See that little bit of white in the middle of the circle? That's Tiny Dog's belly facing the sky after I launched her out of the start gate and into a somersault. It was a grievous error on my part and she was not able to recover. (It also didn't help that the guy in the yellow shirt at the end of the gate had a pocketfull of dog treats. When the gate opened, a few of the dogs on our end made a beeline to him.) She was a bit disoriented after she righted herself and wanted to come back to me instead of going towards the finish line. Needless to say, she finished in last place.
The lady next to Sweety saw Tiny go ass over teakettle and sarcastically said to him, "Well, wasn't that a fine start?". Heh, that bitch's dog didn't win either. Neener-neener.
But we learned a lot. We'll be ready to smoke the competition next year. Next year, Tiny Dog and Chi Chi will both be entered. I think Chi Chi's poor eyesight and excellent hearing would work to our advantage. She couldn't see the other dogs to be freaked out by them and could hear Sweety yell "treat!" over all of the noise.
If you watch closely, you can see Tiny do the flip right after the gate is opened. We're in lane 10 - the one fartherest to the right.
Here's the link if you can't see the pathetic video above.