As many of you know Jazz and the late Dash grew up doing agility and now I have Dazzle an agility dog is progress be it a long progress with him due to his breed.
Tonight I took both Jazz and Dazzle to the agility club practice and as the two courses were being adjusted before any other dogs were running I let Jazz do the tunnels, the chute, the teeter the weave poles and a few hurdles I set to 6 inches. Her old back legs do not allow her to jump as much as she would still love too.
We did it several times and when we walked off the course she had such a pep in her stride and has continued that all evening. She knows she still has it and was thrilled to show everyone else that seniors still got it. I think there is a demo at a retirement home coming up so I may take her and let her do her modified agility as the old folks would love seeing a senior still out there doing its favorite thing. I am thinking it may be a good thing for her to do modified agility to keep her motivated and in love with life as I get the feeling that some senior dogs have the need to still work.
I was talking with one of the club members that has been in the club a long time and if we are correct Jazz is one of two dogs that was in the club 13 years ago and is still alive. The other is a 16 yr old pointer but he does not even come to practice now. Kind of sad that all the other dogs we knew when we started are gone.
On a a happier note , the trainers two border collie pups were there to watch I think they are 12 weeks now and she does not allow them on the grass yet but they do sit in an Ex-pen on the cement and watch. The adorable male reminds me so much of my Dash as he has the I can do that attitude and is really a smart puppy. We were resetting jump heights so several of us were out on the course with dogs in tow and the male puppy jumped over the Ex-pen and ran onto the course and came right to Dazzle. Dazzle was over joyed by this. Humm Dash said he would come back
I hope this is not him as I am not getting a puppy and she wants this one to only go to a home that will show him and I am not into the whole conformation thing.Actually I think she is hoping that her husband will give in and allow her to keep two instead of just the female.
It was a hot day but this evening had a nice cool ocean breeze and being we are about 1 block off the ocean where we do agility it was a perfect evening as that cool breeze made it so very nice. One of the things I love about living here are beautiful evenings like this.