Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Review & 2014 Stump Kid Resolutions

Another year has come and gone. There wasn't anything too exciting for the Stump Kids, but it was overall a successful year.

January started off the year right with participating in a seminar with Dawn Weaver and celebrating Dally's PACH, not to mention the end of LaMesa's Q drought that was almost a year long. February was quiet, with only one agility trial, but some success along the way.

March saw a trip with Merinda and Porter to Tulsa for the 2014 AKC National Agility Championships that was a lot of fun because I had quite a few friends to share the event with. We chronicled our road trip for The Daily Corgi, as well as on here, so I hope you were able to enjoy the event, too.

April was a struggle to get back into a groove with both girls, though I'm not sure why. LaMesa and I started taking classes at Shamrock Acres in Louisville, which was a great decision because it helped us become more of a team. In May the Stump Kids tried out a Terrier trial for the first time, with barn hunts and lure coursing on the docket.

June saw LaMesa finally get a re-measurement to move down to the 8" Regular height, which has been a huge relief for us. She's now re-learning to not jump so high and it's helping her in many ways on the course. July Dally was on the injured reserve list and LaMesa got her first Novice FAST Q.

August was quiet--no agility trials, but we talked about different things like battling age with agility dogs, a police K9's legacy, etc. September was busy getting back into the groove of agility, but still no Qs for LaMesa.

October saw the girls earn plenty of medals at the Canine Olympics, but more importantly LaMesa earned her first MACH points in Tennessee and Ohio! November Dally finished qualifying for the 2014 AKC National Agility Championships, which I wasn't sure would happen or not. And, finally, December was another quiet month with no agility trials, but moving houses and talking about the mental aspect of agility.

So what's on tap for the Stump Kids in 2014? Well, Dally and I are competing in what is probably going to be her last AKC National Agility Championships. Next year's event is in Reno, so I don't see us making that long trek again. We're so close to finishing up her PACH2 (just 5 QQs & 205 points), so that would be great to accomplish this year.

LaMesa and I still have a lot of work to do, but I'd love to see if we can get qualified for the 2014 AKC Agility Invitational as being in the Top 5 Swedish Vallhunds. She's currently sitting #10, with points only from 2 Qs, so if we can start to be more consistent and Q (and start QQing), it could be very doable.

What do the Stump Kids think?

LaMesa: "My resolution is to try to harness my rogue-ness, as mom calls it, and maybe act a little more domesticated at agility trials in 2014."

Dally: "I don't need a resolution…I'm fabulous every year!"

What are your pups' resolutions? 

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