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Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« on: March 31, 2012, 06:42:31 PM »
Somewhat of a shocker as there were 2 other dogs that I thought killed us in their heeling, but they NG'd on their recall, so we took 1st place in our first Beginner Novice run. During the day, Grady heeled beautifully! So attentive, right on pace (even forged a little bit, which I don't correct as I know in trials, that forge turns to a lag), sitting perfectly, was just wonderful. Even right up til we crossed the threshold into the ring, he was amazing. Best, focussed heeling I had ever seen outta him. I was so confident that we'd get a great score.

Then, we walked in, crossed that line and I looked at him and suddenly his face completely changed. His eyes went from alert and perky to cautious and worried. I then felt my nerves and despite me trying to bring him "up" he went thru the motions.

So, our heeling was completely lagging, which is really so unusual for him. Then when we went to figure 8's, he caught something in the other ring (not sure what, as they were on lunch break) and he nearly checked out completely. And one of the kids that was a post for the figure 8's - Grady was a bit nervous of. So, after our first hault, he didn't wanna leave. I also failed there because I halted and then moved forward without giving him the "lets go." I normally don't do that either, as he normally walks with, but knowing he was a bit worried, I should have given him that extra help.

Anyway, despite all this, I still think it was a GREAT run! Watching the video, he was more focussed than he'd ever been in the ring before - despite walking behind me. I know I made several mistakes and realized just how much he knows my emotions better than I do and need to work on that. And, since we got 1st place and a score of 191.5 out of 200....I'm really not going to complain. The just was amazing and when we called us for 1st, he even said, "and you coulda done better." (meaning, we could have had a better score if we worked on those things)

So, anyway, I love this guy with all my heart and am so proud of him for doing as well as he did. I think back to our rally runs and watching this video compared to those vids, he really has improved so much.

BTW, the video needs to be redited....I realized it said 3.29 after I uploaded it. Should be 3.30. :mad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEa5vp_hrJ4&list=UUjDjK76rUWNnYqTSkOG3Upg&index=1&feature=plcp

First Place!


And he got to pick something to bring home. He picked two 12 inch bully sticks. I was assuming 1 for him and 1 for Rubi...but he wasn't real happy with Rubi trying to steal his goods, lol.

Mmmmmmmm Bullies!! Thanks Grady!


No wacko! I did the work, these are MINE!


And don't even think about taking my toy either, Rubi! I own this too!


Taking a lil nap afterwards...  :smitten:
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Re: Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2012, 07:24:54 PM »
Awwww...congrats again.  Great pics
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Re: Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2012, 08:09:57 PM »
Congrats.
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Re: Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2012, 10:22:11 PM »
Way to Go   :thumbsup:  .    You both make a great team .... 
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Re: Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2012, 12:05:15 PM »
Congrats on a great first run in the BN ring  :thumbsup:
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Re: Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2012, 10:26:39 PM »
A big congratulations to you both.   :thumbsup: :smitten:
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Re: Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2012, 07:46:57 AM »
Great job guys!
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Re: Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2012, 08:23:23 AM »
Good job , congrats!!!
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Re: Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2012, 12:01:04 PM »
Congrats!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2012, 04:01:32 PM »
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Re: Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2012, 10:06:10 AM »
So VERY proud of both of you!!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2012, 08:00:18 PM »
Ya Grady!!

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Re: Grady Takes Another 1st Place
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2012, 09:21:07 PM »
Thats really awesome!!  Makes you realize how hard you work for that ribbon and know it was well deserved and Im sure many more ribbons to come for you guys.  I can't wait for Bella and I to get back in the ring.