Gel’s Agility Debut

Gel’s agility debut was nothing short of amazing! We had so much fun and Gel ran incredibly well, especially given that he was wired for sound both days. I don’t know who had more fun, Gel or me. I met a lot of really nice, supportive people. I can’t wait until the next trial. I put a couple of videos up on YouTube, but the quality is awful and don’t pay too much attention to my fat butt! I’m on a strict exercise regime now and plan to get some of this weight off so I can have some hope of keeping up with Gel who is only going to get faster with experience. I have two more videos to put up which I’ll hopefully get to tonight.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CV4uuSIkac]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw2clDJslr0]

Here are the break-downs:

10/13/2007

Novice A Standard – 26 Inch – Judge: Joan Marec
Distance: 128 yards SCT: 62 seconds
Score: 95 (Q) Time: 42.67 seconds 1st Place

Novice A FAST – 26 Inch – Judge: Karen Paulukaitis
Score: 14 (NQ) Time: 49.34 seconds

Note: AKC Fast is a new class that just began January 1, 2007. It is similar to USDAA Gamblers. This was the first class of the day and Gel and I ran second, so I didn’t have time to watch how the “game” was played. I had no clue what I was doing and blew it. As you’ll see below, I figured it out and we qualified with 20 more points than we needed.

Novice A JWW – 26 Inch – Judge: Karen Paulukaitis
Distance: 123 yards SCT: 41 seconds
Score: 100 (Q) Time: 33.38 seconds 1st Place

10/14/2007

Novice A Standard – 26 Inch – Judge: Karen Paulukaitis
Distance: 140 yards SCT: 67 seconds
Score: 95 (Q) Time: 50.44 seconds 1st Place

Novice A JWW – 26 Inch – Judge: Joan Marec
Distance: 110 yards SCT: 37 seconds
Eliminated Time: 30.27 seconds

Note: I mis-cued Gel over the second jump and he knocked the bar with disqualified us.

Novice A FAST – 26 Inch – Judge: Joan Marec
Score: 70 (Q) Time: 31.54 seconds 1st Place

We went home with four blue ribbons and four squeaky toys, which Gel kindly shared with Midge and Inferno.

I can’t wait to get home to work on the holes I discovered in our training (primarily weave pole performance); and to get Midge going. I’d like to have Midge competing by the spring.

Unsolicited, several experienced agility competitors came up to me after our runs and complimented me on how nice Gel was. That was really encouraging. I’ve always known Gel was a nice dog, but to have him recognized by national-level handlers was an extra boost.

More later.