I finally punched Wootie and rearranged his face.
I finally quit agility with Dexter. After an amazing class last week, last night he regressed to his more usual self and we spent most of his entire turn trying to get past three obstacles. AGAIN. I got more frustrated, he got more frantic/spastic and finally I just took him out of the barn and put him back in the truck.
And instantly felt a thousand times more relaxed.
It’s not just the frustration of not making much progress. It’s not just the expectations I had for him when I picked him out of that amazing litter. It’s not that we don’t win ribbons. It’s that I don’t like the dog that Dexter is when we play. I have spent what feels like half a life time trying to convince people that border collies are not half crazed, spastic, neurotic maniacs who can’t sit still for more than 7 consecutive seconds. But this dog …. this dog was, like, born to prove me wrong! He is everything none of my other border collies have ever been, and everything I have never wanted my dogs to be. He is challenging enough to live with on a daily basis, but when we play agility he becomes the stuff of nightmares.
I am downright tired of playing agility with this:
I finally decided last night that I want to like Dexter, so I have to stop playing agility with him altogether. For whatever reason, he just can’t play the game and retain any of his sanity at the same time – and sadly for him, he can’t even be handled by anyone else, as he won’t play for anyone else. If someone else tries to get him to run, he just stands in one place and stares at me. If I leave the barn, he sits by the door and ignores everyone else in the building. Auntie Fiona says I “overbonded him.” I don’t know how I did that and wish I hadn’t!
Where are you going? Why aren’t you looking at me? LOOK AT ME!! MOMMMMYYYY!!!!
I’m thinking of trading him in for something a little more stable. And I have just the candidate!
This guy ended up in my shelter and his owner couldn’t come claim him. And I LUFF him, and want him REAL BAD!
He’s 13 months old and he is full of energy and drive, but he has a brain and he uses it. He’s super responsive and offers all kinds of behaviours. And he hugs! He’s like Dexter without the crack habit. I like him so much I am sending him to a foster home on the Island so I can’t be tempted ;-)
He came in with this little sweetheart, an 8 month old female that is adorable, but reminds me a little too much of a certain big eared buffoon that I already live with.
Lucky for me, I am more than at my dog limit, so there will be no more dogs for me for a long time. Which is kind of disappointing, because of 6 dogs, only one can play agility with me. Which is a lot of pressure on a wee whipjack!
Fortunately, I love playing with her. She is by no means perfect, and she has some funny agility quirks too, but she tries real hard to play WITH me, which makes her fun.
In other news, Miss Pfeifer has discovered toys, kind of. Today she amused herself for a while with this demolished soccer ball, which was pretty funny, as it was mostly frozen and completely deflated. I think she might have found an intact soccer ball a little more fun, but as she has thus far shown no interest in toys, I’ll take what we can get!
The Evil Monkey is coming along really well. He’s a bit of a bad ass, but nowhere near the monster his adopters suggested he was. He continues to resource guard 100% of nothing from me, and though he can be a willful little shithead, he’s a pretty normal little dog. I think anyone with some dog sense would be able to handle him pretty easily. And he plays fetch!
You should adopt him!
This weekend I get to see TDBCR Pip, who (unlike SOME dogs that live in my house and are right now staring at me from the sofa) is a stellar agility dog under the guidance of her adoptive mum, Julie. They have come up from the US to compete at a trial here in the Lower Mainland, so I finally get to see Pip run in person! I am excited! And I am going to video it, and then hold Dexter’s eyeballs open a la A Clockwork Orange, and force him to watch over and over again!!