Our first run was a bit sloppy. It started with a tunnel, and a looming dogwalk on the exit. He was supposed to take a jump, but the dogwalk was calling him. Luckily, he came back to me just before his toe hit the dogwalk (an off course is an automatic elimination). Then, he flew by the first set of 6 weave poles. I was worried about the set of 12 poles coming up later, so I brought him back and got him thru the 6. Then, during the 12 poles, he came to a stop after the 5th pole, gave me a heart attack, and then kept going and did all the poles. Phew. He's never stopped before. He either does them all or pops out and moves on. Maybe he saw a cute girl walking by? Anyhoo, because of our weave pole bobbles, we ended up over time by 2 seconds, but since I had no other faults, we still Q'ed!
Our second run was a bit smoother, but he popped out of the 12 poles. This time, I took the 10 faults (you're allowed 13 faults), and kept going, so as not to earn any time faults. It was the right move. The only bobble we had was a flip from the dogwalk to a tunnel. Chewy really wanted to head back up the dogwalk. That run we finished two seconds under and q'd again.
When I did DOCNA with Oreo, we ran the "select" division, which allowed you to run 15% slower and 4 inches lower. I always heard people talking about the DOCNA times being hard to beat, but never understood what they were talking about, because Oreo never went overtime, and he was slower than their dogs.
Now that I'm running the competition division, I get it!
After both runs, Chewy got to go play in the big pond area, and I think that was his favorite part of the night.
Despite his recent success, Chewy is not allowing superstardom go to his head.