April 23rd 2011 8:22 am
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Well my first actual trial was today, and boy did I have fun!!! Even though I had to wake up extra early and had to wait while my mom walked the course, I still had a blast meeting new people and new smells.
Though, I didn't get a ribbon, or a qualifier, I still left everyone laughing after my run. It was a very challenging course, everyone was talking about it. My mom was even having issues with it. She managed to make it through, and I had a really nice run.
The exception included running in the wrong end on the tunnel, refusing to go over a jump because the judge was much more interesting, nearly knocking him down after I leapt at him with all four feet, accidentally hitting him below his waist, and running out of the ring!!
But it was all worth it!! I only had 2 Ws and 1 R. And I ran 47. 14 seconds, which included visiting the judge. So I'm doing good for my first time! And then everyone gave me love and praise after my run was over!!
I think I really like this agility stuff!! Maybe next time I'll get a ribbon or two!
March 13th 2011 3:53 pm
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So yesterday I participated in an agility run-through, my first more competitive trial with some constructed criticism. Well my first run wasnt too great.
I started with the tire jump and up the dogwalk and over the jump. i turned to the A-frame and missed the contact. Even though it was a fault, it wasn't as bad as it could of been....yet. So at the top of the A frame, i decide to take a leap of fate and jump from the top and completely over the over A frame platform!!! I almost gave the audience a heart attack!!!! After that i had to go run and see part of the crowd ad ignore my mom.
Once she got some control, i came back over, had to jump on to the a frame again and decided to see the judge and forget the weave poles. so my mom took me to the next 3 jumps, which i went over great, but i saw another person and ignored the tunnel to visit the people in the back corner. i gave her lots and lots of kisses.
i was taken over the next jump and on to the table which i jumped off to see the other people in the other back corner before i got back on to the table. 5 seconds later i was off over the next jump, got on to the teeter, reach the pivot point, and jumped completely over the other half of the board. And of course, i visited mommy's bag and the other half of the crowd. I had to make sure every one knew that i loved them all!!! Bolz!! I finally made it over the final jump and was so thrilled that everyone loved me and was laughing!! I thought i ran perfectly!! But mommy was embarrassed.
I was taken to the back room and advice was given to my mommy on what to do on my second run. I could feel that my mom wasn't too happy about my performance. Plus she was telling her mom that she was NOT going to let that happen again!
So my second run came and i ran MUCH better!! :D I lost focus a few times but mom was strict and wasnt going to let me visit anyone. I got all the obstacles i missed, and didnt go on the wrong obstacles either. But the teeter scared me so bad the first run, that one of the agility teachers helped me across, even though i crawled across!!
So if your running your first trial, or just a little run through, try not to attempt what i did my first run!!!
March 7th 2011 5:22 pm
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So this week, my mom has been trying to build me some full sized agility equipment. She needs full sized equipment for 2 reasons: one is 'cause I hate touching the 1 foot high contacts, so she figures if they're bigger, I will touch them. Two is because I need to get over my fear of the teeter. I just hate the movement and it's taken me awhile to get use to it. Luckily I won't have the contacts anytime soon.
Well, back to the building. My mom's been getting confused on how to build the bases, but I think she's finally gotten the idea of the teeter base, after a couple of days of research and trial-and-error. So today I was watching her measure out the lengths of the wood to cut. Her older brother has to do the cutting though, she's not handy with electronics.
Now shes talking about needing a protractor to measure out 45 degree angles, whatever that means!
But tonight, instead of chilling with me and my sister, she's been trying to figure out the dogwalk base. She keeps muttering something about finding the right stable design. I wish I could help her, but without speech and handy thumbs, I can't draw out what to use.
Well, I hope my mom gets her ideas straight, so I will have new equipment to test out!!