Oh, I'm sure you are all awaiting my colorful commentary of Zorra's and my runs from the trial yesterday.
First, Zorra did a very nice job in listening to our mother during her runs. She received a qualifying score in 3/4 runs, and received a 3rd place ribbon for one of those runs. She zigged when mother told her (snore), jumped at the appropriate times (boring), zoomed through the tunnels (yawn). The only reason she did not qualify for one run is she had to go on the teeter totter, which she does NOT like. (I find it very fun and love to fly over it). Mother was very proud of Zorra for each one of her runs.
I needed one more qualifying run to complete my first title. This specific run was for a game called Full House. In this game, you must go over a minumum of three jumps, run through a circle (tunnel or tire), and go over a "contact" (either a dogwalk, A-Frame or weave poles. I did this magnificeintly. Everyone at the trial was just amazed at my performance. Oh, Mother was trying to tell me where I should go and I only slightly listened. In the end, we (i.e. I) managed to get a qualifying score AND a first place ribbon for my efforts. (ed. note (Katie, here) He was the ONLY one in the class). This completed my first level of CPE. I shall receive a certificate in the mail with my accomplishments.
I had three other runs yesterday. Since the pressure was off, I chose NOT to listen to Mother and run however I wished. I decided that I truly only wanted to go over teeters, A-Frames and tunnels in an indiscrimate order and at my leisure. I ran and ran. I went over to the people along side the ring and personally thanked them all for coming to watch me run. Oh, I heard my mother screaming like a banshee to come back over and complete the run, but when one has an audience, you must attend their needs, don't you think?
The buzzer sounded for each run (I guess you are supposed to complete the run PRIOR to the buzzer), and my mother would pick me up and say "What am I going to do with you?" each time. Well, I assume that she is going to continue to enter trials with me, as I am a fabulous agility dog. What a silly question!
Unfortunately, we did not get any photos from the trial to post, but there was a photographer there who is sending them to us later. She was quite a nice woman, as she also has a WFT named Ralph. Ralph winked at me each time I ran, and I heard his words of encouragement as I dashed and darted way from my mother. His mother said that Ralph was just like me when he was my age. Ralph told me to keep everyone guessing. No need for the humans to be off their guards.