Archive for April, 2009

We will now take a break from our regular scheduled program….Introducing Penney!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21, 2009 by Darlene Barnes

Well, I’ve been trying to convince my husband that I wanted another dog. I have been having so much fun with JoJo, that I wanted another dog/puppy to do agility with. Well, I got another dog. It isn’t what I was expecting, but she needed a home. A close family friend passed away and her dog, a Shorty Jack Russell Terrier, needed a home.  Meet Penney.999_42261999_42311Isn’t she sweet. She really does have a sweet face, and personality. Penney, I have recently found is 8 years old.
It has been an interesting couple of days. Getting Penney comfortable with our routine and getting JoJo comfortable with a new friend. JoJo keeps asking me ” When is SHE going home?” Wont JoJo be surprised, Penney isn’t gonig home.
Right now, we are working on our trust and then we will see what Penney likes to do.
I looking forward to our time together.

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DCKC Show at Wrightstown PA

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by Darlene Barnes

Wow! This should get me up to date with all the shows to this point.
On Sunday April 5th, 2009, we attended the DCKC (Delaware County Kennel Club) show at Middletown Grange Fairgrounds in Wrightstown, PA.
It was a pretty good day, a bit windy, left over from Saturday.

Our first run of the days was in Open Jumpers.
This was our Open Title run. When I set up JoJo and saw that she was sniffing at the ground, I thought we were going to have  a problem, but we didn’t. It looked like a tough course, but it wasn’t. I always think it’s tough before I actually run it. I have my instructor to thank for that. She always trains us on Excellant courses.
http://speedoggie.com/

Open Jumpers Run


Excellant here I come.

Ok, this was our second run of the day, Open Standard. I’ve got to admit, I screwed up this run. I did a front cross in the wrong place. Bad decision. JoJo missed the entrance to the weave poles, when I brought her around she took a off course jump. Man, I tell you, mommy sucked on this run. I guess we will have to wait for the next run to get our Open Standard Title.
Open Standard Run

Afghan Cluster, March 28 & 28, 2009. East Freehold Park, Freehold, NJ.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2009 by Darlene Barnes

The last weekend in March was The Afghan Show at Freehold. This show is close to home and I enjoy going there. I took Saturday off from work and made a weekend out of it. Setting up a tent next to my friend Nicole, her husband Rob and their Jack Russell, Shelby. I had a great weekend and enjoyed hanging with Nicole and Rob. It turned out to be a rainy weekend, but we braved it and came home with a “Q”. Our “Q” bought our talley to 2 “Q’s” in Open Standard and 2 “Q’s” in Jumpers.

Saturday’s Open Standard Run.

We had a really great run here, but I didn’t line up right for the weave poles, which had me crowding the poles. JoJo past right on by the poles, then it was too many trys to get her back in the poles. Once I got here in she was perfect.

Saturday’s Open Jumpers Run.

On this run, we had some issues with JoJo looking up at me in the poles, but I have been working on it. We had a little problem with the first attempt into the tunnel. JoJo decided to jump the number on the outside of the tunnel. You can’t see that, but let me tell you she did it.

Sunday’s Open Jumpers Run

Even with the rainy weather, we have a great Jumpers run on Sunday. JoJo was perfect. She hit the weaves and never looked back. This was our 2nd “Q” in Open Jumpers.

Sunday’s Open Standard Run 
I’ve got to tell you, there are times when I really believe I have the class clown dog. I very rarely have an issue with JoJo on her start line stays, she’s almost always perfect with that. Today I should of known. I set her up and she kept sniffing the ground, very unlike her. I got her attention, or so I thought, did my lead out and when I gave her command to come, she gave me the most comical look and just went the other way. You wont be able to see the look, but check it out.

We had a great run, she picked up on all my cues. We did have a dropped bar, I will have to watch more closely to see if I cause her to drop the bar. He missed the entrance to the weave poles, I believe that was me, I stopped my forward motion and I think she picked up on that.
All in all we had an awesome weekend. Lots of fun as always.
Gotta love it.

SOJAC show at Dream Park, March 20,21,22 2009

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2009 by Darlene Barnes

Sorry for the delay in getting these posts done. It’s been a busy couple of weeks. We have been busy at the shop, busy with trials and busy with training.
On Sunday, March 22, 2009, we attended The SOJAC (South Jersey Agility Club) show at Gloucester County Dream Park. I like this place for indoor shows.
http://www.equinenow.com/farm/gloucester_county_dream_park.htm

Our first run of the day was Open Jumpers. It was a pretty good course, but we had some issues. I mean WE!!! I over compensated when pulling JoJo to the outside of the tunnel and she ran into the side if the opening. JoJo started this new thing, over running the Table. You can bet we worked hard on that and she isn’t doing it any more, I hope. She was perfect when it came to the weave poles, but the best part was at the last jump, when she bull dozed the jump. Not sure what happened, but I can’t complain, we had a good run.

The second run was Open Standard. This course was a little more challenging. A lot of twists and turns. I got a little confused on my handling, but we managed pretty good. As you can see JoJo over ran the Weave Poles. I believe, I pulled her off to much, trying to make sure I gave her a good entrance. We dropped a bar, but again we have a good run.

I love playing agility with my little JoJo, for the most part she makes it so easy. She does everything I ask of her, whether it’s right or wrong.