In a nutshell, school is going. It's hard, especially on the days where I just want to play with my dogs. It's getting more difficult as the days are getting shorter and Christmas approaches. But wow, I only have three weeks left until exams! If my entire three degrees go by this fast, I'm thinking it won't be so bad afterall. Three. I do throughly enjoy my sports and exercise psychology class, though. Especially since the content is relevant to agility. :) And the prof is Irish.
I can't tell you how many times I have seriously thought about just getting up one day, packing my bags, my dogs and head out west to live in the mountains. What a rad life that would be. pure freedom.
On the plus side, I've met some really cool people, and slowly but surely, I'm crawling out of my comfort zone. Some days I curl up in my safe cocoon and stay in the familiar and other days I dip my toes into the puddle. Soon I will dive right into the ocean, but for now, puddles are good. In other words, I like being alone sometimes and there isn't anything wrong with that. Introverts unite! Er, individually!
University is more or less what I thought it would be. Just more school. Nothing too special. I might have something entirely different to say if I was living on campus, though. I hear some pretty awesome stories from residence.
But I always have my best friends. :)
On the doggie adventure side of things, lots of stuff has happened as well. Toffee ended trialling early this year, but it was for the best. Her back didn't treat her so well this year, perhaps due to the lack of excellent quality massages by Elana. We miss her. Even though Q's aren't exactly what we're going for, Toffee did manage the most Q's in one season yet in her career! That was kind of cool. We are close-ish to getting our Versitility Lifetime Award. I know we will be able to gather the rest of our steeplechase Q's, but the remaining 36 team Q's will be next to impossible, considering no one offers it anymore. Oh well, Toffee has nothing left to prove anymore. I just love that girl.
Mach has been on a couple more adventures than Toffee this year. Mainly because he's the most well behaved boy ever. Minus counter surfing. That's another blog post altogether. Agility wise, he just keeps getting better and better. Looking back, there's no way I could have guessed that we would be where we are at this point in time, or ever really. We just keep flapping our wings and we keep soaring.
We did a Jess Martin Seminar, brought backs lots to work on. We went to a CAANS trial, knocked some bars, but also whipped out some amazing times. We did end up getting one Q that weekend, which was the Challenge course. We also just got back from a very big and exciting adventure from the states!
New Hampshire for a USDAA tournament! The further away you go, the bigger the event feels. We were slightly oblivious to the rules, or at least I was. Snooker. Damn snooker rules! Y U NO THE SAME?! Even with my confusion for most of the weekend, Mach came out with the fastest time or one of the fastest times in 7 of his runs! That is a big deal to me! I honestly didn't think Mach would ever be confident enough to let go while he ran on course. And he is! While keeping his turns. Gah. I'm just so proud of this dog. He was stress free all weekend. Even more hyped up than I have ever seen him, for all of his runs. Usually as the weekend goes on, he gets less excited to go out and run, but he successfully gave me 32 bruises on my legs. Pure excitement.
My favourite run of the weekend was definitely Team Jumpers. He came 2nd in the run, by 0.1 of a second. That course was a toughy. (I caused a spin before a backside of the jump. Trust him, Erin.)Lots of handling, but so exhilarating. If any of you wacthed the video I made of Mach's weekend, you will see just how excited I was. He was running at 22 for the first time in over a year, and I was loving how he was moving. NO BARS. Big deal.
My other favorite was the Team Relay. After thinking there was no way we were able to qualify due to our 2 E's and my 1pt Snooker run and then realizing that some points are multiplied by 1.5 (So, I actually got the team 1.5 points for snooker....jussayin') and that we could still qualify if we all went clean in the Team, we were pumped. It started a little shaky by me making us almost miss our run and then the lady not giving me the baton.
"Excuse me, can I have the baton?! Hello? Can I have the baton? I NEED the baton!!" *as she walks away* "I NEED THE BATON!!!" "Wendy has the baton." "NO, I NEED THE BATON" They were waiting for me. I panicked. I'm sorry for yelling, kind lady.
We all ended up going clean, with only 5 faults. We had the fastest time by far, and just so you all know, team relay is worth 450 points, not 250, so when you think you'll only get the minimum points, you'll really get over 1000 points.
*Enter laugh attack on the floor here*
We qualified, placed 9th overall and while we had another laugh attack, we also had a dance party and strangers joined us and it was happy.
We had lots of laughs that weekend. Mostly about the most ridiculous state slogan. Life Free or Die.
We became really good at stuffing our face with frozen yogurt, too. Like it said, Life Free or Die. We weren't taking any chances. All or nothing.
Everyday I'm looking for more adventures, more places to explore, more freedom to be found, and every day, I find myself a little more.