7/12/2017

Day is getting longer

Southern hemisphere is in the middle of winter,  Wet and cold Melbourne winter is not my favorite time and I always get homesick -  dreaming to go somewhere warm!! 
We are mostly driving around the area to area by car to walk..yes that's so wrong!  - Not much hiking or walking recently:( 
南半球はまさに真冬、得に南極から近いメルボルンは本当に寒いし雨も多くて、
本当にあの蒸し暑ーい日本が恋しくなります。  週末も出かけるけど、殆どは車でドライブ山へ出かけて、ちょっと散歩するくらいで、大好きなハイキングにもいく気力が起らない。。そんな気分も体調も不調になりがちなのは私だけじゃなくて琴やニアもみたい。




Koto has been also not well :(  She had stomach virus and she has been really not well for the last couple of weeks. 
Malcolm did all testing and xrays check up - just in case of something not good.
but the result was all good, and she is almost recovered, but we can see she is still a bit weak-  Hope she gets fully recovered.  makes me nervous to see her getting older and little gray hairs around her face.  Winter make me think something I don't need to think :) 
At least -  Winter solstice is past and day is getting longer everyday ❤

琴ちゃんがちょうど3週間くらい前に 突然食欲がなくなって咳をしたり夜中に熱があったりとなんだか凄く体調が悪そうだったので、一時様子を見たのですが、元通りにならないので、2日間入院して血液検査やレントゲンを撮ってすみからすみまで調べてもらいましたが、異常は見つからず。
今は もう殆どもとの琴なのですが、なんだかいつもより元気がない感じ。
最近 顔の白い毛も目立って来たし、琴が年をとっていくのはとっても悲しい。
冬だからかなー 考えなくていい様な事ばっかり考えてまいます 笑
でも冬至は過ぎたから、日がすこしづつだけど 長くなってきたこの頃。



7/04/2017

Post smart phone zombie


2017 has already finished half way and I am finally sitting on my favorite chair and listening music.  Just realiased I have been 4 month of silence on my blog, I thought I willl never stop writing our little diary of Koto and Niah but this such a simple - daily routine can be break easily when I am so so busy,  and I feel like I am always always looking at my iphone when I am resting, Feels like I am getting like smart phone zombie.

I think I need to stop spending my time for just browsing people's mind... because most of the shared videos and notes are junk.  I need to spend more time with my dogs, and take more photos of my dogs and note what is happening to us!! 
あれ、2017年が半分終わってるってやっと気づいた私。
久しぶりに自分の好きな椅子に座って大好きなスピーカーで聞いてみたかった友達のミックスをゆっくり聞こうと思った時、そういえばブログ4ヶ月も更新してないと言う事にも気づいた。忙しくても琴とニアの写真を撮ったり音楽をゆっくり聞く事は欠かしたことがなかっただけに、最近は時間があればスマホをボーと見てるだけの 
スマホゾンビーになりかけてる自分に気づいて少し反省。

そういえば、仕事してないときは殆どスマホでソーシャルメディアの他人のつぶやきや投稿をブラウズしてるだけだったかも。 

もっと琴とニアと向かいあって、もっと時間を費やして、もっと写真を沢山 撮って 
トレーニング日記もちゃんと続けて行こう!と決心。
 



2/21/2017

Extreme Fundation with Silvia

My second online class is Silvia's extreme foundation.

To be honest - I thought Niah and I will drop out from this class.. because the first lesson was verbal que proofing and teaching cik vs. cap,  In-in vs. Out..
it was the hardest thing to teach... 
Niah actually knows well about Right and Left command because I make him to spin to both direction so we became very good at it. 
but I gave up on using cik/cap command at trial already, because I always get confused and not telling right command to him.. so I have been only using cik cik for all tight turn, and mostly using my body que to tell which way to turn.

Of Cause_ Niah wouldn't know the command if I don't use it correctly. 

First 2 weeks was a bit too hard - I didn't enjoy the lessons at all.
but we are taking baby steps on verbals cues and we are slowly getting better every time. 
Looks like I just need to keep on practice and be consistent in que!!!


2nd lesson gets a bit more fun -practicing come to hand - obstacle discrimination!
such a fun exercise and Niah and I LOVEd this :D exactly what we needed to practice!!

