EO Austria 2018
Definitely NOT our weekend! It all started with the official training that from some weird reason, was on different surface as EO as such - what makes absolutely no sense as that training is all about testing the surface??? Sand is not a good surface for Le, I think she just can't accelerate as normally and when it's as deep as it was in training, it gets really frustrating for both of us.
But then our first run (team agility) made me a bit happier, I think she looked really good in that run and we're super proud of making the part before and after DW look super easy after pretty much all other fast dogs had a problem on one spot or another. But then in the next run (team jumping), she had an ugly slip in a tunnel... Her back was sore after the fall, but it released well, so we ran next day again, but she skipped a pole in weaves what never ever happens, so I decided to not run the next run even though we couldn't really find anything that could explain it. Seeing a close up of the video in super slow motion now makes me think she might have hurt her left leg already at this point though - the ground is too soft on the weave entry and her left leg might have hit the metal bar holder...
But we didn't find anything after this run and the final run started well, but then on see-saw, her left leg slips off and she jumps off - I thought from excitement when I ran, but now I'm thinking maybe pain? She does another funny kick after and then her left leg slips off again on weave entry and then again on up ramp of a DW, she fights to stay on all across, making more damage to the leg - and then finally jumps off... Seeing my best little Midget on 3 legs and crying sure broke my heart and made me hate agility and wanting to never ever do it again. She does love it so much that we might rethink that, but I definitely won't run her on sand ever again, it's just not her surface.
I'm happy to report that thanks to Diamond's magic hands (THANK YOU Diamond!!!), she was getting better&better already on Sunday and next morning she actually looked completely normal and as happy as ever. Still, I didn't take her word on that as we know she is a tough little girl and still made that 9 hours round trip to our sports vet, but luckily he didn't find any injury and no pain in her knee, hock and hip that were all very sore after the fall - just a bit sensitive in her toe, so we're thinking she probably hurt her toe on the see-saw (or weaves the day before - it just weird we didn't find that then...) -and then felt pain on a DW and lost balance from that reason... Thanks to her strong muscles, nothing got injured, just overstretched, so we'll still treat her with extreme caution, so she is on strict rest for now and we'll then go from there.
Being so worried about Le didn't help with focusing on To though... To didn't have any problems with the surface and looked great the whole weekend, but we always had something... Our first run (team jumping) was my favorite, but we were 2nd team to start - and I'm NOT a morning person, so I completely lost focus on the easiest part (after weaves) - and did a front cross on completely wrong spot (the plan was blind cross much later on!) and send her around the long straight tunnel... So in 2nd run (team agility), we played it as safe as it gets as we were the last to start for our team and we knew we need to go clean for finals. So we went clean and it was even enough for 7th place individually - pretty amazing, given I was choosing safer (but slower) options to keep the bars up. And overall, we finished as 3rd in team qualifications!
In individual part, agility course was not on our side as there was no way to avoid speedy S's that resulted in 2 bars... But jumping run again allowed us to wrap rather as S and To was just brilliant - until the very end when I cue collection one jump sooner as what I wanted and cause a confusion and a bar as a consequence... But I'm still super happy with how To was running, turning and listening - she was just perfect! Well, other as on S's, but we knew we have some homework to do before we can stop avoiding S's and start running hard!
Here are all our runs that got on the video:
The EO was kind of crazy for us so we didn’t manage to meet you, sad about that but I wasn’t about to bother you while working on a competition and I had no idea where to find people after the runs. I just want to say I saw the finals run and it brought tears to my eyes to see the love for Le, picking her up and so worried. I am glad she is recovering. It was a scary fall. I wish her the best recovery and back to full strength.
Yes, it was so heartbreaking to see my always-happy Le so sad and hurting… And yes, not easy to find anyone in that crowd! I was mostly in one shadow or another! 🙂
Poor little Le- 🙁