Monday, February 14, 2011

We had a fun weekend at an AKC trial.  Rammy had three good runs and now is in Exc B Std as well as JWW.  I need to decide what to do with him jump-height wise now that he's totally in Exc B.  I am against dogs that measure into 20" jumping 24".  This stems from the times that Apollo lost a 1st or 2nd place due to a 20" border collie beating him.  It won't be as important once July comes and they stop giving multipliers for 1st and 2nd, but I would still hate to be taking a 1st place ribbon or toy away from a true 24" dog.  Not that Rampage is so SUPER FAST that he'd always win at 24", but I still don't think it's fair. 

So I have to decide if I'll enter him 20 or 26.  I'm pretty happy with how he's jumping 24 but I really didn't like how he looked at 26 at the USDAA shows he did.  But our last USDAA was 3 or 4 months ago so it could be possibly he's matured a bit and will handle 26" better, but then maybe the 2" increase pushes him over the edge.  I do train with Rampage at 26" but Rammy at trials ≠ Rammy in practice.  He's a quirky boy.

As mentioned above, Rammy had 3 nice runs last weekend.  But the 4th... oh, that was not pretty.

But while Rammy's run was not pretty, it was nothing compared to Icon's JWW run!  I feel sorry for the poor guy.  He knew where to go but I totally got lost and forced him over the wrong jump.  He was so confused... My excuse is that I barely got to walk the course since I was running Apollo in Open Std in the other ring and then I was discombobulated after Rammy's disaster run just a couple minutes before.  And my pants kept falling down.  That never helps.

But I'll end with a couple good runs!

I didn't get any videos of Apollo since he was in Open and Exc A.  He's moving up the performance ranks quickly, but damn what a stupid rule to make dogs go back to novice.


  1. That is so funny about your pants falling down. I had the same problem a few weeks back and every opportunity my dog went in the tunnel, I would quickly pull them back up! But I was so distracted all day because of it!!

    Christine and Cadence :)

  2. Totally lame rule about having to go back to Novice...

    I was wondering what was up with your pants, that was pretty funny. :-)

  3. Tables are also a good place for pulling pants up, but there aren't any tables in JWW! ;)