Monday, March 9, 2015

The Weekend Report: TWO Degrees in Winchester!

Last Thursday was another huge snowstorm followed by an arctic blast of cold air. Everything pretty much shut down around my area for the day. Fortunately Friday was a sunny, albeit cold, day. This helped melt the roads ahead of the weekend agility trial. Saturday was also sunny but dawned (because, yes, I had to be up before dawn to get to the trial!) at about 8 degrees at my house. BRRRR!!!! I needed to head west over the mountains to be in Winchester by 7ish. By the time I got there, the temperature had dropped to 2 degrees! Egads that is cold, especially for March! Not the weather for a leisurely dog walk before going indoors but Jimmy needed to poop. Heaven forbid he ever did it in the ring. That disqualifies you for sure! So we wandered around the snow covered area until finally he could find one tiny square of grass to set a foot on and pooped. Hallelujah!

We've had snow on the ground and walking trails for at least the past couple of weeks. It's made for treacherous dog walks or none at all depending on the day. Jimmy and I have also had agility practice cancelled thanks to the weather as well. All of this meant Jimmy was under-exercised and a tad wilder than usual going into the trial. It really showed up in our first run of the day, which was Jumpers. It was quite a tricky course and we couldn't make it through. It was one of those runs I would love to have a "do-over" for so I could try out a different plan. Oh, well, if it was always easy, and we always Q'd, where would be the challenge in that?

Here's the map. It was numbers 4/5/6 to the #7 tunnel that took us out!

A bit later on came our Standard run. It was really quite easy and Jimmy was also calmed down by then. He did a great job and earned us a nice blue ribbon for first place, and 29 points. Good boy!

The map:

So none of the coveted "double-Qs" that we need, but still a good start to the season. And I am back once again to my blogging break. I just didn't want to miss getting my agility write-up out here while it was fresh!

Tracking Jimmy's PACH progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Saturday 06/21/2014
Masters JWW legs: 10...MJP Title 01/25/15
Masters STD legs: 14...MXP Title!10/24/14
Double Q's: 7
PACH Points: 564

AKC Nationals 2016:
Double-Q's: 0 (out of 5 needed)
Points: 46 (out of 600 needed)....
Masters Legs: 2 (out of 20 needed)


  1. Wow - that standard course is very tough! I bet it had a low Q rate.

  2. OOPS - I meant the Jumpers course was very tough.

  3. I bet you'll be glad when the weather turns to Spring and everything can get back to normal. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Am I the only one who thinks that map looks like an engineering project? It all looks very complicated to me but you and the boys manage it so well!
    Paws crossed for Spring to spring soon!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. You need to be a smarty pants to complete that course
    Lily & Edward

  6. Hi Y'all!

    Always difficult to do what the human wants you to do when you're wound up with excitement and energy! Congrats on the blue!

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  7. That looks very tough, we could never pull that off!

  8. Lucky you, that's some nice weather. Congrats on the blue as well.

  9. congrats I sympathize because i hate the cold

    retro rover

  10. Sheesh, that's cold!

    We have family who live in Winchester...and Leesburg....and Purcellville....and well, most anywhere in Northern Virginia.

    1. If you ever come to visit family, I'm just 10 minutes from Leesburg!

  11. Congrats on getting out and getting some exercise. If I lived in that weather I'd probably just hibernate the winter away. And so would lazy puppy, Rita!

  12. Oh wow! That is SO cold! When we lived in Reno it got down to -7 once and it was awful. Congrats on your blue ribbon! I'm sorry the first run didn't work out well.

  13. That is way too cold. We are in the upper 80s this week. You must be warming up by now though, right?

  14. The weather really has been challenging lately!! Congratulations on the blue ribbon ~ thanks for sharing the maps, I thought that was interesting!

  15. I can't read that map, congrats on a job well done with a blue ribbon.

  16. I'm glad you got a Q, after all the tough stuff leading up to the trial. I'm glad that Jimmy calmed himself down!

  17. Howdy Mates. Brrrr. Hope your cold weather has eased. Good on ya Jimmy. We think any agility is amazing. Have a wonderful weekend. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory


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