The only surprise in Frankie's run was that it wasn't my fault we NQ'd:) As usual he had his nose to the ground for 75% of the course!
When it came to Beryl's turn she wasn't sure what was going on the first part of the course but then something clicked and she seemed to start enjoying herself and paying attention to what we were doing and I was really rapt with how she finished. Then the judge came over to me and told me I'd missed a whole station:( As had the competitor before me. Neither of us saw the sign, it was a 360 degree turn to the left as we came out of a weave and apparently we both treated it as an extra cone in the weave, duh!!! Another competitor did the same thing after us. If I hadn't disqualified us Beryl would have got a gold card!! So while I was kicking myself SO hard I was also thrilled with her. I never thought to ask someone to take photos but hopefully I'll get some at the next competition this Saturday:)
Next topic is Doggie Dancing ... Honey the Great Dane is hosting a doggie dancing competition on her blog.
"Don’t worry if you’ve never tried dancing before -- this contest is especially for newbies! The routines won’t be judged on how slick they are or how many fancy moves & tricks the doggie knows but rather on creativity and originality, and most of all the “wow factor” -- the top prize will go to the human & doggie team who look like they are having the most FUN, who can make you smile and think “Awww….” or “Yeah!” and take you out of the moment.
And because I’m an Equal Opportunities Doggie (hey, we’re not all cracker doggies who are happy to work for …us Danes need a pretty good reason to expend any energy! ), I’m not going to put those stupid rules like at the club trials. Nope, in my contest, you can use whatever ‘motivators’ you like during the routine. This means if you need your human to hold some treats to help you focus or even your favourite ball or toy -- whatever it takes to make you keen, happy & enthusiastic - go for it! "
It looks like lots of fun, the rules are simple and you've got 2 months to get a 1 minute routine sorted and videoed. Plus there are some wonderful prizes on offer.
Now, Greyhounds and doggie dancing aren't words you would usually put in the same sentence but hey, Honey is a Great Dane (a breed not usually associated with doggie dancing either) and she's a whizz with her dancing routines. And here is a video of a Greyhound doing Canine Freestyle (the offical name for Doggie Dancing) and having a blast
So I'm mulling over the idea of having a go at this with Beryl and maybe bringing Frankie in somewhere, but I'd better not mull too long or it will be June 15th and I won't have done anything!
Why not pop over to Honey's Blog and check it out. She's got a few videos on the page for inspiration and if the little dachshund getting down doesn't make you smile I don't know what will:)
And I'll finish with a couple of photos of Beryl playing fetch with some of her little mates at the park the other night. They all had a blast:) I was trying out some different settings on my camera and none of the moving shots were in focus but you get the idea with this one ....
|Shadow, Beryl, Lucas and Nugget|
|Lucas, Ted and Beryl|