Monday, April 4, 2011

Incredible Dog Challenge - Part 3

Photo by Megan Underwood
Once the agility portion was over, we had a few hours to rest.  We had set up Riley's crate outside of the secure area again as the crate tent was crazy loud with Jack Russell terrorists.  However, Saturday brought a lot more spectators and we soon were swamped by the crowd.  The PIDC staff was super nice and cleared us a spot near their equipment and we were able to move Riley's crate back into the secure area.  Riley rested much better there. 
Great shot of my butt.  Thanks, Stephen.
Riley was not error free in the Weave Pole Challenge, but the little greyhound did 180 weave poles in a span of about 10 minutes.  That is asking a lot from a hound!  We don't do that many in a whole week.  The first pass through the weave poles had all sorts of mishaps for both dogs, but Riley ended up winning the first heat.  Michael had the best view, so here is his video.
Did you notice Riley trying to go into the Purina box at 1:06? Silly girl!

We did not win the second heat. The Lab smoked us.
Riley was then asked to turn around and do the Weave Pole Challenge again immediately for third and fourth place. I said I needed a minute as I had to feed her some filet mignon.

As we were waiting to start the last Weave Pole Challenge, Riley had a weird moment. She did not like the music that came on... notice her freak flag ears. I pressed her ears down trying to muffle the sound with my hands. She snapped out of it once she started weaving.
The DJ used the same Riley-unapproved-music for the 1st and 2nd place heat. I was feeding her steak and she started to freak out and tuck her tail so I rushed her back to her crate which was away from the speakers. She recovered and was fine after that.
We were all very tired and ready to get home after that.  I am just so glad that we did much better at the event than we did in practice.

Thanks again for all the nice comments, well wishes, support, and cheers.  Its been really wonderful.  I will definitely let all of you know when the show airs.


jet said...

that does look exhausting!! glad she recovered from her music freak out!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Sheesh, I'm tired and a bit dizzy just watching that. Riley did awesome. That music would freak me out too. It must be very hard to concentrate and keep a rhythm going with another dog weaving not far from you? It's fantastic to watch though! Congratulations on a successful day:)

BrittBeah said...

The lab may have won, but you couldn't as your little girl to go any faster without her tail catching fire!
Is it just me, or does your annoyance level go up everytime the anouncer says something about "Riley the RESCUED greyhound"? I'm so happy you RESCUED her from that terrible adoption kennel where I'm sure they beat her everyday. Prolly just me though.

Beth said...

The music did sound a little like a horror movie. Just amazing to watch, though. You've done so much in the agility world and folks know your hounds there, but it must have been fun to take it to John Q. Public for a weekend to show what Greyhounds can do. Congrats!!

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...
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Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Watching this live online I commented to my boyfriend that that was a weird music choice. I didn't notice Riley flagging her ears at it, or maybe the camera wasn't on her at the time.

Riley did awesome! That lab was SO consistent (right up until that 1st/2nd place heat!) and that border collie was just lightening quick... but Riley was absolutely amazing! That's a lot of weave poles for a hound who hadn't practiced for it!

Beah - I noticed too that the word "rescue" came up a lot, and it was mentioned several times about how they're just disposed of so Riley was so lucky to have been scooped up. Perhaps slightly exaggerated, but good PR nonetheless for greyhound adoption groups!

Previous post deleted because I addressed Beth, not Beah. Oops!

jerZgirl said...

You guys did awesome! I love how the announcer keeps saying "Riley the RESCUED greyhound". :)

houndstooth said...

Whew! I'm tired just from watching it! Riley did awesome and she is quite the little trooper! I bet you both sleep for a week after all that.

IHeartDogs said...

You guys are so awesome and amazing. Yay Riley, what a good girl through everything, even the scary music.

Can't wait to see it on TV.

You both rock!

Kathy said...

I don't blame Riley--that was some freaky music. It almost sounded satanic or ritualistic at least. Strange choice for them to use.

Nice job though!

XTRAWLD said...

Awesome job!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks everyone. Yes, announcer was very big on "rescue greyhound". In my paperwork, I only mentioned former racing greyhound. I didn't say anything about rescue, so he took some liberty there, but if a greyhound from JCKC isn't a rescue then I don't know what is. So I was fine with him calling her a rescue. I'm just glad he didn't say she was a retired racer. I hate the term "retired". 18 months - 5 years is too young to be considered retired.

I think the more I watch Riley's Weave Pole videos the more impressed I get. 180 poles... I probably would have tried to duck out if I had known it would be that many. :-)

KF-in-Georgia said...

The music is O Fortuna, from Carmina Burana, a cantata composed by Carl Orff. The cantata is based on 24 medieval poems, the first of which is Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi--"O Fortuna." I like the music, but even I have to admit it's a strange choice for weave poles. :) Maybe it was chosen because of its "wheel of fortune" idea. If so, they need to be a bit less symbolic in their music choices.

Michelle said...

Great job Riley and Jen!! That was a whole lot of weaving.
Jack Russell Terrorists made me LOL!!

gyeong said...

That was really cool to watch. Too bad they don't let you pick your own music. Can't wait to watch it on tv.

Layka said...

Congrats on your outstanding effort, both of you!

Makes me proud to see a greyhound getting the weave on next to a BDC!

You are my inspiration for our Grand Prix this year!

Anonymous said...

I have never seen a greyhound do that kind of stuff. Makes me want to get my own greyhound off the couch and out there learning those tricks. Wonderful video and wonderful owners!