On June 24, 2001, at Emerich Field, Camano Island, WA,
I entered my first oval course race. This race was put on by W.R.A.G.
and was approved by NOTRA (National
Oval Track Racing Assoc.).
Relaxing in the van.
I had gone over to Jo's a couple of days last week to
practice with the boxes. Instead of being hand slipped, we are put
in starting boxes, just like race horses!
My first race was with three other dogs. Since
this was my first time entered, I ran with the slower dogs. I
started out really good. I broke out of the box great and was in the
lead until we came to the curve. If I had stayed in tighter, I would
have done better. I came in third place.
That's me coming around the corner, third from left.
Here's me looking like a real race dog!
(Thanks to Galen for taping this race!)
My second race was also with three other dogs.
This time, I came in second. But, unfortunately, somewhere during
the race, I hurt my toe! Mom put ice on it and babied me more than
usual. I didn't get to run the remaining two races.
I came in 15th out of 18 dogs, even though I only ran 2
of 4 races! Just wait!
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