The AAC Regionals 2022 Experience…

The amazing Pacific Agility team and friends, led by the intrepid JL once again pulled off an incredible Regional Agility Meet, 2022. This event marked their tenth anniversary of hosting Regionals, and everything about it was fun, friendly and fast!

I had the pleasure of volunteering for three days, first as a security person, looking oh so official in my orange vest, and then two days in the ring as Scribe assistant, watching brilliant dogs and their handlers navigate very tricky jumpers courses. I loved getting to know the rest of the ring crew and the judges; they were smart, capable, and unfailingly happy for two exciting days.

I brought my baby Sheltie boy (just one year old) along for the ride, and he learned so much. It was very exciting for him, but not overwhelming, which made me very happy.
And his momma placed fifth! Go Team Contessa Francesca del Ray!

It’s Samson’s Birthday!

Me: It’s Sami’s 18 months old birthday! A whole year and a half! It’s his day to sniff and play and enjoy whatever he likes!

Husband: So many birthdays… didn’t we just celebrate 17 months a month ago?

Me: They don’t live as long as us.

Husband: Then at least seven birthdays a year are required.

Me: Thank you dear. 😉

Susan Salo Spider and Ladder grid

Sami and I hadn’t worked with the spider (an apparatus invented by Susan Salo to help the dog build a natural, healthy jump style) nor the ladder grid for months, but he performed beautifully. He loaded his rear, stepped into the optimum take off point, sprang from two rear feet, and arced nicely over the jump.

Recallers games built in all the foundational skills of ‘it’s your choice’, sit, focus forward, release, and drive to something.

Go to Rehab? I say YES YES YES!

Ruby is making great progress in her recovery. Within a couple of weeks, her puncture wound had healed and she was putting weight on her injured leg.

Hidden damage is still to be determined. How smoothly have the muscle tissues and tendons healed from whatever bruising and crushing she may have sustained?
Scar tissue can cause problems later on.

Doing mild exercises like this one that I learned from Susan Garrett’s Agility Nation Body Works are great. She loves looking for the treats and stepping over and around the bars helps stimulate her proprioceptive awareness.

Apologies to the amazing Amy Winehouse for adapting her song title…
I love her voice and her music.  She was a great loss.

“Agility Dog of Canada”

Ruby has achieved her Starters Standard Agility title, (aka ADC) qualifying all three of her standard runs this weekend.
Thanks to Capital Comets’ Agility Club for putting together this trial, brilliantly as usual.
Thanks also, to our fine judges, Kim Reed and Nicki Gurr.

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