January 22nd, 2008

meanddev

More On Goals

After reading the comments on my recent post regarding agility goals, I have to agree with agilemindsmel that there are a lot of smart people in this little community of agility folk. I want to thank you guys for giving me the benefit of your experience and wisdom. It's helped me to have more productive ponderings and helped me realize something important about myself: I'm not a goal person.

I'm almost ashamed to admit that since it seems that professional advice-givers feel that everyone needs at least one. I can come up with a list of at least 20 things that I feel *should* be my goals and  I do want to acheive them...as long as working toward them is fun and rewarding.

And what's fun for me might not be fun for you. And, of course, vice versa.

For example, one thing I've wanted to do for a long time now is to hike the Appalachian Trail. Maybe not the entire trail but a good portion of it. At least several states worth. And I'm sure there are some people reading this who would rather eat spiders than carry everything they need to sustain life on their backs for miles over rocky trails while rain falls and wind blows.

I don't have a similar goal for agility, though. I had really wanted to earn an ADCH on my Dobe, Simon but when his health problems made it impossible for him to do agility, I gave up caring very much about that. And now that Jaime has earned an ADCH, I don't really have any other goals for him, either. Well, that's not strictly true. I would like to get him qualified for the 2008 AKC Nationals but I'm really unsure if I want it badly enough to spend the time and money that will be neccessary.

So, I've decided that I will do at least a few more AKC trials this Spring and see if we make enough progress to make it fun. I went to a trial just last weekend--although only for one day--and we had two goood runs. Unfortunately, we had an off-course in JWW but other than that we did pretty well. Truth be told, though, when we weren't actually doing agility, I was pretty bored and the time dragged by. And in the time it took me to drive down there, wait around for my 60 seconds of fun and drive home, I could have spent all day doing something just as fun and a whole lot cheaper :-)