Sunday, April 26, 2009

Nationals Rally Novice A

Ok, I am REALLY behind on posting, but I am at a point where I think I need a break from everything that I think I "have" to do. I guess I just need some me time...or maybe just have the "I am bored with everything I am doing" syndrome! It's not that I am not excited about things, etc....but I think I am just on burn out right now. I have really gotten started scrapbooking and my mind is constantly thinking about that...I guess I am needing to "be creative" again. I used to crossstitch all the time and that basically came to a halt when Higgins came along at a puppy over 6 years ago...needles, floss, and beads do not mix well with puppies!

Here is our trial experience story at Nationals, enjoy! Yeah, I know in the pic, Ella is the only dog that is NOT paying attention to her owner! LOL LOL I will have more pics later of the boys...they were really confused that the trip was about Ella getting to do something, not them!

On Monday
, I took Ella in the ring for Rally Novice A. Our very first time ever in an AKC event. I had about 5 squirts of Rescue Remedy in me and I am not sure that they ever took effect! I was completely and utterly terrified beyond belief. And we had to wait a really long time to go in the ring, which didn't help.

Well, in we went and off we went. First of all, one word...astroturf! Ella was like what the heck is this stuff, I am a princess and this is hurting my feet! We started out and got to about the fifth sign, at this point I was thinking of excusing myself and Ella from the ring. In my mind there was NO WAY we were going to get thru the course, let alone qualify. So the little leprechaun in my head talked me out of leaving, thank goodness! We made it thru and as soon as I got out of the ring, I gave Ella to Carleen to hold and off to the bathroom I went.

YES, I will admit I was in tears! I think it was mostly just all the stress buildup and then the relief of getting out of the ring. I came back out and made up with Ella, because she couldn't figure out what was going on. **This is a mistake I will NEVER make again, I know it's MY FAULT what happens in the ring, not hers!**

When they finished the class they were calling out numbers (scores were not posted on Monday, someone had forgotten the boards!), I really wasn't paying attention. Carleen said..."They called your number" I was like WHAT??? So, I went back in the ring, not knowing for sure what that meant.

Low and behold we QUALIFIED!!!!! We got an 82 (not bad, considering I thought about leaving!) and took second! Our first leg! The girl that was first finished her title with that run and her score was an 88!! Whoo hoo, we did GREAT!

Tuesday, well...lets just say I forgot the Rescue Remedy because I was busy visiting and got a little nervous because Ella's breeder was watching. I BLEW by a sign and had no idea until the judge told me when I finished the course. WAHHH, but I wasn't even that upset, because Ella did great and she and I were HAPPY during the run. And up until that sign, we only had 4 points off and we only had 4 signs to we probably would have scored higher.

Our plan is to try to finish our title here in Spfld. at our club trial. Hey, I will have 3 tries!

So, my motto is NEVER EXCUSE YOURSELF FROM THE RING! Unless the judge tells you to leave!


penni said...

Good job Katrina. It gets easier! It was so nice to meet you -- albeit briefly -- in Topeka.

coopercreek said...

Great job!!!! I knew you could do it. And when we first met 5 years ago, you were never going to show dogs. You've just completed the hardest part - getting in to the ring for the first time - now it's a piece of cake from here. (Well, not really, but it sounded good. LOL)

Good old corgi slobbers from,
Laura, Cooper and Carly

Sue said...

Congratulations, we went thru it for the first time last fall. We got two legs, then on the third day my boy, Fudge decided to show the judge all the tricks he knew. Unfortunately, the judge wasn't impressed and we didn't qualify, so we'll try again this fall. I understand exactly how nervous you felt. I get the same nerves before entering the ring.

sugar_and_spice said...

Awwww...CUTE doggies!!! I'm a dog-lover! :)

Jenna Z said...

Funny stuff! I JUST got done writing a post about forgetting out Rescue Remedy on vacation last week! Though, it's mainly for Sully, I do admit to taking a drop or two to calm down and sleep well when I'm away from home. Way to go, you guys!!

CK said...

Congrats...I knew you could do it. I hope Ella got some big kisses and hugs.

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