I stopped by the Ladies Dog Club shows in Wrentham, MA yesterday. Libby and Spumoni were entered but I pulled them because I didn’t have time to properly groom and prepare them for the show ring; I was also exhausted from a full day of Agility workshops on Saturday. I did want to visit my fellow basset friends who were also competing and/or socializing at the shows over the weekend – Sue Frischmann, Judy Tuck, Nancy Richmond, Marci Horgan and Stanley’s handler Candy Carswell. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the mid 70’s and a light breeze blowing. Stanley’s sister Dolci (Topsfield Spectrum Dolci of Sanchu) was Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex for another point towards her AKC championship. Dolci lives with Sue Frischmann at Topsfield Kennel in Vermont. Libby’s littermate sister Allie was Reserve Winners Bitch.
Speaking of agility, Libby experienced her first trial last weekend and believe me it was a trial for both of us. The trial was held on artificial turf at a soccer dome in Connecticut. Libby spent the entire FAST run sniffing her way through the course I mapped out; to make things worse, she scared herself on the seesaw. During her Standard run she was slow but moving along without as much sniffing until we reached the now-dreaded seesaw; she climbed half way and said “forget it” and jumped off. I ran the rest of the course with her for practice but it was another NQ. Things were slightly better in Jumpers. She took a bar down and went visiting the ring crew but was faster and a bit more focused. So, I need to “repair” her seesaw performance and work on attention but all that went wrong is fixable.
In canine competition, it truly is “win some, lose some.”