Wednesday, March 13, 2013

In like a lion

So far, March has been a very damp month.  I don't know why I'm surprised. I've only lived on the Wet Coast for my entire life.  Still, my penchant for hyperbole makes me say thing such as "Bloody hell, I'm going to build an ark" and "Great, now I'm all pruney."  I won't complain on Facebook, though, as the photos of snow banks make me realize that being a bit pruney isn't the worst thing in the world, weather-wise.

In truth, we've managed to get a lot done for all the rain.  First, Lou celebrated his 11th birthday!

I am largely in denial that my big beautiful border collie is now a senior citizen.  He is still keen to work, but I think his days of field trials are over.  I'll try him one more time at Lee's Stirling Acres trial in April.  It seems fitting, since my first trip to the post was at Lee's trial in 2006. 
Don't be sad, we have cake!

On the other end of the aging spectrum is The Wickens.  I am not sure that she's a dog at all.  My friend has always maintained that she is a Terminator, sent back through time to terrorize squirrels and warn mankind about ceiling fans.  Whatever she is, she's still running strong at 12+ years of age.  

In a few years, I suppose all I will have in either herding or agility is this:

Why do you say it like it's a bad thing?

In fairness to Rex, he's turned out to be a nice little agility dog (bark!  bounce!  barkbounce!!!) and I think he's very close to being a good sheepdog.  My puppy will be 6 in May.  I am not sure how all these dogs can be getting so old when I am still 23.  Or so.

Rather than lament the fleeting nature of youth, I shall reflect with fondness on the fun Wick and Rex had just this past weekend!  No need to dive back to the halcyon days of 2007 - oh no!  The second weekend of March, 2013, we went down to Argus Ranch and ran at the Red Hot Rovers USDAA all-tournament trial.  Wick and I ran with our friend and teacher, Wendy, and her rocket dog, Phoenix.  While the girls didn't qualify in PVP (stupid off-courses!) we had a lot of fun.  Rex ran with Wendy and her little red dog, Chili, and Stefan and his good border collie, Chronos.  We stayed largely on course (glares severely at Rex) and actually managed to place 2nd out of 21 teams in DAM - yay!

And with fond reflection comes gratuitous dog videos, set to music that may or may not have anything to do with the content of the video.  'Cause you know what?  I like AC/DC.  There, I said it!

And why Pink?  Why not!  It's only the best colour, like, ever.