Well, it wasn’t quite as epic as Joe Frazier v. George Foreman, but I’ll set the scene anyways…
April 12th, 2008 – Oak Grove, Minnesota. Located North of the Twin Cities this small town played host to a small gathering meant to be a spring kickoff at the Oak Grove fire house. We received word earlier in the week that most of the displays, clubs and businesses cancelled because Spring apparently forgot to set his alarm this year. 29 Degrees, the snow was already on the ground and would continue to fall from the sky the rest of the morning. Wind chill was a balmy 18 degrees with 17mph winds out of the North.
What’s that you say? Perfect weather to throw a frisbee? Of course it was, and over 20 dogs and a dozen handlers showed up to prove it. First up was Round 1 of Distance and Accuracy. We can assume most of the competitors were a bit rusty since we were 5 dogs in before we even saw a catch. The wind was blowing fiercely and knocking all our flying discs out of the sky before our talented dogs could snatch them out of the air.
Round 1 for Baxter proved difficult as he felt it was of the utmost importance to find Rachelle among the spectators … DURING his 60 second round. He was able to make an impressive 2.5 point catch with all four feet off the ground during the round. We finished round 1 with 1 catch for 2.5 points. Because of the lack of catches for all competitors, Baxter sat in second place after Round 1.
Disc Dog Freestyle brought out the best in all the competitors as the wind mercilessly batted down disc after disc. Well practiced routines were swept aside as improvisation took over to combat the wind.
Baxter and I were able to complete 10 out of 18 throws and received scores of 5 for Presentation, 6 for Athleticism, 5.5 for Wow!Factor and 6 for Success. We were able to complete some flip catches, some medium distance throws and 4 or 5 vaults throughout the 60 second routine. After a successful round it was back to Round 2 of Distance and Accuracy.
Round 2 proved more stable than the previous round. Handlers started to gauge the wind better and adjust throws to allow for more catches overall. Baxter on the other hand felt it was imperative to investigate the playing field for scents … DURING his 60 second round of course. Baxter was able to make one catch for 2 points from 3 throws.
Stats were tallied, checked and double-checked and winners were announced. Baxter’s second round was .5 short of pulling into a third place finish in Distance and Accuracy. After Distance and Accuracy placings were announced the Freestyle winners were announced. Months of grueling practice in our dark, cold training facility (the basement) payed off as Baxter and I were announced the Novice Freestyle winners!
A fantastic day put on by the Twin Cities Disc Dog Club.