Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mani is

TACH Pilot Mandolin Rain CGC TMAG-2 TAM NAJ OA



Thursday, August 19, 2010

Let's get TAChY!

Mani and I are competing in a TDAA Agility trial this weekend. This one is going to be the best one EVER! Mani should be getting his TACh (TDAA Agility Championship). I cannot belive that it is finally happening. I WILL have videos. He needs 3 Standard Q's for TACh and TAM, and 3 Games Q's for his TMAG2.

We are also going to an AKC trial next month, hopefully Mani can get his Open agility title (at least). So we will finally be in Excellent-A. But we will see. I know people who have been in Open for 3 1/2 years before they got the title and moved up.

More to come. BTW- I may be getting another Pap soon! More tricks YAY!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

More Trial Stuff

I guess I could blog more often!

Tomorrow (Saturday) I am taking the dogs to a huge pet event called WoofStock, last year it was called Pet-a-ploosa. I couldnt attend last year because I was in California for school state testing. A friend went ans brought Mani with her. She said it was so much fun and the vendors were giving away so much free merchandise that Mani had enough dog food for the next two months. I am finally going to be able to go, after hear ing about it for a year. I cant wait it seems like fun, a great socialization time for Jillian who at the last place I brought her to she had a falling out moment that she could not fully recover from.

Anyways, trial information.
On May 21st - 23rd Mani and I are competing in another AKC trial. I am so excited, on Friday if he goes 2 for 2 he will get his Novice Jumpers With Weaves title NAJ and Standard title NA. I can't wait. He was so fast at the last trial. I am a little nervous because at TDAA trials he is slower and therefore able to weave very nicely. His weaves at this last AKC trial were awful. If we move up to open he is going to have to weave a full set of 12 weave poles. We have not done 12 poles in almost 6mo. In TDAA we are in Superior so we have the option of 12 but the judges only ever do 6.
Normally I would just take him to work with me and take the agility equiptment out and practice, but whenever I train weave poles he get scared, nervous, then shuts down and never wants to see poles again. So what am I to do? I am guessing that I just have to trust my dog and believe that he will show what a good trainer I am. :P.

THEN the next weekend we are going to a TDAA trial in Tenneesee. That should be really fun because Mani will get his TMAG title, which is Teacup Master Agility Games. That means that he received 10 Q's in Satandard games. YAy! Go Mani! I just hope the long road trip before does not make him too sick to run well.

So I think that is enough ranting for one afternoon!

A trick and canine freestyle video to come soon.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Blues n' Q's

Blues N' Q's 16/52, originally uploaded by LAlivin13.
This past weekend at our first AKC agility trial Mani was AWSOME. It was our most sucessful trial. We got blues n' Q's every run. I am so happy.

Our first run Saturday was Novice Jumpers w/ Weaves

Our second run Saturday was Novice Standard. He gave me quite a fright, when he came out of that tunnel. He was so fast that he slid all the way to the very edge of the table before he was able to stop himself. If he had come off the table, it would be a fault. That has happend to us before at a trial.

This last run is Sunday Novice Jumpers W/ Weaves. I really liked this course; unfortunately, I was not able to walk it before I ran the course with Mani. In the video you can see me looking around trying to read numbers, then I would look at the judge to see if her hand went up to call an off-course fault. We were still able to Q' and place first!

Our last run on Sunday was awful. We still Q'd and placed first, but that was only because the other dogs that ran against Mani were eliminated. Mani was very unfocused and not listening. I was still happy with his performance, though.

Blues n' Q's all weekend. I am so thrilled!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Trial Videos!

I finally have the videos to the trial. (lost the camera) Not all of our runs were video taped but here are some.

Here is our first standard run on Saturday!

Here is our second standard on Sunday, I was really happy about this Q because we blew our first standard run that day!

This last run was a jumpers course, I love jumpers. But Mani and I never seem to flow together on a jumpers course, maybe I need to rethink my favorites!

