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Pick-me-Up: Crufts Rescue Dog Agility
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6 September 2023 - 5:11 pm
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Need a pick-me-up? When I do, a spot of non-competitive, sometimes glorious, oftentimes comical Crufts dog show rescue dog agility usually gives me a smile. Some of these dogs are top level competitors, others are...not (you'll spot the difference). icon_lol All are sweet and fun to watch. Enjoy!

Natalie & Juno (aka June)

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6 September 2023 - 5:53 pm
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Tha ks Natalie!  Had an absolute  blast watching g this.  Seeing the dogs having ao much fun and jist being Happy to jist be!  No pressure for a "perfect performance "...just letting them have fun.

And such  a positive  message to advocate for rescues♥️♥️.

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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6 September 2023 - 6:28 pm
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I've always found the rescue dog agility exhibition kind of condescending. It implies that rescue dogs are not able to compete against purebred dogs. Training a dog for agility takes dedication and time. With enough training, any dog should be able to learn the skills to run an agility course cleanly, even if they aren't fast enough to be a top competitor. Trotting out rescue dogs with minimal training who are adorably off task just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. 

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6 September 2023 - 6:42 pm
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@mischief - Actually, the event commentators agree with you and point out that many of the top dogs in the regular agility rounds are rescues (mixes and purebreds compete as equals) - and some of them are even featured in the rescue exhibition to show the range of abilities. Some of the rescues in the exhibition with lesser ability are also simply earlier in their careers (the commentators point these out) - and some are just in it for casual fun and exercise.

In the end, I think Crufts manages it in a pretty tasteful and nuanced way, and the main point of the rescue feature is for people to consider a rescue for themselves and/or support their local rescues, so it's more about support than mockery. That said, I'm sure there are exhibitions where rescues are made to look hapless and lesser and, I agree, that's false and tasteless.

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7 September 2023 - 3:33 am
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I did watch the video you posted before replying. I've seen it before, but hadn't watched this year's. Honestly, with the woman commenting on the dogs history at the same time as the two men commentating the course, I really can't make much out. The course commentators have the kind of posh British accent that sounds condescending to my American esr. Maybe it's not as bad as my impression. 

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7 September 2023 - 12:40 pm
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Thanks for sharing that fun video Natalie! I'm going to dig into more of those at dinner tonight! 

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7 September 2023 - 1:51 pm
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@jerry - fyi, Heelwork to Music and Flyball are right up there on the pick-me-up list too.

Our Juno is trained in Rally-O so we've taken a lot of inspiration from Heelwork to Music for other tricks and things to give her to learn. She loves working and a lot of the moves are still gentle enough for us to keep doing with her as a tripawd. 🙂

Natalie & Juno (aka June)

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7 September 2023 - 2:24 pm
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Flyball is a ton of fun to watch! It's a pretty dangerous sport, I wouldn't let my dogs do it, but exciting to watch. I also love it when a team of border collies (who are so good at *everything*) take second place to a team of whippets or lurchers. I love little aerodynamic whippets. 

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7 September 2023 - 2:54 pm
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@mischief - and there's that one team with that medium brown whippet that you miss seeing if you blink. Love that dog.

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7 September 2023 - 5:02 pm
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Damn that's a fast dog. 

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