Saturday, February 28, 2009

Updated! First Trial, First Q!!!

I found someone with a camera to take our photo and email it to me. :-) Not very clear, but still a photo! And, course map at the end of the post for agility enthusiasts.
The dogs (all of them) and I left Kansas City with the snow right on our heels. Syd was entered in her first agility trial for jumpers and standard. We started out early this morning with jumpers. Believe it or not, syd qualified with 100 points and ZERO faults. I couldn't believe it. Of course I have no camera because I never expected syd to quify. Shoot, I just taught her weaves last week!!! We now officially love the 2x2 weave training!!! Now we wait forever for the standard run and if Syd takes the Aframe I will call this a wonderfully successful day.

News from the Standard Run. Almost 6 hours after our Jumpers run yesterday (and exactly 12 hours after we left the house that morning), Syd and I were on task for the Standard Run. I did say that if Syd performed the Aframe, I would be thrilled and call it a successful day. Well, it's a good thing I had it in writing to remind myself of what I considered success. :-P
We got to the Standard run, and I was concerned that Syd was tired and not quite so excited at the start line. She ran the first four obstacles beautifully, great speed, and she turned without me even directing her verbally, and she shot up and over the Aframe like a champion. Contacts at the bottom; a wildly successful attempt at an obstacle that's been a confidence issue for Syd.

After the Aframe was the table, and Syd ran over without her usual table-gusto, and hopped up on the table. When she lifted her head up and turned my way, I knew instantly by her expression that Syd was utterly and completely disconnected from me. She just stood on the table, not actively avoiding me, just locked in a far away gaze, in her own world. I tried to reconnect with her and get her to go to the next obstacle, but she seemed stuck. Somehow, she did get off the table, and she went and stood behind a tunnel. Very odd. So, I motioned to the judge to whistle us off, and that was that. It toook what seemed forever to get her to come to me and get off the course. I think about it over and over to try and figure out what happened. At this point, I think I have to chalk it up to a very green dog, a long day, and maybe even a bit of a shock to herself that she flew over the Aframe so fast! Who knows, but at the end of the day, Syd got great experience, a completely unanticipated first Jumpers leg, and she met lots of new friends who thought she was just as cute as can be on the course. And, as Cardigan Addie's mom Carrie said after I got Syd off the course in Standard, "Wow, she's got a lot of speed, doesn't she?" I think the fact that Syd finished the jumpers course at least three jumps ahead of me is an indication that she needs a faster handler!

8 comments:

karensbrae said...

Thats super!!! What a star!! Well done. xx

penni said...

It takes two to make a team -- great work!

Dawn said...

Wonderful and congratulations. another awesome team in the making. Magic says go Syd!

stjocorgi said...

Congratulations to you both. This is wonderful news and a tribute to all your hard work with Miss Sydney.

Sherilyn said...

WHoooooo hooooo Syd and Sarah! Great job!! :)

dreameyce said...

YEA!! HUGE congrats!

I can't wait to see her run next month! I'm so excited, and will have my video camera with me :)

Garrett808 said...

ok you are an absolutely fabulous handler! Quit being so modest! You have helped her overcome her fears and even if she seems disconnected at times, she is STILL YOUR dog and she loves you and who else would she rather run with? :) we'll see you at the performance events! WOHOO!

Jules said...

Not a faster handler - just work on the distance - it souns like she is already doing nce go-ons for you! ;-)


Quite and endorsement for 2x2 method! hmm....

Congratulations on a super 1st trial for Sydney.