Sunday, October 17, 2010

Agility Should Not Be A Spectator Sport!

So. There was lots of talk on Friday evening about the "great distraction training" I was gonna have on Saturday; how I was "going to be tested"; and "what a good opportunity" this would be.

Yea, right.

Well, I'm sorry to sound so ill-tempered and grumpy. I agree it's not NORMALLY part of my outstanding Lab-personality. But, if you had to put up with what I had to put up with on Saturday! Well-meaning SWMBO and TBG, I suppose, but you know what they say about good intentions...ALRIGHT ALREADY! I'll tell my tale.

We get in the blue bomb and drive all the way to Lawrence, KS. We went the back way, so it took a little longer than normal, even. It was a beautiful day for a country ride. Still. I. had. been. cooped. up. for. 2. hours.

We arrive, finally, and I am SOOOOO excited. It's agility trials! I'm thinking: Cool! I can stretch my legs, run through tunnels, jump around...I couldn't wait to show my stuff! You may remember that I know a little about agility:

I took a look at the course.

I looked over the competition: mutts galore, bichons, a Great Dane (yes, really!). The only one I was a little concerned about was the border collie.

And, then, it happened! SWMBO and I took positions outside of the spectators! SPECTATORS? You have got to be kidding me!

When I asked why, all I heard was "too young, blah, blah, blah, talents lie in another direction, double blah, blah."

Even my best sad-puppy look didn't work.

Sigh. I guess it was fun to watch the other dogs work the course...but I still say that agility should not be a spectator sport!

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