It was a very long and emotion filled day.
I think I pretty much ran the gamut of emotions today.
Got up early, and took care of the pack, then put Babs and Heidi in the car and off to the groomers.
I ate at Gluttens R Us (the hometown buffet), and seriously thought about confession even though I am not Catholic....
After they dehaired Babs and Heidi, I trecked down to Canfield. I found where I was to be, and waited, and waited, and warmed up the dogs and waited and waited and waited.
Finally, they started getting obedience off the ground. But there was a problem, a gal in Novice A was in conformation miles away on the other side of the grounds.
So they asked if it was alright with the rest of novice if we might hold off and do it after Rally. I was HAPPY to be obliging.
I had Babs out, she was so good, just waiting there, letting everyone come up and pet her and such. Not causing any issues.
The Versatility dog was awesome, it was also the Utility B dog, and the Open B dog and its handler also had an Open A dog and one other Open A dog and they were all exceptional. The combined score for Open B, utility B was 397.5.
I was sitting there Green with ENVY, and also PETRIFIED about how BAD my dogs were going to look next to these dogs.
At the end of obedience, Babsy was asked to be the Honor dog for Excelent, I felt HONORED. She did quite well with it, even though I did not walk the course. Of course we were on lead, but so what. She could have done it off lead.
I then ran Babs back to the car, and ran back to do the Advanced run through. I ran through three times, thought I had it down and ran back and got Heidi. Heidi finally decided that she had enough of lying around. Bouncing off of the walls was what she preferred next. I was ANXIOUSLY trying to warm her up. She got into the ring and forgot how to walk next to me. I was so embarrassed. Start, 1 step 2 steps 3 steps, offset figure 8 -- halfway through that I sped up and she actually started to settle. Then we went over the jump into the 270 right, Halt Stand Walk around, left about -- almost left the ring there but I saved it and walked right on past the halt call to front return right halt sign. we trapesed down to the far turn and she started to settle, changed paces, did a few weird turns, an advanced sign or two and finished ok.
Of course we NQd, becuase I blew by the sign. Errgh!!! Everyone tried to be nice. But it was a solid NQ. No one's fault but my own.
So I switch dogs and wait for Rally Novice to finish, totally DEFLATED and HUMBLED.
Babsy has been having trouble with two exercises, I had very little hope for her CD leg. But we gave it the college try.
I went in and heeling went well, figure eight ok, while she shirked away a little for the stand for exam, I was hoping it would only be points off as she was able to touch her on the head and back and butt. She did the recall really well. Another judge might have deducted for her lack of speed, but she came straight to me and sat in front. Then finished with my hands at my sides. I was so PROUD.
We got to the stays, and Babs is pretty good on stays. The sit stay went good. The down stay was going good, I was getting EXCITED. I thought I was home free.
Then a full grown garbage truck came and started doing its garbage thing all around the building chugging, and farting and sighing and pounding, and crashing. Babs stood up on full alert -- ears pitched forward and rock solid stand at attention. I completely DEFLATED. It was so hard to walk back without showing my DISAPPOINTMENT. But when she said exercise complete, I praised the dog and petted her.
The judge came over and said the garbage truck was too much to ask the dog for, she was going to judge her down stay again. HOPE!!!! And THANKFULNESS. I took her out of the ring while she awarded the Novice A dog, and then we went back and lay down again. The garbage truck returned but Babs ears only marked its progress. And we somehow stayed through three more minutes.
It was a grueling experience. I felt like I went through the wringer washing maching.
Babsy got a huge cheer from the remaining people. Her score was 190 and got the blue ribbon.
We stopped at Arby's and each girl got a regular roast beef sandwich. And after a slight delay on the freeway, and another hour of driving, we are now at my parents' house.
A good day in all.
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.