I told Nancy to get her dog NOW and started walking the course. It was pretty surreal – I had just gotten off a plane and within 15 minutes of arriving at the site, Chance and I were on the line ready to run. He was AWESOME. He was a little slow for Chance – I know we weren’t able to give him enough time to disengage from “Breed Ring” and switch over into “Agility” mode but he was clean around the course and earned his NAJ with a 2nd place! Chance then went upstairs, got cleaned up a little and went Best of Breed. What a way to start the weekend!
We still had our standard run to go and when Nancy brought Chance over for that it was apparent that he had successfully changed mental mode. His eyes were spinning – it was actually kind of scary. The first ¾ of the course were SO FAST that I don’t really remember it. I do remember his teeter though: he hit it going so fast I thought there was no way he could hold onto it. Chance slid into a perfect teeter (better than any of my dogs ever do) and continued on at top speed. We had one refusal at the dog walk (my fault – I didn’t set him up correctly for it and it was a tough angle) but despite that, he not only qualified, he won the class! Two titles in one day, both with placements and he still had Group to do. Chance (to cap off a perfect day) went into Group and won! And during Best of Show, he got a looooong look from the judge. Conformation is heart stopping when you are rooting so hard for a dog. Saturday was amazing: two agility titles with a 1st and a 2nd, Best of Breed AND a Group 1! What a guy! It was actually a little weird over at agility at times: I could hear whispers of “That’s the dog that was at Westminster” and “That’s the dog on TV.” I was handling a celebrity J
I warned Nancy on Sunday that Saturday was a “one of a kind” kind of day. He had gotten his titles already but I didn’t move him up – he is not ready for Open yet and I want to really build this dogs confidence so that he just gets faster and faster. Novice JWW was DYNAMITE. Once again, he was wound really tight and I was worried that he would drop bars. Well, he didn’t: we had a flawless run (again, beautiful weaves) and not only qualified, he took 2nd place again! And then, went upstairs and won Breed again. It was like a repeat of Saturday (and by this time the altitude was getting to me so I was little light headed anyway!) The standard course was fairly difficult for a Novice dog. But I figured that Chancie was 3 for 3 anyway – so we would just “train.” I should have more faith in him: he SMOKED the course and even with sticking and holding all his contacts, he was 30 seconds under time! And he won the class again. Then he went on to group and took a Group 3 placing!
The funniest thing about the whole weekend was the way Karen (who handles Chance in Conformation) and I were bragging on him. Karen – over in Conformation – kept bragging on how well he was doing in agility and I – over in Agility – kept bragging on how well he was doing in the breed ring. Karen and I decided that we share Chance well and he sure seems to enjoy all the feminine attention. Team Chance worked quite well!
What a weekend this guy had! Two new agility titles (with two 1st places and two 2nd places) two Best of Breeds and two Group Placements! I am SO glad Nancy talked me into going to this trial – I had a blast, met a lot of nice people and got to chat with some old friends. And got to run a star.