I think Bright is going through a phase, though I'm entirely sure. I remember when she was pretty young she also had a phase where she was just doing her own thing. Like we would be hiking and she wolud just take off in her own direction and wasn't following the group. Which was very out of character for her, as she is my little shadow and, as previously noted, so very EASY in most everything. I don't remember how long she was in that phase when she was younger, but she did grow out of it.
Then she's continued with her rather uncharacteristic behavior in agility recently, I don't even know how to describe it because she's not technically WRONG. She just makes these big assumptions about where we're going and is just not, well, Bright. Not focused and precise, and sort of on autopilot. Not easy, not responding to cues, just taking whatever. And if there is one thing I've come to count on with Bright is 'easy' so it's very jarring.
And then I lost her yesterday, for about 15 minutes, somehow she got over into the nursery (no idea how she did that), and she doesn't fit through the fence so obviously couldn't figure out how to get back. And then took off running and I don't know where she went, couldn't see her, she didn't come when I called. She eventually found her own way back, coming from the front of the property while I was calling for her down by the river. I can only assume she ran out the front of the nursery and back down the road to our place. This is not something that has EVER happened in the entire time we've lived here. And of all the dogs in the household Bright is the LAST dog I would expect to go escaping into the nursery. And of all my dogs she's the dog I would most worry about getting lost as she could just freak out and run if she didn't know where she was.
So, yeah, don't know what to make of it, she's definitely got a different feel to her at the moment. And it's not necessarily a BAD feel, but it's not the dog I know so I'm just not sure what she might do. She seems perfectly happy and content, just sort of ... out there. I'm assuming it's a phase and we're just going to ride it out.
We did go and get to practice some fun courses today, and Bright had a great time if not particularly accurate. We are entered in a UKI trial and a USDAA trial in May, which may make for some interesting runs.
Introduced Navarre to his 5th new dogwalk today! Pretty cautious at first and needed more exposure than he's needed with other new dogwalks before he really started giving me what I know he can. Straight exits looked pretty good, turns he just wasn't giving me what he does at home, even with several tries and breaking it down. So we let that go, but I didn't want to reward turns that weren't what I really wanted. Not sure what the difference was with this dogwalk. Also played on the end of a very loud teeter and he was happy to do that. Good exposure for the baby! Always fun to have an agility play day.
USDAA regional down in CA this weekend. I do miss having actual local 'events' to go to. The NW Regional used to be a fun four ring trial in Oregon with lots of folks coming from out of state. And people were really COMPETING, not just trying to qualify. Very different feel than just weekend after weekend of the same old AKC trial, there just aren't any 'special' trials left in the area. And the regional was outdoors! I think there is one outdoor trial left in Oregon. I've been in agility so long I already have, "Back in my day ...." stories. 6'3" aframes, 18 inch weavepoles and how long was that chute? 18 feet? Something ridiculous like that. I also remember when I started agility we were there until like 8pm at night - what the hell were we doing all day to have trials go that late? All of my memories of my first trials were of me being SO COLD. Has the world just gotten that much warmer, or do I just not notice any more?
Some kitties being cute:
For a cat that came to me with no whiskers, he's certainly made up for it
Isis will randomly decide she HATES Dragon - obviously this is not one of those times
Who's number one?
Kitties are obsessed with dog kibble - yet I can't find a cat kibble they actually want to eat
Do other cats catch thrown food?