My little baby dog Springaling ran her way to the podium at her first ever Regionals! She came in 5th with 520-something points :)
She went 5 for 6 this weekend, with just one missed contact in Standard 1 … otherwise she was clean, well under time and she got both the gambles! I am oh so impressed with my baby girl, as she has barely trialed at all, so to podium at Regionals is a really big deal for us both. Especially when facing competition from all those damn speedy shelties. And of course her arch nemesis Rogue, who took first place (again – greedy!!). I am however pleased with Rogue’s win because she is a TDBCR dog, and we are always happy when our rescues kick some ass.
On Friday Spring pooped in the ring in Steeplechase and got eliminated, so I figured that was an ill omen. But for the rest of the weekend I made sure she pooped before *each and every run* (poor dog has never pooped so much in her whole life!) and she did great. Her confidence is growing and she was speeding up with each run. I LUFF her so very much!!
And in a rather amazing turn of events, Dexter “Douchebag” Morgan managed to drag his insane ass out of the fire and squeaked by with a qualifying final tally of 358 points – you need 350 to qualify for Nationals. Saturday was a full on disaster of refusals, spinning, barking and off coursing. Today he managed one clean Jumpers, and then he racked up an assload of gamble opening points, but spent so much time spinning around the first jump in the closing that the buzzer went while he was mid air over the final jump. ARGH! However, it was just enough to squeeze him into the qualifying category. A summer miracle!
I got no photos of Dexter with ribbons because I was sure he hadn’t qualified so I had already put him in the truck before the closing ceremonies. But I am proud of him nonetheless, despite how crazy-making he is.
My Springles though – man alive, am I ever chuffed with her!!
We didn’t get much video as most of my friends were in other groups so we didn’t have anyone to video us, but Auntie Fiona managed to get a couple of our runs, so I’ll post them on the Wootube Facebook some time this week.
Yay Spring! Such a happy time in the Food Lady Household tonight :) :) :) We owe the Satanist (we upgraded him from The Sadist) a big debt of gratitude for all his hard work at being extra mean and thus making us all scared not to qualify. We love you, Gerhard :)