.

Going out to COW (course of the week) with Leila tonight. I can hardly believe that the first trial of the season is almost upon us. I'm so glad I made the decision not to enter everything this time because I'm sure it's going to be hot as hell and Jaime is just not in peak condition yet. And I can't believe that it was a year ago that I brought Devon to this same trial as just a little puppy who I'd only had a couple of weeks. Where did a year go???

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