Our 2021 AKC Invitational FastCAT experience is now behind us. We waited almost a year for it to happen and now it is in the books. It was a super fun time and a great experience for us all. We knew it would be something special when we checked into our hotel Monday afternoon and got these special keys and door hangers.
Tuesday morning we scheduled our practice runs. When we showed up at the course, we were greeted by lots of banners. The course didn’t look like it looked online from the previous year, but a course is a course really. We dogs just want to run and chase the lure.
We checked in and Mom got her bag, t-shirt, and some other items. Since we are two dogs, she got two of everything.
Before our practice runs we took a family photo by the one sign since we are kind of all a team. Shortly before our test runs we found out the AKC does not have release people, you are supposed to have your own. Mom had emailed and asked but they said they have people. They did not, so our travel buddy, Laura, had to be our releaser. She has never done dog sports, and she doesn’t even have a dog! Mom gave her some tips, she watched a couple dogs and then she was doing it. We are so thankful as she did a great job!
Wednesday was the first qualifying run for each of us. The weather is hot and humid in Florida, so we didn’t run any best times but we still had our average times. They have fancy Q ribbons at the event as you can see in our photos.
Thursday was the second qualifying run day of our AKC Invitational FastCAT experience. It is just another run, not a big deal, but the top two dogs of each breed advance to the finals on Friday. Advancing is based on the best of the two times, not an average. We both did our best. Now we each have two pretty Q ribbons too.
At six pm on Thursday they post the list of the two dogs from each breed that will advance to the Friday final. I was hoping, but we knew going in I was a long shot with my short legs. Olivia made it, and so did Olive. Friday, Olivia had one run to win the Best in Breed. Our breeder was also there to watch and cheer us on. She took the video of Olivia’s run. Do you hear her yelping? That is the GBGV hunting call. She is hunting that lure!
Olivia is the fastest GBGV with a final run of 9.189 seconds, which is 22.26 mph. For the win, she got another fancy Q ribbon and a huge Best in Breed ribbon. Can you see how proud she is in the photo? I have to admit I was a bit sad I didn’t get to at least run but hey, the title is in the family!
Lots of photos were taken of Olivia with her jumbo ribbon (it kind of matches her jumbo pillow paws). The above is our breeder Nancy with Mom and Olivia.
Saturday we were back for two normal runs each. As long as they were offering regular runs, we entered so we could get a few more points before heading back towards home. Mom also wanted a family photo of us all with our Invitational ribbons only, so we did that too while we were waiting for our turns to run.
Our trip down was so much fun and the Invitational was also great! GBGV’s are not going to be the fastest dog in the country, but we are thankful to be invited to such an event and to do well on our runs. Next week we will post about our trip back home. We went a different route and saw some more super fun stuff! For now, we are celebrating Olivia, our sports hound!
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