At long last, here's what so many have been waiting for: action shots of Brutus doing agility!
In the future I hope to be able to show a little more variety, as these are almost all jumping pics. We are hard at work, hoping to be ready to make our debut in the ring as soon as Brutus turns 15 months old (minimum competition age in most of the agility associations). He is training on all obstacles now, having just started the teeter (looks like a see-saw) and weave poles within the last month. As soon as we are presentable, I'll have someone video us (Dad, that means you).
These photos were taken at an agility demonstration we were involved in last month. Most of the jumps are 12 inches, which is a little higher than what we will compete at initially; 8 inches, based on Brutus' height. Regardless, you can see he clears them easily - impressive since he is only 14" tall himself!
I was so happy with Brutus, as this was our first "public" performance. Despite lots of laughing and clapping from the crowd (we were the entertainment, after all), he focussed on me & did as I directed off-leash. In fact he was more energetic than usual, despite warmish temperatures. Seems like Brutus so enjoyed being in the spotlight that he found a higher gear than what I can normally inspire during our practice sessions! We didn't turn in the fastest time by any stretch, but I was impressed & the crowd was delighted, so it was definitely a success!!
Hope you enjoy the photos!
Ready for takeoff, Mom!!
The dog is a natural at agility! The handler, on the on the other hand, needs work...
Gee, maybe Coke will give us an endorsement for this...
Gotta love that tongue, it's always out when he jumps!
Flying through a strange obstacle - not a regulation jump, but that didn't slow him down!
Pausing to take it all in (this is called a pause table, dog has to "down" for 5 seconds).
The crowd loved him!
From the high jump competition. I was amazed he cleared this, and with room to spare!!
And last, but not least - my personal favorite picture. The look of concentration!!
It's a bird... It's a plane...
No - it's Super Frenchie!!