The trials and tribulations of running an Akita in agility. This endeavor is not for the faint of heart, you have to have a VERY thick skin and be able to ward off breed bias throughout the many agility venues.
The first NADAC agility trial was the weekend of February
23, 2013 at Latigo; boy was it cold. Maybe twenty degrees in the building and I
was freezing! It's a hundred mile trip one way for us and we got up at o'dark
thirty and got there just in time to setup and run our first run of the day
Dolcenea did great, she got a Q and 2nd place. Our
Chances run wasn't spectacular, but she did get the tunnel that was over 40'
away with a send to it from the far jump. We may not have Q'd but her
performance was stellar, and boy was mom proud.
Our next two runs were in Elite Regular, no Q's. Dolcenea
made up her own course on the first run, and mom pulled her off. The second run
was much better but nowhere near as fun so we were over time.
And the runs we came all this way for were two Touch'n go!
Dolcenea was perfect, she got a Q out of each run with a 2nd and a 3rd place.
Boy did it feel good driving all that way home at 6:00 pm at night knowing my
girl did a fantastic job in really freezing conditions.
The next trial was this weekend March 2nd, at Adams
County Fairgrounds. This was another NADAC trial and all we came for was two
more Touch'n Go Q's to finish Dolcenea's 93 title.
We started off with Jumpers Elite and ended up with one "stupid"
second over time! Boy I hate that crap, but Dolcenea had an absolutely
beautiful run. Chances was Chances, not
a Chances in our case. Then onto two Regular runs with two Q's with 2nd and 4th
place, not bad. Then we get to sit for four hours till our Touch'n Go runs.
It was 5:30 pm and we finally got to our first Touch'n Go
run, Dolcenea ran it perfectly and pulled a 1st placeQ! It doesn't get any better than that... at
least that's what I thought. Now for the second run we came for, it's now 6:30
pm and we go to the line to run our final run of the day #6 after arriving at
7:15 am this morning. I've got a migraine, it's hot in the building and we are
both exhausted. We take off and 35 seconds later Dolcenea finishes the course
1st place and Q and the ONLY dog to qualify in her class. I've said it before,
it doesn't get any better than this! I'm so proud of this girl, Dolcenea
finished title # 93! She's amazing!
Dolcenea will be considered a Veteran in NADAC, DOCNA and
ASCA in two weeks! Yeah a lower jump height for the old but steady girl!