As you may have already learned in my blog post yesterday, last night was Agatha's big national television debut on "A Todo o Nada."
So, let me tell you a little bit about the game...
In order to win the prize, Agatha had to cross a long, shallow pool of water and then knock down all of the bowling pins at the end of the pool. Before the show airs, they have all the dogs practice first---which is partly to their advantage and partly to their disadvantage. Some dogs enter the water during the practice round, realize they don't like it, and then when it comes to be their turn on live TV they want nothing to do with it. In Agatha's case, she entered the water without much hesitation, but when she had to knock over the bowling pins, she fumbled a bit the first time, which was to her advantage. When it was time for her to go again on live TV, she crossed the pool, arrived at the bowling pins and tried to avoid knocking them over, only tipping over two I believe. I honestly don't remember much...it all happened so fast.
I was on one side of the pool calling for Agatha, trying to lure her through the obstacle, waving a jar of peanut butter in my hand (her favorite), while Tomas was on the other end of the obstacle. What's supposed to happen is that the owners leave the dog at one end of the obstacle, run to the other end, and start calling the dog. Well, the big dog before us broke part of the obstacle, and while the crew tried to repair it, they had Tomas waiting with Agatha, while I was already going to the other side of the obstacle. Because of this delay, Tomas didn't get to my side in time and didn't make it on TV! Although he wasn't all that excited about appearing on TV, he saw it as the exciting reward for waiting outside (yes, the studio was OUTSIDE, underneath a highway overpass) for two hours. Isn't it crazy how on TV everything seems to be a certain way, and when you get to see the reality it is SO different. In any case it was a cool experience and I'm glad we did it. Agatha did fabulously! She may just have been one of the most well-behaved and obedient dogs there. It was a proud (dog)parent moment, and we feel so blessed that she has been a part of our lives for the past three years :-)
As for Willy, he stayed at home since he gets nervous & stressed easily, but we left the TV on for him so he could watch his sister. Crazy dog parents? Maybe so. I don't care. I love it.
Happy Saturday! Oh, and USA, I'll see you in 5 days :-D