Racing day again, and Beanie did very well! Due to bad weather, illness and a clash with a dog show only three Beagles turned up today. Sam, Murphy and Beanie. Still, we were pleased because Sam and Murphy are two of the best dogs and it meant that Beanie would get plenty of chance to gain experience running against them.
Today’s race was a handicap. All of the dogs were weighed and were given a starting position according to weight. I think everyone would have been suprised if Beanie hadn’t won this one as the dogs weighed in as follows:
Murphy : 42 lbs
Sam : 38 lbs
Beanie : 22 lbs
Sam got a 2 foot head start over Murhpy, and Beanie got a whopping 10 foot head start over Sam. The boys did well and very nearly made up the distance. But Beanie hung on to her lead and that made her the official winner of todays racing. But things got better and better for Beanie….
In the next race the starting order was reversed, so Beanie started last, Sam 10 feet in front of her and Murhpy 1 foot in front of Sam. Sam came first followed by Murphy then Beanie. However, Beanie actually ran much faster in this race as she lost very little ground.
Then the handicap was reduced, with only one yard between each dog’s starting position. Beanie won!
Finally we did a couple of scratch races in which Beanie came a very close third in the first one (I can’t remember who won), and second in the next one (behind Murphy).
Derby day is only two weeks away, but it’s beginning to look like our little super-pup could be in with a fighting chance! OK, so maybe the boys were having an off day, but she’s still maturing and getting significantly faster every week. But then again, a couple of the Mochuisle Beagles did extremely well last week and it was their first time. So it’s hard to guess who the winner will be. It should be great fun!
Paul didn’t have the camera with him today as it was so wet, but here’s a snap that Beanie’s proud mummy just took of her with all of her medals and rosettes from the racing.
These are mostly for racing, but there’s also a couple of “Best Beagle” and “Best Dog” show wins and her 5k road race medal.
The Derby on the 17th is by all accounts a really fun day. It’s open to all breeds of dog, and anyone can take their dog to have a go at chasing the lure. I highly recommend it.
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