November 26, 2012

its all moving at a furious pace......

The days have been moving so very quickly since September around here!! This is not the post I had intended, I  have one all written but it is still waiting for its videos....

The days have flown by consumed with work, kids, dogs, dog training, house cleaning (notice that one is last :-)  Trials on the weekends, hurricanes, nor'easterns, no heat, lots of moving of wood and tree limbs, helping my husband pump out houses that flooded...it was a family effort.

Showing started well for Surf and I. He is happier and faster this fall than any other time we have shown. We are 3 legs away from our MXJ and lots away in STD. We have 4 double Q's and almost 200 points. I was hoping to have our 6 dbl Q's for Nationals, not that we were going, not that we would have enough points.... I just wanted to have a goal to work towards. We went back to trialing inside the weekend before Thanksgiving. It is my clubs big trial of the year. Three days, Rayce gets to take off from school, we take the camper and have a girls weekend. It is fun but exhausting. We even went to dinner with the judges this year (very fun). Not a good weekend for Q's though. It's not his favorite place. The end ring is haunted with bogey men and judges that might eat you, at least there was on Friday. He gave me our first Ex A FAST Q with a 1st place. Who would have thought!!! The class I was so very positive was just a shake down not even remotely a possibility of Q'ing. He never works that far away from me (unless it is an off course jump on JWW ;-) It was a weekend of shutting down, rebounding from shutting down, slow but working, just one thing wrong in STD, one broken start line stay, two missed dog walk contacts, handler errors, and one Q per day.

My daughter Rayce had the most talked about run of the weekend!! Most people missed it since it was T2B the very last class on Sat night and it was running late. She was running Blast again. Our friend Sue Bankauf's mostly retired 11.5 y/o BC that is not wired right ;-) You have to see it to really appreciate it....so glad I got it all on video!! Just so you know ahead of time everyone was fine...no bumps or bruises on either one but WOW! Wait till the slow motion at the end...


She came out of the ring and the first thing I said was, "High 5 you didn't knock one bar!!" She look a little dazed but perked up at the positive reinforcement. Then we all gather around to watch the replay, that's when she started to get teary eyed. I think it was finally starting to sink in and she was sure everyone was laughing at her. We quickly convinced her that was not the case. It was so great to hear every one clapping for her when she continued on. Watching it frame by frame was also really informative. You can see Blast start to tuck his front legs and dip his head getting read to grab the end of the teeter then he looks back up at her and realizes where she is going....he tucks his head back down and rolls his shoulder forward but doesn't grab the end of the teeter. He knew what was going to happen and knew he couldn't stop so he just tucked and went with it. Cool dog, bad dog, fresh dog eating it any way the second time through!!

We knew it was a problem. It's his thing... that's why we pick T2B there usually isn't a teeter. Not this time, not once but twice! She was so worried she was making herself sick before the run. Worst mother ever, I put her there in front of the teeter. It was my suggestion. It usually works for them. Upon review...she was late getting there and that is when it all went wrong. Still, so very proud of her, the way she handled herself, the dog, the course. So very glad we had a seasoned judge in the ring lol! Chris Dewey took it all in stride and was so very generous towards Rayce. She is now my favorite judge of all time!! I took a lot of ribbing from the other moms ringside. They all almost had heart attacks  (my instructor Jeri is the one you see run into the ring) but all they could hear was me yell "MOVE ON".... Well, that is our plan. When the run goes bad just move on.....

1 comment:

  1. Amazing video! OMG! Your daughter was such a trooper! A fabulous handler in the making.

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