In USDAA agility there is a kind of competition called Dog Agility Masters (or for those of us running our dogs at a lower jump height, Performance Versatility Pairs – PVP) where two handlers form a team. Each handler/dog team runs courses of Gamblers, Snooker, Jumpers, and Standard. The two handlers that make the team, their scores for each class are combined, and the top five teams run a Pairs course to determine the winners. My impression is that the courses are hard ones, because there’s no levels, it’s where people go when the regular stuff isn’t challenging enough. Or that’s my understanding of it all from reading the rules.
And since it’s hard, I can go out there with no expectations for us, and that’s often when we have the most fun. So, I’ve kind of wanted to try it but didn’t have a partner.
Then, this morning, I got an email from the trial secretary of a trial we’re entered in on May 9. The email asked if I would like to do PVP because someone without a partner signed up, and there is an odd number of dogs entered, so they need to fill the “draw” spot. Well, gee … heck yes. So, I don’t have to wait until the trial in June I was thinking of. And if we like it, I don’t need to find a partner in advance, I can sign up without one and the trial secretary has the ability to find me one.
Chico’s eye lid healed beautifully, we’re keeping busy planning things for the house, we’re taking an on-line dog training course that I haven’t even had time to talk about at all, the flying bugs haven’t come out yet so outdoors is pretty wonderful, if starting to be plentiful with ticks. Nothing’s perfect, right?