Sunday morning came around too fast, and I almost slept in! My cell phone is so ancient that it doesn't seem to have an alarm, or I couldn't find one anyway. I usually wake early, so didn't think it was going to be a problem, but I guess I kept dozing off, and it was the PA system that woke me up. Just threw on some clothes and headed off to the walk through. This time I figured there would be no problem as probably the running order would be reversed the second day, which it was, and Jake was the 9th to last dog in, so at least 2 1/2 hours between him and the first dog. Larry walked them and got them fed and brought them down to the shade tents before 8.
Well the judge gave the thumbs up for the gamble, but....the buzzer went before he broke the light barrier. People on the sidelines thought it was all good. But, if you noticed my reaction at the end, I KNEW! That timing beam had to be broken before the time ran out, and because I heard the buzzer, I knew it hadn't been. Damn!
Yep, .02 of a freaking second over time, which meant we didn't get the 35 bonus points. Bummer:(
Larry said after that lots of times he thinks about which way the wind is blowing when he is standing watching, but didn't this time. I had noticed the whole weekend that Jake seemed to want to know where we both were, in fact all three dogs were quite concerned if one of us headed off without them, well other than when they were in the shade tent.
So next up was Standard. I seemed to have a total memory lapse where Jake crossed back into the first tunnel, did a late front cross and got a refusal there because he had already crossed the plane of the tunnel mouth before going into it. The rest was okay until.....
Yep, here we go again, just like Regionals. Watching that video, it almost makes me think that he thinks it is the teeter, and is trying to make it tip (just looking at his body position), and then bailing because it won't. What I don't understand is that he is right at the top, and would have been able to see the top plank extending out, so should have realized that it was the dogwalk. My first thoughts were that it had some weird vibration at that point, and he is very movement sensitive....but I don't really know, and if anyone has any thoughts, I'd love to hear them. He had actually been over that dogwalk the day before in the other Standard run, but would have been coming from the other direction. I did hear that a couple of other dogs coming after him, slightly bigger dogs than Jake, did react a bit weirdly at that same point. Some people have said that they think this particular brand of equipment is a bit flimsy. Who knows, but very frustrating. I had already decided that after two attempts, we would just move on, and of course racked up multiple penalty points there.
And I did fall apart after that run, yep, shed some tears, and took off by myself down to the off-leash to play with Jake. If someone had come up to me right after that run and commiserated with me, I would have been a total blubbering basket case. One thing I never feel is any anger at Jake, he does the best he can, and I can't ask any more than that. I do feel frustrated, just at the whole situation, but never 'blame' the dog.
Larry had decided that it would be best if he was right there at the gate with me, so that Jake KNEW where he was. So I went in, and then had to wait quite a while for the ring crew to raise all the jump heights, as Jake was the first 22" dog to go in. One thing I can say is that he has a GREAT start line stay. And notice how he does one last check in with Larry:)
Earlier in the afternoon we had strolled past the vendor booths. A ton of doggy stuff to spend your money on.