Monday, January 24, 2011

North Carolina Approves

We just returned from two days of agility in North Carolina and I have to say that they LOVED Riley.  I am not sure I have ever gotten so many compliments on one of my dogs.  They were gushing over her.

I am happy to report that Riley earned her first double qualifier towards her Master Agility Championship on Saturday!  Sunday didn't go quite as smoothly.  I think I need to start bringing my bike as Riley just had a little too much edge.  For example, today Riley played fetch, had 2 agility runs, and walked for an hour.  Any other greyhound would be exhausted, but Riley came home ready to wrestle and play.  Of course, the more I walk, bike, or play fetch with her, the better shape becomes, and the more energy she has.

Here is Saturday's Standard run.  She earned first place and 40 MACH points. 
Here is the second half of our Double Q.  She earned 2nd place and 21 MACH points in this Jumpers run.  I was so pleased with the opening.  There just was not a good way to lead out to make the correct tunnel entrance clear.  Lots of dogs were going into the wrong entrance.  Riley did it perfectly.  And then right after the weave poles she saved my butt.  I should have taken a few steps backwards and then front crossed, but I immediately front crossed which made the second jump completely out of line... somehow she jumped it anyway, but was way off track and at risk for doing an off course... but she did not.
We roomed with my friend, Cat, this time. Her Siberian Husky was not impressed with the greyhounds.  Matisse made lots of ugly faces, but the greyhounds ignored her. Riley did not have any hotel meltdowns, but I believe this was the quietest hotel stay ever. I think we were one of few guests that night.
Seven was obviously stressed by her first hotel stay and unable to sleep.  Okay, maybe not.  Seven was just fine and even got to sleep on the bed.
Master Agility Championship Tally: 168 MACH points, 582 to go. 1 double qualifying scores, 19 to go.

2012 Agility Nationals qualification before November 30, 2011: 168 MACH points, 232 to go. 1 double qualifying scores, 5 more to go.


IHateToast said...

it was very hard not to say wheeeee while i watched this. i don't know enough to know when your butt needed saving, but what i saw looked like a lot of fun. isn't that what good gymnasts do? if you're really good, you make the difficult stuff look like fun.

yea for riley and your saved tush.

Catherine said...

That's funny, I was just telling Chris how surprised I was at Matisse's over reaction (aka ugly rabid dog faces) at dogs moving around her space. Not sure if it's a result of her being an only dog for 2 years or if her crate space issue - same ugly faces - has morphed into space in general. Glad the hounds were not troubled by her faces, we had a great weekend!

Crystal said...

I know pretty much nothing about agility, but that looked really cool! I have a hard enough time doing the right signs in rally, I can't imagine doing all those obstacles in the right order!!

Anonymous said...


Jennifer, your work with your pups and the pups themselves keep me inspired! Thank you so very much.

Ady Bea are getting ready for our first Rally O matches and canine freestyle competitions this year. You and your pups are largely responsible! : )

Thank you also for blogging about your canine adventures.

Shelly & Ady Bea in OK

jcp said...

Riley is really Diggin in to get around the course. She looked great! Congrats and I'm glad you had a good weekend!

Sandy ~~~ said...

Fantastic!!!! I could kick myself for living so far away from you. I would beg and plead for you to teach me to teach my Greyhound, Creel, how to do all the wonderful things you and the gang do. Agility? You two were flying!

houndstooth said...

I don't know how you'd have time to think ahead of her that round! She was flying! Congrats to both of you on such a great showing!

Is Seven starting to show, too, or just going for exposure? I cracked up watching the dog show yesterday on TV when we saw a Poodle named Seven!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks everyone. Seven is just along for the ride for now. No where near ready to compete. I promise to post about her soon... probably next.

Sam Burton said...

I'm biased, of course, but Siberians have every reason NOT to be impressed by any other breed. Royalty does get snooty sometimes.


Ginny said...

It has been so much fun watching you and Riley grow as a team via your blog. Congratulations on the first Double Q for you two. Can't wait to see what the future holds!

Hiking Hounds said...

I've wondered about the exercising too. You always hear "A tired dog is a good dog.", which is true. But it occurred to me that the more exercise they get the more energy they have. I've just tried to think that at least it helps me get exercise too.

Congratulations on how well you and Riley are doing!

jerZgirl said...

Go Riley! I love watching videos of your dogs...and to think these were track dogs...they are poster pups for Greyhound rescue!

GreyDreams said...

Riley is flying! Awesome work, she's doing so great!

Jen, I remember your friend in Belgium who was having difficulty with an adoption group because she wanted to do agility. Well, now one of our adoption groups in Netherlands is featuring YOU! Check it out:
NeverSayNeverGreyhounds is featured on the right panel, on 5 Feb: Agility and Galgos (it's a galgo rescue organization). They've posted a couple of your videos to spark people's interest; Riley agility and Katie obedience. Maybe your friend in Belgium could contact GreyhoundsRescue if she is still looking to adopt.


Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Hi Zia,

Yes, I saw that! They asked me for permission first so I new about it. Pretty exciting!