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Oh well…

I do say or write it quite a lot recently. But no, it does not make me feel better. Yes, it is life, but sometimes it does suck, and the “oh well…” will not make it better.

Today, as many of my friends are getting ready to go to Spencerville, ON,  and trial, we are getting ready to go see Krypto’s physiotherapist. I am hoping for good news. His tissue adhesion has supposedly been taken care of and I hope the exercises we have done to potentiate his hind legs muscular mass have been fruitful. I am expecting some soreness here and there, but that is normal when using a muscle that has been idle for a long time.

What will I do if I get the ok to start trialling again?

I am an adrenaline junkie. I love the thrill of running Krypto. And I miss it. However, as any addict, I now need more and more of what brings about that sensation, that thrill. I do need more challenging courses to elicit the same adrenaline rush I once used to get by running simpler courses.

I did not have fun running Krypto at the last trials we went. I was worried. I was thinking about his stutter stepping. I was asking around to my fellow competitors what they saw when he ran. I was pondering about what was going on and what I could do to “fix” it. That was not the way to run an agility course.

I want to go back in the ring, feel my heart beating fast, feel that all so familiar shortness of breath, take that usual deep breath, forget about everything but the course at hand and just do the best possible run with Krypto.

I want to go back to the sensations I felt last Summer at Nationals.

I do not want to worry about jumping style, creeping A-frame and stutter stepping anymore.

That’s why we are not trialling now, and we will not trial right away even if we get the ok from the physiotherapist. Not until I am satisfied that I have done all what I can do to improve Krypto’s jumping and A-frame performance. We may succeed or not, or not completely…but at least I will have given it my best shot.

There are hundreds of photos on the internet of border collies, and not border collies, jumping with an inverted arc. I have watched videos of border collies running in agility and now that I know what to look for I have seen flaws in jumping style in some of them, many of them. I do see the flaws also in other breeds, in friends’ and acquaintances’ dogs. I would say that it is hard to come across to an “ideal” jumping style. But so what?! Is it really so important? I think in the end our dogs will adapt to the situation at hand and do what they can with what they have: conformation, training, directions from the handler, type of course, etc.

So why am I so bothered about my own dog’s jumping ability? Why won’t I go back to trialling even if we have the ok from the physiotherapist? Why do I care about achieving a better jumping style? Why am I re-training Krypto on how to jump when some agilists do not even care? Especially considering the success we have had last year? Because I want to keep playing this game with Krypto for a long time. Because I want to become a better handler/trainer. Because I want to try help Krypto run better. And because, ultimately, I want my adrenaline rushes back.

I do not have a set date for when we’ll go back. Considering my upcoming hip replacement surgery, I would be happy to be back to business for the September trial at Guides Canins.

For now, the only thing I can say is “Oh well…”.


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