It's hard to believe it's been a week and a half since the first sanctioned Fast CAT at Dog Sports Unlimited. It was a lot of fun and we got to run over 30 dogs. Not too bad for a stand alone Fast CAT event. Here in Central Florida we have a lot of devotees of the sport and that number is growing rapidly.
Before I get into the results from the event I want to say a few words about the West Volusia Kennel Club's annual show coming up September 19th - 22nd.
We've got a little over a month before the club roles up its sleeves and goes all out trying to put on the best show possible. Hosting shows like this is not easy but it's a great way for the club to support the AKC, provide enjoyable events for dog sport enthusiasts, and invite people in the local community to come and experience all of these wonderful activities for dogs.
Maria and I spent my last Monday off for the summer (4 day work weeks at ERAU in the summer) out canvasing New Smyrna Beach with Dog Show posters and Fast CAT pamphlets. It's a good way to meet fellow dog lovers and let them know what's going on with AKC events in the area. Dog shows are becoming more appealing to the general public and you cast a wider net when you can talk about "all" the activities going on. Conformation has a good size following but everyone loves to watch dogs launch themselves into pools. And it's a lot of fun to watch dogs go sprinting across the length of a football field chasing a lure. Action sports for dogs! How can you not love it, right? Put them all together and it's a ticket to success!
Help us get the word out about this years show and all of the events going on. Hopefully we'll get a good turnout for this year's annual show and ideally a lot of people that have never been to a dog show before.
Well, I guess I rambled on enough about that.
Here are the "unofficial" results for the August 3rd Fast CAT.
Abby_Parson Russell Terrier_9.41
Jimmy Neutron_Cardigan Welsh Corgis_10.64
Doc_Miniature American Shepherd_13.3
Hey Jude_Miniature Schnauzer_19.4
Average Speed of all dogs: 10.6 secs
Remember, these numbers are unofficial until they have been accepted by the AKC. Of course, these are the numbers I sent to the AKC so I don't know what other results are possible. All-in-all, I'd say the dogs did a pretty decent job on the track. Phantom may need to come out to a couple Fast CAT Camps to work on his focus but he definitely has a lot of unrealized potential.
Don't forget to get your entries in for the 6 Fast CAT events going on September 20 - 22. Two events run concurrently each day. That makes it a lot easier to get your Fast CAT runs done without interfering with your show times. Gives everyone more flexibility, which is always a good thing.
If you have any questions or comments about the numbers I posted, feel free to contact me.