Saturday, August 23, 2008

Well - it could have been worse

Thank goodness we got that first agility trial done with!
The good news? We had fun - which is the point.
The bad news? That was the only part of our goal we achieved.
Have I mentioned that Dax is one of the friendliest dogs in the universe? She thought it would be a wonderful idea to say "Hello!" to the jump-setter in the Standard ring rather than take the A-Frame. When she got no reaction, she deigned to play with me a bit longer - until she saw the opening in the curtain dividing our ring from the next! She dashed through to say "HI!" to everybody in the Open ring - fortunately they were between dogs and she came back to me. Needless to say, our Standard run was over.
I'm told it was very unusual, but we had the unfortunate scheduling to be due in both the Standard and Jumpers ring at pretty much the same time. Standard and Jumpers Novice rings had their walk-throughs simultaneously, and it was just too much for me to try to keep two courses in my head. I thought I was okay for Jumpers, but I got really, really, lost about half-way through. The good news there was that Dax stayed with me, she even did her weave-poles! She did find the tunnel absolutely fascinating to sniff, but after thoroughly checking it out, she did come play with me again.
So - we'll try it again tomorrow! Our goals remain the same - stay together and have fun!
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Anonymous said...

Congrats on your successes! And I feel your pain.. Qor actually jumped on a judge in Rally who wouldn't say hi to her.

Hope said...

There were a couple of people at the trial with Am Staffs who just grinned at Daxie's antics and said "yup - that's a bully!" They keep our sense of humor in good shape, don't they!