On Sunday we headed up to Sue & Kevin Rose’s monthly lure coursing session. This time we had the company of friends from the park and the Glasgow Dog Training club: Tess and her two pups Tara & Clara, and Jamie and Cuillin.
As before we put Beanie & Biggles in together for the first round, and also as before Beanie cruised to victory over the Bigglet, but both of them had a great time.
Beanie closes in on the lure…
But she fumbles her chance to catch it…
Biggles does his level best to keep up
A rare sight – the Bigglet at full stretch!
But it’s not enough, and Beanie romps down the home straight to win
We’d been warned that the excitement of lure coursing could undo some of the hard work we’ve put in to controlling our two off lead. I don’t think that was the case with Beanie, but it was for Biggles. He proved tricky to get back on lead after his run, though we had some help:
You’re nicked Biggles!
Biggles now got a long rest while Beanie progressed quite far through the other rounds. She won against Tara in the second round, and also out-ran a lovely little terrier called (I think?) Rosie in the third:
Beanie bays her head off to take the lead…
goes to full stretch to maintain it…
…and wins the round convincingly!
Rosie (I think) without her Hannibal Lecter muzzle
The fourth round put Beanie up against a lurcher nicknamed “the pocket rocket” that had previously been clocked at 38 mph! Beanie ran her heart out, but it was like watching a cute little Mini racing a sleek Ferrari. She resorted to cutting corners to stay in the race, but still it wasn’t enough to catch her turbo-charged opponent.
After all the rounds were done the course was thrown open to all dogs to have another go, so Biggles got to run again. In our previous coursing session we let him have his second race against whippets. Inevitably he fell far behind and he went on his own little sight-seeing tour outside the field. This time we just had him race against Beanie again, and it worked – she still won but he had a closer race and completed the course. However when it came time re-attach his lead, he evaded capture and went on a high-speed sniffathon.
Biggles sets off on another solo adventure, though this time he doesn’t get very far
Eventually he ended up at the exit point of the field, but this time his way was barred by a heavy gate installed after (and probably as a result of) his previous naughtiness. After a while he saw the futility of further running and I got my cheeky little boy back on lead.
And that’s what he thought about having his off-lead excursion cut short!
So much for Beanie and her naughty brother, but what about their chums?
Well Cuillin had a spot of bad luck in the draw – his first ever race pitted him against a dog called “Sonic”. We’d never seen Sonic before, so for a while I held out hope that his name was the result of sarcasm and he was in reality a couch potato. Sadly this was not the case; Sonic was a very fit looking whippet who quickly left Cuillin behind (and Cuiliin is no slouch!). Like Biggles, once Cuillin lost sight of the lure he lost interest in the chase. Kevin very kindly gave him another couple of solo tries after the “official” races but they too weren’t entirely successful. I’m sure he’ll catch on soon though.
Cuillin started strongly every time…
but didn’t sustain it for the the full lap
Tess, Tara and Clara also got off to a good start but kind of lost focus as the race progressed, though Tara came very close to catching the lure at one point!
A few more shots from the day:
More shots are available here.