So this weekend we headed off to a Flyball Comp hosted by the Dukes Flyball team. And we were camping Friday and Saturday night. Perhaps I should just mention this blog is again Snark free and may contain tears 😭
We headed down late on Friday night and after we all whizzed through putting up the tents I took River in for her tea. She settled in straight away on my bed 🙄🙄
I could hear everybody talking outside but chose to stay in with my girl and we bedded down for the night. I wanted to keep her as chilled as possible. So i fired off a quick text to explain why I wasn’t joining everyone. We didn’t sleep to well always the way when you go camping especially on the first night.
As it was forecast to be hot racing started early. I asked river if she was ready ready ready and the pic above says it all. Once she had woken up she was up for it.
While we waited rivers friend primrose came to visit. These two are beautiful friends and seeing them together this weekend has melted my heart. When your dog is reactive any friend they make is special and meaningful.
Racing started nice and early. River ran as start dog. Something we’ve only done a couple of times before but it works for her, because by the time I’ve retrieved her it’s time for her to race again. She coped with a jump collapsing on her and several restarts. By the time racing was done I was very very proud.
To make things even more emotional for the first time ever we sat in amongst the team. It was amazing. My girl sat next to dogs she’s previously been reactive towards.
After racing we had a rest and then went to presentation. Again a first for river. She was bribed with some yummy fishy treats which we won for taking part. And a whole magnum Ice cream (no chocolate) Again she behaved impeccably.
After the presentation I went and sat in a quiet corner and had a good cry. Tears of Happiness. We sat in companionship with our team mates and their dogs as the evening wore on. A relaxed and tired river.
We went to bed early. River flaked out on her bed and I fell asleep too. We both slept really well. As the early hours drew in a little body crept in and cuddled up to her mum.
We woke and headed out for the loo (river not me) we saw some of our teamies out for a walk. After sharing a bacon Batch together we relaxed for the rest of the day. River and primrose enjoyed each other’s company and everyone tried to keep cool.
After heading out to presentation we headed home.
No rosette for us this time around but this weekend was probably one of the most important weekends of our flyball career. I pushed my little girl and she responded by upping her game. She sat next to a flyball race that we weren’t competing in and didn’t bark once. And yesterday my clever little sausage glanced at dogs and then looked at me for treats instead of barking. I don’t care if it takes us five years to reach open sanctioned competition. I just want her to be happy and not stressed. I’m beginning to see that this is now possible. We’ve worked so hard to show her there’s nothing to fear.