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Jack Russell Terrier Nationals

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 23, 2009 by Darlene Barnes

The weekend of October 16th,17th, & 18th, we attended the 27th Annual Jack Russell Terrier National Trial. The trial was held by the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America. http://www.jrtca.com/ at the Steppingstone Museum – Susquehanna State Park, Harve de Grace Maryland. http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org/  It was my first time attending the show. I wasn’t sure what to expect. It didn’t help that it poured and rained the whole weekend. I of course entered the agility competition and also signed up for several other events. I wanted to see what else JoJo would enjoy doing.
The way they run there agility was a little different then I was used to, but we did pretty good. On Saturday we took 3rd place in Agility II, on Sunday we took 6th Place in Agility III.
Here is JoJo and her 3rd place ribbon.
 Agility III was a little different then I was used to there was a section of the course where we had to do a Gamblers. Send the dog away from us to the obstacles. JoJo wasn’t used to being sent away from me to do the obstacles, but she didn’t do too bad.
unfortunately, it rained so bad on Saturday, we didn’t get any videos. Here is our Sunday Agility III run. You will see towards the end where we are in the gamblers and  I’m having trouble getting JoJo over the fair jump. She got it eventually, but it took a little work.

Now we also entered Jumpers, unfortunately they only had a 12″ht class, we normally enter an 8″ class. She tried, but you will see that she went around some jumps and that’s because the were higher than she was used to.

Besides agility, we entered a few other events. We entered the “go to the ground” she didn’t do very well with that, it was her first time.

We also entered a barn hunt. It was the first time we did that too. Here are the videos from that. You will see in the beginning of the first one they let her look at the tube with the rat in it. We told her it was a squirrel, since I’m sure she new that instead of a rat. Then she had to find it. On the first run, it was like a walk in the park. The second time she moved a little bit faster, like she new what she was doing. When she found the tube when tried to get to the rat. Much better result.

We also entered Lure Coursing, WELL, THAT IS THE STUFF. She loved it so much, it was all she wanted to do. It was too funny.  There was 3 different types of Lure coursing. One with obstacles, a large course and a challenge course. I heard sounds come out of her mouth that I never thought I’d hear. Have fun watching.

Lure Course with Obstacles

Large Lure Course

Challenge Course

Since we went to the Nationals, I’ve been trying to find other places for JoJo to do Lure Coursing. I went to one fun event. I met my friend there and JoJo ran against her do.
I gave the camera to video JoJo and Tara’s run. You loose Jo for a few minutes becauase Tara is a  little bit faster.

Sorry for my absence!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 23, 2009 by Darlene Barnes

I am sorry for my absence from my blog.
This has been a long, rough year for me and my family.
On April 25th, my dad was in a motorcycle accident, he later passed away on May 2nd from injuries he received from that accident.
On May 3rd Penny, my newly adopted Jack Russell Terrier, that you met in the previous pose,  passed way from Kidney Failure/Heart Failure, something she must have had and no one new, after we only had her for 3 weeks.
About 2 weeks later, my grandmother passed away. Rough year.

We have been competing on and off all year, battling some issues, weaves, stubbornness, emotions, hers and mine, and so on. We worked hard all summer long and I think we have over come most of our issues, for now.

This past weekend we competed in the Jack Russell Nationals in Maryland. What a blast. We had a lot of fun, would of had more fun if it didn’t rain the whole weekend. What a muddy mess.
The show was hosted by the JRTCA Club http://www.jrtca.com/
We competed in Agility, took 3rd place on Saturday and 6th place on sunday.We also tried several fun events, Lure Coursing, Go to the Ground, Barn Hunt. Seems that Jo took to the Lure Coursing the best.

Here is her attempt at Lure Coursing with obstacles.

Large Lure Course.

Small Lure Course, Called the Challenge Course

 We also tried the Barn Hunt. Jo, though she loves to chase any type of animal the attempts to come in the yard, did not seem to have the high drive to find the rat as most Jacks that we saw.

Her second attempt was much better, though she still just walked the course like she was on a Sunday walk.

Well, I know that this a blog about our Agility Journey, but I thought it would be fun to share some of our other adventures. We are still on a quest to get that last “Q” in Open Standard, we are having a great time on this journey. Thank you.