Our flyballing friends at Monsters Flyball held a fun day over in York at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming. Katie and I thought it would be good socialisation for Rio and Rave, and Katie brought Jetly Awesomeface along as well, to set a good example for the babies.
I’m proud to say the puppies rolled in and took over. Rio was so excited to be somewhere, she was hurling herself at people with no manners whatsoever. Oops! She did settle down after 20mins or so, and reverted to politely greeting people after that, thankfully. Her only freakout was a mild one, over some parents carrying toddlers. She’s happy with adults, happy with prams, happy with toddlers, but people carrying other people is too weird for her.
Rave just took the whole thing in his stride, he’s such a crazy puppy but he’s also pretty easy going, and just rolls with whatever comes his way. They both met goats, chickens, pigs, and a Shetland pony. Rave couldn’t care less, Rio was initially suspicious and then decided all animals looked like lots of fun and either wanted to eat them or herd them … probably eat them, knowing Ri. She playbowed to the Shetland, who didn’t respond (strangely), so he got ignored.
I entered Rio in the fun dog show to see how she’d get on, and she won Prettiest Bitch, and then at the end also won Best In Show. Maybe she does have show dog genes after all (her mum Rita has just won her 3rd CC, making her up to a Show Champion, and her sister KitKat has had multiple BPIB this year). She had a blast, and loved all the treats and attention.
I still don’t know whether I was more excited about her winning the fun dog show, or that she actually did some agility! There was a small Have-a-Go agility course set up, and the Monsters kindly let me drop all the jumps down to Mini and have a play with Rio. We did a little wing wrap work, some sends over a curve of jumps, and then finished with a full sequence of 4 jumps to a tunnel. So proud of her for being totally unphased by the different equipment, environment, and just being willing to work. She’s also never worked over jumps when they’ve all had height, up until now we’ve just had bumps in between wings. She made the choice to skip out on some jumps sometimes, but that’s usual baby dog stuff.
Very successful day!