This past weekend has been several months in the planning and much anticipated. We couldn't get into this show last year and one of my entries didn't make it this year, but we had a total of 7 entries over the 2 days in Rally and Obedience.
It didn't exactly start off on a high note
First dog in was Toben who has only been shown breed. I've been working with him for months now, but he apparently thought I meant "stand" when I wanted him to sit! Not good so he NQ'd. Next came his son, Vince in Rally Advanced. I was more than a little concerned with the placement of the spiral which was used twice and was close to the entrance. He managed his way through the spirals though he was tempted to visit the judge. His final excercise was the off-set figure 8 with very large squeak toys sitting in the bowls. Thank goodness we had practiced HARD for two weeks straight on "leave it" which paid off since he only stopped for a sniff and didn't take off with the toys! He qualified and got his first leg.
Purdy was next in Novice B Obedience. Last time out (her first) she seemed to have forgotten why she was in the ring. This time she was distracted, but I was able to get her to focus on me and we PASSED!!!!! She got her first CD leg. Then my son Rob took Trikki in for Novice A Obedience. It was his first time in the ring and he did a GREAT job except he NQ'd on the stand for exam with a double command. He was crushed, but determined to come back and try again in a month.
Next day I had Rob take Toben in. Those two have always had a special bond and sure enough, he qualified! Rob said he found Rally much less stressful and now he wants to finish Toben's RN
Trikki came next in Excellent and put on less than a stellar performance but still managed to qualify and get a 3rd in her class on time (she was tied).
By this time I was beat, but I still had one dog to go. Vince was the second to the last dog in for the entire show. He bounded over the jump, tagging my arm on the way to the next station. Had a grand time on "fast" to slam on the brakes for normal, went a bit wide on his next turn, grabbed my wrist on the moving down and finished out the course with tail wagging and positively pleased with himself. Rob came back and they had taken the scores down so he asked if he qualified which he had. I didn't tell him where he placed and his jaw hit the ground when they called my number for FIRST place! Not a great score, but it was
So not too bad a weekend. 7 runs with 5 passes and 1 near miss. We'll see how it goes in January, though we won't have so many entered because Rally Excellent and Advanced are filled. We're going to try the Obedience instead and Novice Rally for Toben.