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June 19th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden at the CCKC Agility Trial

This weekend Aiden was entered in the Cape Cod Kennel Club Agility Trial. As this event is held by our local KC we took Thursday off work to help set up the rings and then we were at the trial all day long each day building courses, working in the rings, putting out the ribbons etc. A friend was at the trial and took pictures of Aiden on the agility courses. We never get photographs as Jack takes videos of Aiden so it was super to get some action shots.

Friday was for Excellent/Masters dogs only and Aiden was in 5 classes. In the first 4 classes Aiden missed qualifying by one fault or another each time. In the last class of the day, Masters Standard, Aiden qualified!! It took a lot of screaming to keep him on course! Aiden was the only dog in the 24” class to qualify thus earning 1st place and he got 18 MACH points.

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Our friend managed to catch all three of us in the picture above. Two years ago another friend took the picture below with all three of us too!

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Saturday was day 2 of the Cape Cod KC Agility Trial. The day started with rain, then mist, then fog but ended up being a warm and partly cloudy day. Aiden had a good run in Masters Standard but knocked the double jump.

He also knocked a jump in Masters Jumpers. The last class of the day was Masters FAST. When all the handlers walked the course we discussed how impossible the Send Bonus was. You had to send the dog out to the far side of a tunnel, then over the A-Frame and then have the dog turn away from you and go into the tunnel…all from a distance of 15’. Aiden was the second dog to run the course. It took some doing but he was able to complete the Send Bonus. You can hear the crowd cheer! Aiden qualified in 1st place.

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On Sunday, day 3 of the trial, it was another drizzly, foggy day at the Fairgrounds but at least it was not pouring with rain! No Q’s for Aiden today!

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Aiden had lots of fun with Yasha running in the field, splashing in the puddles and playing with the hose!

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We had a fun weekend with a great judge, super courses and spending time with many good friends.

 

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June 3rd, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden at the Norwegian Elkhound Club Agility Trial

Today Aiden was entered in the Norwegian Elkhound Club’s agility trial in Amherst, NH.

The first class was Premier Jumpers with Weaves. It was a difficult course. The second jump was a “backside”. It was much too close to the start line for dogs who don’t have a start line stay, like Aiden! Aiden starts each course with such enthusiasm. He was at the second jump in a blink of an eye and it was impossible to stop him from taking the jump from the front side. He went off-course right away but I got him back on track and he did really well on the rest of the course…including doing a super “backside” jump after the tunnel and he had a fabulous ending.

In Masters Jumpers with weaves Aiden again had a great run, but….you know…..knocked ONE jump. He did the exact same line consisisting of the weaves, the double jump and the tunnel in the Premier class and he did not knock the double jump….in Masters it came down! It was the only jump Aiden knocked down in all four classes today.

In Time to Beat (T2B) Aiden qualified with a clear round and came in second, by just 2.65 seconds, behind the fastest dog . He earned 9 T2B points.

Aiden’s last class of the day was Masters Standard. He had a good run on a tough course but went in the wrong end of a tunnel! Aiden did very well on a part of the course with three jumps in a line where I thought he might go off course or knock a jump due to the angles. Aiden thought it would be funny to go through the other tunnel twice!

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May 14th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden at the RI Agility Trial- Day 2

This morning we were back at the Middlesex County Kennel Club Agility Trial on a cold (45 degrees) windswept rainy day.

In Time to Beat Aiden had a clean, fast run in 33.19 seconds. He qualified just 1.69 seconds behind the 1st place dog and earned 9 T2B points.

In Masters Standard Aiden had a super run on a very hard course and ran clean until the very last jump.

In Masters Jumpers with Weaves, Aiden had a good run on a nice, flowing course but unfortunately he appears to have misjudged his take off for a jump and down came the bar.

Oh well. No Double Q Mother’s Day present for me! No more trials for a few weeks now.

 

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May 13th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden in Rhode Island

This weekend Aiden is entered in the Providence County/Middlesex County Kennel Clubs Agility Trial in North Smithfield, RI. Jack and I took Friday off work and drove to Rhode Island and went to Lincoln Woods State Park. Even though it was a grey day we had a nice walk in the woods. Of course Aiden found some water to splash in!

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Then we went to the Wide World of Indoor Sports building and set up our crate and chairs. They were having agility run-thrus so we signed Aiden up for two runs. He had a blast! After a quick dinner  we checked into the Red Roof Inn for the night.

This morning it was back to the trial site bright and early.

The first class was Masters FAST. The bonus involved two jumps, then a wrap back to the first jump, all from a distance of 15 ‘. As Aiden was over the second jump I called his name too soon to turn him back to the first jump and the bar came down!

The next class was Masters Standard. Aiden had a good run but one darn bar came down!

Aiden’s final class of the day was Masters Jumpers with Weaves. No bars came down…BUT..the course started with two jumps and then the tunnel. After the two jumps Aiden went for the correct side of the tunnel but hesitated and then went in the wrong side.

No Q’s today but a great time was had by all. Aiden sure does love agility. We were done by 1:00pm and took Aiden for a walk in Lincoln Woods State Park again. It was another gray day with rain expected this evening and all day tomorrow.

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April 30th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden’s Day 2 of the MCKC Agility Trial

Today was not a great day for Mr. A. Things did not go as well as yesterday but Aiden and I still had fun!

Masters Standard was the first class of the day and they were starting with the big dogs. Usually in the first class of the day Aiden is super wound up. He loves agility so much that he can hardly contain himself when it is his turn to run. That overall exuberance unfortunately caused a bar to come down in the beginning of the course. I decided to use the rest of the course as “training in the ring”.

The second class of the day was Premier Jumpers with Weaves. As usual Premier courses are very tricky and have several “back side jumps” and “wraps”. Aiden had a fantastic run until near the end when he took an off-course jump. He made it further around the course without fault than any other 24″dog and none of the 24″ dogs qualified.

Our last class of the day was Masters Jumpers with Weaves. Aiden again had a great run and completed all of the “difficult parts” but then in the home stretch he knocked the bar going into the tunnel which was the last obstacle. I was not able to keep up with him and not get the cross in that I had planned and therefore I was on the wrong side. As Aiden was over the last jump I called his name so he would not go in the wrong end of the tunnel…. And down came the jump.

 

 

 

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