Who knew we would do this well?
Our standard run wasn't perfect. I started on the opposite side from where I wanted to be, because I was ripping his harness off from his left, and just wanted to get moving right away. I was disappointed, because I was unable to put myself between Oreo & the judge. Oreo saw the judge, and ducked into the tunnel, rather than serpentining. Then, I got lost. Oreo popped out of the weaves. Then, again, I was on the wrong side at the jump prior to the dogwalk, and we kind of crashed. However, our run was faster than yesterday, and even with our 20 faults, we pulled out a third place! No Q's in nationals, so our off courses didn't matter.
I guess people were talking really loud right behind us when Oreo got on the teeter. I didn't notice, but Oreo did stop and look. My friends told me that they had been asking them over and over to be quiet while I was running. I think in the end, you can actually hear them being "shushed". Isn't it nice when people have your back?
After our run, I got a compliment that meant more to me than the ribbon. Someone, whose opinion I greatly respect, told me that she thought Oreo was running with much more confidence than in past trials. She also told me that I did exactly the right thing when he popped out of the poles...kept going, and didn't make an issue of it.
Jumpers went even better. Oreo was more relaxed while waiting his turn. We ran our butts off, with Oreo exhibiting zero signs of stress. Everyone else had really good runs too. I had no idea what place we would be in.
Well, it was first place. Plus, we ran faster than yesterday.
After the ribbon ceremony, they read the names of the people who would move onto round 3, the finals. They combine your round 1 &2 scores, and only the top 25% in your height class get to move on.
Well, we made it into both the standard and jumpers final round.
I am amazed, thrilled, and so, so, so proud of my dog.
This has been one of the best trials I have ever been too. DOCNA is always a super friendly, laid back venue. This time though, everyone is really cheering each other on and supportive of each other. It is agility the way it was meant to be.