Success at last!
I haven't posted a new video in a long time, and haven't updated with new blogs very often either for that matter. The former is mostly because I tend to forget or not have the chance to have someone film us at events, the latter is because we have not been doing as many events as we used to. I'm still considering Tripp semi-retired, relative to his previous performance schedule, but we are continuing on in Obedience. That's about it right now.
We've done a couple trials over the spring/summer, but most were flops. Surprisingly, we have had better luck so far in UKC than in CDSP. Go figure. Now watch, I probably just jinxed myself by saying that, and we'll be chasing our final UUD leg forever. :-p LOL
But this weekend we finally had some great runs at the CDSP trial in Raymond. (And no, unfortunately that was not me who won the powerball there. ;-) Better yet, we got it all on video!
It was a hot day, and the humidity brought out all sorts of distracting smells in the ring, so it was a challenging day for many of the dogs. I was so proud of Tripp; he did SO well. Kept his focus decently, and beyond some crooked sits and such he did a lovely job in the ring.
In trial 1, we managed to earn a 196.5 score for our second Utility leg. That right there made waking up at 5:30 am worth it. haha Finally we were coming home with ribbons again.
Trial 2 went even better, until I confused Tripp with my cue on the gloves. Oh well, totally my fault there. Tripp did a beautiful job. It was a bittersweet loss, as we would have only had a single point deduction otherwise if we'd Qed, for a 199! Oh man! But it was still a fantastic run, great practice, and you know I'll be shooting for that again. ;-)
One more leg to go. Then I don't know. I hate to quit just when we're getting good, and still enjoying it. I don't know if we'll get as far as OTCH-C, but we can still aim for UDX-C. One step at a time...