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SCOR Agility Aug 2-3, 2008 Morristown, NJ

Scraps studying the course and relaxing before his event.

Scraps studying the course and relaxing before his event.

Larry's bicycle in the background.  It's geat to have a trial in your home town!

Larry's bicycle in the background. It's geat to have a trial in your home town!

This trail is run by SCOR which is part of CPE Agility.  After running several good trials in the innovative and fun CPE format, Scraps is for the first time stepping up to level 2 for all but one event.  It’s a beatiful location for an agility trial from my perspective.  I am able to ride my bicycle from home to the trial and then take advatage of Lewis Morris Park’s mountain bBiking trails  when I get bored.  In additon, being a 10 minute drive from home means we were able to leave Rags at home so not to get the Judge to scream at us about shutting that mutt up.  By the way, for the record the judge was Ray Wheeler who did a great job in keeping the trial moving and I have to say he was effective.

YouTube Video
To view a quick video compilation of the 10 runs activate the link YouTube video link below.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

It's gonna rain one way or another.

It's gonna rain one way or another.

It was a cool morning but Jeff Mendelsohn from Channel 12 news on channel 61 showed us some radar that indicated strong chances of thunder storms all day long. It was okay in the early morning but two storms hit us resulting in two rain delays. The first storm sent us scurrying to the Toyota Matrix for shelter. Scraps not being a wet weather dog at all made Jeff Mendolsohn’s predictions all that more ominous. We got lucky lucky for each time it was Scraps turn to run the rain came to a complete stop.

A summary of the 10 runs over 2 days is provided below.  In the end, Scraps and Kathy qualified in 6 of the 10 events and “NQed” in the other 4.  Each time they qualifie they came in 1st place.  The lesson to be learned is that care and qualifying is everything and speed just gets you disqualified that much faster.

It was little buggy, or may I say a big buggy.

It was little buggy, or may I say a big buggy.

Jumpers Level 2 – 8″
1st Place – Qualified
32.65 seconds – 0 faults
Scraps started the 2-day decathlon impressively with 1st place excellent run except . He just missed a jump at the start but still did well enough to pull off a 1st place.

Colors Level 2 – 8″
4th Place – Not Qualified –
25.37 seconds – 20 faults
We were all over the place and NQed.

Standard Level 2 – 8″
3rd Place – Not Qualified –
60.23 seconds – 21 faults
Flying off the teeter and not liking the A-Frame.

Kathys says it's time for a plum.

Kathys says it's time for a plum.

Full House Level 2 – 8″
4th Place – Not Qualified
43.04 seconds – 11 Points
Not enough points before the buzzer. Scraps was pre occupied. Missed the A-frame and by the time he got to the plank the buzzer buzzed. DQ

Snooker Level 2 – 8″
1st Place – Qualified
38.86 seconds – 36 points
Last event of the day and we didn’t want to go home 1 for 5. It was colors and Kathy and Scraps ran a great exercise. Scraps was a little distracted by me, but got over it and hesitated going into a tunnel but other than those minor flaws, the run was smooth, methodical and enough for a first place and qualifying run.

Sunday, August 3, 2008.

It was a nicer day on Sunday

It was a nicer day on Sunday

Today was much nicer than Saturday.  It was cool as I arrived on my bicycle with the morning dew glistening across the field.  By the end of the day there we some clouds and some hot points but it would be tough to complain about the weather.  A woman from PetSide.com, a website somehow affiliated with NBC Television, was there filming some of the runs for her website to check out PetSide.com

Jackpot Level 1 – 8″
1st Place – Qualified
47.20 seconds – 50 points
Well it’s Jackpot, the first event of the second day. Today small dogs go last giving us more opportunity to get set for each event. This was a very good exercise. Scraps ran past the set of weaves to start but then hit them nicely and went on the complete the course in good fashion. Another first place showing. This was the only exercise that we competed at level one, but now that we qualified we will be able to move up a level.

Standard Level 2 – 8″
1st Place – Qualified
45.15seconds – 2 faults
This is standard and due to Scraps leaping off the teeter on the day before Kathy decided to run the event while intentionally bypassing the teeter. With that game plan in mind it was and impressive run, even the judge like our style commenting “good exercise.” We had one miss queue into the weaves but then successfully pulled it off. Somehow we qualified but Kathy isn’t sure if our missed teeter is enough to DQ us.

Scraps takes his bones seriously

Scraps takes his bones seriously

Colors Level 2 – 8″
4th Place – Not Qualified –
33.69 seconds – 27 faults
This was another running of colors. We were going well and Scraps missed a jump and then we running off for one of the ring crew women and Kathy wasn’t able to get him over the jump and she proceeded to completed the remaining few obstacles but it was a DQ in colors.

Wildcard Level 2 – 8″
1st Place – Qualified
19.40 seconds – 0 faults
It’s wild card and the second to last event of the decathlon and Kathy and Scraps pulled off a flawless run and just beat out the competition by about 2 seconds. One little additional distraction would have turned our prized first place to second.

Jumpers Level 2 – 8″
1st Place – Qualified
27.12 seconds – 0 faults
Last event of the trail and scraps was second to last dog of the trial. It was along hot weekend and ho knew if Scraps would have enough energy to pull off his best event in the decathlon. Scraps knew being the tough little mutt that he is. It started with a tire, had a few tunnels and lots of jumps. Just a little spin around toward the home stretch but short of that ever so minor flaw, it was a tremendous run. It seemed as if Kathy and Scraps were getting better as the weekend grew long.

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