Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Until you look back

There are those days....

Ya know the ones.....

That seem like no progress is being made....

Like no progress has ever been made.......

You just wanna give up on it all.......

You begin to wonder if things will ever come together.......

Well I didn't have one of those days yesterday :)

I had the complete opposite. It was the day when you realize how far things have come and that really all that was needed was simply; time. There are those moments when no matter how hard you try to push for something and make it as desirable as possible it just doesn't happen. At that moment you basically day F* it and move on because your tired of trying. Then all of a sudden out of no where you stop for a moment to realize that what you were working so hard for before is there. Like magic it has appeared. Out of no where with really no work at all it happened :)

What does this all have to do with AMP?

This is what has happened with almost every pieces of agility training. I can stop and think back and the same trend has happened every time.

I go to teach her ___________ (insert obstacle) she doesn't like it. I try to push her to be faster or like it or whatever the problem is. She rejects and does what she wants. I say FINE. I deal with what she has to offer. I stop and look now and she does exactly what I wanted.

honestly you think I would learn after some time that this is just the way AMP works, but yet I did this again, again, and again!

Last night when I went to set-up a 6 jump, jump line to work zig zag grids, bounce grids, and just some jump lines for practice and she nailed them almost every time I stopped and thought about the very first day when she didn't even want anything to do with that. I could hardly get her to take one jump without losing her melon much less 6 in a row that she would have to.....wait for it.....collect :O last winter and spring I would have said yeah right and now I am saying bring it on :)

I love this dog more than any other dog I have ever trained. She is definitely my heart dog and always will be. There are times I just wanna scream at the things she does, but then I forget all that when I look and see the amazing things she has overcome and does!!!

This girl amazes me more and more every single day! I can't wait for the next chance we get to step to the startline and run our hearts out. I don't think I will ever get sick of that wild stare she gives me waiting for me to release her and let the games begin :)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sahmart :)

The video really proves it all, but AMP had amazingly genius moments this weekend ;)

I couldn't have been more proud of my little bear!!!

She got her last Starter Jumpers Q to get her SJ!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHH first title EVER :)

The startline showed progress..woot woot-- and I didn't have to pull her at all!! It actually got better as the weekend went on!

Can't wait to run her again in a few weeks :) She's a complete blast! For now we will just work on getting some things worked on!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Until We Meet Again...

Today is the day that marks the passing of a dear, loving, and great dog- Ice "Stormfront's To Cool For You"


I can not put into words the emotions and feelings I have running through every vein and every vessel of my body right now. Losing loved one that are so young is never easy, since we always feel their time with us was far too short and we had barely just begun. This was the case for Ice. The passing of a dog is never easy whether they are close to our hearts or maybe a little further away-either way we feel the same grieving and sorrow for them.

Ice loved playing in the mud- the more she was covered in it the wider her grin got. She loved and loved and loved everyone she met and brought a happy energetic feeling to every thing she did. She hadn't gotten much time to participate in flyball due to being diagnosed with the horrible cancer, lymphoma. Annie made sure every day though Ice enjoyed it and got to the most out of it.

10 months ago when Annie found out that Ice was carrying this retched disease she didn't give up or crumble at the words, she stood proud and strong not willing to give the enemy the upper hand. She did all the treatments that were recommended. Some involved miles of driving and scheduling, but that didn't stop these two from the fight. When the cancer tried to step in their way Ice and Annie just stepped back at it, showing it wasn't going to get them. Not once did I ever hear Annie say anything about the medical bills costs or the driving she had to do, or even the nights she got no sleep; she didn't care what had to be done she was going to do it without looking back!

In Ice's last few days she got to enjoy roast, DQ, long walks, and just time to be herself. Annie didn't hold her back she just let her be and do what she wanted. Ice took every moment she had left and cherished as well did Annie.

Until last night at 4a.m. when god called from the heavens above and said that it was time for Ice to be rid of her pains and sufferings, for her to get to run free and wild, to enjoy all the mud puddles their can to be found, and most of all to enjoy her time waiting. Waiting, until the time when Annie walks through those golden gates and their eyes meet again. Ice can run up to Annie and fill her face with kisses and Annie can squeeze Ice with lots of hugs and together they will be with each other forever. Until then Ice will be watching down on all of us making sure that we are smiling and not letting anything bring us down or be too serious of anything.

We will miss you Ice and we will never forget you and the fight you fought- until we are all reunited again with your Sisters: Frost, Dilli, AMP'D and Brothers: Relay and Torque.

Rest in Peace Ice

There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth
It is called Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors

Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows,
hills, valleys with lush green grass

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this special place
There is always food and water and warm spring weather

The old and frail are young again
Those who are maimed are made whole again

They play all day with each other
There is only one thing missing

They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth
So each day they run and play until the day comes
when one suddenly stops playing and looks up !

The nose twitches !
The ears are up !
The eyes are staring !
And this one suddenly runs from the group !

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him or her into your arms and embrace
your face is kissed again and again,
and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated

Monday, January 9, 2012


That's AMP's new name!

Learned some thing this weekend :) AMP can't be near the ring entrance when she is up to run...bad...bad..bad! I am surprised she didn't start doing back flips or something she was so high. No toys before the run- that's just fueling the jet up.

She had GREAT weave poles this weekend though :) I was having mixed feelings about her footwork, but people assured me that it looked fine and she will keep improving, so I can stop worrying about those!

Jumping is looking much more relaxed- probably the only thing relaxed when she runs...tee hee!

Still need to just keep working on different handling skillz and her staying focused on her job and not me--I am not the job I am the assistent ;) ha!

AMP has decided barking while running is exciting..or barks because she is excited..probably both! I am fine with that as long as we are following the above guideline..focus!

Startline is gotta happen! I can't beat the crack addict around the course without one. I am not wanting to pull her, so I am just gunna try to really work it and change the word and do maybe some other things to see if I can fix it without coming down to having to pull her. It has been-- let's let history repeat--this time!

I love my AMPie girl and wouldn't change her for the world! She is a total blast to run and an edge of your seat ride :) what a total high!

Figured the song was WAYY to fitting for her :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

TEETERing on the edge

More like not really.

Story: AMP hates teeter. End of story

This is what I had originally thought- after tonight it turns out she doesn't dislike the wholething-- really she is just holding a grudge against the bang.
Better than the whole thing I suppose :) I am thinking at some point they will become friends though!!
Last night I was determined! She was going to like that teeter, I didn't care what I had to do!

Peanut Butter!!!!!!

She will probably turn into a Peanut with the amount of P.Butter she got yesterday-- I am having visions of Willy Wonka and the blueberry girl..eeks!

After showing her the teeter doesn't bit, nor is it scary we made some HUGE progress! Got the teeter up to regulation height and she was ok with it falling and going up it as long as someone was letting it fall and not her dropping it--and of course she had her face submerged in P.butter! Regardless it made her happy and she could do it! YAY AMP :)

It isn't yet perfected and she will have to get use to the bang noise at some point, but for now we are just going to be her little Peanuty self :)

Hi..I'm AMP..I like Peanut Butter all over my face, hair, ears, ect... yummm
AMP is a crazy ninja if you didn't know ;)
A ninja that can fly too :)
AMP= no patience for any sort of stopping
Yes AMP I see you have a ball-- I am aware your tongue hasn't gotten some rare disease!
AMP's favorite game is racing and running ;)
Raccoon :)
Pleaze put your eye balls back in your head:) haha
She refused to take another picture ;)