Saturday, December 8, 2007

On Course for Kids

Yesterday I ran my agility friends Mike & Michelle's dog Zeus in On Course for Kids. On Course for Kids is a team agility event for the purpose of creating a fun night for patients and their families while raising money for the Floating Hospital's Children’s Cancer Center Childlife program (Cycle for Life Fund) in Boston, MA.

Zeus is a 6.5 year old black lab. He has been a bit broken so hasn't been playing agility lately and jumped 8" last night. I admit to being unsure I should support running a broken dog!

It was a hoot to run him, he's fast and he jumps like a gazelle. Mike and Michelle have another lab named Stryder who is 2.5 years old. I love him! He is a big mush. The funny thing is that Michelle always refers to Stryder as the "bad" dog, but last night Zeus was being incorrigible all night long. Every time he saw a door he made a beeline for it, practically pulling me off my feet! For whatever reason, he did not want to be there last night. I am sure it is tough to run for someone you don't know!

Running Zeus makes me think about my future dog and how different they are sure to be from Ike. Occasionally when I think about the possibilities I get a knot in my stomach. It is so exciting to think about having a puppy I can work with from the ground up to be an agility dog. With Ike I didn't even know there were real people as into dog training as I currently am! So Ike had a *tough* puppyhood. Lots of love, no real expectations, and not allowed to think much for himself. Boo hiss, none of that in my next dog's future!

Thanks to Michele and Marlene for their donations to OCFK! Our team (Tahitian Mystery Black Dogs) came in second for points in the relay! Not sure how - apparently the purple toys were worth more points and we must have grabbed mostly purple!

OCFK raised a whopping 27,000. Hopefully we'll be able to do this again next year. Of course, someone will have to donate a child friendly dog to me!


Katrin said...

"real people were as into dogs" No, we're just figments of everyone's imagination....

Glad you had fun last night. Monty had a blast as well.

JULES & IKE said...

Ha! Before getting this into dogs I didn't know anyone who was so into dogs, only horses.

Glad Monty had a good time. How about Mz. Clara?

Katrin said...

She had a lovely time!

Did you know there are also people very into rats? And sheep and goats and cows and pigs and chickens and ducks, etc, etc, etc?

Shaya and Tom said...

Sounds like fun, I wish I could have been there. We'll have to see how I can team up next year if Cat is still running four days in the AKC agility. She wasn't allowed to compete and do OCFK.

Shelly said...

and ferrets.... :_)

Sorry we missed your run--but we realized the the dog near us was paying more attention to us than his child, so we thought it would be a good idea to take ourselves away....

Glad it went well!!