My first run ever with Ms. Kat was Starters Gamblers. My only wish/prayer/hope was that she didn’t leave me to go chase other dogs. Seriously. As I was leading out, I noticed her head craned around, looking at the dogs running in the neighboring field. So I did what every experienced handler does: I panicked. I released her way before I actually got to the point I had wanted to lead out to and she came screaming by me because I was in no position at all to give her cues. The good news is that she didn’t leave me! She hit her weaves and had perfect frames! I was so enraptured with her frames that I ignored the whistle to start the gamble and did another frame. Just because they were so pretty. :-)
In the middle of all this was dock-diving with the kitten. We had tried it last year at Nationals and her MO was to run to the end of the ramp, come to dead stop, stare at the toy in the water and then “plop” into the water. Not this time! She was launching off the ramp and turned into a screaming banshee when we were waiting in line. The rest of the dogs (I had to bring all of them in the RV) were not so pleased: they could see all the dock-diving activity from our campsite and were quite jealous (even though none of them would have actually done it!)
The last day, Monday, was the absolute best day of the trial. Cinder was entered in PIII Snooker and Jumpers and I was really looking forward to running her balls out. We had a FABULOUS Snooker run and ended up 2nd overall – she was sooooo much fun! PIII Jumpers we had a total miscommunication and she ran into me. Literally. The agility gods were with us and the judge didn’t see the contact (I mean, a total header into me) but the bobble cost us time so we only ended up in 7th. But still – I personally don’t think we should have Q’d at all so I am not bitching.
Kat was in Starters Snooker and Starters Jumpers. The Snooker course was not an easy one and the course we did had 3 frames with some really difficult handling maneuvers after the frame. Well, time to see if her running frame is going to hold up right? It did!!!! She was GORGEOUS – nailed all her frames and picked up the first Q of her life. Good girlie! Jumpers was also a blast even though we had an on-course collision. It’s all just baby dog stuff and us getting used to each other. (Below is the YouTube video of her Jumpers run.)
I came home from the trial thrilled and exhausted. Cinder has a bye into the semi-finals and Kat didn’t leave me on course. Success!!