Friday, October 22, 2010

Eventful Obedience Trial

This morning we left the house early to attend the annual AKC Obedience Trial sponsored by our dog training club. This year I was a spectator as Noah and Norma Jean aren't ready for competition yet. I plan to continue working with them at home thru the winter, then enter them in classes in the spring so they can learn to concentrate with strange people and dogs around.

The events hadn't started when I got there, so I had a chance to wander around and meet people.
First stop the ribbon table. Look at all these beauties that will be getting hung on walls by the end of the weekend.

Next stop was the basket raffle. There were some especially nice baskets this year and I took chances on three of them.

 Various events were starting so I watched some of the advanced obedience classes. Those dogs are so impressive. There's a lot of waiting around at dog shows and these competitors were being very well behaved as people and other dogs walked past.

I like this dogs leg warmers.

This is Brooke. Today she won her first leg and she and her Mom were pretty happy. Brooke is a rescue and that makes the win even more special.

This is Jazzi. She suffers from noise phobias and in the past has been fearful of any distractions. Today she had an almost perfect run in Rally Excellent.

Today was a big day for us. Splash was going for the final (tenth) leg of his Rally Advanced Excellent title.

Here Splash waits with Rob while J gets registered.

 Getting ready to enter the ring.

 The Excellent course met his approval and he finished in second place.

 Next was the advanced course and this time he finished first.

The judge handed J the ribbons.

And Splash was handed his second toy of the day.

Thia is a pretty nice way to end a career.

 For an owner handler this is what it's all about.

For the dog, this is what it's all about.
Well done Splash and J. We're so glad we could share this important win with you.


scotsmad said...

That looks like a thrilling day out. Can't wait to see how Noah does--can he surpass his father.

Hope you had some luck with a basket or two.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Mango said...

Good job Splash! There sure is a lot of waiting around at those dog shows.


Lola said...

Congratulations to Splash. What a great job, by Splash and he probably acknowledged getting some help from his humans along the way, too.

lotsa licks, Lola

Channon said...

Congrats to Splash & J!! It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and the right personalities to be champions. I don't think competitions are in my immediate future... Sissy is too distracted for such, and Gretchen just wants to be a therapy dog. Frankly, I'm just proud that Sis and I completed basic obedience.

Nicki said...

Way to go Splash!

Benny and Lily said...

Bet the show was fun. those gift baskets are a great idea. We love the kids white hair..BOL
Snorts and Snuggle
Benny & Lily

sagechronicles said...

That looks like fun, but I don't think I could be as good as you were, Noah. Maybe when I'm older.....

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Congratulations!!! Most excellent ribbons, but yeah, we think we'd like the toys better. But you know how those humans are with their shiny things... ;-)

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

the 4 Bs said...

congrats to Splash. we know how difficult those dog show things are. we're beasts - totally uncontrollable.

that white poodle has incredibly long ears and the grey one was very pretty too. now that's one thing we can do is look handsome, but no foofy cuts for us, please. so i guess we lose again. oh well. we have what matters to us - toys!


Nichole said...

Oh what FUN! Congrats to Splash... look at all those beautiful ribbons and goodies!

Tee said...

Congratulations Splash! We're SOOO impressed!

Licks and wags
THe Dog WOods Pack

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