I recently read an article on a questionable news site that highlights the pitfalls of most new year’s resolutions in the language we use to make them.ย About how if we “should” do something, it becomes more like a chore, like an expectation, or that we are not currently enough how we are now, we should be more. It talked instead about making choices for the year, to have ownership and control over the actions you’ll take. To acknowledge that you are enough already, and powerful for choosing to be more.

I kind of like that.

So, as I’m sitting here, pretty sure that I have a stress fracture in my foot, frustrated that it’s already been a week and not yet diagnosed except by Dr. Google (who is also telling me that runners who get this fracture end up having surgery. Shut up Dr. Google, I’m not having surgery.), and despite having a Doctor’s appointment tomorrow to discuss the results of the X-ray that I’m 99% sure will be inconclusive (Dr. Google also tells me that these kinds of fractures only show up on X-rays after 4 weeks, leading me to believe that the Dr I went to doesn’t know anything about anything), and will then have to tell her I want an MRI, get the MRI and wait for the results for that… I’ve been thinking about the new year.

Here are the choices I would like to make:

  • I choose to be more forgiving of training problems when they come up, to accept the journey as it is and not feel rushed to fix things. After all, I recently saw on a video by Tereza Krรกlovรก that it took her nearly a year to find a way that worked to teach her dog Running Contacts. So time is ok, we can take time.
  • I choose to look after myself – to be fit and strong so I am a good teammate for Loki (though, ironically, I think my foot injury came from jumping-jacks and long distance running. So much for exercise).
  • I choose to look after Loki, and schedule time to keep his body fit and strong.
  • I choose to be present in my life – at work, at home, in agility, and to live fully in the moments of joy.


So that works.

And in the meantime I’ll be moping about my foot and swimming laps at the pool.

I fricken hate swimming laps.


… oh, and Lumen has just started limping randomly. Sweeeeetttt.


new games

Hey, hi.

Been busy. First week of school, putting an offer in on a house (2 acres of FLAT LAND) in the COUNTRYSIDE but only 5 minutes from a train station for Nic and … well… 45 mins to work for me. Ok, I could change schools, but I like my school. I like the kids. They let me have my dog at school.

Anyway. A friend’s friend sent her some notes relating to Justine Davenport. One of the games was to help teach tunnel/jump discrimination. We did the tunnel version this morning (and the jumping one last night). Basically we walked up to the tunnel and I stood there all tense and she was like; OMG DO I GO IN THE TUNNEL NOW? HOW ABOUT NOW? NOW!? NOW NOW NOW!? and then I’d say: “TUNNEL TUNNEL TUNNEL!!!!!” and she’d race through and we’d have a big play with her toy. And then once she did it without me saying and I said; “ok let’s try again!” so we went to the entrance again and did it again. So, excellent learning for Lu: 1) tunnels are good fun when you do them. 2) Tunnels are full of excitement and self-control (and she loves self-control. That whole tense-ready thing is a big draw for her) and 3) It’s more fun to do the tunnel when I say so than when I don’t. I think this could be very excellent for Lu.

I also did the same thing with a jump with excellent results, except that then she didn’t want to do the backside of a jump. But that might have just been forgetting how to do the backside of a jump and also being tired.

Still learning the weaves. Must be careful not to rush. But it’s very difficult, there’s a lot to practise, eg. entries, independence AND closing the weaves. RC was easier because it was just height height height height… I didn’t have to think about other stuff yet. But at the moment she’s finding some entries hard, so do I stay there until the entries are easier? Silvia seemed to suggest that I should close the weaves more and go back to harder entries later. How do I judge when to close the gap? I need a system here. I really liked doing RC because it was black and white- 80% success rate x 3 sessions = raise the height! I can have 80% success rate on WEAVING, but not entries! And as soon as I add a bar or something, that’ll be a whole new ball-game again, so I could be training entries forever but never be able to close the weaves.

The other day I sent her around a jump-wing with no bar and into a straight weave entry and she couldn’t do it. So weird. Good excuse to do fast straight entries though.

Help! Someone give me a system. I need to watch the DVD again. Not sure when I’ll have time. Would like my own training area now so I can set tunnels up around the place for discrimination. Very impatient for this now.

Hoping for a beach trip this weekend. Also visiting Tink again. Made my mind up by about 90% that I’d like to get her, just DREADING the whole puppy thing again, then teenage energy levels, biting, sharp claws… That being said, her breeder (Amanda) sent me this message yesterday: “you should have seen Tink yesterday! She LOVES the tunnel! Raced through the tunnel full pelt and then turned to chase the puppies. Gosh she is entertaining!! And sooooo cheeky!”

Oh lord, like I need more cheeky in my life, but doesn’t she sound awesome? ADULT DOG TUNNEL.


Here she is. Just cos.