I had the pleasure of judging a derby on Friday 9/4 with John Gassner. The clear winner was dog #2 Ammo. This win broke the 100 point threshold and, I believe, put her at 101 points total, which she then built upon the following day at another trial.
Every once in a while, you get to see a dog demonstrate an idiosyncracy that's unique or rare. Friday we had this with Ammo, and her owner/handler Bill tells me that she seems to do this when she comes to the line and is given the time to settle in.
Bill brought Ammo to the line, and she sized-up the scene. She looked around, took in the location of the guns and surveyed the terrain. As she did this, she stretched her front legs waaaay out and lowered her front end down, raising her rear end up. Then she stuck each of her rear legs out individually and stretched them out, all the while taking in the test. When done, she sat beautifully and got ready for Bill to call for the marks.
It was like a powerlifter interlocking his fingers and stretching palm-out to pop his knuckles before a big lift, or maybe a sprinter stretching out his legs before settling down in the blocks to launch for a race.
It was really cool. I'm glad I got to see it.
What a neat little dog.
Bill, enjoy the journey.