The first week of January, I caught a status update on Facebook from the blog Pensacola with Kids. It’s a great Facebook page to follow when you’re looking for stuff to do on weekends around here.

They suggested the four-day-long Pensacola Dog Fanciers Association Agility Trials that started on Thursday of that week and lasted through the weekend (January 3-6, 2013). With our boys’ affinity for border collies, this was a no brainer.

It was a fun, super-laid-back event. We were very sad that we didn’t bring Howie, dogs were welcome to come as spectator. There were a few rules about keeping the visiting dogs from distracting the dogs, but Howie would have been perfectly fine.

We had a fun time! The kids LOVED watching the dogs compete, especially the more novice dogs that were VERY easily distracted…one of them saw a “friend” across the arena and completely STOPPED his course run to go and visit.

I took our telephoto lens with our new camera, but it’s clear that I have a lot to learn about our camera. I had a hard time capturing the super-fast dogs, but it’s a work in progress.

Here are some pictures from our day….

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Timmy saw a friend from school and the two of them hung out most of the time.

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What you’re looking at here are the handlers walking the course, like a rehearsal.

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This kind woman was the emcee for the event, and in between events she brought animals up for the kids to pet.

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Melt my heart! I switched to my 55-200mm telephoto lens and could get these detailed photos while still sitting up in the stands.

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Training.

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I have a lot to learn about photographing action. This is what most of my pictures look like of the dogs in motion. I fiddled with the exposure and f-stop somewhat, but I didn’t do much better than this.

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That border collie was CRAZY fast!

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My favorite of all the action pictures.

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When the dog goes through the ring at the end of the course, the timer stops.