This weekend Trip and I made our agility debut at the Capital City Cocker Club trials. We got to meet Melissa Frye with the cockers and Kizzi. I know at least one of Melissa's cockers double qed in excellent B both days. Our first run was pretty darn ugly. Trip was unfocused and we just couldn't get in tune. Then in his standard run he had a clean run! Sunday's JWW was much better. Unfortunatly he missed a jump and when I tried to get him back he back jumped. In standard we had a refusal and a run out, but still we were good enough for fourth place.
I can see where this sport could be addictive.
Beth
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This weekend Trip and I made our agility debut at the Capital City CockerClub trials. We got to meet Melissa ... run out, but still we weregood enough for fourth place. I can see where this sport could be addictive. Beth

The first run is always umm, interesting. But you guys did great! He did a great job and clearly was prepared for his debut.
A lot of figuring out what you need to work on is by getting out there and doing it.
Trip is a very nice boy too!
(Funny side note, Gunny's son who was at the trial is named Trip (Skyrocket's Totally Trip) because she kept tripping over him, her first small dog.)
I wish I had had more time to talk to you - I was running five dogs and running the ribbons table! I hope to see you out again in the spring.

(I am going to the Jan Miami AKC trials and the Jan/Feb Tennessee AKC Trials, if anyone is around those venues..)
Not as old as I write!

Melissa S. Frye
Skyrocket cockers www.mfrye.com/skyrocket/
This weekend Trip and I made our agility debut at the Capital City CockerClub trials. I can see where this sport could be addictive. Beth

That's a pretty good assessment. It got so addictive for us that we had to add a second dog because DH couldn't stand to just WATCH!

When I started Spenser in agility class, DH would go along, just to be sociable. He'd chat with the people and pet the other dogs, hold Spenser when needed. By the time Spenser was doing half the obstacles, I was hooked and even DH was planning his schedule around class. And then we started to doing trials - not only was he hooked but netted and in the boat!

Fortunately, Spenser's breeder just happened to have his full sister - about to retire from the show ring and ready for some new challenges. And since she was retiring with her Canadian championship but shy of points for her US championship, she wasn't ever going to be bred. So she was available for the right new home! (That's us.)
So we are now planning our calendar for the next year by first entering all the nearby agility trials. We even have adjusted our Florida vacation this winter so that we can (if we can get in) do a trial while we're there! I'd say that's getting pretty addicted.
~~Judy
And a Q!!! Congratulations!

Another one bites the dust! Welcome!
Debbie
Another one bites the dust! Welcome!

And to think I started taking classes to make the boys' breeder happy.

Beth
Another one bites the dust! Welcome!

And to think I started taking classes to make the boys' breeder happy. BethFirst it's a set of weave poles, then a few jumps and soon you are into the hard stuff - contact equipment.

Next you're planning around local trials...

Melissa S. Frye
Skyrocket cockers www.mfrye.com/skyrocket/
And to think I started taking classes to make the boys' breeder happy. Beth

First it's a set of weave poles, then a few jumps and soon you are into the hard stuff - contact equipment. Next you're planning around local trials...

And buying a tent. You aren't a real, dyed-in-the-wool agility competitor until you have a tent. And mesh crates. And tarps. Lots and lots of tarps. Ground tarps, waterproof tarps, screen tarps, reflective tarps. And tent stakes. And a mallet to hammer with. And clippy things to hold tarps on. And a new cooler. And camp chairs with cup holders at least two for each person, one for the tent and one for when the jumpers ring is way over THERE.
And a bag, preferably with a spiffy Clean Run logo, to hold your extra socks, ditas, poop bags, leads, sunscreen, bug spray, various dog meds, hats, entry envelopes and the all-important agility record book. And you need pens and a calculator so you can calculate your yps and write down all the details of your runs in your record book.
We Are The Bor um, Agility People! You Will Be Assimilated!!
Another one bites the dust! Welcome!

And to think I started taking classes to make the boys' breeder happy.

When I first started talking to Rocky's breeder, we had a conversation that went something like this:
She: So, what kind of job are you going to with the dog? Me: Huh?
She: You can't have one of my dogs unless you work with him. Me: Like what?
She: Conformation, formal obedience, herding, or agility.

I knew what conformation was and I couldn't picture myself prancing around a show ring in a 3 piece suit hold a flimsy leash. Formal obedience sounded boring and herding seemed like too much work. And I had no idea what agility was.

So, agility it was. Now, other than work, agility is basically my life. Welcome to the collective.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
And tarps. Lots and lots of tarps. Ground tarps, waterproof tarps, screen tarps, reflective tarps.

You forgot clamps and bungee cords of every size and description to accompany said tarps.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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