Monday, 12 April 2010

flyball at the Ringwood Highland Games

What is it about flyball and bagpipes? Penny seems to have her best days when the pipes are playing. Hmmm...could it be because her "grandmother" (human) was from Edinburgh? Penny never met my mum, who was sadly gone before we adopted Penny, but it must be in the air in our house. Maybe it's the times when I go around humming - off-key - 'The pipes, the pipes are playing', or 'By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes'.

Anyway, she had a happy and successful day. (Thanks, Sue, for taking this photo.)




She did once again think someone in the crowd was dangerously unknown and must be watched at all times, but this only caused her to go around the jumps once, and when she was sent down again - the dog who makes a mistake can run again after her three team-mates - she ran well.

She earned a medal! Here she is standing proud and straight with it:





And I'm not listening to any suggestions that maybe she didn't have a clue about the importance of this medal and that someone was holding a treat above her head!

Here's the medal in closeup. Third place in division seven.



How many sections, you ask. And how many teams in division seven?

Yep...seven divisions in the competition and three teams in that level.

11 comments:

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh, congratulations, Penny! Personally, I think that's a GREAT achievement!! :-)

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

curator said...

Well, she always looks like a champ, but that's a spiffy and well earned medal! Congratulations to Penny and to Parlance!

Sue said...

What wonderful photos those are of her sitting proudly wearing her medal. Congratulations to both of you.

Slavenka said...

Oh,she is very proud and so sweet.Bravo Penny !

Schwang said...

What a great action shot! And she does look so proud with her medal.

Mary said...

Parlance, Don't tell Penny how many divisions and how many teams, she looks proud!

parlance said...

Honey, to me the greatest part of it, which I'm sure Hsin-Yi will agree with, is that Penny enjoyed herself and participated willingly.

parlance said...

Yes, Curator! I agree - very spiffy! (Love that word.)

parlance said...

Sue, we bloggers get up to some tricks, don't we? I loved setting up this photo so it looked as Penny was sitting proudly with her medal. It was fun!

parlance said...

Schwang, it's a great action shot isn't it? And all the more difficult in the strange lighting conditions. It was taken by Doozer, "mum" to another dog.

parlance said...

Mary, luckily Penny can only count up to three or four, so she won't realise she came last in the lowest level. However, the real achievement, to my way of thinking, is that she ran clean runs.