This was it – the Derby final. The four competitors were Beanie, Inca, Milo and Murphy, wearing black, red, white and blue respectively. The light was fading fast as everyone prepared for this last race. It had been a long day – we’d set off at 8:30 in the morning and it was now after 6 – but it would all be over in a matter of seconds.
The four dogs got away cleanly and charged down the track. Beanie, Milo and Murphy quickly opened up a big lead on Inca. As they approached the finish Murphy was edging ahead of Milo, but Beanie was right up there with them.
At the line it was Murphy, followed by Milo, but our little girl finished a close third!
What a result! Her first ever race had been back in May, and she hadn’t understood all this nonsense about chasing the lure. She only made it past the finish line because Susan ran with her. Now she’d taken on a lot of older, more experienced dogs and got third place in the final. At the finish I called her over and gave her a lump of chicken from my stash, intending to stuff the rest back in my pocket while I attached her lead and put the camera away. I was all fingers and thumbs from the excitement, and the little rascal snatched the bag from my hand and tore it open. “Fair enough” I thought, “you’ve earned it!”
Carol – Murphy’s owner – took her boy’s superb victory very calmly. Yeah, right!
The bubbly was opened in double-quick time, and we all got a taste!
…but wait, what’s that below Murphy’s tummy? Naughty boy!
Everyone gathered for the presentations. The Derby winners were getting more than just a rosette for their dog’s efforts:
As for Beanie, well she did just get a rosette.
But just wait till next year!
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