a 12 hour day – hundreds of clicks on the truck – cold , hot, damp and happy

CPE morning (running and volunteering)+ AAC afternoon (volunteering)= happy me

restored me maybe even – at least a little

I felt guilty about going to the trial but I had committed to help the whole weekend so felt guilty about just going one day too – this was actually a reasonable, working comprimise as it turned out

Our first class was a level three standard – Brody’s run. Brody ran in 3.8 yps. No bobbles, no worries. LOTS of dogs struggled with a turn to a chute off the dog walk then another turn after a line of jumps to a teeter. Interesting but Brody had no issues.

Then Sally had a colours course – 4.5 yps and we held on the dogwalk to reinforce that. She was fastest dog of all at the level 1-2 (she was running as level 2) There was a nice tunnel under the dogwalk away to the far side of the course thing too. She handled it like the pro she is turning out to be.

Brody’s Colours course was smooth as it could be honestly. Not speedy but flowy and lovely, certainly not slow. 3.7 yps it turns out – pretty quick when you consider the dogwalk and weaves were both on course.

Brody’s snookers was next – again I went for flow – 7, 7 (a three part combo) then 2 ..we often do one jump drills so I really dont mind pulling my dogs around to rejump (not back jump) number 2. Brody made it all the way through the freaking closing!!!!!!! I’m sure we’ve done it before but never with 2 sevens as part of our path. What a boy!!!

Sally’s snookers was next (and last). We did three sevens in our opening and she was FANTASTIC. Again it was a 2 jump, one tunnel combo and we did some slicing that a lesser green dog wouldn’t have managed. However, I was in a BIZZARe place for the single number 5 jump and it came down. Fair enough – Brody could have done it – Sally could have done but there was a turn to a tunnel afterwards and the combo of my position and the next obstacle was a little over her head. I let her do the tunnel anyhow as it was on the way to the finish line as I was well pleased with her run.

What good dogs!!