Monday, August 14, 2017

The Weekend Report: Double-Q #18 !!!

I did what is becoming a usual Friday activity and went to an agility trial at our normal location. This time it was given by the Hyattsville Dog Training Club. I signed up for four runs. The two regular classes, Standard and Jumpers, and then the Premier versions as well.

The day started with Premier Standard and then shifted to regular Standard. Here are the two maps so you can see a side by side comparison of the similarities and differences....

The more difficult Premier is on the left. We were doing fine until the #8 to #9 jumps. There was just a bit too much space between those two jumps and Jimmy felt sure we should be going anywhere but to #9. He ran right past it and we were toast! I didn't get video so I don't remember if we made anymore mistakes, but I don't think so.

Our regular Standard run was a breeze in comparison! There were still lots of odd lines and angles but after Premier, I am sure Jimmy thought this one was easy. We qualified and earned the blue ribbon! Yay, Jimmy.

Next up, Premier Jumpers. Here are the side by side maps.....

Interestingly, this course had no back side jumps. Premier usually has at least one. Standard had it at #2.  It was tricky and we were doing well until a very difficult weave pole entry at #14. Jimmy did not want to go in the weaves as you can see in the video. He decided it was the tunnel and off he went! #16 tunnel to #17 jump didn't work either but by then of course we were already disqualified and I didn't care! After so many years of the more straight forward Standard and Jumpers, Jimmy really thinks I am nuts with some of the places I want him to go. I can see the look on his face...."You're CRAZY lady!"

And finally the regular Jumpers course....This was not an easy one! Lots of odd angles and turns that were tough to guide Jimmy through. I got lost at #12 to #13, running up a bit too far. Luckily I was able to correct it before we got a refusal or off course fault. All the dogs absolutely LOVED the tunnel to tunnel finish. They all hauled through leaving their people in the dust! Fortunately, we had a Q and that gave us double-Q #18! Woohoo! Two more to go.....

Tracking Jimmy's PACH 2 progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Sunday 5/1/2016
Masters JWW legs: 62...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15 MJPS Title
Masters STD legs: 57...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 04/30/17 MXPS Title
Double Q's: 18 (out of 20 needed)
PACH Points: Way more than we need! I have lost count!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Weekend Report: A Premier Q

This weekend was another three day trial where I opted for just  doing Friday. I signed up for four runs, the usual Standard and Jumpers, and also the trickier Premier Standard and Premier Jumpers. (Premier runs contain more challenges that need to be completed in less time.)

So first up was Premier Standard and I have video! Here are both Premier maps, Standard on the left....

The first challenge and something Jimmy has not seen at a trial ever, but practiced once or twice in his lessons, is the #3 tunnel. Notice how the tunnel entrance faces away from the bottom of the #2 dogwalk bottom. If you watch in the video, Jimmy wasn't sure where he was going and did hesitate a bit before going into the tunnel. The judge could have called that a refusal, but kindly did not. I did a lot of shouting to keep Jimmy heading toward the correct obstacles. He expects more flow so I have watch him closely so he doesn't take what "he thinks" is next. He stayed with me pretty well but alas he knocked down the bar after the weaves. I was still very happy with our run. These are difficult courses and he ran it completely in the correct order. Such a good boy! Here is the video....

I don't have any more videos so feel free to move on. LOL! This stuff can be a tad dry, I know.

Next came regular Standard. You can see it has a few similarities to the Premier course, the tunnel facing the right way of course. Here are the Standard and Jumpers maps...

This was still a pretty tricky course and Jimmy did a great job. We qualified and earned 2nd place. Jimmy's corgi friend Twist smoked him, coming in several seconds faster! Of course now I had hope for a double-Q but it was not to be. Jimmy did not read my turn between #2 and #3 and ran right past the #3 jump, earning a refusal and a disqualified run. He made a couple of other errors as well, but after the first one, the rest don't matter since we are already out.

