Because Mom hurt her knee really bad she hasn't been able to do any agility with in a LONG time. It's been almost a year! About a month ago she got permission to start running again so she took me out to play and did some training on the equipment. She is always working on convincing me that Agility is fun (I'm still a bit nervous about it at times because of stuff that happened a long time ago). She says I have gotten SO much better - now my tail never stops wagging when I run!
She entered me in an agility trial on Halloween weekend. I was a bit nervous at first, because it has been so long, but Mommy said it was alright and I trusted her. I ran my best ever at the trial and only NQ'd one run (out of 8 total!) and it was all Mommy's fault for sending me over the wrong jump! I got 1st place on all the runs I Q'd on. I have never run so fast over the contacts as I did that weekend. Mommy was so proud!
I finished my Novice Chances title and my Outstanding Novice Jumpers title. Mommy said that I did even better than Dazzle that weekend!
She also said that now we will do some more trials. Our goal is to earn the NADAC Novice Triple Superior award. It's a big award - like the Novice version of a Championship - and I have to earn a lot of points but Mommy said I can do it! I don't know too much about all that stuff though, I just like playing the game!
Mommy took me along with Dazzle to the November ZAP trial. I was so excited to get to go with Dazzy! Mommy has been doing a lot of training with me so now I like agility a lot and run fast! Well...I run fast as long as Mommy does too anyway.
So, on Friday I had 4 runs. 2 of them were Jumpers, and 2 were Regular. The first Jumpers I did I Q'd and got a 1st place - that also finished my NJC title! And guess what? That was my FIRST agility title! Yipee!! My next run was another Jumpers. I Q'd and got a 1st place in that one too! Mommy was so proud! And I was having a blast.
Next I had a Regular round. This would be my first time doing the big equipment at a trial...but Mommy was very calm, so I was too. I did everything just like we did in practice and I got a Q and a 1st in Regular! Not only that, but I also Q'd and got 1st in the second round! Mommy was now proud and amazed at how well I was doing. I got lots of cookies for that.
Then I got to go back again on Saturday. This day I had 2 more Regulars and 2 Chances. The first Regular that day went just fine - and guess what? That was my third ever regular run, and my NAC title! Wowser! How cool is that?! Then I had the other Regular, which, big surprise (hehehe) I got another Q and a 1st in.
Lastly I had Chances. That is where you have to do distance. The first one I did GREAT on! Mommy sent me out like 10 feet to some jumps and I just did it! That was very exciting. So, another Q. But then on the second one I had some trouble. Mommy had to layer a jump and send me about 15 feet out to a tunnel (my least favorite obstacle). I tried again and again but I just couldn't do it, so I took the jump instead. But Mommy didn't care, she knew that I tried hard and just wasn't ready for that yet. We could work on it.
So no Q on that one but on my other 7 runs I did! I was so excited. Mommy says now I get to go to more trials with Dazzle! YAY!
So I got to go to another ZAP trial. But this time, I was faster! I had 2 jumpers runs again. This time I Q'd and got a first place in BOTH!! Those were my first ever agility Qs. Everyone was so proud of how fast I ran and how confident I was.
Mommy says we have a lot more training to do - but that I might be able to go to the next ZAP trial in November! I can't wait!