bradl Posted July 2, 2012 Share Posted July 2, 2012 Lovely weekend in Bend, Oregon. Bit of sun; bit of rain; lots of Cairns; lots of Cairn folk. Got to meet Tami and Fearghus (and caught a glimpse of Steve ) and generally hang out at Bill and Pat's house. In between eating like a pig at the house, and watching the Cairns show, we spent Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon at the lure course. I think there were around 12 or so Cairns who ran the Coursing Ability Test at least once. Many ran every available time. Several titles were earned. Due to the rain, the lure operator was really hopping trying to cope with stretching string (which loosens the tension, slows the lure, and allows the dog to catch it) or drying string (which increases tension and breaks the string). The club putting on the test was overwhelmed by the turnout (of all breeds) but were unfailingly pleasant, patient, and encouraging. They seemed impressed with the turnout of Cairns, and their success with the lure. By Saturday evening they'd figured out to run the small dogs/short course first, since the "do over" rate was very low - the Cairns were very reliable and barring string problems ran like champs. Oz wicketed over 12 inches and he had to run the 600 yard course - which he did with typical heart. Run Toto Run. As we were packing up the lure operator came over and said to Vicki something like "I wanted to thank you guys for bringing out your tribbles to run." They got quite a kick out of watching the wee Cairns run. The course was a bit tight for the big coursing hounds, but once while testing the string tension they ran a Borzoi. Oh my ... watching a big sighthound run is a sight of surpassing beauty. It was genuinely thrilling to see. It would be a crime to own one of the sighthounds and not let them course! Here's Sammy (Dundee's mother ) - she was running during/after the downpour so had to keep restarting due to string malfunctions. Finally on the third try they got a complete run. On Sunday, the coursing field was dismantled and set up for a flyball tournament. No Cairns were on any of the flyball teams (it's a team sport and not something you can just show up and try), but Cairns *can* be on teams and are often desirable as the "short dog" of the team - the jump height is set for the shortest dog on the team, so a short fast dog like a Cairn can be welcome. Just for fun I've linked a couple short youtubes I took showing what a flyball heat looks like, along with a closer look at the box that dispenses the balls. Flyball looks like a lot of fun. These dogs were having a ball (literally). At the end of the course, a ball is released by the dog pressing against the platform lever - they grab it and return to complete their leg of the relay. 1 Quote CAIRNTALK: Vote! | Questions? Need help? → Support Forum Please do not use PMs for tech supportCRCTC: Columbia River Cairn Terrier Club Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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