Gimme had a great day. As far as she's concerned any day with marshmallows for treats and a new toy, it's a great day.
In her weight class, all the other dogs had dropped out before Gimme's start weight, so her pulls were back-to-back. In a situation like this, I can ask for a break (up to 5 minutes) any time I want. Obviously she didn't need it. For the trial she earned 15 points, making her the Newest Weight Pull Champion.
Sorry about the camera angle... I didn't realize until later that we were moving out of the frame at the end. Gimme was also awarded Most Weight Pulled By Veteran and Most Weight Pulled By Pound. These are calculated by percentage down to one-hundredth of a second. She only needed 10 points to get her UWPCH, so the five extra points count toward the versatility title, but not toward the excellent title.
One interesting thing I noticed, Gimme likes to check the cart - she wants to sniff a couple bricks. When I let her do this, she stands more calmly while I am hooking her up. So, even though it takes a few seconds for her to check the judge's work, I think we save time during the hook up.
Again, all the other dogs had dropped out before her start weight, so Gimme's pulls were back-to-back. We started at a higher start pull, heavier by 240 pounds, which was actually a 10 point pull. Gimme got Another 15 Points,
her first points toward the excellent title and added to the versatility title.
I thought we might get to 20 points in the second trial, but it was just a little too much. She needed 85 pounds to get there. She didn't understand why the cart wouldn't move, turning turn around to look at it and getting a leg tangled in the harness straps in the process. The second time when it wouldn't move right, Gimme backed out of the harness. I think on a two-trial day, we should probably go for it during the first trial while she still has her edge on. Physically she is more than capable, she just needs the confidence to know she can do it. Last trial she got 15 points once - this time she got it for both trials.
Gimme did a fabulous job, pulling more than she ever had before - 18.24 times her weight! - a new personal best.
Naturally Gimme got a new toy to go with her new title.