Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Maddie and Remy

While in Perry, we caught up with a friend who lives there and has a 6 month old whippet, Remy. Maddie and Remy hit it off and had a little bit of fun wrestling on leash.

Maddie is so good and gentle.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Knock on Wood - Maddie

As if having two hounds kicking butt in agility were not enough, I am thrilled that Maddie is also kicking butt in her own right. She finished her Open Standard title on the first day, so that moved her up to both Excellent classes.  Thank goodness!  It can be tricky navigating three dogs in two different rings.  At one point, I had three dogs running the same course in Ring 1 and then Maddie also in Ring 2.  So three dogs, four runs, and two different courses in about a 30 minute window.  Thankfully the hubby came with me this time so he was racing around and switching dogs with me.
Now that Maddie has moved up to Excellent, she is running the same courses as Riley and Seven. They are Master level so Maddie is not competing against them, but Excellent and Masters runs on the same courses.

Here are her runs:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Knock on Wood - Riley

Riley also earned two QQs and now has 5 towards her third championship! She is just running so well. It is kind of funny that she started her last comeback running somewhat wishy washy. Maybe she was just out of shape still. But she is definitely back now!
Riley was also super cute on Saturday. I offered her to my friend, Todd, who lost his boxer to cancer a couple of months ago at a much-too-young-age. He currently does not have a dog to run and was at the trial. Since there was no QQ on the line, he ran Riley in Jumpers.  I had no idea what to expect because I never let anyone run my dogs. Some dogs will not run for other people and start looking for their owners. But Riley was precious and gave him a good run! It is fun to watch people run dogs that they are not used to. You never know what will happen.
Go Riley Greyhound! Good girl!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Knock on Wood - Seven

Knock on wood, 2015 continues to be amazing for our agility trials!  Everyone has their lucky streaks, but to have two on such a roll and a young dog quickly climbing the levels is really something.  I'm feeling really spoiled!

Seven was 5 out of 6 again! She now has 13 double qualifiers towards her third championship. Seven more to go. Her only error was a teeter fly off.  Remember this?
I am sure it looked something like that and I was just as annoyed. :-)  About ever couple of months, Seven seems to have to throw one of these in for good measure. Here are the qualifying runs:
Lots of wraps and pull throughs. We have worked a lot on those things the last couple of years.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sandyhounds - Riley

Riley looks sweet and innocent, but she is not. Around New Years, she clocked me in the face and gave me a huge black eye.
Pretty huh?
We were at our little beach spot and Riley went nuts digging in the sand while I was leaning over her and BAAM!  It took over 3 weeks to disappear. So I'm a little head shy now, but here is a video of how silly Riley can be in the sand............. and pretty ferocious sounding too:

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sandyhounds - Maddie

When we are not away at trials, we try to get a good hike in with friends on the weekends. One of our favorite hiking loops has a little beach area that drops down off the trail. Riley and Maddie love the sand and go nuts!

Here is Maddie's video:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Banner Trial - Riley

Like the other two, Riley also ran very well.  She Double Qualified once.  Almost did another time, but knocked the very last bar in Jumpers.  That hurt a little. :-)  Another time, the error was my fault.  I just did not get where I needed to be fast enough.
But overall she is running fantastic! Knock on wood!  I am still hoping for another year and a half before she retires. Here are her runs:

Monday, February 2, 2015

Banner Trial - Seven

Seven also had a banner trial! She ran clean 5 out of 6 times as well and Double Qualified twice. She is now more than half way to being the first greyhound to earn 3 agility championships!

Here are her qualifying runs:

The one non-qualifying run was pretty terrible.  Even a sports car can be driven into a ditch. She was pissed because in her mind this run was very late in the day and her dinner was late too. The one hour time change made everything an hour worse for her.  She got herself all worked up and then we were rushed into the ring. So she was in a real hurry to get this run done and was not paying as good attention as she usually does.
See! Our runs sometimes do suck! Ha!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Another Banner Trial - Maddie

I will start with Maddie. This was Maddie's first trial running in both classes (Standard and Jumpers) each day. She qualified 5 out of 6 times. Her one non-qualifying run, she missed the tire jump.
Whoops!  I did not even know until I saw this picture.  Did not faze her one bit.

Here are her runs.
It really is so funny. If you had asked me a year ago, I would have laughed if you had said this is where we would be now.  In fact, I had lunch with my trainer on New Year's Day last year to discuss an extremely frustrating training session with Maddie.  I needed a big pep talk.  We figured out some new strategies and months later it really started to come together and look where we are now. I am thrilled.
And so is Maddie!

The biggest game changer is her food motivation.  It has finally been awaken.  I cannot remember the last time she spit out or refused a treat. Now when she is free running and I call her, she genuinely wants the reward even if she is panting.

That weekend finished Maddie's Open Jumper title with three qualifying runs in a row.  She is now moving up to Excellent and will be running the same Jumper courses as Riley and Seven.
Go Mad Dog!

Monday, January 26, 2015

ORKC Trial - Seven

Seven also had a banner weekend at the ORKC trial!  Like Riley, she ran clean 5 out of 6 times!  Amazing! Seven now has 9 Double Qs towards her third agility championship.  That is exciting because there are no greyhounds that have achieved that.  Here are her runs from the weekend.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ORKC Trial - Riley

Riley also competed at the ORKC Trial and did awesome!  We qualified 5 out of 6 times with two double Qs!  She was on fire!  In fact, in one Jumpers run she ran in 6.2 yards per second (awesome!) beating Seven!  Here are the runs I have for her on video.

Monday, January 19, 2015

ORKC Trial - Maddie

Maddie completed both Novice titles at the ORKC Trial in Tennessee a couple of weeks ago.  It is nice to have that level out of the way.  On to Open level... I hope we can knock it out quickly too.

Here are Maddie's two qualifiying runs from that trial.  Her second run on the video (Jumpers) was perfect!  It was first thing in the morning and the ground outside was still frozen so there was not playing or exercising Maddie prior to her run.  I have noticed that Maddie doesn't wake up crazy.  That it takes her some time to wake up and get going. So I did very little with her so she would stay sleepy and brought her straight to the rings, did a light warm up, and took her to the start line.  It worked perfectly!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

TVKC Trial

Maddie did great at her third agility trial. She earned her second legs towards her Novice titles. I'm so ready to get her done with Novice and Open so she is running the same courses as Riley and Seven. Here are her runs.  The second one is Time to Beat. We did not qualify, but Maddie did great despite my handling errors and she got her weave poles even though I was totally in her way. Good Mad Dog!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Favorite Fields

My favorite thing about coming to the greyhound lure coursing specialty when my club hosts it are these gorgeous fields!
I love letting my well trained and behaved greyhounds hunt, sniff, run, and play before the event gets started.

You may have noticed that Seven is not in any of the photos. Well, that is because she is not well behaved and has lost her privileges once and for all a year ago. She is too much in hunt mode and will take off after a scent and she does not play nice. But Maddie and Riley had a blast!