How do I know trial season has begun? My car looks like this again!
So the day started off wet, but ended out being sunny, warm and muggy. Hmm. Not sure what would have been better. It was HOT. So, my wish for YPS records did not come to fruition, but Oreo ran like a champ, considering the warm temps and his black fur coat.
Here is our first run. I edited out the part where he ran around the first jump, because the rest of the run was so awesome! Teacher's husband realized it was probably his presence that threw Oreo off, and got up out of his chair. Then, Oreo ran really well. He apologized after our run, and told me he should have moved before Oreo ran. These people are so accommodating and kind to me and my dog. I mean really, there was no need for him to move, let alone apologize!
We took first place (although we were the only 12 inch intern level dog), and Q'ed. It was also our final leg at the intern level. So, we got a title ribbon! We were also the only dog to Q in the intern division.
I rewarded Oreo. Brought him back to his pen, then had to RUN back to the ring to walk the next course! Then RUN back to get Oreo and RUN again.
On our second standard run, Oreo took an off course tunnel under the dogwalk. He went in the blue tunnel, when he should have gone in the yellow. That's an NQ in DOCNA. Oh well, we already had our title. Then, he did a bit of rubber necking on the teeter. The person doing ring crew in the corner knew Oreo, and she tried to make herself as invisible as possible. You should have seen how she curled herself up in the chair. She apologized later for not doing a better job. I told her it wasn't her fault. DOCNA people are just the best.
Our jumpers run was after lunch. It was HOT, hot, hot. Oreo usually runs best in jumpers. But he was panting before we even got to the ring. This was our first time at the intern level, so I was worried we wouldn't make time. DOCNA jumpers has some really tough time requirements. Well, Oreo was one of the few dogs that made time at the intern level, and the only dog that Q'ed, even with his pause midway through the run to look at the crowd.
Overall, a very successful day. Oreo ran well, and I was pleased with his confidence level. Obviously, we still have some work to do, but I think we will always be a work in progress.
There were tornado warnings out, so luckily the trial ended before the next round of storms!
Thanks to everyone for all your support throughout the day!
New Hip Dad, there were tons of beginners dogs at this trial! You would have loved it. Missed having you there.