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And No One Got Hurt ~ Rocky's first Agility trial 
by Diane Linthicum

The handsome Rocky in full flight

We made it through our first agility trial in fine shape. Like I said, no one got hurt. Saturday morning, we arrived at the ungodly hour of 7:00 am. As we checked in, a steady rain that had been falling all night, well, it just kept on. It was a typical wet, cloudy day in Ennumclaw, Washington, right at the foothills of the Cascades - the bad weather just gets stuck there. After about 2 hours of waiting, it was our turn. I was sooo nervous. My instructor came up and said, "just take a few deep breaths, and everything will be fine". 

Rocky sat solid on the start line, so far so good. Took the first two jumps in fine form, but that was it. He headed off for the tents set up ringside, visited with some friends and came back to see me and do the teeter, but then I lost him. I could tell by that certain tilt of his head as he ran out of the ring for the second time that he was done. Now to tell you the truth, I was ready to call it a day, but some friends convinced us to stay. 

The next event was called a "gamble". You get to run around for 40 seconds, basically getting points for whatever obstacles you choose to do, then run a set course in the final 14 seconds. My goal was to get Rocky to stay in the ring. We did it! I was very happy, and the audience was very entertained. It wasn't pretty, but, hey. Sunday, I was just in the standard event, and again, my hope was just to keep Rocky working in the ring. I kneeled down next to him before the start and whispered over and over in his ear: “Team sport, buddy, this is a TEAM sport”. He did even better then Saturday, and I had a blast. 

Diane Linthicum and Rocky

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