first in July. These trials are held in Parks, AZ and hosted by Amber Abbott and her family on their property. It's a beautiful location with a view of the San Francisco Peaks behind the ring.
Astro has done a great job and I'm really impressed with how he continues to improve. The trials are two and a half days long on Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday. The first trial was the weekend of July 27, which also happened to be Astro's 3rd birthday. On Friday the 27th the birthday boy got his first qualifying run in Tunnelers, which is a course of nothing but tunnels and most dogs just love it. He was flying and did the run in 23.14 seconds for 1st place in his group. WooHoo, a rockin' birthday run!
Throughout the weekend we both settled down and improved. Honestly, I think the main reason we didn't have other qualifying runs is that poor Astro is handler impaired. He is a sweet boy and still has fun though and doesn't seem to hold it against me.
Our next run was Touch N Go, a course of everything but the weaves, and by this time clouds had come in, it had cooled off and Astro was back to being Mr. Spunky Butt. It was a fast fun run and although we didn't qualify I was really happy with how he worked at a distance from me, because there was no way I could keep up with him.
To receive your novice title in a class you have to have three qualifying runs. Going into Sunday Astro had two Regular and two Tunnelers Q's. We were signed up to run in Regular and Tunnelers on Sunday. I knew that it was possible for us to finish our novice titles in these classes, but I didn't really expect it. As we stepped up to the start line for our first regular run once again there were dark clouds and lightening, but this time they were in the distance. It was a great run with our only bobble being that Astro missed the weave entrance the first time, but you can redo that in novice. Holy cow, we qualified, got 1st place, and that was Astro's first agility title!
Astro's Novice Regular title run.
Unfortunately when I uploaded the video to Youtube the lightening that was striking in the distance during our run was cropped out, but it sure looks cool. I was so happy and proud of Astro. I was so excited that I was having a hard time focusing myself. Our second Regular run was not a qualifier because of my poor handling, but it was still a good run. Before the last run of the day, Tunnelers, the awards are presented. I was almost in tears when everyone clapped as we got our title ribbon.