Monday, April 30, 2012
USDAA Re-cap -- Day Two!
Because the second day was starting with Masters Snooker followed by Masters Jumpers (then Advanced, THEN us), we took it easy in the hotel Sunday morning. I didn't even set my alarm to go off until 7:00 (trial started at 8:00) and then we took our time packing up and heading out. I get a little twitchy sitting around with nothing to do, though, so we still got to the trial around 9:00, which was right as Snooker was wrapping up. It was nice to be able to watch the Jumpers rounds -- There are so many amazing teams that trial in USDAA in this area and it was lots of fun to watch them.
We loved Jumpers! It was a fun little course and I even threw in two blind crosses and they were just lovely. There wasn't a lot of space for me to "run" between 3-4-5 and Secret slowed down a bit there, but then she really kicked it into gear for the rest of the course. Result -- Q and 1st place! Yay!!
Kaiser, oh Kaiser. I took his leash off and he sprinted away to grab a tunnel near the start of the course. Because his jumping had been so iffy the day before, I opted to pick him up and do the walk of shame to save his jumping efforts for the Performance Speed Jumping finals that was next. In hindsight this turned out to be an excellent decision because not only was he jumping much better for PSJ, but he also held his stay the rest of the day! Go figure!
Secret was up first in P1 Standard. The teeter was the fourth obstacle in on a nice line after the weaves and she actually did step on it immediately, but then stalled out a bit. I was able to encourage her forward without her jumping off of it, though -- so YAY! The table was not an issue this time, so all was clear there. And again no problems with the chute, phew! She had a super nice run and earned Q/1st again!
Kaiser was not happy with my over-management of his contacts and let me know this by running past both the teeter & the dog walk (as I stood in "hover" position). He got back on track both times, though, and we managed to stay clean and on course for a Q/1st for him as well!
There was a fairly small amount of drama surrounding who would be Secret's teammate. Well not really "drama," per say, but I didn't have many choices. There were a grand total of 5 P1 dogs entered in Pairs, and two of them were mine. Two of the dogs entered don't weave yet, so they were both entered on the 2nd half in their rounds. The accommodating dog must run the opposite half of what they ran in their first run, which meant if either of them ran with Secret they would have to weave -- pretty much an automatic NQ there. That meant our *only* option was a young Malinois who I don't believe has trialed before and her owner was concerned about putting her in the ring with an unknown dog (she and a friend specifically paired their baby dogs to get them ring experience).
We figured we could work it out, though, because Secret would run the first half and she could keep her dog on leash until they started. I obviously couldn't make any promises about Secret since we've never done pairs before, but I was reasonably sure that she wouldn't try to interact with the other dog after her run.
It was a perfect run! First of all, it works out pretty well that several of Secret's favorite toys are fairly similar in size/shape to the baton used in Pairs. lol She saw something in my hand and immediately thought, "TOY!!!" Holy crap, her weaves were as fast as they are at home and she sailed right through the course just as speedy as could be. I told her to lay down at the end and she bowed -- close enough. She never even looked at our partner dog. Our baby dog partner absolutely rocked her half of the course. I can understand her owner's concern if this was her first time running, but she should be super proud of just how awesome her dog was. They ran their half clean and fast, easily earning Secret a Q/1st. I felt bad that the Q didn't count for our partner, especially since I saw that they NQ'd on their official run. Oh well, baby dogs.
Sadly, we didn't get any video at all from Sunday. I just didn't want to deal with the stress of asking people that I barely know and seeming like a bother. Who knows, maybe not worrying about that helped me to run better that day. I'm bummed that I don't have all those awesome moments on video, but it is what it is. So instead you can watch Saturday instead! :o)
I'm very proud of both of the dogs. They had a lot of new stuff thrown at them this weekend and they both really rose to the occasion.
I worried about Secret for a bit -- She would NOT stop barking in her crate while I watched Masters Standard on Sunday. I thought maybe she was mad that Kaiser had gotten to get out for the PSJ finals and she didn't, so I took the dogs for a walk --- Where Secret promptly blew out her insides (and did so a couple more times that day). She had poo'd just fine at the hotel in the a.m., so I'm thinking that perhaps the hard boiled egg that I let the dogs share might be to blame. Whoops. On a related note, if you ever want to see something really funny, you should see Secret try to eat a hard boiled egg. Ha!!!
I really cut back on her treats for the rest of the day and she seemed to be fine -- or at least her stomach issues didn't bother her in the ring at all. I made sure to go on LOTS of walks that day. I think that getting out and about more, in addition to some extra stretching, is what helped Kaiser's jumping a lot more, too. Little man just needs more warm-up time, I think.
So there you have it, USDAA trial number two in the bag. Now for my dilemma. I took off work from the shelter on Saturday, May 26. I can either go over to a USDAA trial in New Berlin, WI that day or I can take all three dogs to a NADAC trial in Zumbro Falls. I haven't missed the Zumbro Falls trial in years. We are still trying to finish NATCH for Secret & Kaiser. But oh, I have so much more fun with the USDAA courses..... So hard to decide.
I'd also need to decide if I would even bother to take Kaiser. I'm just not sure about the whole jumping 12" thing for him. Maybe I'll just wait and see if USDAA lowers their jump height cut-offs like our judge mentioned this weekend. I just think he'd have more fun if the jumps were lower. We'll see. I'm going to talk to our vet on Thursday about the situation, but I know he'll just say, "If the Adequan didn't work, there's always surgery!" Umm....