I know I’m a bit late in posting, but Inara and I had a super exciting day this past weekend! We were entered in beginner obedience and beginner zoom rally at a C-WAGS trial on Sunday. I was pretty nervous because I had never been to the facility before, but Ginger told me to bring Inara early so she could sniff around before other dogs got there. Great idea.
So we get Inara’s sniffing done and do a little training to get her into working mode, and then other dogs started arriving. I decided that Inara would probably be more relaxed staying crated in my car than crated in the building with all the other dogs. However, it was rapidly getting very hot so I ended up having to bring her inside anyway. And miracle of all miracles – she didn’t bark as I brought her in. NOT ONCE. There were dogs out on leash, and dogs crated, and dogs barking, and she went by them all to the corner I’d chosen for her. Whoa.
Our turn to do our first run-through came up and in she went. She kept pulling towards the judge in between exercises because it was a new person and darnit she wanted to say hi! Fortunately that didn’t count against us, LOL. She had a couple bobbles in her routine – she popped up from her down during our position change exercise, and scooted closer to the judge during the greeting portion. But other than that, she was outstanding! Her heeling was gorgeous (she did bump me a bit on our left turn) and during her down/walk-around, apparently a dog in the other ring was doing an off-leash recall (possibly over a jump?) and according to Ginger, Inara thought about getting up – BUT DIDN’T. My goodness, my girl is learning self-control!
So we finished and I was pleased. My goal for each run-through of the day was just to qualify. I didn’t care if I didn’t place high, I just wanted to qualify and have fun. So the judge gathered us to hand out ribbons and says, “1st place goes to team #52, the pit bull.” I was looking around trying to figure out how another pit bull competed without me noticing when Ginger said, “Liz, that’s YOU.” Holy cripes we got 1st place. *insert shocked face here!*
So then we did our 2nd obedience run-through. Again, a couple bobbles, but over all very nice and I was pretty confident I was going to at least get another qualifying ribbon. The judge is handing out ribbons, and I hear “2nd place, Inara!” WHAT??? Whose dog have I stolen and been competing with??? I was totally grinning from ear to ear.
Then we did our Zoom Rally run-through. That one was tougher because Inara was getting tired and over-threshold. The first few exercises I just kind of dragged her through, but then she engaged with me and we finished pretty well. However, I was still going to be shocked if we weren’t NQ’ed. But oh no! We got 4th place!!!
We were scheduled to do one more Rally run-through but Inara had had enough. She lost it at another dog and I couldn’t get her back, so I withdrew her even though we were already in the ring. It wasn’t going to be productive for either of us to try to force her through.
So now Inara has 3/4 legs for an obedience title, and 1/4 legs for a rally title. And I’m floating on air. 🙂
This is our 1st run-through, with 1st place:
This is our 2nd run-through, with 2nd place:
This is our Rally run-through, with 4th place: