It’s a cool morning at St. Huberts for the CPE, SCOR agility trial. At least it is dry and comfortable but the clouds in the sky are an ominous reminder that tomorrow is slated to be a cold wet day. Kathy drove to the site and I biked so she got here at about 7:30 while I got here about 7:45, replete with pastries from the Swiss Chalet.
Jackpot – Level 3 – 8″
We were the first dog to run in Jackpot, level 3 after a quick course change and run through. Kathy just got Scraps to crap and piss before the run. Scraps got off fast with a few jumps and then got the zoomies going through a tunnel like 6 times. We almost got the 20 points in the first part of the course and then when the buzzer sounded Scraps knew what to do. This included a jump, teeter, tire and jump over the line, at a distance and he was on course to complete it but Kathy beckoned Scraps off the teeter and he listened. We ened up with 31 points and an “NQ.” Who knows how they access points in this event?
The next event at the trial was Standard which we didn’t compete in since it had a teeter in it. This gave me enough time to watch a little of it, video tape Shamus, the wild naked Chinese Crested, bike home, walk Rags, bike back to St. Huberts and make it back to still see the last 30 runs of Standard. We ran our first run around 8:45 and probably won’t hit this run until 2:00pm. This is a pretty long break.
Colors Level 3 – 8″
At 2:15 we finally ran our second run which was Colors and the course Kathy selected was the red one that had weave poles in it instead of the teeter. While Scraps didn’t run through the poles perfectly on the first or the second attempt he did eventually get them and I assume on the way to a “Q.” We will have to wait for the final judges score. The result is in and we qualified and came in first place.
3rd Game – Level 3 – 8 Inches
Scraps was quickly “Thank You’ed” off the course after going in and out of tunnels recklessly. This was his nemesis all day. Not knowing what to do next so he would therefore gravitate to his most accessible tunnel. It hurt him in this game. He was able to get by in others. Needless to say, we did not qualify in this event.
I went for a nice long bike ride between this and the last run of the day. I brushed through Chatham, Harding, Long Hill and Morris Township and back again. In total, I rode 32.5 miles during the day between commuting back and forth to the trial and joy riding. I’m nicely pooped as I write this blog.
Last Run – Level 3 – 8 Inches
Once again, Scraps was reckless but CPE is forgiving in many of its games if you know how to adapt and Kathy and Scraps adapted this run all the way to a first place victory with another “Q”.
For the day we were two for four with two first place runs. Scraps is fast for his size so if he qualifies there is a good chance he will also get a first place ribbon. I was on my bike at 5:30 on the way home making it home by 6:00. Eating Macho Nacho for dinner and finishing up a bottle of Cotes du Rhone from the other night. Kathy’s passed out on the couch at 8:30 as I blog and we do it all again tomorrow. It looks like it will be wet but not a soaking rain all day. I have a feeling it’s going to prove to be an experience.
Day 2 – Sunday, September 27, 2009
As predicted by the weatherman, today turned out to be a wet day so we are trying to minimize our exposure. We arrived at around 8:00, missing the judge’s briefing and the walk through for the first event jumpers.
Jumpers – Level 3 – 8″
It was only misting when we left the car with Scraps which left us 15 minutes to watch some runs, get Scraps warmed up and run the jumpers course. It all happened fast which was good. We got on the course at 8:30 and Scraps ran with some good focus. He had one off-course fault when he veered left over a double jump he was supposed to pass. Other than that, Kathy and Scraps were smooth and clean and I don’t think the one mistake will hurt our chances of getting the “Q” in this run.
After the run, we had Standards to wait through so I took Scraps home to wait in the warmth and dryness of the house and I will head back to the agility field around noon when Scraps is scheduled to run next. Since I got home it rained a little harder but the weatherman says it should not rain too hard all day.
I got back there in time to witness Scrpaps once again not being able to differentiate between going into a tunnel and going onto another obstacle. This time he chose the tunnel leading himself and Kathy path of failure and an “NQ.”
Kathy salvaged the 3rd run of the day by saving Scraps from prematurely going on the table and disqualifying himself. It is really close, but after that save she and Scraps went on the complete the course and get a 3rd place qualifying run.
Finally in the last run of the day and the weekend, Scraps missed the first jump, the Judge missed the miss and called out “One.” Kathy went back to correct the miss but Scraps took the jump backwards and quickly got whistled off the course by the judge. Thank you very much!
For the weekend we got 4 qualifying runs out of 8 and while considering we were running at all level 3 and day 2 we had rainy weather, it not all that bad. We came home Sunday at 5:00, nice and early considering we were there until the entire site was cleaned, to have a Gindoff platter and a Giant shutout of Tampa Bay on the DVR. By the way for Kathy’s sake, the Yankees clinched the Eastern Division title with a win of Boston. With Monday off from work, its is a nice night-cap on the whole agility weekend.