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Oh dear sweet...

We just returned from agility class. First, keep in mind that neither of the boys have been to the club in months. Their feet were all raw and I didn't know if it was contagious. That started in October, so I kept them out of that session. Then we had Christmas break. So that's what, like three months.

They were BEYOND jazzed to be back today.

Angus was in the beginner class. No prongs allowed in agility class, so the first 30 minutes was tug-of-war, which I won...barely. He had to say hello (rudely) to every other dog in the class.

At one point we were in line waiting behind a beginner handler and his Border Collie. Angus does his usual in-your-butt turbo sniff, and this Border Collies turns around, puffs up and lunges and shows EVERY tooth in his head. Oh my gosh. I've never seen anything like it...he looked absolutely, positively vicious. But the weirdest, most chilling part was...there was no sound. It was like watching a wolf fight on Discovery Channel on mute. VERY strange! I wish you could have seen it, because the facial expression and body language definitely seemed like it should be accompanied by a sound of some kind. Nothing. The owner had no idea it was even happening.

Anyway...I stepped in between and when that didn't work, I hustled Angus to another place in line, pronto. Good grief - that is all I need, to have Angus in a fight at the club. We gave Mr. B.C. a very wide berth from then on.

Simon was next in the intermediate class. Kevin wants to learn to do agility with Simon. They took a beginner class together this fall, so we thought we'd let him do the intermediate run-through class with Simon.

Well, first, before Angus' beginner class was done, Kevin thought he'd get Simon out of the crate and practice at the other end of the ring. Kevin tends to be a little cocky about "My dog doesn't need a leash." Apparently he was down there doing his off-leash work with Simon, who remember, has not been to class in three months, and is not really used to working with Kevin.

Angus and I are standing around waiting, and all of the sudden I see this wild dog buzzing the ring. Then I realize, that is my wild dog. :eek: The instructor yells, "Whose dog is this?" Oh man. I yelled "Simon, COME!" Angus, of course, decided to lunge away at the moment I was trying to grab Simon's collar when he came to me, so I was pretty proud of myself for reeling in a musclebound dog with my left arm and catching a running dog with my right arm.

I hate to think if he'd have run up to that Border Collie.

Anyway, intermediate run-throughs were more of the same with him. He buzzed the ring every time Kevin tried with him. When he wasn't buzzing the ring, he was barking his high-pitched "I want something but I will never tell you what it is" bark. Phew. We left a little before class was over, just because my nerves couldn't take it anymore. LOL

Next week will be better. On a positive note, it was really good to get them out and let them have a little fun (even if it was at our expense).

Monkeys! Both of them!
 

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oh my..how well I know that buzzing around the ring .. Robbie would be running a great agility run and then something would click and he would be off and running..LOL..and I'm talking about at a trial..I don't know how many times I've walked out of the ring with someone saying "Good thing he's cute"
 

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I did miss some great blooper reel footage today! :D
 

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Was it wrong of me to start giggling just from your subject line?

And this-----

all of the sudden I see this wild dog buzzing the ring. Then I realize, that is my wild dog.
---caused a LOL.

Here's hoping it was just the excitement of being back in class and that the monkeys settle next wk.
 

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The visuals while reading your posts had me choking on my coffee! Too funny. The boys both sound like they had a great time, at your expense of course. :) I have seen the look the BC made. It was at the dog show this fall. I went to watch them at agility. There were two waiting their turns and truly there was no sound just two serious evil snarely, teeth bearing looks. Kind of scary - I always thought BC were kind of gentle dogs. I just knew they were too high energy for us and way too much long hair. Loved the story - would have loved to see a video. Hope next week goes better. ;)
 

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LOL!!! The most perfect FHV moments happen when there is no video camera around! I was crackin up the whole story!
 

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Oh goodness! You had your hands full! Been there with Remy...Its gives you a workout too! I totally am drenched with sweat from monkey wrangling!

Have a glass of wine...and keep posting. Can't wait to hear how the next class goes!

Psssst...sneak in a camera!
 

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all of the sudden I see this wild dog buzzing the ring. Then I realize, that is my wild dog.
HAHAHAHAHA!!! Don't you hate when that happens?

We've had problems in class with Lab-nose-in-the-border-collie-butt, too. The BC-Lab relationship is an interesting one to me. Truly one is from Mars, the other is from Uranus. BCs tend to be exquisitely sensitive, especially to space and motion, and HATE rudeness or anyone new invading their personal space. Of course, Labs are (or at least my Lab is) like a sweet, dumb, drunken college student who thinks he's everybody's best friend and just wants to give them a hug. Luckily for us, our instructor (who has BCs and Aussies) is an aggression specialist and runs a very tight ship. So Theo has learned that he needs to mind his own business in the ring. But it took a while!
 

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I had to laugh too, Connie. Quite the night you guys had, and I sure wish there was video footage involved!
 

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Connie!!! LOL!
glad you boys had a great time.

(and that's why Zoe just goes to the beach and jumps into waves
....at 7:00 am with very few or no dogs)
 

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HAHAHAHAHA!!! Don't you hate when that happens?

We've had problems in class with Lab-nose-in-the-border-collie-butt, too. The BC-Lab relationship is an interesting one to me. Truly one is from Mars, the other is from Uranus. BCs tend to be exquisitely sensitive, especially to space and motion, and HATE rudeness or anyone new invading their personal space. Of course, Labs are (or at least my Lab is) like a sweet, dumb, drunken college student who thinks he's everybody's best friend and just wants to give them a hug. Luckily for us, our instructor (who has BCs and Aussies) is an aggression specialist and runs a very tight ship. So Theo has learned that he needs to mind his own business in the ring. But it took a while!
That was a very interesting, and hilarious, and quite accurate observation. :D

the other is from Uranus. LOL!
 
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