Chico’s Gotcha Day was clear and cold and windy, but at the warmest part of the day we bundled up and took the Chico and Sophie for a walk.
Louise wore an inherited mink coat (which I hear really is a very warm solution to winter weather) and I was so delighted that she dressed for the occasion, I had her model:
Chico, for Chico, likes Sophie.
We walked, we chatted, the dogs smelled things. It was relaxing and nice.
The wind did fun things with fresh snow that had fallen atop a layer of ice, carving out shiny spots in the matte snow layer.
Early Sunday Chico and I went to Sure Fire Dogs in Nahua, NH and tried another organization’s agility trial. This was UKI, United KIngdom International. and the courses were indeed international style. I made a plan for the course in each of five of classes I signed us up for. I was only able to even try to execute one (where we ran out of time before completing). The other times we hit the ring there was a big, fat, sloppy, hot mess for our allowed time. Dog refusing to stay on the start line; dog refusing to leave the start line; dog smelling every corner of the ring; dog visiting the judge; dog leaving the ring; dog running past jumps. On one run, Chico missed the opening jump, so the timer didn’t start. After a while of watching us struggle, someone said, “The timer isn’t running.” I said, “Thank you. We’ll get out of here now,” and ran a short course to the out gate. On run five we pulled things together a little, but we were still slow, and it was a Masters Challenge Jumpers course and the buzzer went off after eighteen and there were still two obstacles.
Here’s ours scores:
Senior Agility Anne Riecken Chico 51 sec E
Senior Jumping Anne Riecken Chico 41 sec E
Senior Speedstakes Anne Riecken Chico 40 sec E
Senior Masters Series Jumping Anne Riecken Chico E
Senior Masters Series Agility Anne Riecken Chico E
But I got at least two really good sets of weave poles during the day, and was smart enough to know I had a sticky, sticky, sticky dog that day and handled appropriately. We met a new venue and managed to overcome some of its challenges. I’m pleased for us.
And would I do it again? Yup. The courses were challenging. They were things that at Julie’s I might have to do them a few times to really nail ’em. At many trials, I look at the course and go, aww heck, we could nail that at Julie’s, the challenge is the trial setting. These courses were hard in themselves. I liked that. Do I feel better about having trouble when the course is hard too? Maybe.