You may as well stop looking, because you won’t find Piper in one tonight!
ZOMG – someone swapped my crappy, saucers-for-eyeballs faux agility dog for a seasoned, level-headed, FAST and accurate supah-stah!
I had to pull Limpy Tweed from the trial because he’s just in no shape to run, and we’re trying to keep him healthy for Regionals in June. So I took his 3 runs and gave them to Piper instead. Tweed is a Masters Dog, and Piper is Advanced, but luckily there were 4 Advanced classes and a Steeplechase to enter her in.
And do you know what she did today?
- Q and 1st place in Advanced Standard 1
- Q and 1st place in Advanced Standard 2
- Q and 1st place in Advanced Jumpers 1
She did not get the Advanced Gamble (distance is still our nemesis) but neither did any other Advanced dog, and she did rake in a whopping 41 points in the opening, way more than any other dog.
She also ran the Steeplechase in 38 seconds. We left before the placement results were posted, but I think she placed fairly high up there, because she was running fast and she ran it clean! And, if I do say so myself, I have proofed some BEE-YOO-TI-FUL contacts on the little vixen.
It was a pretty amazing day – at our last trial, Piper was 0 for 3 and this time, she was 4 for 5! I don’t know what changed so dramatically in, like, a month but I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth or anything!
The only sad thing about today’s wonderful performance was that Piper achieved her Advanced Agility Dog of Canada title (that part is not sad) and is now in Masters (that part is more scary than sad) but the club who put on the trial doesn’t give out rosettes for AADC titles :(
So I do not have a photo here of Piper with her Titling Ribbon. Instead, I will post a photo of TDBCR alumni Tempus the Borderjack who got his Bronze Award of Merit today (25 Masters Games Qs, 10 Masters Titling Qs)!
That’s a big ribbon for a little dog. Way to go, Tempus!! I would hug him, but he’d just bite me, because he’s the devil.
I am so happy and impressed with Piper today that I’m thinking about entering her in Regionals too. But first, we retrain the weave poles with 2X2s
I think I’ll keep her :)
EDIT: APRIL 11
I stopped by the trial site today to check yesterday’s Steeplechase results. Piper got a 1st place Q in that too!! So she got 4 1st place Q runs yesterday. Wowie – she beat some fast, experienced dogs.
Many (many!) extra thanks to Bev of Leaps N Bounds Agility club who very kindly brought us a coveted AADC ribbon from her collection so that Piper has a rosette to celebrate her new title :)
In other news – thank you for all your feedback regarding the sales of limited edition art pieces. It seems the majority of you would like some kind of advanced notice, so here it is:
ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14th 2010, GET READY FOR OUR FIRST “WOO-OFF.“
This Wednesday I will posting the first in a series of collaborative art pieces for sale! This particular item will be a signed and numbered piece … there will be 10 available only and then it will never be available again. So get your wallets ready for the WOO-OFF on Wednesday, April 14th!!