What a LONG day but wonderful day! Today was the Obedience Finals with Conor. He did very well for a young dog. I found out that most of the dogs he was competing against were much older and more seasoned. Guess some people just keep their dogs at the Novice level to keep competing in the Finals! The top 5 dogs had scores in the 198-200 range - there was no way I could compete with that with Conor, so I was very pleased that we ended up at #7. His second run didn't go quite as well - he stopped to scratch on the Figure 8, and then he had a couple of crooked sits. NOT good things at the Finals. It was interesting on our first run - as I entered the ring, the judge asked if she could pet Conor. No judge has ever asked me that before, so it kind of took me by surprise. She didn't do that with any other dog. Later on in the day when I took pictures with the judge, that judge told me she absolutely loved Conor and thought he was just the cutest thing. She really loved up on him while we were trying to set up for pictures. Conor got a real nice ribbon - I think it's as big as Kaylie's Premier ribbon. COOL!! I've been trying to upload pictures for the blog, but for some reason every time I do, I lose my connection. I'll post pictures later. I'm leaving the hotel Wednesday to stay at a friend of a friend's house - hopefully I'll be able to get a better connection.
Today was also the Finals for conformation. Kaylie's brother Ziggy placed 10th in Altered Conformation and Conor's brother Jackson placed 6th in Intact Conformation. Our friend Laura's dog Princess placed 10th in Intact Conformation, Conor's other brother Oz was also in the Finals, but didn't place. It was an honor for him to just be there though. It was definitely a great day for the Arizona dogs! It was all very exciting - everyone was just in tears!
Tomorrow will be more agility, team obedience, brace obedience and then Kaylie will be doing regular obedience. I'm crossing my fingers for two good go-outs!
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