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Old May 25th 04, 04:40 PM
Judy
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On the occasion of having now completed Spenser's first year of agility
trials and embarking on the second - and the first for Sassy, I want to
express my thanks.

Thanks to the clubs and the organizations that do all the work to put on
agility trials. Thejudges, the trial secretaries, the club committees, the
volunteers. They do it for the love of the dogs and of the sport. I have
always tried to be respectful and patient when I needed either direction or
information from you. For those times, it may have appeared that I did not
succeed in my attempt, I apologize. I will try harder to remember that you
are usually dealing with fifteen other things - some of which *might* be
more important than me at that moment.

Thanks to the other competitors. As a newbie, I'm sure in my ignorance that
I made mistakes. Some of which may have irritated you. For those times, I
apologize. For those of you who took the time to clarify things for me and
explain things and tell me where to stand and where to go and what I needed
to be doing - all while you were trying to get yourself ready to compete - I
am grateful. And for those of you who talked with me on walk-throughs and
at the edge of the ring and discussed running strategy with me - and acted
as if I knew what I was talking about - I am especially grateful. I intend
to try to pass it on.

Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me in our attempts at this sport.
I am not an athlete. I am not an especially good dog trainer. However,
this sport is one of the most wonderful, absolutely most fun things I have
ever attempted in my life. That would not be true if not for all the
friendly, helpful people I meet and talk with at every single trial we
attend. DH made the comment that when you start with a group of people who
are spending the day sitting around a field with their dogs - just for the
opportunity to run an agility course with them - that you're starting with a
pretty good base of people.

It is incredibly challenging. Every single new thing I learn makes me
realize that I know less than I thought I did yesterday.

~~Judy







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Old May 25th 04, 06:06 PM
Robin Nuttall
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Judy wrote:


It is incredibly challenging. Every single new thing I learn makes me
realize that I know less than I thought I did yesterday.


What a lovely post. People like you are what makes the sport super.

As for your last comment, I don't think people who don't do agility
realize just how challenging it really is. It *looks* easy, and the
basics are fairly easy to master. But if you want to do well, if you
want to make your team the best it can be, the work and effort and
knowledge needed just never ends.

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Old May 25th 04, 06:06 PM
Robin Nuttall
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Judy wrote:


It is incredibly challenging. Every single new thing I learn makes me
realize that I know less than I thought I did yesterday.


What a lovely post. People like you are what makes the sport super.

As for your last comment, I don't think people who don't do agility
realize just how challenging it really is. It *looks* easy, and the
basics are fairly easy to master. But if you want to do well, if you
want to make your team the best it can be, the work and effort and
knowledge needed just never ends.

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Old May 25th 04, 06:06 PM
Robin Nuttall
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Judy wrote:


It is incredibly challenging. Every single new thing I learn makes me
realize that I know less than I thought I did yesterday.


What a lovely post. People like you are what makes the sport super.

As for your last comment, I don't think people who don't do agility
realize just how challenging it really is. It *looks* easy, and the
basics are fairly easy to master. But if you want to do well, if you
want to make your team the best it can be, the work and effort and
knowledge needed just never ends.

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Old May 25th 04, 11:10 PM
Robin Nuttall
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Judy wrote:

And the fact that DH has also found it just as fascinating is completely
amazing to me. Not that he *shouldn't* but it's been pretty rare in our 33
years together that we find something recreational that both of us are so
enthused about.


I think that sometimes guys have an instinctive aversion to trying
anything that seems to be female dominated--it may smack of unmanly or
something. But there *are* a fair number of guys in agility, including
some of the top competitors in the world (Guy Blanke, Steve Frick, Jim
Basic, etc.) And I think that the men who do actually try the sport do
get hung into it because it's endlessly engaging and you're never done
exploring everything there is to explore. Though I don't do golf and
don't even care for it, I bet there are similarities in mental and
physical preparedness for both sports.

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Old May 25th 04, 11:10 PM
Robin Nuttall
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Judy wrote:

And the fact that DH has also found it just as fascinating is completely
amazing to me. Not that he *shouldn't* but it's been pretty rare in our 33
years together that we find something recreational that both of us are so
enthused about.


I think that sometimes guys have an instinctive aversion to trying
anything that seems to be female dominated--it may smack of unmanly or
something. But there *are* a fair number of guys in agility, including
some of the top competitors in the world (Guy Blanke, Steve Frick, Jim
Basic, etc.) And I think that the men who do actually try the sport do
get hung into it because it's endlessly engaging and you're never done
exploring everything there is to explore. Though I don't do golf and
don't even care for it, I bet there are similarities in mental and
physical preparedness for both sports.

