This fall we got into our 1st class. I had a schedule conflict and could not attend the only beginner classes offered in my area before. They teach in 5 levels, and levels 1-3 are on Monday, and 4-5 are on Tuesdays. We auditioned and made the level 4 class this fall. We are definitely the newbies - the other students in my class are all competing w/ open and excellent dogs. We work our butts off in class, as the courses and parts of courses we work on are all that level.
I entered a CPE trial on Sunday upon recommendation of several who have tried this venue. They are more "user-friendly" and have easier class levels than the AKC venue. Normally a person would do run thrus, but I am in a virtual runthru non-entity here - they don't exsist! So, I entered the trial, just Sunday.
We had a weight pull scheduled for Saturday (both are a couple hours from my house) so I booked a motel room. We got cancelled on the weight pull, but I still went up Saturday afternoon. Went to the show site, got my crate and chair set up. Brought Chewie in, and got familiar with the setup. Talked to people, shamelessly asked questions....
They apparently don't see OES often, and Chewie was pretty popular and most were really excited to hear we were running Sunday. I started to get worried - didn't need THAT many people watching our 1st time out!
7:30 was the briefing, runs started at 8. Run order was small to tall, so we got to watch the others run. In level 1 Standard, we were the last dog (tallest). So it helped to watch the others.
It was pretty hilarious - but actually mostly good. I had it told to me last spring that Chewie would "save my butt because he sticks to me like a pair of tighy whiteys" once, and it held true!
He was SOOOO excited and bouncing. We didn't qualify, but it was mostly good. He got really wound up as we went through and ended up with 12 faults (10 or less to qualify). He took down 1 bar, and passed 3 jumps and had to go back. Just one he touched the next obstacle after passing the jump (that A frame was calling his name) so lost points there....
I have video of that one, and will try and upload it here. It failed last night, but will try again. It is by far the most entertaining. People were so amazed that the calm, relaxed OES turned into a ball of fire in the ring. I was really happy, as my goal was not for Chewie but for me:don't get lost on the course! - and I made it.
He also held his start line stay and was spot on for all his contacts. That made me very, very happy, because he was really amped up.
Then I worked stewarding a bunch of classes. Our other class was Jumpers and it was of course the last class. I ran him outside a bit, and he was much better settled.
I got video of this one too (nice people ran my camera!).
We qualified and got 2nd place (out of 4 dogs running) in our height class.
We ran the 113 yards in 23.99 seconds (yes, it's a short video!). The BC that beat us ran in 22.63. We had one wide corner (a tunnel was sucking him in..) and that cost us the time. No faults - a clean run
Oh - and for those that care - we jumped 20 inches. That is his CPE height, he measured just under 23 1/2 inches.
I must say - this course was really easy compared to what we practice on. We could have done well on the more advanced courses as well. But, the goal was to get out in a show situation, under pressure and perform well and have fun. We succeeded well beyond my hopes.
Here's the Jumpers video:
|WOW!!!! you both look like pros!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BOTH OF YOU!!!!!!
I can't view it.
Maybe it's my PC
Dawn, any alternate ideas? If I get really desperate I'm going to have you send it to Dennis! Was really looking forward to watching it.
|ME?? technology ideas??
I can't email it - says it's too big to attach.....let me think...
|For some reason just sitting here and whining helped and I was able to view it. Very cool!!!!!
You both did a nice job.
Mad Dog wrote:
For some reason just sitting here and whining helped and I was able to view it. Very cool!!!!!
You both did a nice job.
and I am very familiar with that technique as well...lol
|Chewie looks like a natural at everything he does!!!|
|Congratulations & GREAT video!|
|VERY IMPRESSIVE!! Great Video! Way to go Chewie!!!|
GOOD JOB YOU 2
The other video is posted now under pictures - it doesn't qualify as a "brag" by any stretch of the imagination. He was Happy!!!! and quite the card out there..lol
and it takes quite a while to load...maybe start it and go do something....
unless you have a faster computer/connection that I have.
| Good job Chewie and Dawn!
I can't view the video right now.
|Very, very nice!
Of course not as entertaining as the agility run with the flups, but this shows the Chews can do it!! Good boy Chewie, you and your Mom make a good team!
You both looked great.
|You guys look like pros|
|Nice jumpers course. Looks like a nice way to end the day|
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