These are books I borrowed (and read) via ‘Inter Library Loan’ with the help of Anchorage Public Library between 2010 and 2012. I was studying for my CCPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Training – Knowledge Assessed) exam and deeply into dog-training. I thought it would be fun to post my list. My time available for reading dropped off precipitously after E was born. Pre-E I was reading 5 – 8 books a week. Nerd.
Many of these books or videos wound up being purchased for my personal shelf.
ILL Books 2010-2012
E _rocked_ it at the Science Fair today. Despite her voiced concerns over speaking to the judge about her project, my loquacious daughter excitedly and with great animation spoke at length about what and how she did what she did. We couldn’t hear – parents are instructed to get out of dodge and not interfere – but we could see. The kind judge knelt down to be eye to eye with E. I could see the judges mouth moving and imagine her prompting E with questions. E was gesticulating and paging through her lab book and demonstrating her eye dropper. She showed her markers and the filters.
We are SO damn proud.
She didn’t want to leave. We walked through the rest of the fair. We asked other children about their projects.
These future scientists are very clever monkeys with bright curious minds and articulate their ideas well.
At the end E insisted on hanging out at her project. We, and her grandparents, hung out on the side watching. E told anyone who slowed down about her project. Then she looked for folks holding still and drug them back to her project and regaled them too.
We finally tired of watching our girl ambush unwary strangers with science. We bribed her with lunch and headed out.
I love this child so very much. I am so proud. So very proud.
Piano was cancelled tonight. So we were fortunate to be invited to two rocket launchs with a classmate.
Just a bit of Slo-Mo
And then Tastee Freez for dinner. Rich found her a hat.
My favorite dog show of the year is held the first weekend of June at the Chugiak Benefit Association Ball Fields.
This year I entered Bing in Rally Advanced B on a whim. I haven’t done Rally Adv B but I knew most of the signs more or less. He hasn’t learned the exercises formally but they are all variations on the noodling heel work we have played at for years. We didn’t squeeze in much practice time before the show. And he’s been feeling his age enough his willingness to jump even a single 8″ obstacle varies daily.
So my expectations were low. Go out. Have some fun. Support the hosting club with my entry and provide comic relief. Ask my boy if he feels like working and respect his answer.
We had a kind judge with high standards. I asked about foot movement for one of the exercises. Nope. Not even a teeny bit. 10 point loss. Whoo, I thought, better not figure on earning a Q today!
So we went out and did our best. I made a silly error right off the bat. Bing took about four signs to engage.
I was a bit shocked we qualified.
And thrilled we tied for fourth place.
Then ecstatic, because my sweet nearly 13 year old partner had the faster time.
Bing brought home a qualifying ribbon in green and a fully respectable ribbon in white for Fourth place.
I love Bing so much. He has been such a good friend and partner over the years.