This was the last run on Sunday. He was a little out of it, we both were. We had just gone for a really long walk around the property in the hot sun before this run.
Overall I am very happy with how we did!
We are competing in our very first AKC trial this weekend (4-24 and 4-25). I cant wait. I am sure Mani will do great. I just hope I could say the same about myself. Anyways, I dont know what the novice rules are but I am sure we can Q everything, and come back with 2 legs towards a title.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Agility Weekend Results

Mani and I had a very successful agility weekend. Mani Q’d everything on Sat. and everything but 1 standard on Sun. He got his superior title! In all he Q’d 8 out of 9 runs with a few 1st place wins, a couple thirds and a fourth. We need only 3 more games before we are done building legs for his TACH. YAY!!
I am so excited! We are going to an AKC trial at the end of the month and I can’t wait. I find the Novice AKC courses to be kind of easy; however I have never run one, only observed. Mani and I have been running advanced courses almost since the day we started to I am expecting to do very well.

I have some videos of our runs. I will be posting them soon.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hopeful new Title

Mani and I are competing in a TDAA agility trial this weekend. We only need 1 Q in standard and we get our Superior Standard Title.
Then we need 8 Q’s in games with 3 wins, and 10 Q’s in Standard with 3 wins to get the Championship TACH.

We are also going to start competing in AKC. Our first trial is at the end of the month.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Mani and I have very recently started flyball training. He was never really into toys before; definitely not balls. In our competition obedience training he finally learned how to hold a dumbell in his mouth and bring it back to me. Just 4 days ago I trained him to catch a ball being thrown at him. He is liking it!

I thought flyball would be something fun for us to do with our agility and everything else.

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He seems to be really enjoying himself. I have just been doing a little training at home with him mostly. Working on the foundation things that he would need to know for flyball. 
It is getting warmer and I am loving it, the dogs not so much.             more later! 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Windy Days 8/52

Windy Days 8/52, originally uploaded by LAlivin13.
Gotta love the wind-swept hair look! Mani does it so well.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


We were finally hit by snowmagedon. We got like 5in of snow in less than 3hrs.Well Mani likes snow (I made sure of that) so we played in the snow for quite a while, I got some great pictures.

Gotta love Mani prints!

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

What are you thinking?

Hmmmm, I wonder . . . .

Get that camera OUT of my face!

I'm innocent!

Maybe if I look away now.

Mani is so much fun to take pictures of . . . . .

He does everything

But of course we cannot forget about Jillian, the poor shy neglected child

Scardy cat!

There is some sort of regal aire about her too.

But her cuteness is much too much!

More pics soon.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Almost a month later!

Wow, almost a month later I finally get my suitcase back from the airport, they finally found it!

To make up for my elongated absence I am offering pictures in truce!

I have been doing this 52 Week for Dogs photo group on Flickr.

It is loads of fun!

This weeks challenge was to focus on "places where dogs should not be."

I was at a loss with this idea. All i could think of was Mani on a table or Mani in the toilet, but I already have picture of my CAT doing that:

Mani is not that bad.

So I was going through some of the pictures that I have taken outside that day and found the perfect picture!

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More pictures to come!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy, but Not

Finaly back home with my animals! I am so happy!

The only thing, my suitcase did not make it.

Which means that all of my camera equiptment is not here, so photos and videos are going to have to wait. :(

I took an awsome picture of Mani this week but I cannot put it on my computer because I do not have to cord to my computer! Sometime I just dont like technology!

Well it snowed here, Mani likes the snow, so we had fun running around, well, wait, no, not 'we,' Mani was the only one who liked running around in the cold. Jillian and I had other plans.

So hopefully I will get my bags soon.

I am doing a 52 Weeks for Dogs, well this is the first week, and I dont have a camera! How evil!

I have to go do some obedience with Mani now, we have 2 weeks to make up for. He needs straight fronts.