We were going into this tournament pretty shorthanded, with only 6 member’s attending. Then when an injury occurred to one of our dogs the week before, that put us down to 5 members and three 4 dog teams for the most part, with an old veteran as back-up. We knew we had our work cut out for us!
One dog that we knew we would be asking a lot of was Ketchup. She had never run full time in a tournament and now we were asking her to do that, plus it was 5/5 heats for 5 races. Thankfully this little girl kept her head on and ran some amazing times! Pulling out 3.9’s and 4.0’s end of the day in the pack. She also earned her FDCh title on Saturday.
Saturday was a successful day with Aviators taking first place in Regular 1, Red Eye taking first in Open 1 and Aerodynamic almost had first in Regular 2, it came down to the last race, but we just could not pull it off, so we ended up second.
Sunday once again things went very well for our teams. Ketchup earned her FDCh-S title, Aerodynamic posted a new personal best time of 19.50 and all three of our teams won their respective divisions.
It was very nice to see some old faces return to the mats this weekend that we have not seen in a long time and a BIG congrats to Matt Banfield who started judging! He did a great job and we look forward to seeing him on the mats in the future.
Hard to believe that was the last tournament until April 2014! Winter training started for us last weekend at practice.
We have a few green dogs who we are hoping will make their debuts on the mats next spring. We have some
young dogs we will be working on specific items with and our solid dogs…well; they are there to help them along the way! We could not do half of our training without our solid dogs who know the ropes and help teach the young dogs. And of course – puppy training!
We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a great winter. Hopefully it is not too harsh!
Until Next Time!