It's times like these that I thank my lucky stars for having such a good dog.
Marge has truly been angelic through all of the stress and busyness I've been up against the past few weeks. She's really matured a lot lately, it seems. I've been doing my best to keep up with her walks, training sessions, etc., but I know that I am skipping some here and there. Yet, she's being a good girl, sleeping at night and and staying quiet throughout the day save for an occasional poke on the nose to remind me that I need to do some fun things with her.
She's actually had a fair bit of new and exciting things going on.. I just haven't had the time to write about them because of my cat, and class, and pigeon lab research, and and and.
She has been a demo dog two weeks in a row now in the Agility For Fun class I teach. She demonstrated "roll over" to the students with no reservation - a big deal, considering that meant lying down and flipping on her belly while surrounded by many strange dogs and people. She also made fast friends with a disabled boy (to my absolute surprise and delight - we all know Marge is a bit sensitive to those who walk, talk or act differently than she is immediately used to). He called her "really cool," petted her and asked her to perform some tricks, and said he wanted to try running agility with her. She got a little barky during one class when some dogs got the zoomies, but nothing unbearable. And, she stuck right next to me while off leash at the end of class, despite the other dogs/people milling around.
She has also made quite a few new dog friends... the newest being a young Cairn Terrier I am walking and feeding while his owner is away this week. She's gone walking with him two days in a row now, and I'm hoping that I might be able to let them have a little playdate together soon.
We've been doing a bit of agility as well. We had class Sunday night, as well as a practice session out in New Jersey that same morning. Really don't have any complaints.. the biggest things that stick out in my mind are our good but not great contacts (simply haven't practiced them enough) and a bit of start line stress. I'm trying my hardest to prepare her for our big day at Dream Park next weekend - our 2011 agility debut.
I'm not quite sure when this grueling pace is going to let up. In the meantime, I'm doing my best to split myself in as many ways as I can. Some would probably say I should give up the blog for now - but I am proud of what MargeBlog has become and know that putting it on hold would likely bring it to an end. So, I'm continuing to update, despite the chaos! Please forgive me if my visits continue to be on the erratic/sporadic side. Once I get my kitty better, I think I'll be able to devote more time to reading.