Flyball practice went awesome last night.
Pallo ran solid and clean, and pretty much was holding his ball all the way. His energy was all there, he dug in, ran hard, and did an awesome job.
He even had to pass Zip, a super excited, super fluffy Belgian Tervuren on our team who can be a bit overbearing and over interested in dogs she is passing. But Pallo passed into her just fine, holding steady and solid.
Koira though was the real star. She ran in a full line up of 4 dogs. We put her in 3rd, just to see how she handled it. And, she did awesome. A few ball drops (which all hit the incoming Jack Russel in the face, poor thing), but not one refusal, turn around, or restart needed. She only fumbled at the box once, and while she did drop early a few times, she also held her ball all the way about half our runs.
Even more exciting, she was running fast. Most of the time, she was even single striding down to the box, which for her, is pretty awesome. She has been on the double-stride to the box, then turn around and put on the after burners type of a method for a long time, and I would like to see some of her return speed in her send out. Last night, I finally saw some of it leaching over.
For the tournament we will plan on having her in for two races on Sunday. Depending on how well she runs, and on how the other dogs on the team are doing, she may run more or less.
ETA: Thank you to CindyLu's Muse for passing on the Versatile Blogger Award to us, and to Yuki for passing on the Inspiration Award. I really appreciate these being passed on.