We had a great time at Nationals, and I got to spend lots of time with my special girl. It felt really great to be able to compete with all of the really talented handlers!
These are short descriptions of Saturday's runs:
I stepped on Mika's paw after directed her over the off-course dog walk (very unclear handling). Thankfully she wasn't affected by my stepping on her paw in the least, and gave me a really nice fast run!
It was hot as we ran this Jumpers course, so she was just a bit slower in some parts (by her standards). I'm surprised that she had a nice burst of speed in one part! I remember that last summer when it was hot she would run a lot slower. What a great dog, it's amazing how much her drive for agility has increased. We got 3 refusals, although one of them I don't think should have been called -- but whatever, it really doesn't matter! (The joys of not having any goals of clean runs or placing -- I honestly didn't care about any mistakes that we made.)
We got some great distance from the weaves in the mini gamble, woot! (Only in one direction.) In the main gamble she was supposed to take the tunnel after the tire, but of course she saw a jump and what did my jump-loving dog do? Take the jump! Whenever there's a choice between a tunnel and a jump, she'll always choose the jump...that's Mika!
I'll write about Sunday's runs as soon as I can.