08 February 2014
Did you see the dog agility on the teevee?
We ended our rain walk early to get home for the dog agility on tv. The Westminster AKC Biggest, Fanciest Dog Show of all had agility for the very first time. We raced home and dried off and waited for the basketball game to be done and the agility to start. It took a while to dry off. Good thing for basketball overtime. Once you're walking in the rain, when it starts raining hard and you're soaked through, then you might as well just keep walking.
Two of our friends were the winners of 16" and 24"! They had awesome runs. I was pretty sure they would win. They got to fly all the way to New York City in the snow to compete. Hooray for Dashy and Roo!
I'm not sure how this event worked exactly. Ashley and Stacey had beautiful runs, but some of the other runs were less inspired. Dogs couldn't find the backside of a jump right off the a-frame, a lot of off courses, a lot of slow runs. Some of the runs were a little bit sad. They reminded me of Otterpop when she didn't want anyone to see her. Did they get scared in the finals with the tv cameras and crowds? I saw Carrie in a pantsuit smiling at everyone going to the line, maybe telling them don't be scared of the big hair lady in a blue dress who will come and stick her mic in your face at the ending, when you sit in the big black chair. Or was there some kind of scoring that involved sending a variety of breeds into the finals? There was incredible dog diversity in the finals, I think this is an AKC thing, Afghans and Malteses and a naked dog with little hair wristbands, but they didn't all look to me like dogs that would be in a final round to win a big silver cup. There was a need for speed at the Westminster.
It was dry though, in the agility building of the Westminster Dog Show of New York. Dry and heated and everyone wearing matching Purina Dog Food shirts, running on the fake turf. Maybe they rode in cabs. Here in our drought, it's raining, a drop in the bucket but rain nonetheless, the inside of my car smells like moldering dog again, the special car smell of winter.
So do I drive in the rain out to Turlock, 2 hours for agility in the rain, smelling the smell of wet dogs? Or stay home and just walk in our forest instead?
by team small dog at 8:55 PM