In mid-May the New Mexico Celtic Association puts on the Celtic Festival and Highland Games at the Balloon Fiesta Park. As always, the corgis are invited (being Welsh and all, you know). Since Kip went to Tulsa and then showed three days last weekend, he got to stay home and Chase-puppy (celebrating 7 months of life today) and Inca went to represent Cardigans. It was a bit disorganized and the dogs’ parts in the “Parade” were forgotten, so we stood there — Corgis to Westies to Wolfhounds — all dressed up with nowhere to go. There was, however, a “meet the breeds,” and the dogs happily greeted lots of people (especially little kids).
The high point of the day though was the Jack Russell Terriers’ lure coursing event. Chase tried it — he IS named Chase after all. We walked into the chute area and a youngster dropped the rabbit fur in front of our puppy. He sniffed it, looked like he might pick it up — and then IT MOVED. “Mom, it’s going to get away!” — and he was off. He flew down the course to the great delight of the throng of onlookers. Coming back, he stopped every two or three feet to greet his adoring fans, pass out licks and wags. I so wish I had someone videotape his run (and triumphant return), but I doubt the camera person would have anticipated the speed he exhibited. Too funny!