Evan competes in agility

Evan RibbonsOn August 3 and 4, Evan and I competed in an AKC agility trial at Purina. We earned our second leg towards our Open Jumpers title and took first place in our jump height. It was the most difficult course we’ve done so far. Then, on the weekend of August 24 and 25, he earned his AKC Open Agility Jumper (OAJ) title.

On August 9–11, Evan and I competed in our first Teacup Dog Agility Association (TDAA) sponsored trial. TDAA is for dogs that measure seventeen inches at the withers and lower. The equipment is scaled down for smaller dogs, the course is smaller, and there’s a lot less space between obstacles so handling has to be precise. There are different criteria for class placement and for a qualifying run. Evan and I placed in all ten of our runs and had seven qualifying runs. We earned our Teacup Beginner Agile Dog (TBAD) and Teacup Games I (TG1) titles as well as one leg towards our TG2 title.

Evan also had his first paddle boat ride in July—I don’t know if that counts as a brag but he did great.

–Deborah Vassar