Thanks to Greg I have a video of Strummer's Standard run at the USDAA trial a couple of weeks ago.
USDAA Jan 2010 Strummer from colliebrains on Vimeo.
The big surprise was the call on the dogwalk, I was sure he had gotten it. It's impossible to say from the video but it looks like a leap but that maybe he still hit the yellow but the judge had a better view than I did (I was behind) and he was lenient with his contact calls all weekend so I don't doubt the call. It's disappointing that I read it as a hit though. At one point when we were practicing almost daily I could usually tell from the sound of the footfalls whether it would be a hit or not and I'm either losing my touch or he's come up with some weird striding where he can still miss at the very end. Time to get out the video camera again and see where we're at. On the plus side his A-frame is perfect and oh if only he'd do the teeter that way all the time.
He seems nicely focused though, no running amok just some baby dog errors that I feel we shouldn't still be having. Despite my poor financial situation I signed us up for a half day workshop with Stacy Peardot hopefully to work on some basic training holes. We're in such a weird place right now I'm not sure what we know and don't know and I've been so focused on equipment rather than basic handling. Haven't had a lesson with Joy in months because all the practice fields have been snowed in. Frustrating to have all this time off and not be able to practice on a regular basis.
Instead I've started on painting the living room and it's going at a snail's pace. I had to remove a hideous wallpaper border, a chore that I thought would take an hour maybe two and it ended up taking all day and I still have a bunch of glue to remove that should take at least anouther 2 hours. Apparently the key is fabric softener mixed in with the hot water and I didn't break down and buy some until I had spent nearly all day scrubbing at the glue and backing paper with only hot water. The stuff in the kitchen came down no problemo with hot water so I don't know. I've got some words for the asshat who invented wallpaper if ever I run into him. Or maybe I should have the words with the former home owner since I know where he lives. I'm so happy now that it's finally gone, funny how such a stupid thing makes such a big difference. Now if only I could figure out what color to paint the walls. I wanted to do them in a light yellow but none of the samples in the store look right on the walls. We have a lot of windows and get a lot of light in the room and for some reason none of the colors look like they're supposed to when I get them on the walls. The same color looks totally different in the kitchen than it does in the living room. Frustrating and I feel like I'm at the point where it's a guessing game. Still, the primer that I've got up so far is better than the hideous sea foam green walls we had. Just wish I hadn't gotten so much of it in my hair. At least Strummer has only a tiny bit on him so far. I'm sure he'll get more colorful as the project progresses.