So, you may or may not know I have two beagles. (If you *don’t* know – this must be your first time “meeting” me!) Anyway, the beagles do scent hunts in the winter. It’s a bit of a competition, and at the end of the season, the ten beagles with the most points compete in a 7km run to see who is the best :) (The points system is a bit confusing, so I won’t bore you with the details!)

Anyway, yesterday was our last hunt, and the top ten were announced. We have been holding thumbs paws that Harry and Oscar would make the Top Ten. They both did really well at the beginning of the season, but Harry has been slacking off a bit… coming in the 4th or 5th place group, rather than the 2nd places he was getting earlier in the season.

So, we are ecstatic to announce that Little Oscar has made the Top Ten!! Woo Hoo!!!

Oscar

Oscar

I think Harry must have *just* missed it. So, now Harry’s new name is Haroozy Loozy or Haroozer the Loozer! :) Hey – don’t get me wrong, he is still my super precious boy

Haroozy Loozy ♥

Haroozy Loozy ♥

Oscar is just a little machine! He is not even 2 years old yet, and he is doing so well! We are very proud of the little bugger!

All the other beagles in the Top Ten are on The Beagle Site … and we have changed the header banner to honour the ten of them!

The final challenge is this Sunday at 7:30am :) I know that Oscar won’t win it… but the Top Ten is all I was aiming for… It’s been our goal since we started hunting last year.

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Our Star Beagles: One, a superSTAR… the other, a disaSTAR! ;)

So, this morning, the 4 of us trekked off to Goldfields in Bedfordview again, to try our hands at an Open Agility Show again. It was hosted by the Collie Club to raise money.

We (@peter_vs and I) decided – after our dismal performance at the last show – that we would take a treat on the course and automatically disqualify ourselves. (The reason being, that we wanted the beagles to at least stay with us, and finish the course, instead of just running off to sniff on their own mission. The grounds are unfamiliar to them, so we just need to keep trying and we’ll get there soon enough!).


First up, was the contact course… Peter & Oscar did very very well! And Harry & I also did pretty well (Harry missed the tyre jump and was a bit silly at the weaving poles).

Then we did the non-contact course… Harry did fantastically until about the 8th obstacle (8 out of 16) and then went off to some guys who were eating burgers on the side! Oscar did very nicely and Peter decided to leave the treat off the course in the Dog Jumping round.

Dog Jumping is very similar to Show Jumping in the horse world. All the dogs who get a clear round in the same class move onto a jump off. So, Harry was a complete idiot, and stopped to sniff EVERY SINGLE weave pole… up and down! Arrrrggg!! Oscar and Peter did BRILLIANTLY!!!! Without a treat and were the ONLY pair in our class with a clear round… which means… FIRST PLACE!! WOO HOO!! So, Oscar got a rosette, a toy, and a signature on his card (He needs 3 signatures for 1st place to move onto the next grade)

First Place at the Show!

First Place at the Show!

I am so very proud of Peter and Oscar!! Although, I have to say, that I am very proud of Harry too… even though he was a complete dumbass, it was still much much MUCH better than our last attempt! And it WILL continue to improve each time :)


Here is the Champion SuperStar Beagle…

SuperStar!!


Everyone was so supportive and proud of us too! Beagles are not very common in the agility world, because they are so hard to train, especially in agility.

So, all in all… yay for us!


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