|Posted by Taylor Sobchuk on September 9, 2015 at 10:25 PM|
Have to back up a little before I get into the most recent news....
August 8 saw the Canadian Xtreme Airdog Finals come to Edson. My little Rimmers rocked the dock! Rim jumped well all weekend finding ourselves jumping to the 6.4ft height in Vertical. Speed retrieve we lost our Alberta record to a black lab and came in second with another great time of 15.9 sec. Big Air we were able to make the finals in Pro division where she jumped 26.3 in to tie the Canadian record! She went on further in the finals to jump another 25.4 in jump coming in 2nd. Cannot believe this little pup at 18 mth old.
Now for this past weekends new...We were down at the World Xtreme Airdog Finals in Salem, Oregon where we competed Thursday to Monday. In the round we came up with a 24.8 ft jump to make the round finals on Sunday where we placed 4th. Saturday found us in Vertical where we placed a disappointing 13th. The event started really late and as darkness fell, Rim was not confident to even jump for the 6.4ft bumper which was hard to see for many dogs.
Sunday was also Retrieve which was the event I was looking most forward to. Rim and I have been training since Canadian finals to get faster and get the running start perfected. Rim NAILED IT!! With a perfect release and a huge swim for her we shaved off 0.9 sec from her time to get a World record of 15.05 sec. The Americans were stunned! Despite our efforts another competitor also tried a running start and with a big male jumped big and swam hard to beat our time. Second is still impressive and I apparently started a new trend.
Air Finals on Monday saw a tired Rimaroo. We managed to make the finals with a 23.1ft jump but ended up in 9th overall. Still not bad for a puppy. Next year we will be going for the XPro division which is dogs that jump over 25 ft.
Rim is always willing to work and this dog is a hell of a lot of fun. Got a lot of comments on her build and her beauty. Small package but big power. Diving is over for the summer and now it is time to make her an agility dog and flyball dog.