collie Chance had her moment in the spotlight last week when she took second place in the dog agility championships at Crufts.
Reston’s Heather McLean travelled down to the NEC in Birmingham with two dogs Chance (better known as Mooie) and her Jack Russell, Bud, and between them they competed in five different agility events.
Having qualified second in the points table from the 11 qualifiying competitions held around the country, hopes were high for a good performance from Chance and Heather was not disappointed.
“In the actual singles final at Crufts she ran an absolutely stunning run, but knocked a brick out of the wall giving us five faults – if she’d left the brick in we’d have won the class by a second,” said Heather.
“In the Championship final she was 0.8 of a second behind the winner, coming home with a lovely piece of crystal. I would much rather we’d come home with the 1st place piece of crystal! If only I hadn’t swung her wide at a couple of places in the course – still that’s just agility, even the world champion got eliminated! There’s always next year.”
Bud the Jack Russell competed in the small team competition (Clyde Valley Flyers) and small championship agility classes; Chance in the medium singles competition, medium championship final and medium team competition with the Clyde Valley Flyers.