On November 3, 2001, at the Polo Field, Roy, WA,
I entered my second oval course race. This race was put on by W.R.A.G.
and was approved by NOTRA (National
Oval Track Racing Assoc.).
I hadn't run any races since my last oval track back in
June when I hurt my toe. Laurel wrapped my foot to help keep
it from getting hurt again. This was also my first race as a veteran
- age exceeding six years. (My birthday was August 31st.)
My first race was with three other dogs. Since I
only ran two races last time, I ran with the slower dogs again. Once
again, I came out of the starting box fine. I even did better on the
corners, not swinging quite so wide. But I wasn't in top physical condition, so I slowed down
during the final stretch and only came in 2nd.
That's me on the left.
My second race was also with three other dogs.
This time, I came in last. I really slowed down in the final
Coming up the final stretch.
The third race went better. I came in second
Gonna get that bunny!
The fourth and last race was exciting. It took
three men and 33 seconds to get Tenner into the starting box. I went
in in three seconds! I don't mess around. Then Tenner was late
leaving the box. I came out good, as usual.
There's three of us, me on the right.
I was second for
the first stretch, then I passed Tiny on the back
stretch. I was in first place for a bit!
I know it's hard to see, but that's me on the left in the lead!
Then I swung a little wide, Tiny passed me and I was in second
again. But Tenner was catching up fast. We were almost neck
and neck at the finish line, but I was just a tad ahead still. So I
came in second!
Here's the "photo finish," but Tiny is blocking Dad's view!
I came in 14th/15th out of 21 dogs. I won the flag for
being the fastest veteran. (Mom still puts it outside on patriotic
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