Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Trinity was up first in her grade 3 jumping and she was flying around! I had very high hopes as she flew into the weaves: “Awesome!" I thought, “We’re going to do it!” Sadly not - Trinity can read my mind as she popped out the weaves and seemed to smile at me. At least she was running ahead of me I guess!
She was paw perfect in her grade 3 agility and it was a clear round although walking her weaves cost her a place.
Trinity's last run of the day was the Brillo international qualifier and we ran as if we'd stolen a bag of Kelties! I did manage to get ahead of her to slow her down a little. But we got a clear round, although we didn't make.the placings as they only placed to 3rd and we were 4th. So close!
Now JJ - this little lad was a total embarrassment. I think the judge was questioning how he ever got to grade 4 and I was beginning to question if he'd ever been at an agility show ever before! He just flew off on his own doing his own course – he went up to see the pole picker to the delight of the crowd - he's such a cheeky chipmunk!
He calmed down for his grade 4-7 jumping and just missed his weave entry! Really, JJ, really? I was just pleased he listened and didn't go anywhere else.
JJ’s last jumping was 4-7 combined. It was a very challenging course and with 47 other dogs in the class, we didn't hold out much hope at all. Always proving me wrong he ran like a pro and we absolutely nailed coming away from the tunnel into the weaves. He ran ahead beautifull until 3 from the end where he just had to check out the scrim tent, which gave us 5 faults but we still placed 3rd which proves how hard it was. There’s hope for next time!
JJ found the long grass very difficult to walk through as it must have been up to his tiny knees, which also meant a strong possibility of him going under all the jumps. After rolling around on the start line (which could be seen as displacement behaviour, but I know it’s just him) he did a perfect 1 2 3 jumps into the weaves. As he popped out of the weaves he was flying, until second from last he went under the jump. Bless him!
JJ’s 4-5 graded jumping was a hard course but he managed all the hard bits. Unfortunately, he was flying so fast he missed his last weave pole and flew over the jump - even the judge was gutted for us as he continued around the course perfectly!
Trinity’s first run is normally her best but on her 1-3 combined agility she seemed really quiet. I had a chat to her on the dog walk and she was running nicely but not fast. We came off the A-frame to go down the straight line of jumps, but she swerved to avoid the crowd. I reassured her and she popped over the last jump with a nice clear round – and to our surprise achieved second place with a trophy!
Trinity's grade 3 agility was much later on and I wasn't that hopeful or concerned as the sun was shining. We relaxed by the ring for a while and watched everyone else. When we joined the queue Trinity was not interested at all so I sat her at the start line, thinking that I’d have to drag her around. At that moment the sun went in and the wind got up and she flew off!
I had to run so fast my heart was thumping – at 12 weaves with one jump to go I kept telling her to weave, she flew the last jump and we’d done it, we were clear! I was so very happy and Trinity had won, so she is now grade 4!
After that high I thought we'd enjoy out last run of the day so I had to run JJ first in the 1-7 combined steeplechase. He flew round but I let him down by misjudging a blind cross and ended up with 5 faults. We continued around lovely and fast. - awesome job little man.
Trinity took the start line she flew off again. We got further than JJ but when I called her round a jump she just stopped and gave me whale eye! She obviously didn't want to go that way! She then turned and ran into the tunnel and out into the ring to her treat bag! It’s never a dull moment with Trinity and what a fantastic month of agility highs and lows we've had.
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