Saturday, April 12, 2008


The Perry dog show in April is the largest annual dog show in the southeast. It is also my favorite because the show has everything.... agility, obedience, conformation, herding instinct tests, Canine Good Citizen tests, and lots of vendors. The agility venue is perfect (indoors, dirt footing, and climate controlled). I look forward to Perry week every year, but it is also the most stressful week because the show always falls on the weekend prior or during April 15th - tax return deadline. I am a financial planner (not an accountant, thank goodness), but clients always have these last minute questions and information requests for their tax returns. I used to have an awful employer and the Perry show was always a sore spot and a source of conflict every April. Eventually, I was unable to enjoy it at all and often felt sick to my stomach the entire time. I now have a wonderful employer and so the trip to Perry, GA went off without a hitch this year.

Stephen, Travis, Katie, Reagan, and Allie (token stepdog) left for Perry Thursday afternoon. We arrived at the venue at about 3 PM and set up the ex pen for Katie and Allie and crates for Travis and Reagan. We then headed to the campgrounds to set up our nightly accommodations. We have learned that it is so much cheaper to camp in a tent than to stay in a hotel room. Renting a campsite with electricity, water, and access to bathrooms and showers costs a whopping $10 - 15 per day.......... about the cost of a pet fee charged per day by hotels. Plus I am a germ phobic and so I much prefer sleeping on my sheets, pillow, and mattress. We have an enormous tent with 2 rooms..... a dog room and a people room. With a space heater and a lap top to watch DVDs on, we were happy campers.

Stephen is always such an asset at dog shows. He comes along if there is a camping option and sets up the tent, carries my stuff, and drives me to and from. I couldn't ask for more. He is also very good at watching over our set up at the trial.

Travis ran very well as usual. We ran clean 5 out of 6 times. Generally, I am thrilled with a 50% clean run rate, but he is consistently running clean much higher than that as of lately. He received 2 more QQs (3 more to go for MACH2). Travis did make me a little paranoid this weekend when he fell in the end of the weave poles, was very tired after swimming on Friday, and lost his footing a bit in Jumpers on Sunday. I think he is fine, but at his age.... anything is going to raise red flag and be over analyzed.

We forgot the video camera so we videoed his runs with our camera, so I have them here for you.

1. This a clean run in Jumpers on Friday. I tried to screw him up in the beginning by getting in his way before jump #4 with a really late front cross, but he managed the jump just fine.

2. This is a clean run in Standard on Friday. This is where he fell at the end of the weaves. It looks like he just got caught up in the poles.

3. This is his Jumpers run on Saturday. He dropped a bar towards the end so this was our only non-qualifying run of the weekend.

4. This is his Standard run from Saturday.

5. This is his Standard run from Sunday. Normally, I avoid attempting to out run Travis by running along the outside like I did at the yellow tunnel, triple jump, to the dog walk. Its much easier to turn a dog towards you than away from you. However in this instance, if he saw me running as fast as I could as he came out of the tunnel, he would quickly catch me and start drifting in my direction and set up for the dog walk on a terrible angle. By running along the outside, it was very easy to flip him towards the dog walk for a perfectly straight approach to the dog walk. No one else ran a big dog this way, so I was hesitant to do it, but the logic made perfect sense to me and it did in fact work.

6. This is his Jumpers run from Sunday. The opening sequence (jumps 1 and 2 to the weaves) was very tight and most dogs over shot the turn almost missing the weave poles. Travis did it very smoothly. Once in the weaves, he seemed very disorganized, but he made it through. Everything else was smooth.

In fairness to Stephen, I sleep at agility trials too :-).


greytblackdog said...

I wish you had posted that you would be in Perry last weekend. I would have come to see you and cheer Travis on! We could have at least taken you guys to dinner. Please let us know next time. We're 5 minutes from the Ag Center.

shoprake said...

Looks like you all had a super weekend at Perry! Glad Stephen got caught up on some sleep ;)
Thanks for putting up the videos. I enjoyed watching them.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Well, dang it, Heather. I didn't know you live near Perry. I will definitely let you know in the future. We would have liked some dinner company and another cheerleader. We may be back in mid July.


Pam said...

Fabulous videos!!! Travis is so amazing. Watching him brings tears to my eyes. How I wish I could see him in person before he retires!!!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Pam, what about Perry in July? Maybe you guys could plan a hound haul for the 12th or 13th and stop in. I think we will be there.


Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

Love the sleeping pics of BIL Steve...
Great videos too, wish you could have gotten some of Stephen sleeping though :-)

Good going Reagan and Travis on all your P's, Poos and Q's.

Maria said...

Wow. That is really cool. Would love to cheer y'all on next time too.

So where's the pic of your two room tent????

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Maria, I promise to take pictures of the pop-up-condo on our next trip in a couple of weeks. I meant to in Perry, but was always too lazy and would say tomorrow.


Deborah B said...

It's so much fun to watch Travis work! You've done a wonderful job with him! Thanks for posting the videos. I was on the edge of my seat... just like at my daughter's horse shows. LOL
Congratulations on a great weekend.
Debbie (Emma's mom)