Monday, November 3, 2008

Agility Trial

Many of you have been asking my how my very first agility trial went... I will tell you now!

Okay, so we'll start off on Saturday morning. 3:55 A.M., to be exact. That's when the alarm clock went off. My human was supposed to set it for 4:00, but apparently she lost track by 5 digits, which means that we lost a whole 5 minutes of sleep. Not having much sleep slowed me down quite a bit for the trial, but I still managed. My human almost didn't manage, though. She couldn't even manage to pull me away in time when I peed on a garbage can inside the building, hee hee.

By the time we reached the building, it was just before 5:30. We registered and got our stuff set up for a long day of sitting around, and then familiarization started for the starter dogs, which included myself. My human Lizzy and I got into the ring, and at that moment Lizzy got a rush of excited energy and jumped forward, clapping her hands and calling my name so that I could jump forward with her and familiarize myself with the contact equipment. What Lizzy didn't realize at that moment was that I was standing directly in front of her, so she made a fool of herself in the middle of the ring when she clapped her hands and then tripped right over me. I was a little startled, but that seemed to give me a little extra early morning energy, so I took off for the contact equipment, and I even decided to please my human by letting at least one paw skim the contact zones.

Over the course of 14 hours, I did 4 runs. So yes, we had to wait between 3 to 4 hours between each run, but somehow those hours seem to fly by really fast! On my first run, Starter Standard, I won 1st place with a qualifying score! For my next three runs, Starter Snooker, Starter Gamblers, and Starter Jumpers, I still won 1st place, but due to my human's tired mistakes we did not get any more qualifying scores. We were pretty close, though! I think I did good for my first real trial. I've only done a few fun matches before this.

Here's a short video that my human Lizzy made of the Standard and the Jumpers runs!

By the time we got home it was 7:30. My human and I were both glad for the time change that night, so we could catch up on our sleep! I really did enjoy the trial, even though it started so early, and I can't wait until we do more!


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...


Great job!!

I think woo were flyin' as high as Scooter and Tanner's khandy drop plane!!!



Ruby Bleu said...

OMD Sparky that is PAWSOME!!!! You got major air on your exciting!!!!! Congrats!!!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Bravo! Bravo!
Congrats on your first place!
High 5 to you!
You did an exceptional flawless job Sparky.
You just like a fireball on the field, I watched the video twice without blinking my eyes.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Sparky!
OMD! Congratulations!
Good job! The video is pawesome.
Kisses and hugs

Maggie said...

that's so good of you!
i want to do that too :D
let's wait and see

happy said...

Way to go, Sparky! Hope you had a good rest after that. Having to wake up at 3.55am is awfully early!

BrandytheGreat said...

Wow, Sparky! You impress me!

Abby said...

Hi, Sparky...

What a great fun...You are so athletic...

Congrats on your win...

Abby xxxooo

Simba said...




Eduardo said...

OMD! That looks so fun! Congrats!
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

Lady Kaos said...

Great job Sparky!!!! I love how you jump like 10 feet before the jump and still land on the other side. Okay, that's exagerating, but it's still cute!!!!

Eric said...

Hi Sparky! You and your 2 leggeded
were brilliant! Pawsome. Isn't agility the best? I love it too. I watched all your videos of you on the beac,in the leaf pile, he,heee- almost as scary as the howlo-een pawty then jumpng and through the tunnel and the tuggy rewards. they were fab. And you and I have the same orangey banana- great taste pal! Wiry wags, Eric x

Maggie and Mitch said...

You looked awesome out there, Sparky! Great job! We loved watching you fly!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Southbay Girl said...

Sparky...what a wonderful movie!! You looked awesome (and so did Lizzie) WOW mom and I are super impressed! We're super glad you had a great time even though it was a long day!!


Scottie the 'cutie' said...

Wow, Sparky! You sure are very good with the agility stuff! I don't know if I can do that...congrats on getting 1st place! *grins*


Pacco de Mongrel said...

congratulation, sparky!! u rocks the ground.

i can't believe ur there for 14 HOURS!!

Pacco de Mongrel said...

congratulation, sparky!! u rocks the ground.

i can't believe ur there for 14 HOURS!!

Dannan and The Girl said...

Four 1sts and a Q! You are born to do agility, Sparky!

Brown dog kisses,

Amber-Mae said...

Yeah Sparky!!!! Congrats to you once again! We are so proud of you! You've inspired me to do more Agility coz I really want to be as good as you some day.

Butt Wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Simba said...

Well done sparky. Looks like you really enjoy that.

Simba x

Baily said...

congratz to you and your human, sparky!!!

you both did so well!

nose licks

Fred said...

Sparky, you are pawsome! Glad you had so much fun at your first agility trial!

Girl Girl Hamster said...

That's a really high jump.. I think you did pawsome Sparky

~ Girl girl

Hero said...

Fantastic job, Sparky!! It sounds like you had a lot of fun and impressed a lot of people!

Deefor said...

Hi Sparky

You look great. Nice jumping. And all the other stuff. That is a long day.


Anne said...

Wow, Sparky, you are really good with your agility trial! I can see how well you coordinated with Lizzy and how confident you were when you run the course. You are my hero!!!


Groovy Dogs Just Wanna Hv Fun said...

4 wins out of 4 in ur very 1st trials, absolutely outdone urself!

Momo and Pinot said...

Sparky!! What an impressive video!!! You and human Lizzy is a good & cute :) team!!

Momo & Pinot