a September 5th, 2009

  1. Chase Has A Leg To Stand On

    September 5, 2009 by myeye

    This morning we drove up to Los Alamos and Chase earned the first leg of his Rally Novice (B) Title.  He scored 98 (out of 100 possible) points, and earned Second Place on the tiebreaker — our little short legs were faster than those of the other (big) dog that scored 98.  We did it on grass — always a bugaboo — and the youngster who ran the course before us piddled between the 270 right turn and the about turn.  Much to my delight, Chase elected not to cover her message with his own.  He was such a good boy!  The woman who won Rally Novice A kindly took photos for us.

    RN-B Leg 1 - Los Alamos 9-5-09Is it food?  No, and he did not jump up on the judge!  That’s progress.

    Thank you Judge - RN Leg 1 9-5-09Do we look happy?  I certainly am!

    Whether we had qualified or not, the drive back toward Santa Fe is always a spirit-lifter.  Aren’t these wonderful clouds?

    Clouds from Los Alamos 9-5-09

  2. Let’s Go To Los Alamos

    September 5, 2009 by myeye

    The Los Alamos Dog Training Club has one trial a year.  They’ve clustered with Sandia Dog Obedience Club over Labor Day.  Los Alamos takes Saturday, and SDOC takes Sunday and Monday.  (Us SDOC members are gluttons for punishment.  We also hold a one day trial as part of the Rio Grande Kennel Club Mothers Day shows, three tracking tests — one at each level, two agility trials —  two days in September (coming up) and two days in March–, and two matches).  If the dog is cooperating, this weekend is a great time to earn a title with minimum travel, and the May trial is part of a three-day cluster, so you can do it again in the spring.

    Chase and I have been working hard to be ready for his RN — to us, it’s a part of standard obedience training.  When he gets to the point where he pays attention at least 85% of the time, we can enter Rally Novice.  Since he hit that level a few weeks ago, we entered the three trials.  He’s fun to work with because he has the same “let’s dance!” attitude that Kip exhibits.  They smile while they work, the tails wag and their eyes sparkle.  The world knows (if it’s looking) that the dog and I truly enjoy our time together.

    Our ring time is 9:15, so we must leave Albuquerque at 7:00 to get to the site, get to ringside, and walk-through the course.  7:00 AM is going to be a little weary today because one of my neighbors had friends leave his home at 3:30 this morning.  Phoebe yelled, “NOT ALLOWED“, which just scared the crud out of me because I was dead asleep.  The other two dogs didn’t make a sound.  When I wake up that way, I can’t go back to sleep.  So, we’ll do sleep-walk rally this morning.  Hopefully Chase will pull me through.

    We’ll take the camera — just in case.