Saturday, May 20, 2006

Rally, day 1

Two runs with Laev today, both qualifying. That was good. The second suffered a bit of "puppy brain" -- she was a little distracted and therefore slower to respond -- and we scored only a 188, knocking out our chances of an Award of Excellence for Level 1. Drat. Still, she did very well overall, with crisp heeling for the most part and no major bobbles in attention.

Shakespeare -- I know this isn't his blog, but lemme brag on him -- really surprised me today by holding it together for six runs. The trial ran from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., so I was amazed that the stressy dog was able to maintain it. But he's always liked Rally, and he qualified six times, all scores above 195. Yippee!

I'm a little worried about tonight; Laev eventually went to sleep last night and was very good 'til morning, but today she spent most of her time in the crate and Shakespeare and I are exhausted. Right now I'm buying peace with a raw marrow bone on a towel from home, but if she eventually gives up on that and is fussy, she'll go in the car.

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