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Old May 25th 04, 11:10 PM
Robin Nuttall
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Judy wrote:

And the fact that DH has also found it just as fascinating is completely
amazing to me. Not that he *shouldn't* but it's been pretty rare in our 33
years together that we find something recreational that both of us are so
enthused about.


I think that sometimes guys have an instinctive aversion to trying
anything that seems to be female dominated--it may smack of unmanly or
something. But there *are* a fair number of guys in agility, including
some of the top competitors in the world (Guy Blanke, Steve Frick, Jim
Basic, etc.) And I think that the men who do actually try the sport do
get hung into it because it's endlessly engaging and you're never done
exploring everything there is to explore. Though I don't do golf and
don't even care for it, I bet there are similarities in mental and
physical preparedness for both sports.

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Old May 26th 04, 03:30 AM
Shelly & The Boys
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"Judy" wrote in message
...
I really am glad that Spenser and I found agility. It has added a lot to

my
life. Not to get into a whole bunch of stuff nobody else cares about, but

I
really needed that.


This is the way I feel about dog sports in general. No children and a
husband that works long shifts, I needed something to do with my time.
Getting to spend time with my dogs AND meet people with similar
interests has been a fabulous way for me to get out of the house.


And the fact that DH has also found it just as fascinating is completely
amazing to me. Not that he *shouldn't* but it's been pretty rare in our

33
years together that we find something recreational that both of us are so
enthused about.


I do wish my husband would take a bit of interest, I think he'd actually
enjoy at least watching agility if he'd give it a chance, and herding as
well.
Participating is an entirely different realm, but I think he'd like to watch
"his boys" do fun stuff. But, he takes the time while I'm at dog events to
do his own "fun stuff" (he loves to trail ride on his ATV w/ friends), so I
don't complain much (it also frees up my own time).

He went, of his own suggestion, to a local breed show with me last summer (I
was having Bodhi CERF'd &thought I could use an extra hand). He actually
got into watching the Herding Group ring, and I kept things simple for him,
so it was nice. Maybe this year I can talk him into going to that show
again, this year we're entered in Obedience.
Shelly & The Boys


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Old May 26th 04, 03:30 AM
Shelly & The Boys
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"Judy" wrote in message
...
I really am glad that Spenser and I found agility. It has added a lot to

my
life. Not to get into a whole bunch of stuff nobody else cares about, but

I
really needed that.


This is the way I feel about dog sports in general. No children and a
husband that works long shifts, I needed something to do with my time.
Getting to spend time with my dogs AND meet people with similar
interests has been a fabulous way for me to get out of the house.


And the fact that DH has also found it just as fascinating is completely
amazing to me. Not that he *shouldn't* but it's been pretty rare in our

33
years together that we find something recreational that both of us are so
enthused about.


I do wish my husband would take a bit of interest, I think he'd actually
enjoy at least watching agility if he'd give it a chance, and herding as
well.
Participating is an entirely different realm, but I think he'd like to watch
"his boys" do fun stuff. But, he takes the time while I'm at dog events to
do his own "fun stuff" (he loves to trail ride on his ATV w/ friends), so I
don't complain much (it also frees up my own time).

He went, of his own suggestion, to a local breed show with me last summer (I
was having Bodhi CERF'd &thought I could use an extra hand). He actually
got into watching the Herding Group ring, and I kept things simple for him,
so it was nice. Maybe this year I can talk him into going to that show
again, this year we're entered in Obedience.
Shelly & The Boys


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Old May 26th 04, 03:30 AM
Shelly & The Boys
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"Judy" wrote in message
...
I really am glad that Spenser and I found agility. It has added a lot to

my
life. Not to get into a whole bunch of stuff nobody else cares about, but

I
really needed that.


This is the way I feel about dog sports in general. No children and a
husband that works long shifts, I needed something to do with my time.
Getting to spend time with my dogs AND meet people with similar
interests has been a fabulous way for me to get out of the house.


And the fact that DH has also found it just as fascinating is completely
amazing to me. Not that he *shouldn't* but it's been pretty rare in our

33
years together that we find something recreational that both of us are so
enthused about.


I do wish my husband would take a bit of interest, I think he'd actually
enjoy at least watching agility if he'd give it a chance, and herding as
well.
Participating is an entirely different realm, but I think he'd like to watch
"his boys" do fun stuff. But, he takes the time while I'm at dog events to
do his own "fun stuff" (he loves to trail ride on his ATV w/ friends), so I
don't complain much (it also frees up my own time).

He went, of his own suggestion, to a local breed show with me last summer (I
was having Bodhi CERF'd &thought I could use an extra hand). He actually
got into watching the Herding Group ring, and I kept things simple for him,
so it was nice. Maybe this year I can talk him into going to that show
again, this year we're entered in Obedience.
Shelly & The Boys


 




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