Now it’s done : Keep on Running Dixie’s Blue Note is officially, till the 1st january of this year a retired whippet. She finally ran her last coursing at Laferté sur Amance, in Champagne Ardenne (or perhaps should I say Great Est, or Left of Frane or whatever stupid name this region lately was given 😀 ). There should have been one CACIL for the males and one for the females, but due to several withdrawals, it was a mixte CACIL of 11 whippets. So Dixie did it with class ! In the morning she ran against a female and in the afternoon against a heavily built male. But nothing can hamper Dixie when she’s “in the mood”. So to crown her career for her last coursing, she won the RCACIL (the CACIL being won by Harry du Maoucha) and the CACP. Honey did not sit in the sidelines and was 3rd with the RCACP. As for Gwendolyn, sadly, she hurted herself during the first round (toe dislocation), though finish her race with the second best tally for the whippets (the best being Dixie’s).
The pictures (taken by Marie-Lise Robert)
Let’s first give honour where honour is due : Dixie
First competition of the year for my misses, everybody did well (even Dixie didn’t make a clown of herself). Bad luck for the first race, they ran with “go-fast” whippets that let them see only their rear. It’s fair game and we must copt with it. So they didn’t won this time but they did not disappoint me. We took advantage of Valérie‘s presence to take nice portrait pictures of the two young ones
Saturday, april the 4th, the Keep on Running family braved the freezing temperatures, the wind and most of all the rain for a little camp in Haute-Marne (Champagne-Ardennes) where a CACIL coursing took place for the Easter week-end. Dixie, Gwendolyn and Honey had to show a great deal of courage to get out of the car in spite of the weather and even the idea of chasing the “rabbit” had trouble to motivate them.
But as soon as they get on the field, nothing more mattered, and the awful weather was instantly forgotten (at least as long as the chase was lasting)
Pictures taken by Valérie from the Atelier des bois
Dixie : you can leave your
hat muzzle on
Gwendolyn et Honey in the afternoon
And it turned out very well for them, as when the awards ceremony took place…
Honey got the CACIL and CACP, as Gwendolyn got the RCACIL and RCACP.