Thursday, September 30, 2010

Week in Review

Seems to be the theme lately, but forgive me once again for the sudden disappearance.  My schedule was jam-packed with things to do this week that, unfortunately, did not involve Marge.  It was mostly school stuff, and, thankfully, a lot of it is out of the way now.  I've felt SO bad going in and out of the house 5 million times and not devoting enough time to my girl.

For those wondering, the trial is this upcoming weekend, not last weekend - sorry if I confused anyone.  Honestly, I'm really worried about it.  Class was cancelled last week, so we haven't practiced since last Tuesday (the last time I blogged about agility class).

There is a part of me that is considering not going.  My first run is at 12 noon, so I'll get to the trial around 10, when every one will be there already.  It's a busy, 3-ring trial.  I'm not bringing a tent, and will be set up with friends.

The other part of me is saying I should just suck it up and go - I'm not going to lead out on course, it's at a park I know, and I have to trial sooner or later.  I can't let one bad trial stop me.

Marge herself has actually been having a fantastic week, so much so that I'm considering lowering her dosage of L-Theanine now that the summer is gone.  She even heard FIREWORKS last night and didn't react.  That's unheard of!

And, of course, relating this all to the trial.. one part of me says that I should keep this momentum going and have a great day on Saturday, the other part says that me worrying about the trial is going to just ruin the whole mood of Marge being happy and calm and stuff.


Yes, I need to just relax.  I know. Do they make a Relaxation Protocol for people?


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With Khattledog October 1, 2010 at 12:31 AM  

If you locate this Relaxation Protocol, please send it my way!

Let's hear it for Marge!!!

Amy / Layla the Malamute October 1, 2010 at 1:08 AM  

Good luck this weekend! We'll be sending positive thoughts your way. I think you should go. If anything, if the course doesn't look good, you can pull her then. But there aren't many more outdoor shows this year, like you said it's a site you're both used to, and I think she'll enjoy meeting people like she has been. The entries are expensive enough, so you should be able to get something out of it.

Good luck!! I hope it's a successful weekend.

Sara October 1, 2010 at 6:18 AM  

Go in that ring with confidence Sam! Marge loves doing agility with you.

Anonymous October 1, 2010 at 8:01 AM  

Sendin over one of my Quiet Moments chillin pills for ya :)

Waggin your way,

Maggie Mae and Max October 1, 2010 at 8:37 AM  

Relax and have fun! My paws are crossed fur both of you!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

KB October 1, 2010 at 9:07 AM  

I'm so glad that Marge is having an awesome week despite your crazy one. That says a ton about how far she's come.

I found a relaxation protocol for people but it takes time... something which you don't have much of right now. Meditation is fabulous and simple, and even 10 min a day can make a huge difference (it helps me with pain management). But, I don't think that you really wanted to know about that!

As someone interested in dog training and behavior, you'll be fascinated by how rapidly my dog R's OCD behavior has improved with a simple behavioral program. My vet predicted that we were going to need psychiatric drugs for him but now I don't think so. Amazing!

Whether you trial or not, I hope that you have a fabulous weekend with your amazing girl!

Cyndi and Stumpy October 1, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

Marge is trying to tell you, in the best way she knows, that she's ready for this trial!

LauraK October 1, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

I've found that sometimes when Riley has a big break from agility and I'm nervous about how we're going to do, she actually does better. I think sometimes people over train and sometimes our dogs just need time to clear their heads like we do. Then, when they get out there, they rock! That's my experience anyways- so it's not all bad if you don't practice enough.

I hope that if you decide to go, you're relaxed and have a good time and realize what agility is all about- hanging out with fun people and playing with the dogs we love :) Good luck to you and Marge, we're looking forward to hearing about it!

BRUTUS October 1, 2010 at 12:04 PM  

Yes, all too often I've joked about needing to be the one who needs medicated, not my dogs! I say go and have a good time, take it one step at a time. You need to just get back in the ring, and this is the perfect chance!

(Brutus & Carmen say pee ess - we're doing a giveaway on our bloggie, make sure you come over to check it out!)

Sue October 1, 2010 at 3:24 PM  

Keep repeating that it's all about having fun with your dog.

Anonymous October 1, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

I think you should go, Miss Sam! Just keep in your head images of all the happy times that you and Marge have had with agilities and I bet you'll do GREAT!

Oh, and my mom has been known to take some of my l-theanine for herself! Haha! But she had to take way more than she gives me. Poor thing. I wonder if I need to start doing some counter-conditioning with her in conjunction with the l-theanine. What do you think?

Wiggles & Wags,

AC October 2, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

Go Team Smarge!

I'll echo KB's meditation suggestion. I think it's made me better in tune with a bonus benefit.

Kathy Mocharnuk October 2, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

I would go and take some deep breathes and practice relaxation guys will do the worst of all worlds if Marge does not seem herself then use the run to take like four jumps, say THANK YOU to the judge and suprise Marge and leave and have a big party-that might help if she is having anxiety, you could always have a plan B like if after the first two jumps it doesnt feel right have a line of jumps in mind to head out. Always good to have a plan B so you guys are practicing the type of run you want to have in the ring. More then likely things will be go just fine, and to help with your stress I know you know this but remember it is just a dog trial, there are lots of dog trials so try to not put too much pressure on yourself-what ever happens Marge is still a super star and so are you!!!! Maybe the time off will really leave you guys all ready for some fantastic runs!!!! I will be thinking of you and Marge!

andrea October 2, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

whatever you do ... but why not head over to the trial anyhow - or you'll find yourself saying -what if???

looking forward to the report back

Chris and Ricky October 2, 2010 at 10:55 PM  

I sure hope you decided to go to the trial and that you and Marge had a blast!

Dawn October 3, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

Did you go? Was it OK? Can't wait to hear...

Kari in Alaska October 6, 2010 at 9:46 PM  

For me relaxation normally involves lots of wine and sometimes a trip to the spa (which should happen before the wine). Also, puppy snuggles work wonders.


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