News, fresh off the Farm
Under Construction ~ Making progress. We chose to switch from conventional poured concrete piers to screw piles for the canopy posts. WOW!! No excavation, no open holes, no mess, no waiting, no inspection. All 6 piles were installed in under 2 hours, and 15 minutes with a rake had everything looking great. Inside the framing inspection is complete, along with insulation, electrical rough-in and vapour barrier. Waiting for the trusses to get the canopy built.
Until such time as thigs get back to whatever the "new normal" becomes, we will continue to post updates here weekly. Stay Safe.
Not Cancelled: Our next scheduled CARO Rally trial is June 21 with Brenda Zeng. We continue with planning the event while monitoring and adjusting to recommendations as they become available. There will need to be some changes to entry and operation of trials so that we can keep everyone safe. Even as we come out of the emergency, we won't be going back to the way things were. Check out the June CARO Trial for the Premium and updates as they become available.
Until such time as the CKC reinstates events and the calendar, all upcoming CKC Obedience, Rally, Agility and Scent Trials here at The Poodle Farm for PCC, PCO and BDKOC are on hold. We hope to see a resumption of CKC activities with new guidelines in June.
Things are starting to re-open. First up, the agility field is now available for individual practice rental. Prices are reasonable, and you get a chance to spend some quality time doing quality training.
A full set of rubberized contact equipment, weaves, jumps and tunnels. We have plenty of tunnel bags and are running evaluations on our new breakaway tire jump. Debby is working on approval from UKI to qualify our facility to be used for your UKI virtual video trial needs too.
Health & Lifestyle
I have been keeping track of the ongoing debates about opening up v. staying closed, testing v. PPE, vaccine v. herd immunity. The whole debate can be changed if we change our perspective. Assume that everyone both has the COVID virus and is contagious, and that everyone does not have the COVID virus and needs to be protected from it. It is a bit like particle physics and uncertainty principles, you can only know the properties of a particle at the time you take the measurement. The results when you measure tomorrow might be different, and might be different because you altered the particle in taking the measurement. Like catching COVID by being exposed to COVID when you went to the clinic to get the COVID test that came back negative.
Watch for some changes going forward at trials. You can be sure that when things re-start that they won't be the way they used to be. Fewer people, slower pace, no casual contact with equipment, leashes, articles, bunnies. A LOT to consider, hazards to be identified, analyzed and mitigated. Big words for a big challenge.
May 03 was a beautiful day. Warm, sunny and it would have been a spectacular opportunity for a CKC Scent Detection Trial for the Poodle Club of Canada. Unfortunately that event was cancelled, thanks to the current health emergency.
In the world of agility, there are some events happening with video submissions being judged for real rewards. Debby has been taping Bazyl, Pynk and Krystal on our agility field. All the agility equipment is outside for the season, and now that restrictions are being lifted, we are hoping to have the field available for individual rentals by the May long weekend. Live trials might be a ways away, but hopefully the next round of video competition won't force everyone to work in their own backyard.
For highlights from past events and the coming dates Check out our CARO calendar.
Poodle Poetry & Pynky
Some poodles are black,
some poodles are blue,
nothing has to be done,
but there's lots to do.
Pynky & The Brain
Are you pondering what I'm pondering Pynky?
I think so Brain, but `The 6` is more about social media than social distancing.