After running our last agility competition indoors, coming back to Scraps’ home field at St. Huberts should not have been a problem, but it was. In actuality Scraps and Kathy worked really well on day 1, communicating and executing obstacles. The problem came where Scraps became distracted by smells and items hiding in the grass. He is small and runs with his nose to the ground, so when a distraction lurks between the blades of grass, he tends to bite on the bait. In at least 3 events Scraps stopped to sniff the grass, in all cases Kathy miraculously was able to get Scraps’ attention back and complete the courses but on three occasions, they lost too much time and Scraps didn’t qualify due to it. I want the rubber matting of the indoor course back!
Being late August in New Jersey you have a chance of encountering hot and humid weather, that could tire you out and make a fun agility trial into an endurance competition. This was not the case on day 1. The day proved to be delightful. Low humidity, temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s with a hazy cloud cover. Temperatures were as good as they get, we didn’t even deploy the side tarps for the easy-up . Also being late summer meant lots of people were on vacation, away or just not interested in so many trials in a short time-span in such close proximity to each other. This was not the case for us whatsoever. It did mean for the first time I recall that the trial didn’t sell out and the attendance was probably 60% of what is usually is. This meant Scraps was done with his 6 events by 3:00 ad I was on the road biking home by 3:10 and showered and blogging by 3:40. Though we went 3 for 6, a 50% qualifying ration, it was a nice and easy day. It all starts again tomorrow with at 6:00 wake-up. Time for a schlagel or 2, dinner and probably a movie that I fall a sleep on the couch during.
To view day-1 slideshows of the photos in Picasa Web albums go to the link below:
Day 1 Results:
- Hoopers – Novice – 12″ – Course Time 40.80 sec.
Not Qualified - 42.45 sec. with a 1.65 sec time fault – 0 faults
- Weavers – Novice – 12″ – Course Time 59.20 sec.
Qualified 1st Place – 52.91 sec. - 0 faults
- Tunnelers – Open – 12″ – Course Time 31.20 sec.
Not Qualified - 42.00 sec. with a 10.80 sec time fault – 0 faults
- Chances – Novice – 12″ – Course Time 40.00 sec.
Qualified - 40.00 sec. – Clean Run
- Regular - Novice – 12″ – Course Time 61.52 sec.
Qualified 1st Place - 41.68 sec. – 0 faults
- Jumpers - Open – 12″ – Course Time 33.60 sec.
Not Qualified – 41.79 sec. with a 8.19 sec time fault – 0 faults
Day 2 – Sunday, August 22, 2010
While Saturday presented itself as a picture perfect day to be hanging around an agility trial, Sunday was threatening to be a little more challenging. With Scraps not liking the rain whatsoever we were going to be lucky to pull out a couple of Qs.
The weather G-d was on our side so we lucked out a bit. There were periodic drizzles and minor rain episodes throughout the day but nothing to impact our runs. It was like there was someone looking after us. Let me put it this way. Weavers was the last event of the day and since the trial wasn’t full and people didn’t hang around due to the weather, we were completing our last run at a very early 1:30. At 1:40 it began to pour. If that wasn’t lucky enough, we qualified weavers the day before and moved up from novice to open for Sunday. Now Scraps is pretty new to weave poles and moving up to open where he would face 12 poles instead of 6 seemed like a difficult hurdle to overcome. Before the run we were kind of bummed that we actually moved up. We didn’t think Scraps had 12 weave poles in him being the 12th run of the weekend, pending rain and all, but somehow as he was losing focus on the 10th weave pole, he got a grip and pulled the Q out his his cute little behind. Check out the video below and that’s what I mean by someone was looking out for us.
Compared to Saturday, Scraps was a little more focused on Sunday and didn’t stop to sniff so much. The two mistakes that cost us Q’s weren’t really Scraps’ fault. The first one was knocking down the second to last bar in jumpers. Well, I guess it really was his fault but since he so rarely knocks down bars, I’ll chalk this one up to “you can’t have it all.” In addition, he would have missed the time on this by just under 2 seconds, but nevertheless, he still would have missed it. As he moves up in classes and competes in NADAC, making time is becoming an issue with him. We just made the time in a few runs the we qualified in, so speed and focus is still something we will have to work on. If we get focus we won’t have to worry about speed. The second Q we missed was when Scraps fell for the No-No-Tunnel trap set up next to the A-Frame. Kathy seems to have just forgotten about dealing with that issue and Scraps fell into the judge’s trap. Too bad, it was turning into a good run. As the Grateful Dead say, “When life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door.”
On the brighter side of things, Scraps was making all his contacts and took all his tunnels. These had been surprising problems in the last couple of competitions. Weaves are also getting pretty consistent as long as we enter him on the proper side. Somehow Scraps knows what a hoop is and knows how to go through them. I’m pretty amazed at that since he never sees them accept for NADAC trials.
As soon as Scraps finished his last run, the skies opened up. Fortunately, I acted quickly and got the clear stream garbage and recycling racks into the care before they got too wet; same thing with the two bulky gravity chairs. When the rains came down it flooded the ground with the underbrush turning to a fiber-rich soup that penetrated my shoes.About 10 of us were there helping Mary and Pat (SCOR) and Pat and Carole (St Huberts) get cleaned up and get the field back to how St Huberts needs it. We did most of this clean up in torrential downpours when staying dry wasn’t an option. Wouldn’t you know, as soon as we got done and all the cars and trucks were packed, it stopped raining. Someone with a rye sense of humor was looking down upon us.
In closing Scraps got 4 of 6 Qs on Sunday. Pair those with the 3 for 3 on Saturday and we have him coming in at 7 Qs for the weekend’s 12 runs. At this point, we don’t have another trial set until October so we should use the time and practice a little what we don’t do all that well and rack up a few CPE Qs in the Fall.
DAY 2 RESULTS:
- Jumpers – Open – 12″ – Course Time 27.67 sec.
Not Qualified - 28.99 sec. with a 1.32 sec time fault – 5 faults
- Hoopers – Novice – Course Time 40.80 sec.
Qualified 2nd Place – 37.78 sec. - 0 faults
- Regular – Novice – 12″ – Course Time 57.60 sec.
Qualified 1st Place - 49.15 sec. – 0 faults
- Touch N’ Go – Novice – 12″ – Course Time 63.14 sec.
Not Qualified - 52.83 sec. – 10 faults
- Chances - Novice – 12″ – Course Time 40.00 sec.
Qualified - 40.00 sec. – Clean Run
- Weavers - Open – 12″ – Course Time 61.37 sec.
Qualified First Place – 59.89 sec. – 0 faults
If you want to see some runs from some of Scraps’ friends and competitors, look at the video below: