Our Big Agility Trial (the details!)
Two weekends ago (October 21-22), we competed at our second agility trial. It was Evee and Bailey’s second time competing and Diesel and Kylie’s first! We had a blast — our wonderful coach/instructor was there to give us guidance and support, a few of our agility friends were there to supply smiles and cheers, the facility was very nice, and the judge was awesome and very down-to-earth. I am so very proud of all 4 dogs, as they all listened well, jumped high, ran hard, and most importantly, had fun! And now for some details …
- The baby dogs (Diesel & Kylie) made their agility debuts with speed and style. Diesel was in the 12″ skilled division for the weekend and Kylie was in the 16″ skilled division for the weekend. Both Diesel and Kylie qualified (the all-important agility Q) and took 1st place on their very first runs ever! I am incredibly proud of how they successfully handled the stress and excitement of a new environment and were able to focus and run fast and clean!!
- Bailey was in the 16″ skilled division for the weekend (yes, he was competing against his little sister!). He may not be the most driven or the speediest of our dogs, but I’ll tell you one thing — he is Mr. Consistent. Bailey did beautifully all weekend long, running confidently and running cleanly. He had zero course faults and was within seconds of Q-ing on all but one run. He also took 1st place in Jumpers with a great run (yes, he beat his little sister, along with the 4 other Aussies and 3 Border Collies in his division!!). And while we play the game of agility in order to have fun with our dogs, we are hoping that Bailey will get his first Q at our next trial.
- Evee was awesome!!! That little 4″ veterans division almost 12-year-old white puffball of a dog was a hoot. She took home all 1sts and 2nds and ran so quick on her last run that Justin said people were commenting on how she was “kicking up dirt”. (I swear on that last run, she said to me, “You may think that those Aussies are your star agility dogs, and that I may technically be considered a senior citizen, but I’m telling you what, I can bring it!!” and she did!) I have no idea how much longer Evee and I will be able to compete together, but as long as she’s having fun and still doing the Bichon blitz in between runs, we’ll keep at it!
All in all, it was an awesome trial and a fantastic experience for the entire pack. We’re hoping to compete at our next trial in December and we’re looking forward to fun agility careers with these 4 crazy canines. 🙂