[As told by Pat and Dwayne Martin, Rosy’s parents.]
Saturday and Sunday, Oct 5 and 6, the Shenandoah Valley Kennel Club held its annual Agility Trials in Weyer’s Cave, Virginia. Pat and Dwayne Martin entered their Kooikerhondje, Rosy, and Elsje MacDonald entered Yorick, whom she is keeping for Rose while the family is in Kenya. Elsje handled both dogs during the competition. We are very thankful for Elsje’s dog-training abilities and enthusiasm. Dwayne tried it and concluded that it isn’t where his talents lie! Elsje’s mother is Dutch, which may explain her daughter’s affinity for Kooikerhondjes.
The competition had two parts. First came the “Jumps with Weaves.” Both dogs had performed this over and over again at “Love on a Leash,” but when it came time to do it in an actual competition, Rosy was so glad to be out of her crate that she just ran around and around in circles on the grass, and disqualified herself. Yorick just walked around and sniffed everything and refused to run.
But in the “Standard” Rosy performed perfectly and got first prize, a blue ribbon. Yorick also did very well but disqualified himself by peeing!
Sunday afternoon the competition repeated itself. Both dogs did very well in the “Jumps and Weaves,” but they each made a jump in the wrong direction and disqualified themselves. In the “Standard,” Rosy ran into the tunnel and wouldn’t come out until Wendy (the agility instructor at Love on a Leash) crawled in and pull her out! Yorick did very well, but was a little slow and so did not get a ribbon.
Most importantly, we all had fun!