So this makes the 101st post of mine, but who's counting. Wonder what I'll be talking about in post 200? Hmmm...
Well Mom and I had a good time at the Earthdog test in New Jersey on Monday even though we didn't get any ribbons. It wasn't for lack of trying! We got up at 4:00 in the morning (argh) and left the house at 4:30 and drove up I-95 to the Jersey Turnpike -- smooth sailing all the way. If I could find a picture of total darkness you could see what the drive was like! I was napping half the time. Mom was nice enough to keep the radio down for me, so to keep awake she drank a bottle of Dr. Pepper. That's quiet enough!
We arrived at the showgrounds about 20 to 8 --- I'm still a little sleepy!
People and doggies were milling about waiting for things to happen...
Finally the fun started. These are the Master and Senior boards so we could tell when it was our turn:
We had plenty of Westies and some Cairns and I see at least one Glen of Imaal terrier in this picture. The AKC photographer guy ran all around with two cameras all morning trying to get pictures of every breed that was there. They feature this Earthdog event on their website every year. Guess who was the only Bedlington?
"Ohhhh Mom there's rats over there!! Pleeeze can I go play???" (whine whine)
My Scottie pal from agility class and his mom just got finished doing Master and he had sticky plant thingies all over him! He had FUN.
Earthdog isn't exactly a big spectator sport. Here's a spectator's view of the Master walk-up to the den. Ho hum!
You can't tell but they're at the den site and Mom says it looks like they're waiting to see if the Westie will indicate to its owner the presence of the rats. That's one thing you get judged on in Master. The judge is behind the handler on the left:
Oh it looks like it's almost my turn! I'm in brace number 6 and we're next!
Here is my CUTE brace-mate, a Smooth Fox Terrier named Diva. We had fun together since we're both longer-legged terriers. We ran all over the place and hunted very well, Mom said. I want her phone number...
Like I said there wasn't much to see of our turn, Mom couldn't take pics as we went. But the AKC photographer guy got some pics! Check out http://www.akc.org/events/earthdog/post_montgomery/2008/ and my pic is in rows number 2,6, and 7. Cool!
Look how dirty I got -- I sure had fun. I also got a lot of sticky plant thingies all over me. Mom says the dirtier I get the more fun I had. Yep-per!
I was also entered in Senior; since I have my Master title I can enter any class, so this was just for fun too. I was sooo excited Mom let me run again I went in like a house afire and left the rats after 50 seconds, 40 seconds too soon. In Master I did everything right but left the rats after 90 seconds before Mom could get me out.(MOM: Argh!!!) I went right back in the tunnel for Mom to get me out of the tunnel end like she was supposed to. I'm just in it for the fun now.
Then we had lunch. That sandwich looks good Mom!!
Practicing for the next Bacon Bits commmercial -- i-i-i-i-it's BACON!!!
Someone had a big banner up for the Most Versatile Westie award. I had no idea! They sure are talented.
We spotted one of the rats sitting on the secretary's table. He obviously didn't read the sign (next pic)...
Here's the sign:
Mom talked to a lady who asked her how come we Bedlingtons weren't at Western PA's Earthdog test this last time. That's the one Dewey Dewster and Asta Marie were at I believe! The lady was a gate steward and remembered their names. We'll have to make a point of going next time. We used to go a lot back when gas was cheaper...
Mom is still recovering from the long drive up and back in one day. How she went to work this morning is beyond me -- I slept all day and then Mom took me to agility class tonight. I proceeded to run HER ragged (Mom: Oh yes he did!). We'll go to another agility trials weekend-after-next, but on Columbus Day next weekend we're going back up to NJ for a training day. Woohoo! More rats!!!! Josie needs to practice Senior so she can run in November back up in NJ at their Earthdog test.
Have a great week --