So back to the early morning starts and driving to a field in the middle of nowhere - but we wouldnt change it, and the first one of the season is always a bit special, catching up with people after what seems like an age!! It is the same every year, but what made it better was that it was Risk's first show too - to socialise, and a perfect venue to do so - indoors, outdoors, through arch ways, flappy tents, different textures and surfaces, noise, other dogs, and bless him little mister confident took it all in his stride, which I was just so pleased with, of course it will continue at further shows but its a great start, very proud of my little man.
The other fantastic thing about this venue, is the exercise area. I say fantastic, because so many show locations really are lacking in anywhere decent to walk, and in my view part of going to an agility show is taking the time to chill out, some early mornings, or at a quiet time during the day, or early dusky evening, and have a pleasant walk. Even more so in Davy and Yahoo's case, as much as we take them around the show venues etc, its so nice to take all of them on a good couple of walks.
Kiah was great, she was a little bit insane - but could I expect anything different, as much as she can be so frustrating, I love the mental 'want to do' attitude and it just makes you laugh!! We had a bit of a disaster on our second run, it was indoors and it was my fault, as I hadn't given her a proper rest in the van before, so the whole build up was unstructured and eventually ended up in us doing a couple of contacts and kindly thanking the judge before leaving the ring. Indoors can be more frantic as its all a bit stressful, but Kiah is usually pretty good, so I must remember that for next time, that if Kiah is a little tired (bit like her owner?!) then its best to just let her chill out for a little while... as she is doing in my hat here hey Kiah bear... this picture always makes me laugh!!
She was however really good on our two outdoor runs which were first and last, they were two courses set by the same judge, spread out but still challenging, unfortunately the first course went from a long jump to a tunnel, and my delayed reactions sent her in the wrong end!! The last run was our best of the day which the video just won't load for unfortunately!! I had a few timing issues up at the top of the course, and we got two refusals, but Kiah's jumping was great, weave entry too, a great go on at the end, and no poles down - it was a great way to finish the day.