Goals for this trial:
Maxie: At least 1 QQ, some placement ribbons. (QQ goal not met, but 2 Q's and both with placement ribbons)
Lucky: Every run under course time, whether a Q or not. Enthusiastic participation. (goals not quite met, but the trend is up. 2 Q's, 13 MACH POINTS, with 3 more clean runs that exceeded course time by only 1-4 seconds)
Me: Confidence in the ring, faster running, better handling, don't get lost on course. Relax. (my goals were met)
I wrote an extensive summary of the weekend only to have Blogger disappear it. Big mystery. Big bummer. Can't repeat it. So instead, I just made composite videos of each dog's runs, with commentary, and post them below.
What's not in the videos, I report below.
Weather: It was bitterly cold and windy on Saturday and Sunday. I didn't bring enough warm clothes, no gloves and no ear muffs. I managed to borrow those, and wore 2 pairs of leggings under my baggiest pants, which were still too thin a material to keep out the cold. I had to wear my pajama top under my 3 upper garments to have enough layers on to keep from shivering. The wind was fierce. Poor planning! My nose ran all weekend and sometimes I had to wipe the drip on my sweatshirt sleeves both days. Disgusting, but I didn't let it distract me.
Volunteering: The food provided by the Mobile Bay Dog Training Club (MBDTC) trial committee was delicious two days: 5 huge crock pots filled with various types of piping hot chili on Friday, various types of beans and rice on Saturday. Of course, with sides of bread, salad, desserts, chips. Sunday was just sandwiches. Volunteers were asked to donate some cash for the meals. Instead, volunteers got a raffle ticket for every segment they worked, and each evening several were selected. First night, I won a huge knuckle bone, which Lucky chewed on all weekend back at the hotel. They also had a "Whiners" raffle, for every NQ you put a raffle ticket in a jar. At the end of the weekend several tickets were drawn for bottles of wine. Cute! No toys were given for Q's, but every entrant got either a satchel or a collapsable water bowl. I forgot to participate in the raffle, mostly because the baskets were all wrapped and I couldn't tell what was in there.
|Maxie hits the front edge of|
the table like a pro.
Crating: It was so darn cold, the dogs spent all 3 days "crated" in my car! A first! I parked in the sun, and sometimes ran the heater when I went out to check on them.
She came home with 2 XS Q's (making 4 total to date), 13 MACH points, and 5 clean runs, 3 of which sadly were over course time by 1-4 seconds. Here's a composite video of her 6 runs, with my commentary.
Standard Course Times: Studying the score sheets from last year I noticed the SCT (Standard Course Time) set for 20" XB dogs is shorter than SCT for 8" XB dogs. Same course. Different times. XJ is almost always a 6-7 second difference, XS between 9-11 seconds difference. I suspect this because larger dogs are presumed to be able to cover more ground more quickly with their longer strides.
Nobody complained that I videoed a few folks' runs from my chair while serving as bar setter in both Open and Novice classes both days. I was still able to set bars between runs.
So many club mates bring their own video cameras nowadays, I don't really need to video them, though occasionally someone asks me to, which I'm pleased to do. Someone mentioned they didn't bother viewing the ones I post online since they have their own, upload their own to YouTube, and "besides which, it's too much trouble trying to find them." Still, I like to review some of them myself, so I keep doing it on a "catch as catch can" basis. I wish we were so rich a club we had a designated "videographer", but that won't happen any time soon. Someone suggested I offer a video service: $5/video and send them a disk, and that someone else used to offer that.
So that's it until Monroe the first weekend in March. Two more weeks to practice, if it ever quits raining.
Upwards and onward!