ZOMG so hot and humid and horrible - this weather should be illegal this time of year. I had this thought that it wouldn't be that hot, as it's FALL, so maybe it would get hotter in the afternoon, but not for long. It was a horrid sweltering oven in that arena though, I thought I was going to pass out for my jumpers runs in the afternoon. It should not be in the 90s at the end of September! It is currently still 92 degrees out. Hmph.
The good news is that Haku doesn't care about the heat - Haku is just Haku, all the time. And Haku was HAPPY, truly happy - so that was worth it right there. And he got to bark, and a LOT. We were lucky enough to have TWO delays on the startline - which meant crazy barking party time for us! Haku got to be wild and free, and we were both very happy. I don't think he actually qualified in anything, though I'm still not sure why not in jumpers - but hey, no biggie. He was like, "Dogwalk contacts are for sissies - WHEEEE!" and even broke his startline! First time since he was a young thing - and of course I let him do it, we're living it up.
He was actually quite easy to run, as straightforward things Haku does WELL, and I always have plenty of time as I'm just standing there waiting for him to come back after launching way out. Yet somehow he still managed to be much faster than Bright, who was feeling more tentative than she was at UKI, but wasn't launching over all the jumps. Launching over jumps works well for AKC, so Haku wins the day, he beat her by at least a second in every run. Haku has a crazy acceleration, I do miss having some forward in my dog - though Bright wins any turning contest by a mile.
So I'm glad we did this, and I'll admit if I didn't have Haku today it wouldn't have been nearly as fun. Bright was, as always, a very good girl - our only issue was me and a bad front cross off the aframe that caused her to miss a jump in standard. Bright is just too EASY - we have a lot more fun with more complex courses. We still had fun, but it was a long day that was very hot. It was fun to see everyone, but did not make me want to sign up for more AKC with Bright.
I did wistfully think of signing up Haku for more ... then we had jumpers, and, yeah, not something he should be doing frequently, that jumping is just hard on him. Good thing we have other interests! But an occasional trial, we might do this again, just for fun.