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( Aug. 6th, 2008 09:36 pm)
... but we got there in the end.

A CCD (Community Companion Dog) title on Faxon that is.

Yup we finally cracked that third and final pass so Faxon is now entitled to have CCD after his name - ie. Tianze Power of Truth CCD.

For those of you who have no idea what I am prattling on about CCD is an obedience title. :)

We will be carrying on to attempt to get a CD - Companion Dog) title - hopefully this won't take another two years!
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( May. 19th, 2008 08:12 pm)
... I am going to Brisbane to the Afghan Hound Nationals and specialty shows!

Booked flights today, will be staying with Faxon's breeder and should have loads of affie time. :)
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( Mar. 17th, 2008 12:08 am)
these were grown by [ profile] saluqi and [ profile] trixtah who should be very proud!



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( Feb. 2nd, 2008 10:39 am)
Yesterday was Faxon's 5th birthday. I can remember clearly picking him up from his breeder and driving back to Canberra with him. It really doesn't seem that long ago.

Pics here. )
...are their own worst enemies.

From our ISPs network status page.

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( Sep. 14th, 2007 09:31 pm)
1. Go to Career Cruising,
2. Put in Username: nycareers and Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top twenty results
5. Put the careers you have seriously considered in bold

I posted all 40 results - the ones in italics are jobs I've actually done. :)

results here. )
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( Sep. 14th, 2007 09:11 am)
This is one of the gurus of heelwork to music - Mary-Ray.

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( Sep. 11th, 2007 12:01 pm)
Enjoy, I did. :)

I reckon the [ profile] bordercolliebrs could do this! ;)

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( Sep. 2nd, 2007 07:26 pm)
Yesterday Faxon and I spent the day doing obedience trials. There were two trials on -one in the morning followed by another in the afternoon. I trialled Faxon in both and also stewarded in both. Made for a very long day.

Unfortunately we bombed in both trials. Our heeling let us down in both trials and in the second Faxon did his stay trick for the recall. The morning recall was nice. :)

Stewarding was fun but also very tiring so I was more than happy to leave at 5.00pm. There were still two rings going when I left so gawd knows what time the trial finished up.

This morning I went out to the dog club and taught a beginners class which was fun. It was also fun to finish teaching that class and come home. I spent the afternoon snoozing on the couch and watching crap TV.

Finished the day by having a home delivered takeaway with [ profile] trixtah and [ profile] saluqi. A pleasant end to a long weekend. I'm off to have a long hot bath then bed. :)

'night all!
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( Aug. 29th, 2007 10:12 pm)
I've just got home from talking at a diversity high table dinner hosted by one of the Halls at ANU.

I have to say it was great to see 40 + young people interested in diversity. :)

After a glass of champers and a couple of glasses of Red, a wonderful meal I got up to do my bit. It seemed to go down well. I got laughs in the appropriate places!

The other speakers were also really interesting. The head of the ANUs disability unit, an international student form Kenya and a young MTF trans girl.

The last of these really touched me. I found it incredibly sad when she said that she hoped that hers would be the last generation of trans people to have to deal with the hardships she had dealt with. Unfortunately I remember thinking the same thing 10 - 20 years ago and I don't see society changing that much over the next ten years due to our political climate. I live in hope that things will change but in all honesty I can't see how. :(

Damn this ended up being more depressing than I hoped it would be when I started.

Off to bed me thinks.
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( Aug. 18th, 2007 10:06 am)
[ profile] saluqi and I just spent a few days down at Broulee on the South Coast of NSW. The place we stayed at was a 2 minute walk from a 24 Hour off leash beach.

I managed to get some nice photos of Faxon and Lucy.

The rest are on my Flickr site. :)

Swiped from [ profile] madshutterbug

You're Siddhartha!

by Hermann Hesse

You simply don't know what to believe, but you're willing to try
anything once. Western values, Eastern values, hedonism and minimalism, you've spent
some time in every camp. But you still don't have any idea what camp you belong in.
This makes you an individualist of the highest order, but also really lonely. It's
time to chill out under a tree. And realize that at least you believe in

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

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( Aug. 5th, 2007 09:05 pm)
I've just uploaded 91 pics of the houndz to my flickr account. :)

All totally unedited. Taken using sports mode and continuous shutter this afternoon.

Enjoy. :)
After a year and a bit of trialling we finally got that second pass towards our CCD title.

I can't begin to tell you what a relief this pass is!

From what I was told afterwards our heeling was pretty damn good even if the boy missed a couple of drops. Our stand for exam was perfect. Our recall was pretty good for us. Hr came when I called but didn't sit until I reminded him what to do. Sit stay was perfect and the down stay was amusing. There is nothing quite like seeing your dog stretched out on his side in the down stay! :)

Any way we have another certificate and ribbon to our names and only need one more for our title.
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( Jul. 27th, 2007 04:33 pm)
Some doggy pics taken with the new toy.

Put here to save your pages. :) )
To be exact a Nikon D40x digital SLR with a twin zoom lens kit.

For people who need all the technical guff look here. (No I didn't pay that price I got a better price plus some goodies)

Be prepared to inundated with doggy photos!
or something! Swiped from [ profile] madshutterbug

You scored as Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix), You can change the world around you. You have a strong will and a high technical aptitude. Is it possible you are the one? Now if only Agent Smith would quit beating up your friends.


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Serenity (Firefly)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Moya (Farscape)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


SG-1 (Stargate)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
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( Jun. 10th, 2007 05:06 pm)
A question for the experienced triallers here. :)

I trail and afghan hound in a class called Community Companion Dog (CCD) here in Australia. CCD consists of five relatively simple exercises, Heel on lead with position changes and three different paces, Stand for exam on lead, Recall over 6 metres, a 1 minute sit stay and a 2 minute down stay with handlers 6 metres away.

I have been doing this class now for quite a while. We have one qualifying score so I know we can do the exercises. ;)

Now the problem. Faxon (the Afghan Hound) and I can complete all of these exercises very well in practice outside of the ring environment. However once we set foot in the ring it all seems to fall apart. I know part of this is due to me getting nervous when we go into the ring. Faxon lags in the heeling and will miss positions in the position changes. Different ones at different times. Stand for exam is basically rock solid - we usually get 9 or 10 out of 10 for this exercise. The recall basically becomes a stay exercise. I leave the start peg with Faxon off lead he tends to lag a bit but I know how to fix this and will work on this. He will stay in the sit when I leave him and go out and do the about turn. The problem is he stays in the sit when I call him. This is now happening 90% of the time. When he does come he comes beautifully. The problem is I can't figure out what I am doing different in each situation. People who have watched us train also can't spot any difference between a successful recall and an unsuccessful one. I have stopped calling him a second time as I felt this was only encouraging him to stay until the second call. When he does come he gets big praise, we run out of the ring to get him a food reward and make a big fuss.

Any ideas on how to fix these issues? As I have said when we practice these behaviours don't occur or occur only rarely.

X-posted to dogsintraining & dogtrainers.
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( May. 26th, 2007 03:39 pm)
....another obedience trial.

Today was the first day of the ACT State Obedience Titles. Somehow I don't think we will be walking away with a State Title this weekend.

Heeling great, Stand for exam great, recall - nope, sit stay - nope, Down stay - what can I say about our down stay?

We did dead dog at the start - for non dog people this is when the dog is laying flat on their side rather than doing the phoenix thing - then we had a good scratch and then STOOD up and did a perfect stand stay.

The boy keeps me on my toes and the crowd amused.

Strangely enough after all this I am feeling quite satisfied with the improvements we have made in our heeling. :)