Extreme sand agility :)
And a video from a very sandy recent trial 🙂 I actually went there to train running in sand as it's my worst surface (my feet keep getting stuck in it even if it's not that deep!) and we'll see it again on EO next year... Of course, that deep sand was NOT what I expected, so it was a bit of a shock at first, but well, we got used to it and had fun anyway 🙂 And actually did really well: Bi and Le had best times in all the runs (other as the one with a refusal) and even Bu who is normally just as bad in sand as I am mostly had great times and plenty of 1st places. - So happy to see her so happy again, after a summer of slow runs and feeling down after her heat... And La did really great as well, all clean other as the very first run when I was still figuring out that surface - and I guess that at 12+ years, every run is a win 🙂
OH MY, how did your legs feel after? That looks really hard to run in. Usually you look so fast, but I can see you look a little dragged down in that sand, LOL!!! The dogs did amazing, though. You all seemed to adjust well!!
La is sure doing great at her age!!! Some of Roscoe’s best runs were at 12 years old! 😀 I think he stopped worrying about other dogs attacking him, plus I had started to run Spur and that made him jealous, so he tried harder. 😀 La looks so happy and the sand didn’t seem to bother her at all!!! What a good girl!
Yes, it was REALLY hard to move in that sand -- even less run! 🙂 But interestingly, we were not sore at all after, neither me or the dogs and they had just as much fun as always! La is doing really great yes. I think her hearing is not 100% anymore though as she sometimes gets a bit lost on the course + her obstacle discrimination is not as good as it was anymore, so we do have some new problems now -- but it just makes it even more fun to still train with her! 🙂
Oh, yes, Roscoe (15 now!! Goodness!) lost his hearing a couple years ago and it did present some challenges. 😀 I am impressed you were not sore!
La can still hear, but I think not so good anymore -- I noticed it in agility and on walks, she sometimes doesn’t locate well where I’m calling from if she can’t see me…
Going deaf is so much better than going blind. Roscoe is actually calmer now that he is deaf. He hated thunder and always barked at the delivery trucks, which just set him off, but now he doesn’t hear either and life is more peaceful. 😀 But, he has lost where my voice comes from when out hiking and that scares me as he sometimes runs in the wrong direction. Oi!! He hears a tiny bit still.
My Colby (a year younger than Roscoe) is nearly completely blind and that is SUCH a bummer. Much worse situation and it is sad. I have never had to deal with blindness before. She was such an athlete, you never knew her, but you would have loved her abilities. She was a beautiful jumper.
Yes, I lost her once in the woods for like 15 scary minutes as she went the usual way, not locating well where I’m calling her from and I didn’t check either as I didn’t know yet I have to! I’m much more careful now!
Oh, I know that feeling. My heart just sank that one time. Shona can remember, it was probably only about 2 minutes, so 15 would seem a lifetime! :O I try to have him wear a bright orange safety vest now so I can see him better.
Yes, it was very long 15min as I had no idea where to search! I knew she went the usual way, but had no idea where she went after she realized we’re not there! The good thing is it was in the woods we walk in daily, with no roads to cross, so I was sure she knows the way home, BUT I was afraid she will be searching for us so long she would actually get completely lost. I know my BCs would go home when lost, but I think my PyrSheps would search for me for ever -- there is no home for them without me and they know I would never go home without them either! Well, luckily, she found me then -- not the other way around 🙂
Wow I would have thought Bi would have loved to knock bars on this surface 😉 But then it probably made her really think so she kept them all up!
Fun looking courses.
Yes, I think that sand was so deep that it successfully slowed her down, shorten her stride and help her keep the bars up 🙂
Oh, I saw video of Hi-Fi’s sire, Felice, running there on that surface. Looked like a work-out. I am so surprised the dogs did so well. Very nice runs!
Oh really -- so the australian red BC that was there is his sire?
I am not sure if we are talking of the same dog, Felice is a sable not an Australian red, but he was there. He is from Russia, where Hi-Fi came from. I got Hi-Fi because his mother is a littermate to my older BC. No other siblings in the USA were being bred and I wanted a relative, plus Felice seems like a very nice dog.
Ooops, sorry, I’m not big on colours, but must be the same dog yes as there was only one of unusual colour 🙂 Small world!
Very small world. Someday I hope it is small enough that Hi-Fi and I will be able to work with you in person;)
That would sure be great!!!
VERY extreme sand Silvia ! great runs as always 😀 I think it is a fine line with sand ? last trial we had too dry and thin dirt and Evie was slipping between jumps a lot; I was sore after. GLAD all of you got out feeling good !!!
Yes, always a bit unpredictable with sand… I didn’t find this one slippery or dangerous though, just impossible to move fast in it…
That little dog couldn’t go any faster, even on that surface! Well done all of you 🙂 I would probably not drown in the sand like you did, I would certainly fall on my nose -- more likely in my case 🙂