My FastCAT career ended on Saturday when I earned my DCAT Title. Mom and I are happy to have it end on such a good note and while I am still enjoying myself for the most part. There are a couple reasons why I won’t be running in the future which I will get to in my post today.
Did you know I was the first dog in the family to actually run FastCAT? My first run was in June of 2019 at Cambridge. At the time FastCAT was a new sport and pretty much impossible to find around here. I loved it but Mom forgot about it since we didn’t see any trials to go to. We had no idea three years later I would have BCAT and DCAT Titles, the last one with such a pretty ribbon. It is much fancier than the ones Madison and Olivia earned in August 2021.
Almost two years after my first FastCAT run, Madison, Olivia, and I traveled to Iowa in April 2021 for Barn Hunt and FastCAT. It was our first three dog road trip and hotel stay. My sisters did great, but I got sick at the start each morning from nerves. Mom decided I would not travel for FastCAT in the future. Finding trials locally has gotten easier, but it is still not always easy.
Despite not traveling for FastCAT, I did earn my BCAT in July 2021. Mom was in the hospital the weekend of the trials but she got out in time to have a friend take us to the course so we could run and get my title. Both of us, as you can see, are pretty happy to have the title.
Mom said 2022 would be the year for me to get my DCAT Title or it would be never. I needed 350 points which is a lot when I average 15 – 18 points per run. We entered in all the local trials within an hour or so of home and got to work. Saturday was the day I finally could earn my DCAT, and I did! My first run was really good for me, the second one I struggled but the points were there.
Why will I now retire and end my FastCAT career?
- FCAT means I need 500 more points and that would take me probably two seasons at my speed.
- I only run FastCAT locally, so trial opportunities are limited.
- One of my legs has some beginning arthritis where I was injured four years ago.
- Sometimes I limp after running and Mom doesn’t want me to ever be hurting.
- My first runs are always good, but then my times go down drastically, so she thinks it is due to some pain.
- Chasing the lure is the point, but I only run to Mom. It makes me happy and I get points, but it isn’t really the goal.
- In the future I can do other sports that are easier on my body and have just as much fun.
It makes Mom kind of sad because it is a sign that I am getting older, but I am only nine and a half. Still, she wishes I was younger and could enjoy running like Olivia does and Nelson probably will. Trust me, I am happy to stay home most of the time because of not liking the car. I’m proud of my new title and the fun I have had earning it, plus it makes both me and my mom happy!
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