Our 2nd Agility Fun Match

Last Sunday, we did our second agility fun match. It was our first time really doing everything on our own. Last time I had Mark and EJ there to explain all of the details, and to give me ideas of how to run the courses. I was really worried I wouldn’t understand or remember the courses. It turned out well though, and as my agility teacher Nicole says, it really helps to build confidence. My only major oversight was wearing shorts, as it was quite chilly in barn.
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  Our team’s campsite for the day  }

My wonderful buddy EJ (below) drove, and me and Miles’ best friend David (above) came along too. Handlers can’t take their dogs with them when they are getting briefed on each course, and David was nice enough to watch several dogs at those times. He also took lots of pictures. What a great friend. It meant a lot to me to have him there.

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match

EJ couldn’t run her pooch Peanut (below), since Peanut is still healing from a broken leg. EJ worked for the day as the official timer. As you can see, she and her colleague had way too much fun. Very unprofessional if you ask me.

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match

At this fun match, there were 5 courses: a Snooker, a Gamblers, a Standard, and two Jumpers courses. To put it very simply, Snooker and Gamblers are games with specific rules you follow, Standard is just a numbered course that you run in order, and Jumpers are numbered courses consisting of jumps and tunnels. The following pictures of Miles and I running the courses are in no particular order:

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  Getting Miles focused on me while we are waiting to go  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  We are off!  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  Miles does the dog walk  }
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  A shot of distance work in the Gamblers course  }

In part of the game Gamblers, handlers have to stay back and direct their dogs to certain obstacles from a distance. In the above picture Miles is running to the tire jump as I wait behind the yellow tape.

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  The judge looks on  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  A-Frame  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  Miles looking to me for direction… Poor guy.  }
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  Weave!  Weave!  *ignore-huge-pile-of-bird-poop* Weave!  }
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  “Weaves done, off to check out pile of bird poo!”  Whoops.  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  Miles did a real teeter for the first time without hesitation!  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  Pointing at the jump but pulling back so Miles knows not to run ahead  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  “Go chute!”  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  Almost done  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  EJ cheers us on at the finish line, Miles is thinking
about the treat he is about to get for a great run!  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  Miles took refuge on David’s lap between courses  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  “Like a snail, I bring my home with me” *Sniff*}
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  Shown: Peanut partying after the games by cutely running around.
Not shown: Miles eating sheep poo, with me shrieking “Nooo!”  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  Our two favorite ladies, EJ and Peanut.  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
{  Peanut cuddled with everyone on the long ride home  }

Our 2nd Agility Fun Match
Our height group was bigger than last time, with a gaggle of amazing dogs. The repeat first place winner, an adorable Jack Russell Terrier, not only had the coolest name – Smash – but was incredible to watch. We came in second place twice behind them, and also got our first ever qualifying score. I couldn’t believe it, I had to go double check. Nicole had to assure us that yes, it was true.

5 comments on Our 2nd Agility Fun Match

  • Peanuts Mum

    you totally rocked it all day Emma, Peanut and I are so proud of you and Miles, we of course dont appreciate the comment on our professional conduct, I mean seriously, how are we expected to keep straight faces when a 25lb ball of fur squats down and poops right in front of the last jump? thanks for the great day, lets have many more!!

  • Emma (author)

    Awww thanks EJ….
    And I was so sad I missed the poo of the day! How often does one say that?!?!?!
    Yes lets. I love you.

  • Pauline

    What a great read !! loved it all…and Miles looked like he was enjoying it all so much!! Yay for him qualifying….good boy, Miles xox from Grandma Pauline

  • Keri

    Congratulations!!!!

  • Emma (author)

    Thanks Keri & Pauline! You guys are some of our best cheerleaders!

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