Woke up to 3 inches of snow, and lots more coming down. I was coughing & sneezing.
Jeff said, "I don't think its a good idea for you to go today."
Oh, I'm going!
It took me an extra 15 minutes, but I made it to the trial just in time to walk the course for our Colors run.
Today was our first day running level 3 courses.
Oreo did awesome!!!!!! He was confident and fast. Colors is great for him, because it is a short course.
I sat down after our run, and 20 minutes later, someone came over and said, "Did you check the scores? I think you should."
I knew Oreo had Q'ed and done well, but I also knew there were some really good dogs competing at our height level.
Well, Mr. Oreo came in 1st place. Plus, he beat the second place dog by 10 seconds. Whoo Hoo!
Worth the trek in the snowstorm!
Then, came our standard run. I brought Oreo in the building, and just could not find a place where he felt comfortable. Lunch was being brought in. Doors were being open/shut. Dogs/people were everywhere. He was out of sorts.
I thought our run might be a disaster.
I did the ol' drop and go, and he seemed OK. He hesitated on the teeter when he saw the judge, but I thought we might actually pull it off......until we came back around the facility. Then, Oreo decided not to do some jumps, or the A-frame. I knew I could have brought him back and gotten him over the obstacles. CPE doesn't call refusals. However, I opted to just keep going, clearly something was stressing him out, and I didn't want to make it worse. Just keep him moving.
It was our worst score ever. Last place with 45 faults!!! Ha! It was almost comical to see a number that large next to his name. I'm so used to seeing "0" in our faults column.
Worst score maybe, but I didn't think it was our worst run ever.
Oreo got lots of treats/meatballs after both runs.
Here are the videos of our runs. I put our standard run first. Save the best for last, right?
This is our last trial until April. We'll just do our league matches (& maybe some run thrus) until then, where I'm going to focus on reward, reward, reward, because I have an awesome dog who deserves it.