06 May 2012
Sticking to the plan, with a bonus jumpers, just because.
Sometimes agility is hard for Gustavo, and sometimes it isn't. It wasn't here. This is agility like we practice, this is agility like it's supposed to always be.
We stuck to the plan on all runs except for Jumpers, as a test. Jumpers is usually ok for him. He earned a Jumpers Bronze with this one. Sticking with the plan worked allright, he had 3 of 4 good runs. 1 meltdown in the ring that seemed to be harder for him to run in, sandwiched between 2 others. This one with a wide open space on 2 sides of it made him happy. Could be a coincidence, but who knows? I am keeping notes and records, so now I know these things.
I'm not sure what our agility future will bring, me and Gustavo. This is something I'm going to think about a lot.
Otterpop was fine. Some fast runs, some slow runs. She earned a Tournament Silver with her Grand Prix win and a Standard Silver in Performance. Her favorite run was Gamblers, but she left out one of the weave poles in the gamble! Oops.
I'm not sure what our agility future will bring, me and Otterpop. I think she has some Gamblers and Grand Prix and Standard runs still in there. I know for a fact Otterpop likes agility. She tells me before we go in. I will never crack the nut that is the why of Otterpop. But every time we practice, she tells me she never, ever wants to quit.
I did run my favorite lab again and this time got an E! Oops. We had a very fun run nonetheless. Thanks Peggi and sorry about that! Hopefully Peggi will let me try again.
You sure do learn a lot about ups and downs in agility. Lots of ups and downs happening over the weekend, for everybody at Bayteam and everybody in Minnesota. Some times people's kind words about the downs come out a little bit crookedy and sideways. Luckily I have a sense of humor. So when someone said I looked like a hobo, and someone else thought perhaps we might better enjoy competing in CPE, I can smile on the outside with my new tooth and not put a curse on anybody, because I'm not a witch.
There is a lady in dog agility that looks like a real witch. And she is not me. And for this, today, I will be grateful. And me and the dogs, right now? We'll just go to the beach.
by team small dog at 6:16 PM