Finally the wheels started spinning with Valdi's job, his first proper work trip had him going to Indonesia, almost half the globe away. The trip was very long and it took him over 12 hours to reach the final destination. He has now been away for almost a month, and despite talk about hard working conditions you can't feel to sorry for him in 40°C and sun each day. He at least doesn't seem to hate it
The girls and I used our time well being home alone. We went to our first Rally competition in -10°C in Karlsunde. I had never participated in a Rally competition so I didn't really know what to expect. Vista was first on course and she really had a party ! She had some very good points in between though. We didn't get a pass but we got some good points for later exams (like not having such a long leash :P )
Dís was next up, and boy was she in a good mood. She was really happy and joyfull during the heeling, which she usually finds rather boring, and did almost everything correctly, but for one exercise where she was supposed to lie down whilst I walked around her and then continue. In stead of lying still she always popped up right away into a sit. This ment we lost 10 points just for this exercise. When we in the end stood up with 88 points and a pass, it showed that if it hadn't been for this one exercise, which she can do perfectly well, she would have gotten 98 points. Too bad we didn't get this exam on film.
But our adventures of the month weren't over as last weekend we went to a clubshow and rally exam with the danish border collie club. The day started with a rally exam in the morning, but our plan was to make up for the mistakes made last time and get a better score. Vista snapped into gear and heeled like a champ and showed all her good sides. Dís on the other hand was much calmer this time but finished the track slowly but surely. There were alot of dogs in this class, so the excitement waiting for the results was quite high when it finally was over. Vista passed the test with 94 points. Dís surprised us though and scored even higher, with 97 points out of 100, and now she only needs one more pass to get the titel RBM.
In the afternoon it was time for the show, but I had registrered them both, as well as handling Vista's dad. There was also many participants here, and about 50 border collies were shown. The judge this time was very stingy with the red ribbons and only three males outsides the champion class got an Exelent and two females outside the championclass. Matrix was one of those the judge liked enough to get an Exelent and he got second place in open class. Vista debuted in junior class and got a good review, though the judge didn't really like her high front action in competition heel mode, and she got a Very Good and 2. place with the following review :
12 mdr meget god type, godt skåret hovet, et bedre markeret stop, tilstrækkelig underkæbe, øjne kunne være m ovale, gode øerer, gode kropspropotoner, tilstrækkelig hals, god benstamme og brystkasse, ønskes bedre vinklet frem, god bag, tilstrækkelig stærke poter, velansat og bårne hale, pels af god struktur, bevæger sig godt fra siden og bagfra skal blive betydelig mere stabil frem, udemærket temperament
Eng: 12 months very good type, well chisseled head, a better stop, sufficient underjaw, eyes could be more oval, good ears, good proportions, sufficient neck, good legs and chest, could have better angulation front, good back, sufficiently strong feet, well placed and born tail, good coat structure, moves well from side and back, shall become much more stable in front, exelent temperament
Dís was in open class, where she got a good review, Exelent and 1. place with the following review :
3 år gammel border bygget på gode linier, smukt velskåret hoved, velmarkeret stop, mørke smukke øjne, gode ører, meget gode kropspropotioner, meget gode benstammer og brystkasse, tilstrækkelig vinkler frem og bag, tilstrækkelig stærke poter, velansat og båren hale, pelsen kunne være lidt mere strid i dækhårende, bevæger sig godt fra alle sider, kunne ønske lidt mere svung, udmærkt temperament
3 years old border built on good lines, beautifull well chisseled head, well market stop, dark beautifull eyes, good ears, very good proportions, very good legs and chest, enough angulation front and back, sufficiently strong feet, well placed and carried tail, coat could be a little more stif in the outer coat, moves well from all sides, could have a bit more swing, exelent temperament
But the good news aren't all done, as the results from Vista's x-rays arrived and she is HD - A, ED - 0 and OCD free