Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pioneer Valley Kennel Club...

We were down in Granby again this weekend. Same bat place, same bat times (approx). Had some super moments - and some utter failures :-) I'll break it down - mostly because it's helpful for me to think about what went wrong and what went well - even if it's only decompressing.

Saturday started with standard - lets just say it was not our high point ;-)
The opening sequence was nice, the course pretty much expected you to layer obstacles, a straight line in the opener with a tempting off-course to a tunnel. I layered a jump and he got the teeter (yay), then came around and layered another jump and instead of pulling to the table he took the triple backwards - then lost his mind a little bit - jumping off the table to pick up (as in rip out of the ground) the number for the weaves, retrieving it to the table to hand it to me (I sheepishly handed it back to the judge). Then he blew his a-frame popped out of the weaves...lets just say it was less than stellar - but he was entertaining.

Saturday JWW he eek'ed out an Excellent A JWW leg. He wasn't particularly fast, mostly because of his weird angles to some jumps - he was wide on quite a few turns - particularly the 180 to the weaves, a 270 and a 1.5 pinwheel. We got a "gift" and left with an Ex JWW leg (our first excellent Q!).

Today's standard course was wicked technical. Some tight angles and interesting choices and a hard weave entry. He blew his A-frame (again) but other than that handled the course cleanly.

JWW was a different story. He took an off-course tunnel then really struggled with his weaves - I think he had three shots before he got them - it was weird, that's not like him AT ALL. The last line of jumps he didn't handle a layered jump - which was all my fault as I didn't keep my hand out to send him away from me - as a result he actually jumped INTO me (though not making contact) - it was not our finest moment :-)

Oh but we did win a spiffy new dog bed in the worker raffle. It's really PURDY and POOFY and just so happens to fit in Murphy's crate in my rig perfectly. I'll have to see if he likes it!

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