We are finally home from Day 1 of Moira's first agility trial. It was, to say the least, a LONG day. We got there around 7:30, got measured around 7:45 (11.75" by both measuring judges so we have a permanent card now) and then we waited, and waited, and waited....
Novice didn't start until nearly 3:30pm. Our standard run was pretty much what I expected; lots of off courses as Moira finally realized why we were there and got some yahoos out. She was happy though and I kept it light and happy. I think it was, overall, a good experience for her. I was very pleased that even when she was going off course and losing connection w/me she would come back when called. For a dog that a year ago was not reliable off-leash, that is a huge accomplishment.
Jumpers didn't get started until nearly 5pm. No Q there - again, lots of off courses but she did get the weaves on the 3rd try so I was thrilled with that. She was also very, very fast so I know she was having a good time.
We are entered again tomorrow but I won't bother driving over until noon at the earliest. It's hard on both of us to wait all day. So I will have a leisurely morning at home, indulging in my favorite weekend breakfast (bacon and grits), and doing some of my weekend chores. Moira will get to hang out with Sam, Gin and Bogey and relax until it's time to go.
Now, off to change clothes and set myself up in the living room with a heating pad on my lower back. All that standing has tightened everything up. Getting older sucks.
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