Monday, November 4, 2013

The Weekend Report - Inch by Inch

This past weekend was a glorious fall weekend and I had an outdoor agility trial! It doesn't get any better than that! It's always sad to burn a perfect day inside of a soccer building, so this was such a treat. This trial was given by the Talbot Kennel Club and was held on a farm on Eastern Shore, Maryland. I've posted about it several times, even my very first blog post ever. It's a beautiful place.

We weren't terribly successful however. Our first run of the day was Standard. I set Jimmy at the start line, told him to stay, walked out a bit, released him, and he took down a bar on that first jump. Sigh! It was an easy course and we missed out on A LOT of potential points.

We now had about two hours to burn before our Jumpers run. Not a problem when it's a warm fall day on a waterfront farm!

Our Jumpers run was a very close call with Jimmy's nemesis the triple jump, but despite nicking the top bar, it stayed up and we Q'd! This earned us a whopping 11 points..... It was also the 40th Jumpers leg Jimmy has earned, equaling his MXJ4 title, although there really isn't such a thing.

So here's our tally:

AKC Nationals 2014:
Double-Q's: 8 (out of 4 needed)
Points: 463 (out of 500 needed....37 to go! We can do it! Verified w/ AKC on 09/19/2013)
Masters Legs: 29 (out of 20 needed)

For a third time, I am linking this with the Monday Mischief blog hop and this time I have not one, but two reasons!

First, this pretty country setting was just TEAMING WITH SPIDERS!!! Every single jump upright was crawling with the creepy little bugs. It got to the point that they were spinning webs as we did our pre-run walk-thrus. As we walked the course, we would be breaking through the webs. They were everywhere! My car was full of them by the time I left. Sure hope we get a hard freeze very soon!

And speaking of my car, the second mischief was a dead battery! I had left my keys in the ignition after lowering the windows. I didn't turn it fully off, so it was burning power for about an hour before I discovered it! Yikes. Lucky for me, the first person I asked had cables and gave me a jump. Thank you, Frank!

And we've got more agility next weekend.....going for full burn-out!


  1. Yikes those are some creppy crawlies. Glad you had such lovely weather and that you found someone to help sort the car out. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Good job on the agility trials - keep it up. Wow about those spiders - ick.

  3. Alright, I would of just left when I saw all the spiders!

  4. You guys will make the points! We'll have to try Talbot sometime - it looks beautiful. We also had a spider invasion at a trial this weekend.


  5. Great job!! But the spiders......YUCK!!

  6. the spiders would have completely freaked me out. Gross.

    But yay for a great weekend!! I am so jealous of your weather. lol

  7. Congratulations on your Jumpers run! Looks like you couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day and setting. How peculiar about the spiders. Glad there was a good Samaritan on hand to give your car battery a jump!

    Susan and Wrigs

  8. Congrats on the points! What a beautiful spot! I was wishing I was there... until I got to the spider part. Bleh! That is not the kind of mischief I like!

  9. Congrats on getting even closer to Nationals! You are almost there!

    I definitely would not be bar setting at that trial...

  10. Well it was a gorgeous day and it looks like u r doing great
    Urban hounds

  11. Spiders... ick! Sounds like you had a good time in spite of all the mischief!

  12. WoooooHooooo!!! Good Job!!! Congrats!! It sure looked like a pawsome day!! Pawfect to be outside fursure! Butts...YUCK!!! Spiders!!! They make Ma's skin crawl...I however, like to eat em'!! BOL
    You two sure look happy in the water!
    Ruby ♥

  13. Don't know much about Agility but sounds like your doing great. Beautiful picture of the gang in the water.

  14. Ah, the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I spent a lot of time there as a little kid, catching crabs, boating, and just being a kid!

    Good Job, Jimmy! You are getting closer and closer to the magic 500!!!!

    I love the photo of the boys in the water. It's such a classic fall photo.

  15. Sounds like an adventurous weekend. All those spiders really are creepy... and weird.

  16. I have faith in you! Great job - you can do it. As for the spiders - ewwww, I'd have been out of there first cob web. I think the webs bother me more than the spiders. YUP city girl here.

  17. Looks like you guys had so much fun!! I wish I could do agility with Joker too!


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