I have to make this quick as I only have a few minutes and next time I’ll have the chance to post will be post-Denise Fenzi and Sue Ailsby seminars. Alot going on right now, and not just on the dog front.
On the dog front however, Phin now has his official first trial under his belt. Saturday was Gambler and Snooker, and I was a nervous wreck! I was so nervous on our first run I didnt even hear the Gamble buzzer, and had to get verbally told by the judge, “Uh, that was you..!” Whoops. Oh well. Snooker that day wasnt any better as he dropped the first bar and then by the time I even knew what was happening he was over the third jump. Tweet! Oh well again. Good part is I got that all out of my system on Saturday and by Sunday we were running “normally.”
Snooker went great. I was a bit more thoughtful about my course, mostly, and other than a tough weave entry that he missed (I set him up badly), he ran perfectly and we Q’ed! Our jumpers run was awesome despite a tough opening (USDAA is not so kind to the Starters kids!), and he nailed it. SO proud of him. He was 1.5 seconds off the fastest dog and got fourth, but these dogs were blazing fast and run by very experienced handlers. I was thrilled overall and can’t wait to get back into it with him in the fall.
Forest did well at the trial this weekend and finally picked up his last Advanced Standard leg on Saturday. His other Standard run on Sunday was beautiful but he didn’t see the tire very well and blasted through it, poor dude. I was happy with him as well over the weekend. However…
He gave me the middle finger this morning big time and now is officially on Boot Camp probation for a minimum of 2 weeks. He slipped his collar and RAN away from me this morning like he has not in a long time. I had to chase him down for blocks and finally cut him off and cornered him when he stopped to take a dump. He will be on serious restrictions for a while. I will still be taking him to the seminars this weekend but he is basically going to be on a tie down, in his crate or physically with me on leash. So frustrated with him at the moment–I wonder if he ever will want to be with me (hell, not just me, it could be anyone he lives with) more than run off like a wild animal…?
Anyways, that’s all for our trial budget for the summer, I’ll have plenty of time to plan next steps while we avoid the heat and work on our contacts. Will report back after the seminars next week!