Saturday, January 17, 2009

2nd Day of Wags for Wishes

Today was a much better day, although again between the two dogs and 5 runs, we only got 1 Q. Conor's Jumpers run was very nice and he did everything very well, but he kept popping out at the 5th pole. After about 5 attempts, I decided to go on, so no Q. He did the rest of the course very nicely though. His Standard run was also very nice, but the first obstacle again was that darned tire jump. He ran under it, and before I could call him back to re-try it, he was already in the tunnel, which was the second obstacle. The rest of the run was beautiful, so I feel we're getting close. If only they would get rid of that tire jump! Kaylie's Standard run was also beautiful, but she missed the contact on the dog walk. There was a tunnel sticking out on both ends under the dog walk, so I had no other choice but to go around it, which was just too much distance for Kaylie and that down contact. Kaylie's Jumpers run was perfect, so at least we got one Q, and 6 points towards our MACH. That makes 358 points out of 750. We're more than half way there in speed points at least! Conor's FAST run didn't quite go as planned, so we didn't get a Q in that either.

I took Conor to the herding instinct test after we were done with the agility. He had so much fun, and did a very nice job herding the sheep, and keeping them together. He didn't have the same crazy excitement he did when I took him a couple of years ago (he was pretty young then), but the tester said he did a very good job keeping the sheep together and getting them moved around the ring. It was fun to see that instinct just kick in. My friend Terri also took her pup Chase in. Chase is just a year old, so he had that crazy spirit out there. He had a great time chasing the sheep around. Here are some pictures:

Here's Conor
And here's Chase

Here's our two cutie pies after their herding test:

1 comment:

Diamond Girl said...

That is the cutest picture of Conor and Chase. Those expressions are priceless!!

Kaylie - The True Wonder Dog

At our last DOCNA (Dogs on Course in North America) agility trial in Prescott, Kaylie did fantastic! We are trying to be the first team to earn the MEX (Merit of Excellence) who started in the Beginner level. We are getting VERY close. All the other teams that have earned the MEX were grandfathered in at higher levels. Kaylie was just starting her agility career when DOCNA was created, so we had no choice but to start at the beginning. And as it is, I believe there are under 20 teams that have even earned the MEX to this point.

Well, going into the trial at Prescott, we needed 2 Specialist Gamblers legs and 2 Specialist Standard legs. In DOCNA, there are two types of Gamblers runs -- Traditional and Strategic Timed Gamblers. Unfortunately, we have only earned 3 Traditional Gamblers legs -- one from the Beginner class, one from the Intern class and one from the Specialist class. All the other Gamblers legs have come from the Strategic Time Gamblers. So, I knew going in that the chance of getting that Traditional Gamblers leg on Saturday was slim. We walked into the ring, and I knew Kaylie was on fire and ready to go. The Gamblers class is usually the first class of the trial, and Kaylie is usually absolutely wild in the first run. Well, this was no different. She was incredibly fast, and I was not -- I kept getting in her way, and things just fell apart. At 30 seconds, the buzzer rang, which meant I had to get to the gamble portion of the course. I sent her over the jump to the tunnel -- she took the wrong end of the tunnel, then came right back to me over the wrong jump and that was the end of that. No MEX for us this weekend. BUT, she did qualify in the two Standard runs she needed, getting First place both times, and she got her Strategic Timed Gamblers leg on Sunday, earning a Second place. Wooo hooo Kaylie!!! Out of 10 runs over the weekend, we qualified in 8 of them, placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in all but one run -- our Jumpers run on Sunday. I got lost on the course and just got confused. Luckily, Kaylie can read the numbers on the cones (that's the only explanation I can come up with) because she ran the right course despite my mess ups! Hence the name "Wonder Dog." So we still Q'd, but got 6th place. Still, not too bad!!

So, our next DOCNA trial will be in Pinetop the end of August. Hopefully we'll get our MEX there! Just one Gambler leg to go.