I am SUPER stoked to introduce this girl, who I'm likely going to have the opportunity to run part-time in competition.
I ran Arrow once in at a trial. It came together pretty suddenly, and the run wasn't so pretty, but it was quite a rush and a lot of fun. Border Collies really are their own breed of crazy.
Recently, Arrow's owner asked if I would like to start running her part-time at shows. Basically, she'll enter Arrow in local shows and if I'm entered too with Marge, I'll run both dogs. At trials I'm not entered in, my instructor will probably run her (she's been running her for years in Jumpers).
She's 10 years old and in Excellent B in both Standard and Jumpers. I think she already has her MX, but needs a few more legs for her MXJ.
I ran her last night during practice at our field. Aside from her weave entrance issues, we ran really well together. It's only the third or fourth time I've practiced with her.
I feel like my handling really needs improvement - my handling errors really stand out when I run Arrow because of how fast she is. One twitch of my arm, and she's across the ring. I also need to be able to differentiate running Marge from running Arrow, which is a challenge due to the different strengths that each dog has. But I'm getting there.
As much as I love running Marge, there is something really cool about running an experienced agility dog who runs agility because she finds agility itself to be the greatest thing in the world. I think she's going to make me a better handler.. which will make Marge a happier agility dog!
And, for the Marge fans, here she is with me playing on the same course. We ran it clean earlier in the night, then I accidentally pulled her out of the pinwheel on this run. Our next trial is just a week and a half away!