Thursday, April 5, 2018
The Week In Review
Despite how that picture looks, Dominic hates bath. :) It took some cookies and some patience, but he got into the bathtub all on his own. And in case you're wondering, yes those are whiskers on his face and yes those whiskers stayed put. As I was attempting to shave him the night before the specialty, I realized this was not the time and this was a "battle" that he should win. What I should have done was what I do when I'm getting the dogs used to the dremmel. One toe nail at a time with lots of treats and lots of consistency over the course of several weeks. I just plum forgot and fell back on what I usually do, which is shave the dog the night before the dog show. Only Dom has never had his whiskers shaved (as a puppy who needed ring experience, whiskers were the least of my concerns). So really, I shouldn't have even tried doing it. In the end, I tried a little. He made it clear that he was not having it. So we moved along to the bath, which by comparison was much less terrible.
Last Friday was the Willamette Valley Great Dane Club's annual double specialty. This was my first time back in the conformation ring in a year. This was a big deal. I wasn't aiming to be competitive for the points. I just wanted to prove to myself that I could handle it and that this part of my life was back under my control. Dominic was the only one in his class, so we got all the wonderful swag that the club offers for winning the class. It was pretty sweet! But best of all was how freaking supportive and amazing the group of dane people are who were at this show! I had the very awesome pleasure to be cheered on around the ring by the other exhibitors. They were genuinely happy to see me back in the ring and wanted me to know it. I can't adequately explain what that means to me. These people are amazing. :)
Dominic did well enough considering that he's had a year off with not a lot of work. We have things to work on and I have a plan for how to go about that. But we had a pretty good time in the ring and I was happy to be there. This was also my boyfriend Tanner's very first dog show. I kind of broke him in a little hard. ;) But he was a great sport and even won a couple of collars for the dogs in the most excellent raffle that the club had!
The rest of this week has been trying to keep up on house chores, dog chores, a Sherwood Dog Training Club meeting and baking gluten free, vegan peanut butter blondies for the bake off at work tomorrow. And bucking with the usual tradition of buying the dogs a physical item for their birthdays, this year for Miley I decided I would get her a gift that would also kick my butt into training gear (that is a post by itself). But hopefully in a way that wouldn't have me overly stressed out trying to fit yet one more thing into a schedule that occasionally has me hyperventilating. I decided to enroll in a class through the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy! We're taking the Relationship Walks class. It meets the criteria for what I can handle right now. It's online, so I don't have to actually schedule it as well as factor in travel time. I'm enrolled at the bronze level, so the price works for me. And I get to go through the course at my pace without having the self appointed or otherwise, pressure of having to submit videos by a certain time. I also have less guilt if I have a day where training is just not going to happen. At the bronze level, I feel like I will be able to capitalize on what I've paid for. Trying to get a handle on juggling everything has proven to be quite the challenge for me and I'm hoping this will help to ease me back into the swing of things.