Oh hai. You may call me “Picturesque.”
Well, you can call him “Picturesque” if you want to. I prefer to refer to him as:
TWEED, 2012 10″ DOUBLE DROP VETERANS BC/YUKON REGIONAL CHAMPION!!!
That’s CHAMPION, as in, FIRST EFFIN’ PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6 clean runs!!!
5 out of 6 top 6 placements!!
649 total points!!
Wearing his listening ears and putting them to good use!!
Running like a hot god damn!
I am so so SO proud of my 12 year old dog!! After Day 1 we were sitting in a nail biting 2nd place in our division, 2 bowel movement inducing points behind the 1st place competitor, 1 glaring point ahead of the third. I said “Tweed, we gotta put our games faces on tomorrow and bust it out.” He said “WOOF WOOF WOOF” and went and rolled in some goose poop.
I traditionally crumble under pressure. Have an expectation of me and I will chew it into itty bitty little pieces and give it back to you in soggy pieces. But this weekend I was blissfully stress-free. The sun was shining (yes, I acquired my annual Regionals sunburn – my lips are so swollen I look like I took the weekend off to get collagen injections), my senior dog was pain-free and rarin’ to go, we were staying at a hotel on a lake where the dogs were welcome to swim themselves silly and I was surrounded by good friends and people and dogs that I love. And beer!
At the risk of sounding airy-fairy, the universe told me that I could not control the outcome, all I could do was orchestrate my own joy.
This did not stop me from laying awake all Saturday night staring at the ceiling mind you, but on Sunday we walked out onto the sports field at Beban Park, I set my dog on the line, we smiled at each other and went hell bent for leather and we WON.
How awesome is that?
And we could not have done it without you, friends! We could feel the love, all the way in Nanaimo. You love Tweed, and TWEED LOVES YOU!!!
What a god damn good dog I share my life with! Blessed. I am BLESSED.
As for Dexter, AKA Captain D-MO (from this day forth to be known as DEMO, as in “demolition”) I decided in the end to let his entry ride. The money was spent, he was already there, and what the hell … I’d let it go. He is who he is, and what he is is frickin’ enthusiasm to the nth degree. We went out there and took down whole courses, with my horse-sized dog orbiting the sun and moon and stars, checking in to do 3 or 4 on-course obstacles, and heading off again on his own NASCAR adventure in the ring. His worst run was a Jumpers course where he got a grand total of 5 – count ’em, FIVE – points. His best was the second day Gamblers where he racked up 40 something points in the opening and came |thisclose| to getting the gamble.
And the crowed LOVED him. They ran to his ring to see his runs and cheered and laughed and groaned in unison and we both loved every minute of it. He ended his weekend with some ridiculous score like 120 points. But I don’t care – it took his little big brother 12 years to become a champion – Dex and I have loads of time to make him one too.
There will be lots of video coming – I think we got most of his runs on iPad video so we’ll load ’em to share soon.
What a fabulous weekend. Huge props to the organizing committee for putting on a fast, smooth weekend in beautiful Beban Park (though Dexter requests that there be some shrubbery next time, as he has this quirk where he can’t poop on manicured sports fields. He spent half the weekend with his nose squeezed through the chain link staring longingly at the forest across the road and his butt cheeks clenched). A shout out to the marvelous Inn On Long Lake, a super dog-friendly hotel with a beach out back for the pooches and dog biscuits on the dresser. Big hugs to my friends for their support and lots of laughter, especially my bestie Fiona. Thumbs up to my long suffering (and Sadistic) instructor Gerhard who has to put up with me every week because I give him money. Congrats to all the other competitors and their accomplishments and wins!
And massive love to my dog, the best agility partner a sun burned girl could ever hope for and the 10″ DD Veteran Champion of the 2012 BC-Yukon Regionals. Did I mention that already? ;-)
See you at Nationals, friends!!