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Saturday, March 15, 2008
agilitydogs
Cisco's AXJ!

Last weekend was Blue Ridge Dog Training Club's spring trial. Friday I took off of work to play. It was the worst day of our weekend. I made lots of mistakes and didn't do a good job of telling Cisco what to do.

We seemed to get that all out of our system because by Saturday things were falling into place. We started the day with a great Open Standard run where we got third place after getting a refusal called (it was a bad front cross, but I don't think it should have been a refusal). Saturday afternoon, we had a perfect Jumpers run. It was our third Excellent A Jumpers leg which got us our AXJ -- our first excellent title! Berkley came with us on Saturday and Sunday (it's been about 6 months since he's done any agility). Saturday he forgot he actually had to get on the contact obstacles and ran right past the dog walk and a-frame with me.

Sunday Cisco turned in two great runs. Neither was qualifying, but they were still good runs (we had a missed a-frame contact in open standard and one refusal in our first Excellent B jumpers run). Berkley did better on Sunday. We did knock a bar and run across the broad jump, but we did our contact obstacles and our weave poles.

I'm still on an agility high from last weekend and wish we had signed up for something before mid-April.

Kelly • 08:18 PM • (1) Comments
Monday, August 20, 2007
agilitydogs
Cisco's Latest Stash

This past weekend was TAG's August trial at the Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling. It was a long weekend that started Friday night with set-up. We couldn't get into one of the rings until 10:45 for set-up which meant we didn't get done until 11:30 or so. I got home shortly after midnight and crashed.

Saturday was an early morning with the alarm going off about 5:30. Cisco and I headed out early that morning and didn't get back until close to midnight again. TAG had around 1100 runs on Saturday between the two rings with the last dog running around 9pm. Cisco was supposed to run in 5 classes, but I pulled him from his last run. He didn't qualify in any of his runs, but I can't complain. He was clean in steeplechase, but over time. I still need to figure out what makes him pokey at times. Cisco did get a massage towards the end of the day. Kim didn't find any soreness or tenderness and she said he has killer hamstrings.

We were back at it 6am Sunday. Sunday's standard run started out slow with Cisco barely getting on the dog walk and blowing off the teeter. After that things picked up. We qualified in advanced gamblers our first time out. And completed our last leg towards on starters jumpers title with probably our faster run of the weekend. I also had my first taste of running a border collie in agility when I got to run a very sweet girl Jossie. Turns out my run with Jossie got her a very pretty green ribbon (her Agility Dog title). Yay! Jossie! We finished clean up about 8pm Sunday night. It was a long, but rewarding weekend. But I'm so glad I don't have to work another trial until May.

This was the first show we used MAD agility equipment for. Major props to Jen and Mark for their hardwork and help this weekend. They were a pleasure to work with.

Kelly • 11:26 PM • (0) Comments