Today was a very busy day. When we got up this morning, I didn’t get to have breakfast with everyone else. At first I thought something awful was happening like maybe a trip to the vet, but then Mom got dressed and put on her magic shoes. THAT is always a good sign. I knew I’d be getting lots of YUMMY treats.
Atlas and Dad both got in the car to go with us, and that seemed very strange. As it turns out, Atlas was just going to get his eyes checked. It didn’t seem to be related to his being able to see possums clearly or anything, just an eye test like I got a couple of years ago.
Luckily, Stockton is close, so we got there quickly. It was the big dog show. I knew Mom had entered me into Rally Advanced B AND Novice A obedience. Mom read the sign, and it said “to follow” in a few places. She said that meant we’d probably be there until Christmas, but it didn’t take quite that long.
I practiced, and when we did heeling, and I did a good job, Mom let me sniff. That seemed like a good deal. After what seemed like hours…okay, it actually WAS hours, I got my chance to go into the ring for Rally Advanced.
The judge asked if we were ready, but I was watching a really cute girl, so Mom said “not quite.” I did remember Mom was there, so I looked at her, and Mom told the judge we were ready. Off we went! I didn’t even do much sniffing! I was not exactly sure how many signs we were going to have to do, but when we got to a jump, I was pretty sure Mom asked me to go around it instead of over it, so I did. Then she called me back and asked me to do it again…so I did, but then I remembered she wanted me to go OVER the bar, so I did. I did a little sniffing after that, but I didn’t even LOOK at the exit. I just stayed with Mom.
When we left, Mom told me I was a great boy, and we checked, and I had qualified. Mostly that means I only have to do Rally Advanced one more time in order to get another title. I can do that!
Next I had to go wait AGAIN. When I finally got to go do obedience, I was pretty tired, so I sort of wandered along near Mom, but I did turn and speed up and slow down. I was AWESOME on the recall. Mom didn’t even tell me to finish. She just used her signal, and I did it. I only lost one point on that part. That’s pretty awesome. Mom asked the judge if we needed to come back for the sits and downs, and the judge said yes! That meant I was still in qualifying range.
I was pretty sure I had this nailed because I’m so good at sits and downs. It’s hard to do with all those other dogs near me, but I am good! Anyway, we lined up to go back into the ring for the sits/downs, and there was doberman right next to me. He seemed to have a bad attitude. He kept trying to stare me down with his evil eyes, and he did a little grumbly thing. Mom said, “Sorry, Moz, we are done,” and she asked to be excused. I wasn’t quite sure what was going on, but I didn’t go in for sits/downs. That doberman with the attitude was trying to stare down the other dogs, too. Even the judge asked if he was really okay. If they asked me, I would have said, “No way! He’s a cranky boy.” Worse than Rico. At least Rico does grumbly stuff but without any eye contact, and he doesn’t seem scary. That doberman was acting like I was his enemy, and I hadn’t even met him.
Anyway, not doing the sits/downs meant we didn’t get a ribbon in obedience, but Mom told me I was the most awesome boy ever and she would never let anything bad happen to me. I think that doberman might have been a bad thing that could have happened, so I’m glad we left.
I was awesome, and I got a green qualifying ribbon today in Rally. I’m pretty tired, but I’m ready for my next show.