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Cynosports isn't letting me log in today... bummer. My only day to watch live.

This weekend Stell and I are in three days of a four-day AKC trial at FDR Park... We haven't done AKC for over a year. Thursday had a good start. Well, actually a bad start, I thought it was going to be a disaster because we got caught in horrendous standstill traffic for 45 minutes in White Plains (major truck accident I heard later) on the way until I inched myself across all the lanes and out to an exit and backtracked until I could find another way up... so we arrived at the trial having completely missed the walk for Open JWW and Stella was up in about eight dogs... I checked her in...

I have never ever run a course blind like that at a trial...

I have arrived late for a class or two and had to run the course without a walk, so I guess that was practice for this... I watched a couple runs, ran back, got Stella out of the car, warmed her up on the way to the ring and in we went...

There was only ONE spot where I almost got lost and Stella froze in front of a jump, standing there looking at me, but I figured it out and we got moving again, she stayed with me and amazingly we Qed, which was a HUGE victory for us without a walk, as well as being first run of the day which CAN always POTENTIALLY be a zoomie, and then...

then I find out we got first place!

Meanwhile, live and learn... to LOOK... I realized AFTER I set up near some other nice people in the beautiful pastoral picnic area under the trees, that I set up in a poison ivy patch... I am so allergic, and I realize after we are all set up I have been walking through it, the tarp is in it, possibly the cooler was in it, maybe other stuff too I can't remember what I put down exactly where... I certainly picked up a rock from over there to pound in my sportsbrella... FREAKING OUT

so then FAST and Standard were NQs... but then I always put my tickets in, but never ever win these things, but we did win the raffle

all kinds of pink pink pink stuff and toys and treats

Yesterday our only big moment was we got our first AKC standard Q... amazingly, and it was not the prettiest of runs, I sent her way wide in a couple places, we had to get the poles on a second try, and the contacts were high... but we did it and it was a Third Place run

I need to work on a couple things real hard----RDW turns and lots of different handler positions. And also weave pole entries, all kinds... lately we've been encountering courses that put a triple jump or broad jump RIGHT ON TOP OF the poles and I really don't know how to get her from that kind of flying extension to very sudden conscientious and intricate footwork

Today we're lounging... and I keep trying to log in to cynosports... this afternoon my kid's cast (i say kid, she's a woman) is coming to rehearse the songs for her musical on our piano...  tomorrow we go back for the last day of the trial

PS: so far so good on the 2nd day PI watch... right away I moved everything, dragging the tarp from the side I was pretty sure wasn't in the PI and I didn't dare retie my sneakers all day long and they were loose and really needed a retie and I happened to have a little bottle of purell so I purelled and purelled and purelled me and everything all day long... and at the end of the day threw out my tarp in a dumpster using plastic shopping bag mittens 
and everything including shoes went in the washing machine with extra laundry soap when I got home


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May. 12th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
So happy for you!!! Hope you survive the PI.
May. 12th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! and me too
May. 13th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
I never WANT to run a course that I've not walked, but when we do, and we do well, I just feel so badass. :)
May. 14th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
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