Wednesday, August 26, 2009

photos from trial

Here are the links to photos from our trial runs on Sunday:
nationals qualifier
strategic time gamble

After reviewing our videos and stats from Sunday's trial, I realized these weren't our best runs ever, nor were they our worst. I was running slower, because I had seen so many people slip and fall on the wet grass (just ordered myself some cleats). I know if I go slow, Oreo goes even slower! Still, I think it was the most fun I've ever had at a trial.

Everyone was in a good mood that day. Maybe it was the rain. Maybe it was due to the small size, and homey atmosphere. The whole group sat down at the picnic tables, and had a pizza lunch together! Have you ever done that at a trial?

We all held our breath as Disney Q'ed his jumpers run in 15 seconds, then erupted in a group cheer! His previous standard run had consisted of carrying the "number one cone" around the course randomly (those photos are priceless). The number one ended up in his belly. Now, it is just a plain, blue cone.

However, there was a somberness to the day. Buddy, the 3 legged dog who had heroically qualified for nationals in July, was not there. He passed away a few days ago. Buddy's mom had really been looking forward to making the trip to Pennsylvania for the nationals in October. My heart goes out to her. I'll miss Buddy. He was a real sweetheart and an inspiration.

So, we all hugged our dogs a little tighter, gave them an extra tasty snack (left over donuts off the breakfast table), and cherished the day. Q's or NQ's, out of control speed or slo-mo speed, accuracy or flaws, joyful cone eating, green dogs pooping on the course, breaking startline stays, being distracted, visiting the ring crew, a dog's first run in a trial, walking the course with umbrellas in the pouring rain, ....all of it was celebrated that day. Other people might think we were a bit crazy (we are a strange subculture), but if you look at the photos, you see smiles everywhere. Everyone encouraged, supported, and cheered for each other. There was no polite golf clapping going on. It was real.

I can't wait until next summer's DOCNA trials. They are simply the best.


Ricky the Sheltie said...

Sorry about Buddy but congratulations to Disney! Seems like DOCNA trials are more about family than competition. How nice that must be! You're fortunate to have so many of them to go to in a summer.

Diana said...

Wow, its sounds like it was just a great day. Diana

the hip dad said...

make sure you try the cleats before any competitions.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh, I agree - the pictures say it all! And sometimes, even though you're not doing everything exactly as the rules, you can actually end up having more fun - which is so worth it! :-)

Glad you had a great time and thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Hsin-Yi (& Honey the Great Dane)