Lucky Lucy: 6 runs, no Q's
|L to R. John, John R, Ken|
Maxie's weekend started out great. First 3 runs were solid Q's, with placement each run, although he always walked his weaves and only once ran as fast as usual. The 4th run was a nearly Q with a pop-out at the weaves, but the last 2 runs on Sunday were disappointing, not even nearly Q's, and both over course time - a first for him. I don't know what happened. There were lots of burrs in the grass. Maybe he had a sore foot. Only other things I can figure is that my right hip was hurting so I was slower myself. Also I brought the new puppy to the trial, and Saturay and Sunday I left Willow at home, figuring the puppy would give Maxie enough company in the X-pen. Maybe not having his usual crate mate with him, not being confined in his crate, threw his game. Composite video, with commentary, is below.
Lucky Lucy is a different story. Her performance was so awful all weekend, I won't bog down this page talking about it. Suffice it to say, it was her worst trial yet, and will get a separate post. Will she EVER be a good agility dog?
|My crate space, Portia and Laura, |
Willow (far left, crated) Pepper, Maxie (in X-pen), Lucky
This was Winnie's first visit to a trial venue, all 3 days. He did great, travelled well in the car, didn't seem the least tense or upset at the noise or busy-ness, not the least intimidated by the big dogs, happy in the X-pen whether I was around or not, had little trouble on leash, and didn't mind various people holding/petting him. I forgot to take pictures of him there with me, but got one of Laura and Portia in our crate space (above), and one with John holding him at the party, below. It felt odd telling people his name was Winnie. Honey Bear did't feel right either. Someone suggested "Pistol Pete" and he answered to that. I got home and toyed with Petie, then remembered Pepper, my first Papillon heartthrob.
I decided to name him Pepper in memory of "the one that got away". They look a lot alike, and the original Pepper was attacked by a big dog and subsequently died. So it's possible we have a forever name for this puppy at last -- Pepper, Pepper Tu, Peter Pepper, Pepperoni. Lots of fun baby-talk variations to play with. He answers to them all, if I can remember to say them. More training now required, I'm so used to calling him Winnie Pooch, etc.
I took videos of over 200 runs. Now that so many of our club members run each dog in Time2Beat as well as FAST, Standard and Jumpers, and some run 3 or more dogs, and we have so many newbies, that adds up to a lot. It will take me about 2 weeks to upload them all to Picasa Web Albums, 5 at a time, sort and label them all. I won't be able to keep up this pace. Not sure how I'll cut down the number, but I must.
video of her "speech" is posted on my YouTube channel.
We had a party of our own Saturday evening for our club's 3 recent MACH champions -- Noel/Flash, Cheryl/Emily, and Loralie/Jenny. 3 cakes, jambalya, fruit salad. No decorations, but so many people showed up that the food ran out too fast for all to get some. Another club mate was taking pictures, so I didn't take any. Still haven't seen them, though. That's why I like to take the pictures, so I know they'll make it into our club's Photo Album.
Upwards and onward,