Thursday, August 21, 2014

FOR SALE: UNUSED Channel Weaves made by someone who doesn't know how to paint

Three coats of paint that do not adhere to metal.  Three.  My 14 year-old car has three coats of paint (base coat, pearl coat, and top coat), AND it's not that thick AND has survived the elements.  Three thick layers of paint ADD to the width of the metal, thus the parts do not glide easily.  Of course, if there weren't so many globs of paint adding to the width/height, the pieces would glide easily.

I was accused of keeping these out in my landscape in standing water.

Nope, these parts don't move not because of RUST, but because of sub-standard painting.  And don't play that "offered powder coating".  Because I wasn't. REDACTED said that he doesn't powder coat anymore because it's too expensive.  Shouldn't that have been my decision?

In any case, I'm not willing to invest any more money into these.  I am not willing to strip the paint and re-paint or powder coat.  $75.


I am really disappointed in these channel weaves.  Not only is ALL the paint chipping off, I struggled for over 30 minutes this morning trying to get the channel part to budge.  I tried silicone lubricant.  I tried hammer.  I cannot get this to budge.

These weaves look ghetto because I re-painted the parts where the paint is chipped, and does not appear to be bonded to the metal.  They are unusable, and I'd like to return them, either for an unpainted set or a full refund.


If they set out in the weather and in the irrigation that is what happens, I am not responsible for your abuse of your equipment, you did not request powder coat paint which would cost another $100.
Use Break Free on the bolts and inside the slides, once they lock up from rust and neglect it will have to set 24 hrs to free up. I have to do the same thing for mine.
And if they are powder coated and abused they will also rust, just a few months slower

They do not sit in the irrigation. Why am I responsible for paint globs? That's why the channels don't move. The paint had been peeling ever since I brought them home and in my garage. I complained then. You should stand by your work. That's the worst paint job I've ever seen.
 If you want them repainted I will but only one time. I use the best quality rust preventive paint I can find.
Repainting will only help if the paint is stripped.  Another layer and these are stationary weaves.  And why is this so thick?
 I'd prefer to have the paint stripped to bare metal, and I will either take them to be powder coated near my home, or I will paint them myself.
To which I received no response, thus, these need to stop taking up valuable space on my block wall fence.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

DABAD: One Small Success for Dog, One Giant Success for Team

Success doesn't have to mean winning it all.  It doesn't have to mean standing on the podium.  I measure success based upon overcoming struggles I have in training my dogs.  Big success comes from accomplishing small successes.

When Scout was nearing the end of her career, I ran her in a few Veteran's classes.  The dogwalk was the next to last obstacle.  She blew the contact.  Someone came RIGHT up to me after the run and snapped, "It WAS a nice run until the dogwalk." 

I retorted, "She's 12 and a half years old, she can do whatever she wants."

My version of success:  My dog can still play with me enthusiastically. Scout earned her PDCH-Platinum, VVD, and LAA-Gold.  One missed dogwalk contact is nothing.

Boo, the little white scruffy dog, has been a challenge in training.  He did not enjoy a group class format - he'd return to his crate for his turn, so he was primarily trained in my backyard.  He does well at private lessons.  He has been a struggle from Day One:

  • Boo is fearful.  It's a big world for a little dude.  I had people give him treats at trials to overcome his fear of strangers.
  • Boo is terrified of the teeter.
  • Boo is selective about how fast he will run and when.
  • Boo is distracted.  He sees lots of shiny things.  And then visits them.
  • Boo is a clown... he wallows in the grass as his start line.  I sometimes abandon the lead out to bring him back to this planet.

  • Boo likes to down on the table, then poke his butt up in the air, wag his tail, and laugh at me.
I chose not to give up on this dog.  He is what he is, and things will come when he's ready.  Boo has had great PGP runs... until he ran off to take his favorite obstacle (A-Frame).  Here were our successes:
  • He ran full-speed.
  • He made course time even with the off course.
  • He bounced the weaves.
  • He performed the teeter with confidence.
  • He stayed with me (except for the A-Frame... it was shiny!)
Heck, he even got a teeter gamble at the same trial!

Boo loves Snooker.  Boo doesn't do well in Standard and Gamblers.  Naturally, I was tickled when he started getting a few Standard Qs.  Then a few Gamblers Qs.  Next thing you know, it's PDCH Boo!

When my students finish a run, I never talk about what needs improvement - for the most part, they are already aware of that.  I talk about what went right, especially if the team has been struggling on a particular move, sequence or obstacle.  Eventually, more and more things will go right, and each student will have a BIG success.

Start measuring small successes.  It will build your confidence.  Larger successes will naturally fall in place.

This blog entry is part of the Dog Agility Blog Action Day: Success!  Read more here:

Monday, May 12, 2014

USDAA Title Worksheet - Updated Again

Updated again.  Turns out the Masters Challenge classes go towards you Standard and Jumpers titles.

This will be the last update.  I am converting the spreadsheet into a JAVA app so no one, me included, has to re-enter data due to changes.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I Got My First Puppy. What Was I Thinking?

My 40th birthday present to myself:  Puppy! 

She looks really sweet, and, for the most part she is.   Until...

We put holes in clothing.

We get stuck under nightstands.

We refuse to get out of the dishwasher, regardless if the dishes are clean or dirty.

Need a paper shredder?  Toilet paper, envelopes, paper towels.  You name it.

We dumpster dive.

We hate dryer sheets...

And door trim...

And wood...

And tree roots... (from a tree that I removed)

And Lantana with red flowers (purple, yellow, and orange are okay).

She is an expert counter surfer.

Don't get me wrong, I love this dog.  However, getting a puppy has made me appreciate my rescues even more.  Someone dumped my other dogs AFTER they got through all the crap I chronicled above - when they were just right.  AND they were, for the most part, house-trained.