Apaws, apaws for the first agility title in our family earned by Madison last weekend! We are super proud of her, and of Mom’s determination. Last winter they contemplated quitting agility class, but then Madison started getting interested. At the first trial, Madison wouldn’t do her weaves, but Mom stuck with it, and after just two trials she earned her first title!The trial was held about half an hour from our house at Fusion. Mom and Madison went there a week prior to the trial to practice, but it still didn’t help the weave issue in trials. They are still working on that, but it seems to be getting better. There was snow Sunday morning, which was a good omen for a successful day! We are snow lovers.
In AKC Agility, a dog needs three qualifying runs to earn a title. Madison got one qualifying run at the trial in September. Last Saturday, she finally started doing her weaves and got her second qualifying run, and a first place.
Sunday was the last chance for a title in jumpers. Madison stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the agility ring. She was the last dog of the entire weekend to run, but it didn’t stop her from completing the course, and earning her Novice Jumpers With Weaves Preferred Title. She took a quick photo with Mom and the judge, since they were instrumental in earning her title.
Madison was quite proud of her accomplishment as you can see in the photo. She knew she was a super good girl, and she has learned that wearing ribbons seems to really make Mom happy too.
This is the video of her third qualifying run. She is getting tired from three days of agility, but she is still making an effort. There were over nine seconds of time left which is huge for her.
Meanwhile, back home, Madison was being a bit shy about her new found agility fame. Not bad for the worst pup in agility foundations class for over a year, to now being in intermediate agility class, and having a first title with two first, and one second place qualifying runs. Madison’s name is now getting a bit longer too, Ethos Intel Inside TD RATO NJP CGC.
That my friends was weekend six of our eleven weekends of dog sports in a row. So far every weekend has had some successes. Madison will be back on the agility course this weekend, but only two days. Mom decided three is too much right now. Hopefully she can get some qualifying legs in Novice Standard and Open Jumpers With Weaves. Go Madison Go!