Monday, August 1, 2016

The Weekend Report: A Personal Best!

This weekend was an agility trial given by the local Pembroke Welsh Corgi club. While you always find a lot of corgis at any agility trial, this one really brings them in!

Saturday started with our Standard run and Jimmy did an excellent job! It wasn't too tricky.

Here's the video:

As is often the case for my speedy boy, if he runs cleanly and qualifies, he gets first place. This course was generously measured by the judge who gave us plenty of time to get it done. This meant Jimmy earned 33 points as he was 33 seconds under than the judge's maximum time for the course.

A bit later came our Jumpers run. I got lazy about getting it on video and I could so kick myself! Jimmy and I had a personal best with this run. It has never happened before and is very unlikely to happen again! Jimmy's time on this run was faster than every Pembroke that ran and was the fastest of all the 8 inch dogs. Usually a couple of the super-speedy Pems beat Jimmy by at least a couple of seconds. When you consider Cardigans are significantly heavier than Pembrokes, Jimmy really has to work quite hard at getting his bulk moving. He weighs in at 35 pounds and most Pems are only around the low 20s. That's a big difference! But this time my little freight train really got going and completed this run in just 28.50! I am always extra happy when we come in under 30 seconds so this run was amazing for us! There's no ribbon or award that goes with this accomplishment, just a very big high for me! You ROCK, Jimmy!

Sunday started again with Standard. I got a bit discombobulated doing a front cross after the teeter, nearly blocking Jimmy's entrance to the chute, but he saved me there. Unfortunately, Jimmy dropped a bar a bit further along and that ended our Q for this run. Our Jumpers run later was clean and speedy, just under 30 seconds, but not even close to Saturday's performance. The fastest Pem in this run finished in something like 25 seconds. His/her feet must have been on fire! Sorry but no video at all on Sunday.

And just as a historical little tidbit, at agility trials when you check-in, you get a sticker with your identifying number for that day. You must wear it when you run and if not, you could be disqualified! I've never heard of that happening, but those are the rules. Well, the AKC has finally done away with that requirement as of July 31st. Here's a blurry photo of what is my very last sticker. The 8 indicates the jump height and we were the 31st dog in that class.

AKC Nationals 2017: Perry, GA
Double-Q's: 11 (out of 7 needed)
Points: 646 (out of 550 needed) We qualified on 07/09/2016 !!!

Tracking Jimmy's PACH 2 progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Sunday 5/1/2016

Masters JWW legs: 45...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15
Masters STD legs: 41...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 10/11/15
Double Q's: 8 (out of 20 needed)
PACH Points: 792 (We are starting with all the points we need, so I'm not even going to track them!)


  1. Fantastic Run! Congrats!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  2. Congratulations! Isn't it always the way, that you're missing the camera for the great stuff?

  3. WOOHOO!!!! Well done...WHOOSH....there goes speedy Jimmy. Don't kick yourself about not filming the run....Jimmy says he was sooooo fast he'd have only been a blur anyway!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. THAT's amazing, what a wonderful testament to your teamwork, congratulations!

    I love watching your videos, I admit, even though we did this for fun, I used to love doing agility with Delilah. She doesn't have papers so I don't think she can run for a title, but it is fun.

    1. Actually you can run in all agility venues without papers. AKC has a program where you register your dog as the breed you think (or know it is). The program was called ILP then changed to PAL. That way you would have a registration # for the entry forms. And of course the USDAA venue always allowed all dogs, no papers needed.

    2. And, yes, you would earn the same titles as the "papered" dogs :-)


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