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Proud of my chocolate girl for weathering the high stress environment of the Thanksgiving Cluster in MA and even getting her OA on this (very suspenseful) run.

She took 13 seconds to tease me about whether or not to finish doing the teeter. THIRTEEN SECONDS!!!! with a total twinkle in her eye... probably still pissed I made her down on the table...

But, yep, the rest of the run was vintage Stella... she's nine and a half and apparently her thyroid has moved from low normal to mid normal... how did we accomplish that? I would really like to know... I think its certainly helped her ring stress


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Nov. 29th, 2016 08:45 pm (UTC)
Ha! I think the Teeter break is cute. What can you do? To me, the REAL suspense is in running a course with PILLARS in it. I get nervous every time I see these sorts of venues. I know, I know, done successfully throughout the world. But they just floor me. I'd be so worried I'd run into a cement pillar, I'd probably do EXACTLY that.
Nov. 29th, 2016 09:49 pm (UTC)
There was one TERRIBLE novice course that had a pillar right after a jump just about In the path turning to another jump that when the dogs turned tight--everyone was gasping to themselves as the dogs almost jumped into it. Crazy. They could have just adjusted the jumps a couple feet

And yeah, why aren't the pillars padded??????
Nov. 29th, 2016 10:13 pm (UTC)
someone on FB wondered why that pause on her teeter would not have been called a refusal...
Nov. 29th, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
Once the dog is fully on/in an obstacle there are no refusals. Just wasting time. (I used to be an AKC agility judge.)
Nov. 29th, 2016 11:05 pm (UTC)
thanks for the clarification... the is what i imagined...
Nov. 30th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
Oh, and congrats!!
Nov. 30th, 2016 11:50 am (UTC)
Thanks. Titles really aren't what we are going for with Stella. Just working on happy Stella. The titles actually are a pure surprise at this point
Nov. 30th, 2016 03:42 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, I think the same thing every time! All those northern indoor trials with the pillars, I would brain myself the first run.
Nov. 29th, 2016 09:32 pm (UTC)
So it wasn't OAJ - jumpers doesn't have all that contact equipment. Maybe OA? That reminds me of Jill when she is considering the teeter or not - because she usually jumps off the side or turns around and goes back, I don't compete anymore. No teeter, no $ lost over and over again for me. I'm with Rosie, I also worry about the pillars...
Nov. 29th, 2016 09:50 pm (UTC)
Ooooooh you are right. Her OA!!!!! I'll fix that. Thanks!!!
Nov. 29th, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC)
All those seconds lost on the teeter and she was still under time. Stella loves akc... no down on the table required, dogs have to be leashed right after the run, and none of those backsides (which actually she doesn't mind) and fancy turns
Nov. 30th, 2016 01:23 am (UTC)
Same for dinking around in a tunnel... Just killing time.
Nov. 30th, 2016 11:51 am (UTC)
Or taking in the view from atop the af...
Nov. 30th, 2016 04:10 am (UTC)
awww great job Stella and way to bring the excitement with the teeter suspense! So cute that wagging tail the whole time while she made you wait. ha, so cute. Congratulations!
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