I am always ready to get the dogs out and let them play. I was planning to attend the ASFA region 7 invitational; however, I had an engagement that could not be rescheduled. Fortunately, there was a LGRAmeet within a day’s drive on the same weekend. I loaded up the hounds and we decided to try racing.
I have to admit that my dogs adore this sport. I am partial to lure coursing, mostly due to the location. I love being out in the country, but the hounds love racing. I think it has everything to do with the lure that is used in racing. Jethro and Darla thought the squawker lure was the greatest invention on earth. Sashi was a little unsure, but after some training, he loves the squawker as well.
This was Darla’s first time running this season. I was very impressed with the Diva. Darla’s running can be very capricious. She loves to run but on her terms. If something irritates her or she is just not feeling like it she will not give it her all. I have talked with my vets and trainers and we feel that that is just her. I never know what I am going to get, but girlfriend came prepared for this race. She did excellently against a very nice and very fast bitch. She came in second and I was very pleased with her.
Jethro on the other hand, had bloody nail beds after his first run. The ground was really hard and he is not accustomed to that, so he lounged in the car the rest of the day… Yeah right… He acted like a spoiled brat because he was not getting to run. He ripped open a pack of cashews, spilled a bottle of water, and coffee over the seat of the car. He was highly upset!
Overall, out first LGRA outing was a lot of fun. Thanks again to great friends like Carl Doby and Jennifer Ng for their help and the wonderful photos!
Photo credit: Carl Doby and Jennifer Ng