We had a more relaxed FastCAT weekend in Stillwater at the Washington County Fairgrounds. After taking all four of us to do FastCAT and barn hunt last month, Mom said one or two dogs would be plenty for this weekend. We’ve done tracking certification tests and scent work at this spot, but never FastCAT.
I’m trying to earn my DCAT this year, so it is important for me to get in as many runs as I can. My sisters have their FCAT’s now and are working on their FCAT2’s but there is no rush for that. The Hungarian Pumi Trial was Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with dogs allowed to do two runs per day. Two runs a day is a FastCAT rule for the good of the dogs. Mom signed me up for all six runs, by myself Friday, with Olivia Saturday, and Madison Sunday. Nelson stayed home. He can start running himself after he turns one in January.
Saturday we had some extra time in the morning, so Olivia and I did a little walking around to warm up our muscles. You can see the track behind us on the left. After Madison’s bad fall in May, Mom likes us to warm up before we run.
The weather was hot on Saturday, mainly because the sun was out a lot. If you were in the shade, there was a nice breeze and it wasn’t so bad. Olivia and I were a couple of hot dogs in the car while waiting for our turns. As always, Mom has stuff to keep the car cool enough for us, but still it was warm with a fur coat on.
Sunday Madison came along with me. She did her two runs. We had our runs in the first time block at 8 am. The morning wasn’t as hot but the humidity was creeping up.
Are you wondering how we all did? I’ve got the results for you from the weekend.
I completed all six of my runs, not all the best times I can run, but fair times for me in the heat. I now have 418.82 points. For a DCAT, I need five hundred points, so I still need 81.18 points. Mom says six more runs should do it. We are trying to figure out which trial/trials we can enter to get me those runs.
Olivia did great as usual. She didn’t run her fastest either, but there was a lot of heat and she had to postpone her runs both times because of work needing to be done on the lure which makes it hard to stay motivated. She now has 1167.58 points towards a FCAT2 Title, which is 1500 points.
Madison is getting her speed back. Mom thinks Madison was a bit afraid to run in Cambridge last month after her fall on her first run in May. Now she is more confident and happy running and her times show it. She also got both her Q’s and now has 1066.20 of the 1500 needed points for her FCAT2 Title.
Mom says we are super lucky ducks because on Sunday both lure machines had issues and there were a lot of delays for repair work. After Madison ran her last run for the weekend the trial was stopped and cancelled for the rest of the day as both machines were dead and could not be fixed. Whew! We would have been really bummed if we hadn’t gotten our runs in.
We had a super fun time running, and a special thanks to our travel partner who came along all three days to release us as she did in Florida! Having a releaser we know is really nice and it makes life easier for Mom too. Hopefully in a month or so we will get to run again.
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