Yesterday, I attended an agility trial given by the Capital City Cocker Club. This was held in an indoor horse arena so no worries of a rain-out like last weekend! And of course, with no worries, you get nice weather! That's just how Murphy's Law works. LOL!
Both courses had their challenges. The Standard run was first and was definitely a small dog course. There were many off course opportunities for a dog with a long stride or merely an independent thinker. I had to make a couple of adjustments on the fly (not as I had walked it) when Jimmy was too fast for me to get where I needed to be, but we made it through cleanly and quickly. This earned us 1st place and 22 PACH points.
Very soon after came our Jumpers run. It was set up in such a way that the dogs thought they were finished but the course actually kept going. By virtue of where Jump #16 was placed and the fact that it had the electronic timing equipment on it (the dogs learn to recognize the last jump due to that equipment!), it surprised some of the dogs that they had to keep going. There was only one spot I was a bit worried about, but Jimmy read it just fine. He was even speedier than I expected, too. The dirt surface usually slows him down, but not on this run! We got 1st place again, and 20 more points!
So this gave us Double-Q #7 toward our PACH. ......YAY!
Unfortunately, I was lazy about asking anyone to run my video camera. With such great runs, I regret that now.
And finally.....I posted this on Facebook but will add it to this post as well. On the back of someone's car was this bumper sticker. It gave me a good chuckle. No offense, of course, to any of you who do the breed ring......
Tracking Jimmy's PACH progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Saturday 06/21/2014
Masters JWW legs: 9
Masters STD legs: 11...MXP Title!10/24/14
Double Q's: 7
PACH Points: 458