Ziva and I were entered in our 1st TDX test on September 20th at the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club. Conditions were perfect, 70 degrees, nice grassy haylot for our start and Lynda and Jamie there for moral support. I looked at the field and thought “this is my dream track”. We approached the start line and she took off like a shot. On the first leg a bird flew up out of the grass just before our 1st turn. It threw her off a bit and she overshot the turn, but quickly found it again. As we turned the corner, I could see where the track went into the woods-great! About 3/4 of the way there she started to veer off, then I saw why, her tail went up and she was starting to critter after mice-UGH!!!!! I tried to convince her she needed a drink of water, but no luck. She played mousy, mousy till the whistle blew letting us know that we officially failed.
The tracklayer wanted to know if we would like to finish the track for practice. Oh yeah we do-thanks. I pulled her off the critter corner and restarted her at the 1st turn. Zip, zip , zip she went, on the track, thru the woods, found the article, out of the woods, over the stone wall, nailed the road crossing into another haylot, found the 2nd article, made 2 more turns and then found the final article. All 850 yards in about 17 minutes, dragging me behind her!
REALLY ZIVA, YOU COULD NOT HAVE STARTED OUT LIKE THAT!!!!!!!!
Below is a video of how it should have looked on a motivational track.
It was good to see Lynda again and to meet Jamie in person. Aiden and Ziva would have liked to play, but we were not sure they could be off leash in that area.