Monday, March 03, 2008
Getting bigger ...
I know it won't be the end of the world if Pinky exceeds 16" because she is incredibly athletic and I think she will easily jump 22" (Lucy has no problem clearing 22" ... she actually went over a 26" triple once). I just like being in the 16" height class. It's not dominated by border collies. In fact, around here there is no single breed that dominates. The shelties are always very good, and there's that one mini--er, I mean very, very small--aussie that completely kicks butt, but I feel like Lucy can compete with all of them and I'm confident Pinky would be able to as well.
But border collies are the intimidators of agility--they seem unbeatable sometimes. Now I know perfectly well that they aren't, because the very speed and alacrity that makes them win spectacularly also very often sends them hurtling off course or causes them to obliterate jumps, miss up-contacts, etc. And who's to say that Pinky won't have speed and alacrity? She's got plenty of enthusiasm and loves to play and learn new stuff (she thinks tunnels are awesome!), so maybe I'll have the kind of nutso dog who can't be beat when she stays on course and keeps her bars up. I'd just rather she do it in the 16" class against the shelties and very tiny aussies ;-)