a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Independence Weekend USDAA - Sunday

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Independence Weekend USDAA - Sunday

SUMMARY: Got some Qs.

  • Q and first place in Jumpers, no problem.
    She's so good to run, just figures out what she needs to do. She's supposed to lie down at the start line, but she just wouldn't do it this time so I let her sit. I thought that meant that she was tired, but she blasted out of there quickly enough that I was behind her all the way and she adjusted for my puny mortal failings.

  • Q and first place in Standard, no problem.
    Watch for the spin at the green tunnel entrance and where she's looking as she descends the Aframe (didn't catch that I rear crossed)--issues having to do with her hearing.

We were able to park close and crate out of MUTT MVR this weekend,
which was a dogsend, since my back was absolutely not up to lifting or moving ANYthing.
Mr. Alien hung out with us occasionally.

Mr. Alien ... hung... out with us...

  • Same Jumpers as Tika, problems.
  • Same Standard--whoa, really nice run with nothing to complain about! Q and 5th of 38 dogs.

  • Snooker, yeah, well, knocked one of the reds, which took us out of the running for a Super-Q right away, and then too much dinking around and miscommunication to even be able to finish #7. It's a Q, but your basic useless Q of which we now have 24. It was an entertaining Snooker course, though, with three tunnels in a circle forming the #7 obstacle. A real crowd-pleaser, lots of yelling and cheering and groaning for all the competitors.

  • Grand Prix, well, oh well. Who needs any stinkin' Grand Prix Qs anyway. They're probably sour.
 Boost flying down the dogwalk, and me... uh, not sure exactly WHAT I'm doing there--

Boost now has 141 lifetime Qs, just short of the 150 needed for the Bronze Lifetime Achievement Award. Except--it requires at least 15 Qs in each of the classes, and we have only 6 Jumpers, and the thought that we could ever earn another 9 Jumpers Qs is slowly fading away to nothing. I mean, she's 8 and a half. Sigh. Let alone getting those two elusive Super-Qs to complete her ADCH.

When I'm at a trial, like this last weekend, I feel actually motivated to go work on some of our issues and try to fix them. And then I get home and realize how much time it really takes, and I go back to just hoping the issues will just magically solve themselves. Huh.

That's about all I have to say about that.

Running our leg of the relay and doing really well.

Lookit that nice two-on, two off. She was good on her contacts all weekend.

Kelpie puppy Batman subdues my scary hat!

Long-time agility friend Debbie and her Porsche do a little warm-up massage. Debbie used to sometimes run Remington back when my foot was broken.

Embarrassing, Mr. Alien, to be abducted by giant inflatable aliens!
At least they're wearing  a seatbelt.
(Inflatable aliens appeared in random places all over the trial site on Sunday. No particular explanation from anyone, but it was entertaining and engendered lots of conversation.)

Awww, Millie practices her school visit skills among a flood of children.

If nothing else, at least Boost continues her awesome skill at winning things in the raffle. A certificate for a day's entry on Saturday, and a bag of Cod Skin Treats on Sunday.

Hmm, something fishy about these cod skin treats.

*Photos of us running by Laurie Cowhig and Lisa Pomerance, thanks, agility friends!


  1. Nice job this weekend!!! I was wondering about the aliens as I saw them in various places...

    1. Thanks, Molly. Several people were pointed out as possible alien perpetrators, including me since several people know that I travel with my Mr. Alien bendy all the time (since I think 1998?), but alas I never thought of it; also Lonny; Kathleen Alles and Katrina Parkinson apparently know who it is but aren't telling.

  2. Wow, some nice stuff to take home with you this weekend and not just the raffle winnings!

    Really love that last photo :-)

    1. Not sure how our club acquired someone who makes a different photo-op prop for each of our trials, but we're all loving it.