I'm Jennifer living near Atlanta, Georgia. This blog is about my greyhound adventures. Thank you for letting me brag about my wonderful greyhounds and share our ups and downs as we train and compete in agility and obedience. We have also done a little dock jumping, tracking, swimming, and lots of hiking. No couch potatoes on this blog! My hounds still work and play for a living and they love every minute of it!
"Riley" (age 10 years) MACH3 Never A Doubt CD MXC MJC Always the Bridesmaid Precious, wonderful, content Ex-Racer #2 Agility Greyhound 67 QQs 4537 MACH Pts
"Seven" (Age 8 years) MACH4 Never Satisfied MXC MJB2 Drama Queen "Pain & Gain" Movie Star Ex-Racer #1 Agility Greyhound 80QQs 4652 MACH Pts The Best
"Maddie" (age 4) Kells Never Drink Mad Dog 20/20 MX MXJ MJB My First Puppy Coursing Bloodlines Clown Hound AMK9 Biathalon Finisher 12QQs ~950 MACH Pts
BEHIND THE SCENES
Reagan (age 9 years) "Never Swing Left OA NAJ" A Member of Wurzinger Family
Katie "MACH Never Had Braces UD" 05/17/1998 - 10/21/2010 1st MACH Greyhound 14th Utility Dog Greyhound #5 Greyhound in AKC Agility Retired Oct. 2007 1 Squirrel Catch Kong Excavator Extraordinaire Ex-Racer Heart Dog
Travis MACH2 Never Expected CDX 06/08/1998 - 07/26/2008 #1 Greyhound in AKC Agility 1st GH to earn 2 MACHs Junior Jumper Dock Dogs title A Stunning, Sexy Dog Ex-Racer Heart Dog
Jessie Never Make It FCh CD NA NAJ 08/03/92 - 05/12/04 2 Coursing Best of Breeds #19 ASFA GH out of 300+ in '97 Greatest Teacher My Screw Up Dog
"Teresa CD AX AXJ" 1994? - 11/17/06 #6 Greyhound in AKC Agility Most Humbling Excellent Hiking Companion Coursing Field "Chump" Safe, Slow, and Sweet
Back in December, Stephen and I took Maddie and Riley to the AKC Agility Invitational. The Invitational is an event that invites the Top 5 dogs in each breed. My girls were #1, #3, and #5 (Seven, Riley, and Maddie).
I did not take Seven because the event was supposed to be held on mats and I was not going to risk her wrist on a new surface. However, a month prior they switched the surface to turf which now that I have experienced it, I think I would try Seven on it.
Maddie handled the surface fine, but she worried me the first time we did a practice jump on turf. She was acting very strange and appeared to not be pleased with it. Dang it! Thankfully, Friday's run is a warm up run and does not count. Once she got moving, Maddie did not have any trouble with turf. In the warm up, she did jump off the teeter for some reason. Thankfully, she did not in the more important runs.
The next day was Round 1 and 2 and Maddie ran fantastic! We had been having trouble with the weave poles in the competitions preceding this one, so I fully expected it to still be a problem. However, she was very professional and handled the new venue, the crowds, the new surface, and nailed everything including her weave poles. She was 19th and 20th out of about 130 dogs.
Unfortunately, Rounds 3 and 4 were not so clean. The weave pole errors popped up again. Otherwise, she ran very well and the weave poles were her only error. Here is Round 3.
I believe next year's event is in Florida again. It would be so fantastic if all three dogs could go!