It's been awhile! Life has been quite busy recently. I have been doing quite a bit of training, both with the boys and with other dogs, we are moving into a new home in August, and I have been working extra hours. Lots of chaos, and lots of updates.
Nino has his first agility trial on July 16th, which is also my birthday. His weaves were the last thing we had to get before he could compete, and we have been consistently doing 12 closed from all kinds of crazy entry angles, so we are ready. He is running just one day of both Standard and Jumpers, and I'm hoping to enter him in two days of a 3 day trial two weeks after. Of course, I am hoping for 2 Qs out of it, but won't go in with any expectations. He is mote than capable (he runs open courses clean every class), but it will be his very first time running on turf. He has only had 8 months of formal training...VERY proud of my Nov A dog!! I will be uploading an onslaught of YouTube videos in the next couple days, so be on the lookout for those. He is SPEEDY and it brings me such joy to see how happy he is doing his thing.
Mario turned 10 the other day and got a huge haircut. He is still spry (though he will always be curmudgeonly) and slowly accepting the fact that we aren't getting rid of Nino any time soon. He is in great health, though I do see signs of aging in his daily life...especially when it comes to hesitancy to jump on beds. He is on his second session of nosework and LOVES it...we introduced his first odor, birch, just last week.
And now another update...the search for #3 has begun. I have a breeder selected, I have a dam chosen...and now we wait. Saying prayers for a nice show (and hopefully breeding) prospect girl. Fingers crossed! Nino, who is no longer showing, will be neutered around the time the new puppy is 6 months. Dealing with him around bitches in season for a couple days is more than enough for me