Friday was probably the best day of agility we have had in a long time. The courses were fun, the place (Fun Fur Paws) in Mt. Vernon is awesome. Its like someone said “how could I make a perfect venue for agility”, and then went and did it. The fact that it is 55 miles from my house is just a bit of a drawback.
Driving up on Friday morning during rush hour was not fantastic. Started with standard, which had a couple tricky parts. Hannah did great, with a nice fast time. In JWW, she had a perfect run, I don’t think we could have done it any better. So we got out 17th QQ and some good points for Nationals. Saturday morning I got up early to head out to Argus to the RHR USDAA trial to try for the last gamble we need for our ADCH. I got there and they were already walking. The gamble was a fairly straightforward send to a tunnel. I knew we could do it if we got a good start. I had a plan and I should have stuck to it – but I decided at the last minute to put the weaves in the opening. Dang. They were up the middle of the ring and the ground around them was deep with ruts. Some ring crew tried to fix it, but that was ineffective. Hannah popped the weaves and then got all stessy. I had no dog for the gamble. The ADCH is officially on the back burner until at least after AKC nats. qualifying period is over.
I was supposed to run Performance Grand Prix and Speedjumping after gamblers, but my heart wasn’t in it, so I went home and slept all afternoon. Then went up to Seattle to go to the ballet with Kaylee. We had a wonderful time as always.
Yesterday, I woke up and was really looking forward to going up to Mt. Vernon. It was much easier as a Sunday morning drive. The standard course was a little challenging. Hannah ran great for another Q. I was already counting our 18th QQ, as the JWW was a typical fast Sunday course. I figured we had it. But Hannah popped out on the 3rd weave pole. Dang. She may be a little sore, or it may have been my fault. She was a little “light” on the entry and I think I was crowding her in order to be sure she was loaded in. Should have just let her figure it out. Oh well. Still a good day, with 20 more points toward our nats qualifying.
Then I drove home and Dan and I went to the closing day of racing at Emerald Downs. I hit 3 exactas in a row and doubled my money!