2/10/2017

2017 Our agility plan!

My 2017 started with full of training plans and I have now on going 3 online classes! 
Ambitious plan but so far, I am in control and enjoying little play with Koto and Niah. 

I am not a dog trainer or agility handler as I dream but I love playing with dogs and training Koto and Niah lift my life and I want to keep on learning even they are getting older.   We always have some topic to train, and when we crush on a problem, we just need to move on and try to fix that problem by happy training.  Most importantly, we need to keep on moving and never give up on those issues.  So here we have 3 lessons!!   

But started with a year with "a real life- training" at last weekend, I attend Australian agility instructor's workshop - and it was fun and made me think of a lot of detail of handling.  Megan gave me a great tips, especially for the fraction moment of connecting with dogs, and early que, handler's location, etc.. a lot of details to think about when I am running at the course. It was such a nice seminar. 

2017年は頭に中に入りきれない程の沢山の課題があるのです:)
ちょっと野心的すぎたかなと思いながらも、今 3つのオンラインクラスをやっています。
私はあんまり良いトレーナーじゃないし、夢に描く様なハンドラーでもなくていつも課題が多いのですが、前進するには本当に練習のみ。琴とニアはどんどん年をとって行くけど壁にぶつかったら一緒に、楽しみながら解決していくしかないんですよね、経験して覚えて行くいくしかないのですよね。諦めない事が一番大切。 

先週 オーストラリアのトレーナーのメーガンベルさんのワークショップに参加してきました。普段オンラインで練習しているので こうやって細かいハンドリングの指導をして頂けるのは本当にうれしいし、勉強になります。犬とのコネクション、ハンドラーのロケーション、速めのクロス、一人の先生からずっと教えてもらうのではなく、色々な人に色々なセオリーを教えてもらうのはとても大切だとおもいます。いいとこ、自分に会う所取り!かなり勉強になったセミナーでした。


I am still taking handling class with Zeljko. 
He is the best instructor I have ever had,  we improved so much from his comment, thinking of handling, comparing handling choices-  I will definitely continue to learn from him until he is available.   Niah is awesome with Zeljko's course.  He can run most of very complicated courses. Here is one of the lesson from January.  

それから まだジェリコとのクラスも続けています。彼はインストラクションは本当にはっきりしてて、ストレートで良い所はいい!良くないときは もうぜんぜんだめ!!って感じで白黒ハッキリしてくれるので、本当に解りやすい。お陰でニアも私もかなり難しいコースも走れる様になってきたし、タイミングやニアの良い所、ダメな所、本当にはっきりしてきた。 相変わらず課題が多いけど、彼がインストラクターをしてくれるかぎり続けて行くつもりです。



1/30/2017

First time ever on Boat at Lake Eucambane.







Our 5days of holiday at the Lake Eucumbane, near mount kosciuszko national park!
I remember, I was cooking constantly! most of the time and meal was delicious!! 
But I was expecting to cook BIG trout, because we were there for finishing and first time ever for Koto and Niah to be on a boat!! 

Unfortunately, we didn't catch anything in 4 days of fishing, because of the water temperature was too warm and all fishes stayed very deep in the bottom of the lake. 
so sadyly, after 3 -4 days of struggle - we had no fish for dinner,  No fishy treats for Koto and Niah. but we all really did enjoyed swimming in beautiful lake.

Niah was so scared of boat at 1st day, but he got used to it next day :D Silly boy.
Koto was like a little captain, she enjoyed Australian summer breeze whole time . 





1/29/2017

nearly end of January, but HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 :)






Super late happy new year 2017!! Hope you had great new years.

December and January was like a marathon, I had a so much work to do and I nearly forgot about my blog! I actually upgrade my accounting software, which is awesome, I feels like I have a good robot who can manage all the job that I was spending too much time.   To make this new good robot to work, I needed to do 6 month of data entry… which made my new year 2017 a little chaotic. 

My work is busier and busier everyday – so I am actually happy and right now, I do not worried about anything small.  Means No stress.
All I care at the moment is Koto and Niah are good and healthy, Koto is starting to swim, jogging and playing again

I really hope you are doing well and having a good start of the year like us!