And finally Premier Jumpers (map in first image on right), another tricky course.  #1 to the backside of  #2, around the corner to the backside of #3, to the backside of #4, to a tough weave pole entry...whew! A few more manuevers to a tunnel facing away again, and a bunch of jumps to make it through. It wasn't easy and I was constantly calling Jimmy off of what he thought was right, but we made it through clean! Woohoo! It was a long but fun day and we were all pooped and ready to go home!

Tracking Jimmy's PACH 2 progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Sunday 5/1/2016
Masters JWW legs: 61...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15 MJPS Title
Masters STD legs: 56...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 04/30/17 MXPS Title
Double Q's: 17(out of 20 needed)
PACH Points: Way more than we need! I have lost count!

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Weekend Report: The Curse is Broken! Plus Lots of Bonus Video!

At long last, Jimmy and I have broken out of our funk, and gotten back on track! This weekend was one of our favorite trials, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Potomac's annual event. I have been doing less agility, usually signing up for only one day, but for this trial, I made sure to sign up for Saturday and Sunday! I am SO glad I did. The courses were challenging and fun, and Jimmy and I seemed to have our timing back. We qualified in all four runs over the weekend, bringing in double-Q #16 and double-Q #17 toward our PACH2 championship title! Whew and yay! I have video of three out of four of the runs, plus stick around to watch something very fun and special at the end of this post.

Map #1 for our Saturday morning Standard run....(photos from my phone so not so great)

And the video.....

Followed by Jumpers....the map...

The video....

Both these runs were successful with a bit of good luck thrown in. I heard Jimmy tick a couple of the jump bars pretty hard, but luckily the bars didn't fall! This was double-Q #16 toward the 20 we need.

On to Sunday...

It started with Standard once again....the map...

The video.....

Of course the last run was another Jumpers run, but I only have the map. I didn't ask anyone to help with the video.

Qualifying in the Jumpers run gave us our second double-Q of the weekend and #17 toward our title. Plus another 97 points all combined for the weekend, but we have many more of those than we need already. We had good, healthy competition this trial so we didn't earn the blue ribbon quite so often, but that's OK! I was thrilled to just double qualify! Here is our pretty rainbow of colors.....

At most trials, I have the only Cardigan Corgi. There are usually several Pembrokes, and at this trial there are tons of Pemmies. But this time quite a few of my Cardigan friends showed up. All told, there were seven Cardis running. Saturday's Standard run had Cardigans winning three of the four placement ribbons! How cool is that?!

Now, at the beginning of this post I told you to stick around for something fun and special. At this trial our judges were Barbara Bounds and Oksana Syrkin. But really, in Oksana's place should have been judge Pam Johnson. Sadly, Pam is very ill and in the hospital, so Oksana was filling in for her. There has been a push to help raise funds for Pam. As we all know in this day and age, being sick is very expensive, especially when you are too sick to work. So the judges volunteered to run one of the agility courses themselves to help bring in donations.

Our dogs are much more proficient at running these course, but it sure is fun to watch people try!

Here is Oksana's run on the course from my first map above....

And then Barbara's turn....same course...

Over the course of the weekend, the judges and competitors managed to raise about $1000. Not too bad! Here's wishing Pam a speedy recovery. We all hope to see her back in the agility ring as soon as she feels better!

Tracking Jimmy's PACH 2 progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Sunday 5/1/2016
Masters JWW legs: 61...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15 MJPS Title
Masters STD legs: 55...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 04/30/17 MXPS Title
Double Q's: 17(out of 20 needed)
PACH Points: 1760 plus more! I have lost count!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Dog's Dream Come True!

So I was putzing on my laptop, something I am told I do way too much of, when the doorbell rings. There is the usual canine pandemonium that alway ensues. John goes to answer the door, and fend off Jimmy and Wilson from whoever it is that woke them up. I peek out the front window and what do I see?...................(click to enlarge if you can't read the sign)

Truly a dog's dream come true! A door-to-door MEAT salesman! Much to the boys' chagrin, John sent them away......
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