“Bungo’s first day at the races”
Early one Saturday morning, on the 7th April, Bungo jumped into Maureen’s car and happily set off to Overton in Hampshire down the M3. It was the first flyball race day of a new season, the sun was threatening to emerge, and Bungo excitedly mused at the prospect of his first day at the races.
What a jolly splendid day it would be.
He would greet all his Womballs doggie friends, maybe help put up the spanking new gazebo,
Raise his fine new flag, and settle down to watch some exciting racing by starter team- the “Bungo Womballs” and his intermediate team -the “Womballs Wannabees”
When suddenly peace was shattered by a cry from chief captain and organiser Lorraine.
“Alas, one of our valiant starter team is missing- where is Bo??”
A disaster has struck the starter team – who would come to its rescue?
“I will run for the starters – even though I have too many years behind me – I will volunteer and save the day” said Ali.
A hush descended as Mac -(with Lorraine), Ali -(with Jenny) followed by novices, Darcey and Bussell (oops Teddy) -with Rosie and Jackie, strode into the ring for their first starter race.
They ran all their 3 morning races brilliantly, didn’t put a foot wrong, and won the first two races with a fastest time of 26.30 .
Darcey and Teddy swapped positions and Eva ran Mac in the afternoon session. They won their first race in the afternoon but not the last two as the sun had crept out and fatigue enveloped the team a little. An overall 5th place but Bungo felt a wave of pride spread over him for his brand new starter team’s First performance.
Time for the Intermediates Wannabees.
Bungo carefully studied their form.
A worthy team of Dixie (with Janet), Ellie (with Mo), Moosh(with Michelle), Roxie (with Helen), and Spot(with Karen)
But they were drawn against very strong opposition. The team ran extremely well with hardly any mistakes. Novices Moosh and Spot were a credit.
Bungo was screaming encouragement alongside Peter and Adele who turned up with Kiki to watch the contest and add their support.
After 5 losses the Wannabees showed their true spirit and won their last race in fine style and left the ring jubilant.
Back to the new gazebo to munch on a magnificent chocolate cake, and the biggest carrot cake you’ve ever seen bought by Jackie.
Bungo , smiled and settled back , musing over a great day with good friends, as his thoughts were interrupted by the “pop” and “whoosh” of the traditional bottle of prosecco being opened by Sarah. A cheer went up. A punnet of strawberries appeared, as if by magic, from Karen.
Aaah….thank goodness some things will never change!!