Hellz Yeah!

(Two words which describe the leggy Dexter Morgan Dog today).

So Dex ran in his first real trial today at the Cliffies March of Virgins ;-)  As I mentioned previously, I threw him in just for exposure to a trial environment, since baby dogs often lose their shizzat in trials.  Plus he’s never run a course outside on grass before either.  So I went in with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised!  I only entered him in two runs, Gamblers and Jumpers, so there’d be very little pressure – he nailed them both!

Here’s his Gamblers run … he’s a lot slower on his contact obstacles in trial than in class.  It might be lack of confidence, but it was first run of the day and slippery too, so it may have been a footing issue.  Future trials will tell!  He also lost his brain in the weaves, which I didn’t expect because at home and in class he generally nails his entry at speed and snakes through them pretty lickity split.  Otherwise, I’m pleased with his run.  First place and a Q!!

I am also especially pleased with how he tried to take the folded up tunnel in the closing, instead of the actual course tunnel, as it shows he thinks outside the box ;-)

And here’s his Jumpers run.  The interesting thing about Jumpers is that it’s all jumps and tunnels – Dex doesn’t ever do that, as our classes are always full runs on all equipment.  I was pretty sure he’d lose it looking for contact obstacles, but he saw the line and just went for it.  He wasn’t running full tilt, but he was full of confidence and thank doG he drives forward, as even with him running at half speed I can’t keep up to him!!  His turns are still pretty wide (we’re working on it) and he did a nice faceplant on one of the curves, but even so he was first place and a Q at 19.27 seconds.  Wowza!

(and it’s difficult to see, but he held a beautiful start line stay for a three obstacle lead out.  Also awesome)

I can’t wait to see what he can do when he gets some confidence and speed under his belt … he’s going to be one amazing dog!  I am blessed, truly :)

ETA – here’s another view of the Gamble, courtesy of Kristi, who had a different seat and was kind enough to video it :)

Comments

  1. clairesmum says:

    WOW! that sure is one jumping boy! glad you and he had such a great outing today!

  2. nickelsmum says:

    The Jumpers run was so beautiful it made me tear up. Wow!

  3. Wow. Incredibly impressed.

  4. riosmom says:

    Lovely sends for a baby dog! I think you have got yourself an agility dog for sure. The Jumpers run was beautiful! Congratulations to both of you!

  5. Congratulations! Those are fabulous runs.

  6. Wowza!! Yes, Dexter, you did it. Mom did not mention the giraffe word even once ;-) Great job, both of you, huge congratulations are in order! You do rescue and border collies proud! Keep on gettin’ the Qs. Next year is Nationals in Nanaimo, and we expect great things :-))

    Cheers
    Ruedi

  7. I could watch Dex jump for hours. GORGEOUS! :D

  8. Hope you got lots of room for all his ribbons and trophies in the future!

  9. Looks like you have a future champ on your hands! CONGRATS to FL and Dex!

  10. Lovely!

  11. A very big, big CONGRATULATIONS!!!! He is such a great dog and it looks like the “The Sadist” knew very well how good he will do in the trials.

    He is really good and fast and I’m pretty sure he will continue getting better. Pity about the weaves but it’s the first time. :)

    Go Dexter go!!

    Lots of hugs and kisses for Dexter. (He deserves extra “brownies” after that ;) )

    Take care and best wishes. :D

  12. What an amazing boy! The jumpers run is especially impressive. As for gamblers, it does look slippery out there…maybe it’s nerves combined with slippery contacts? Either way, it’s a proud weekend for all of us watching Dex and his FL from afar–good show!

  13. um, mystery woman. says:

    I second that Hellz Yeah! Virgins no longer! Thanks for the videos, super cool, well done ;)

  14. Andrea/Schnitzie says:

    Puppy Poetry in Motion!

    This is SO EXCITING!!! I feel like that girl in Saturday Night Fever saying, “I love to watch you dance, Tony. I LOVE IT! I love to watch you DANCE.” Just substitute Dexter for Tony and jump for dance, and I LOVE IT!!!

    I wish there was a Facebook button for “Love.”

    This is just so exciting to see a future champion at the very beginning of his career, looking like he is having a BLAST, doing what he is clearly built to do well. He is going to be amazing.

    Dexter is one gorgeous, natural athlete. I can’t wait to watch him develop and grow and perfect his skills!

  15. Of Pit Bulls and Patience says:

    WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!! Now that is a dog made for agility! Congrats!

    http://parkerskye.blogspot.com/

  16. That’s one hell of a debut! Dex rocked those courses!

  17. WAY to GO Dexter! What an amazing start to a new chapter :)

  18. cinnamondog says:

    Nice, very nice! What was he jumping, about 40″? LOL! He’s ready for this, definitely.

  19. Catherine says:

    Congrats – looks like a blast.

    I do predict, that your joy at “thinks outside the box” will lead to another generation of entertaining stories.

  20. Very nice, the boy’s enthusiasm is contagious. Have The Sadist double down on your drills, the dog is all that and more!

  21. RachelB says:

    Exciting! And he really looks as if he’s having fun out there. Congratulations, Dexter.

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