I earned my FCAT2 Title last weekend! We did three days of FastCAT at the Isanti County Fairgrounds. I needed two runs to earn my title and I did that on Friday. Now I’m working on my FCAT3 Title, but there is no rush.
Because I know a lot of people don’t know much about FastCAT, I thought I would explain it a little bit for you today. Mom calls it our mindless sport because we don’t train for it, dogs either like it or they don’t. Someone releases us, we run, Mom catches us and that is it. It is basically a one hundred yard dash for dogs. The course, above, has a fence around it with a start area, and a run off area. There are two sets of timer eyes, one at the start and one at the hundred yard point (seen in the photo). The string like thing is the rope for the lure. It runs back and forth with the plastic bag on it.
There is a score person the tent putting all the scores into the software and printing out labels for competitor ribbons. On the other side is the lure operator who stands on a ladder so he can see what is going on down the whole track. A dog needs a releaser and a catcher, two leashes, and must run naked or wear a collar without tags. Most hosts have releasers if you need one. The dog is taken to the start line on leash, the starter holds up a flag and says, “tally ho”, and the dog is released from the leash to run to the end. Mom uses our slip leads at the catch end and we have a quick release leash for the starting end. It works really well for wild and crazy dogs like me and Nelson.
The sport is based on points. Points are determined by the dog’s mph. Dogs under twelve inches get a 2 handicap, twelve to eighteen inches, 1.5, and over eighteen is 1. Me and Bailie get our mph as points, Madison and Nelson both get 1.5 times their mph. For the BCAT Title, a dog needs 150 points, DCAT is 500 points, FCAT is 1000. Points are cumulative. Once you have an FCAT, you get another FCATX for every next 500 points. I have my 1500 points and am now working towards my FCAT3 which means I will need a total of 2000 points.
Madison and I are running randomly since we both have FCAT Titles, there is no need to rush. Nelson is running all the time since he is working towards his first FCAT. Since we all love it so much, why not keep running here and there?
I’m super happy to be the first GBGV to earn an FCAT2. You may remember I was the first GBGV to earn and FCAT. Only two GBGV’s have FCAT Titles and they are me and Madison. It’s so fun to be able to be the first of our breed to earn titles. This ribbon is awesome and probably the prettiest one I’ve earned out of all my sports!
Mom is happy for me too because I am her sports dog. She and I have so much fun together doing all the different sports and it is even better when we are successful! We have a couple more FastCAT weekends this fall and then we will be done with it until late spring.
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