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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

MKA Agility & Obedience Trials

Hi everyone!

I hope you had a fun-filled weekend! My weekend was certainly....eventful. LOL! A lot has happened in that span of three days, so I'm going to see if I can blog about it objectively...*wink*

Let's see...on Saturday, Mom went to watch the Malaysian Kennel Association (MKA) Agility Trials without me! *pouts* She said it was so fun to see the doggies running, jumping, going through tunnels and stuff to get the fastest time....Man, I so wish I was there! She said she was THINKING about sending me for agility classes, but then thought better of it since she thinks I am 'unpredictable' when I'm off leash...pfft!

Not many photos were taken from the trials coz Mom was too busy watching the doggies do their thing in the ring...but I managed to snag one:

Cool jump by a Border Collie...*grins* She managed to take one video too, but our connection is WAYYYYYY too slow to upload any now. *pouts* Will try to see if I can upload the videos later today.


On Sunday, Mom entered me into the Obedience trials for the Pre-Novice class...o.O" She told me it was just for exposure and to see how I would fare against the other doggies joining in the trials, but boy was I nervous! Plus, the grounds were so tempting, with all the different smells and sights....sensory overload!

Needless to say, I didn't win anything....LOLLLL! I only managed a pass, but it's quite a good experience I guess. Mom got some pointers from the fellow handlers and trainers about how to train me more effectively, and the judge was very nice to let her know of our team's weaknesses so that we can work on them! We lost a lot of points during the heeling exercise, all thanks to moi who can't stand the leaves and twigs stuck on my legs' fur and started squirming on the ground....*grins* Mom had to drag me a little, and the judge even halted the exercise for a while so she can get the 'disturbances' off me and continue the exercise. Even then, I was distracted by the smells around...I kept sniffing the ground and didn't pay attention to Mom. So, those were the few corrections we need to make to get a better score. =)

One of the funnier things that I remember was the judge asking Mom if I was a show dog...pffft!! I could only WISH I was! LOL! Maybe it's coz of my long fur...Mom's friend suggested she cut off my long fur before the trials so that I won't get too distracted, but Mom is quite reluctant coz she likes my long fur...*shrugs*

For the other exercises, they were not so hard...my Stays (Stand, Sit & Down) were good, but for the Recall exercise we lost a few points because Mom had to give me a second command for me to come...all because I was not paying attention again. Haha! Mom got a video of us doing the exercises thanks to a friend of hers who helped Mom record it...so, I'll upload it and let you see how I messed up. heh! It was rather funny looking back at it, but it wasn't so funny at the time...=\

After our turn was done, it was photo taking time! *grins* Mom didn't really take a lot of photos here too coz she was mesmerized by the other doggies who did exceptionally well in the other classes, but she did get a few:

Me, happy that it's ALLLLL over...hehehe!


And we also met Pacco, the champion jumper! She got 4th placing in the Pre-Novice trials! Congrats, Pacco!


I had to stay inside my carrier for a while, and I heard a friend of Mom mention that I look like I'm riding a Porsche with the top down, enjoying myself! LOL! I didn't understood what that meant, but I admit I look quite happy here...haha!


This is Scruffy, a fellow participant....=) You might have seen him before at my MAHA post! He entered the Novice trials, but he failed to qualify because of the big pond near the ring...it was too tempting for him and he had to run over and jump into the pond for a nice swim!


Here is Ginger, Scruffy's little sister...she's such a cutie and loves to give people hugs! She was my 'competition' in the trials, but of course she did way better than me since she's been entering trials for some time now!


This here is Ziggy, another Border Collie...she also joined the Pre-Novice trials! Doesn't she look a little like Fenway (except maybe she's girl...heh!)?


I like her bi-colored eyes...it gives her a distinction from the rest of the Border Collies that were there that day! I didn't know that the Border Collie is a popular breed here in Malaysia...there were so many of them present that day! Cool!


This is Venus, a lovely Min. Schnauzer like me...she is retired from obedience trials now, but when she was in, she always wins a placing...cool eh?


Ziggy and me having some fun...heh!


Although I didn't win, I did get a certificate, and Mom wanted me to pose with it for rememberance...LOL!


Mom asked me 'Why the serious face?' and so I gave her a smile...=)


My certificate...*grins* Yes, that's my registered name...Rhythmkel New Fangled. A bit weird, that name...I certainly prefer Scottie any time!


Mom got Kenji in to share my so-called 'glory'...*rolls eyes*


Monday was another eventful day...will post about that next! *wink*

xoxo,
Scottie

14 paws to this post!:

Moco said...

We think you did really well. We don't pay attention to anything. You are so luck to meet Pacco. We think she is a beauty and very talented.

♪Tobi♪ said...

ooooo!! u guys r so smart!!u n ur friends look like ur havin fun.

Santa said...

Congratulations, Scottie.

Kess And Her Mama said...

Well done Scottie. I barely passed my obedience test...Like you, the "heel" command is not my forte...But then again, I'm a beagle. I was too busy sniffing around :-)

Bae Bae said...

What alot of fun you had and you sure look like you're riding a convertable. :)

~ Bae

Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Scottie,
Let me share with you a secret... Border Collies are supposed to be pretty good at agility right? You know my sister Hershey?! She goes under the hurdles rather than over them!! LOL!!

Suzuki said...

I think you did furry wll Scottie :) You look so happy in all your photos.
Big licks to you
Suzuki
xxx

Simba and Jazzi said...

Congratulations you did really well.

Simba and Jazzi xxx

Maggie and Mitch said...

Great job, Scottie! How neat that you got to meet Pacco! We sure hope you don't have to cut your fur! We like you just the way you are!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

April said...

You got to see lots of friends and smell lots of smells? I wouldn't be paying attention either. Oops, I better go. If my mom sees your post she might start getting ideas!

Woof!
Sophy

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

I'm sure woo charmed them with your handsome good looks!

Khool woo got to see Pacco!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Lady Kaos said...

Congratulations!!!! You do look like you're riding in a Porshe in that picture!
Kaos

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

You did very well Scottie. The competition stuff takes lots of practice so that you can learn to ignore the distractions...I sometimes get bored or distracted in Agility and don't follow the course. I am proud of your efforts.

Amber-Mae said...

Scottie, I had no idea you were present on OB day. And also had no idea your hoomans were present on Agility day! Well passing is better than nothing! You have two more chances to enter Pre-Novice. Same with the other levels so make use of those two before you decide to try Novice when it comes to MKA trials. Pass or get a placing, you'll still have to move up after 3 times. Yeap, that's how it goes! So try to get a placing next time. It'd be great!

Butt sniffs,
Solid Gold Dancer