Today Mom and I went to Gridley for a dog show. I was VERY excited about this. It wasn’t too long in the car, and when we got there, we were at a fairgrounds! That was awesome because it smelled like SO MANY different animals and LOTS of GIRLS! I sniffed and drooled and sent pee-mail. Lots and lots of sniffing, drooling, and pee-mail.
It didn’t take long before it was my turn in the ring. I was the first one in my group, and I did pretty well on the heeling pattern. I did pretty well on the figure 8, too. Then I sat while the judge petted me. So far, so good. Next was the sit/stay while Mom walked around the BIG ring. I did that, too. I’m pretty sure Mom was feeling confident. Then it was time for recall. I completely recalled…how to leave the ring. I’ve heard Mom say, “Go big or go home.” So I did! As soon as she called me I ran as fast as I possibly could….and then I remembered, there was an exit to the ring and not far from that, an exit to go back outside and sniff, drool, and send pee-mail. I had to go. HAD TO! Then some lady stood up to try to stop me. I didn’t want her to stop my progress, so I just ran over her. Before I could leave the building, someone else grabbed me.
When I turned around, I realized the lady was being helped up. Mom put my leash on and made me go back to my kennel, and I heard her talking to the nice lady who apparently had recently gotten a new bone. That sounded okay. Oh, wait, I mean she had recently had hip replacement. I guess that means knocking her over was really, really not good. I felt sort of bad, and I know Mom was worried about the lady and not too happy with me even though she told me she loves me no matter what.
Then I had a LONG timeout in my kennel. About an hour later, Mom let me come with her BACK INTO THE RING! Oh boy! This time she took off my leash. I was really ready to go, but then I remembered Mom being worried about the woman, so I decided to just stay with her. We had turned left and started walking in this strange serpentine pattern, but then the judge made us START OVER! Apparently the jump wasn’t high enough for me, so I had to start again. OK. I did it. We turned left, did the serpentine twice (though the floor smelled pretty good at one end), turned left again, and then I got to JUMP! I was awesome. I went right back to Mom after that. We did LOTS of other things like pivoting, standing, doing puppy pushups (sit, down, sit), and generally being amazing. We got to the last sign (at the exit), and I was pretty sure it was time for me to leave the ring, so I was going to leave. The ring steward (a teenage guy) stopped me before I could leave, but apparently skipping the last sign and going to the exit means I didn’t qualify. Still, Mom told me I was a great boy for being so good off leash. Apparently we had an A (90) before that sign. Mom says close only counts in hand grenades, but I know she was pretty happy anyway.
No ribbons today, but we are going to try again tomorrow. I will try really hard not to knock anyone else down. Maybe I’ll even stay in the ring. It’s VERY hard to do. I won’t make any promises, but we will have fun, no matter what!