It’s a RATCH for me, Madison! We all went to Grinnell, Iowa for Barn Hunt and FastCAT June 11th and 12th. Olivia and I had a chance to earn four new titles and we got three, which isn’t bad. Bailie wasn’t up for titles, but she got some Q’s. The event were held at the Poweshiek County Fairground. It was in the nineties, so hot, and super windy!
Our set up was similar to the previous weekend. We put our crates in a building that was covered but pretty open. With the winds, Mom didn’t even need to set up our fans. The ham in the middle, aka Olivia, still has the wire crate because she will rip her way out of the soft sided crates. Olivia doesn’t like to be left behind waiting for her turn.
We all did our FastCat runs first and then I was up for my Masters run. I needed one Q for my Rat Champion Title. Once you have a Masters Title, you need ten Q’s to earn a Champion. Guess what? I did it on my first run. There are one to five rats to find. Mom has to figure out when I have found them all. In my run there were just two. We are so very excited as I’ve been working on it Q by Q since December 2019. COVID slowed down the process with so many cancelled trials! Finally I have a ribbon that is bigger than I am! I’m also the first GBGV ever to earn a RATCH!
Not only do I get the fancy ribbon, The RAT Pack, the club hosting the trial, gives all RATCH titles a chair. Since it isn’t real comfy for dogs, I am giving it to my mom, but the ribbon is mine! The back is embroidered so no one can take it off of there!
We also did FastCAT while we were there. Each of us got to do three runs, one Friday and two Saturday.
Bailie still needs some more points to earn her first FastCAT title, but she had three good runs and earned more points with each one. This was her third trial with us now. Back in April, she got sick before each of her runs. Since she isn’t used to traveling much and she worries about things, having Mom take off to go catch her kind of freaks her out. This weekend she was much better with it all, didn’t get sick and actually let a stranger release her for her last run.
Olivia and I have been working on points since last August when we earned our BCAT Titles in Amana, Iowa. We each ran some more personal best times which is crazy. Olivia didn’t do so well in Barn Hunt because there were too many dogs around the ring distracting her, but she did great in FastCAT and earned her DCAT Title.
I also earned my DCAT Title and am still one to two seconds slower than Olivia. With my short legs, I consider it pretty amazing. FastCAT makes me super wild and I really race after the lure. The ribbons we eared are so pretty, and we are super happy! Having my RATCH take a lot of pressure off team pink. Now I will be going after my Crazy 8’s Titles.
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