|Love This Boy!|
|Walking into the ring on Saturday. I think the ring steward was pretty amused at my nervousness. As I fiddled with Astro's collar and leash twice he said, "Don't take it off."|
Our first time in the Rally ring. It was so nice to hear everyone clapping at the end.
Astro did an excellent job and in our first trial on Saturday we qualified and got 1st Place with a score of 95! To say I was surprised, thrilled, and so proud of Astro is an understatement. I was just thrilled that the judge announced that all three teams qualified and called everyone back in the ring for ribbons. She asked everyone what leg of the title they were on, I raised my hand when she asked who was getting their first. I was already beaming at that point. When she announced that Team 37 was 1st place with a score of 95 I had to check my armband to make sure it was really us. After we walked up for the ribbons and went back to our spot I had to lean down and give Astro a huge hug and kiss. I admit, I had to hold back a few tears of happiness.
You'll see in the video that towards the end we turn around and come back. That was to redo the fast pace going back to a normal pace. The first time Astro got ahead and didn't slow back down. I thought that would be a big deduction and you can redo a sign once for a reduction of 3 points, which I thought would be better. She said I was smart to do that. I was really using my hands a lot to guide him through the course because I was nervous and wanted to do my best at keeping him focused. I just love how Astro's tail is wagging away and how he looks up to check in with me. And Holy Cow, that cute plop that he does into a down, who can resist that.
|With our judge, Nancy Craig.|
|Doing the Call Front 1, 2, 3 steps back on Sunday. His sits were cattywampus (a great word) on the steps back so we lost a few points.|
|Cruising Along with a Swishy Tail.|
|Give us a plop, I'll walk around, and we're done! WOOHOO!!|
|With our judge, Ruthann McCaulley. Thanks to our friend Chris for encouraging us and taking the video and pictures!|