Saturday, December 17, 2011

Blemish

Well, we finally have a blemish on our record.  Seven NQed (non-qualifying run).  However, she still qualified 12 times in a row which is amazing!  She knocked out the Novice and Open levels as fast as doggedly possible.  12 qualifying runs in a row is a rarity in my agility career.  I looked back at Travis' agility record (he was my all-time agility all-star) and his best streak was 18 qualifying runs in a row... but he was also 9 years old and we had been together for 6 years (NOT 15 months!). 

Seven's streak of perfection was not without errors.  It just happens that the errors we made are allowable at the lower levels.  Excellent is not so kind so she did not qualify in her first Excellent Standard run.  In fact, we had three refusals which we have never had that many.  You cannot have three refusals and qualify at any level.  I figure if you are going to NQ, you might as well NQ big!  Get all the errors out of your system in one run!
This is the only other run we have on video. My usual videographers were not at this trial. This is an Open JWW with one baby dog refusal.
All in all, Seven got a first place in both Open classes on Saturday and again in Excellent Jumpers.  That is right!  After her Excellent Standard NQ, she came back with a perfect run in Excellent Jumpers.  I wish I had that run on video as it was our best of the weekend.  Seven did not have any trouble recognizing the dogwalk and teeter.  Her weave poles remain perfect!  I could not ask for any more.

15 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Man, she looks so good for a baby dog, such focus in the distracting trial environment, plus killer weaves. All the mistakes are baby dog stuff that will work itself out. What a gorgeous agility dog she's turning into.

Declan said...

What a star! Deccy x

gyeong said...

Great job, Seven! Would have loved to have seen a video of your Excellent Jumpers run

angelofthemind said...

Wow! What a great time you guys must have had! She's really doing spectacularly!

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Fantastic job, Seven! The teeter looked great!

What Remains Now said...

Seven's a superstar to all of us!

Mad Red Hare said...

Wow! Way to go Seven! Keep on breaking records girl!

Claire Krigbaum said...

I was going to say, her teeter on the Excellent run looked perfect! And it is crazy that she's learned all she has in the short time you've had her. Nice weaves too, so interesting that she did choose the hopping style, it really doesn't seem to slow her down at all though!

andrea said...

NICE WORK!!

Kini_pella said...

I'm so excited to see what she'll do in even two years! Amazing :).

Brooke said...

Wow, great job, you two! Seven really is a star. I can't wait to see what she will accomplish with you!

Catalina said...

That was great! I love watching her fly over the jumps!

Susu said...

she's done a great job :) you must be proud of her.

K-Koira said...

Wow, what a good streak! Shame to break it, but man, she sure is doing great! You must have been working a ton to get her ready to knock out Novice and Open that fast.

Witty Angel said...

She looked so good flying over those jumps. I'm glad to see her take her time on the teeter. She is one amazing dog for sure!