Just because you screw up doesn’t make you a screw up, and it’s fair to say that we can all relate to the nobility of going down in style. A dive that turns into an awe-inspiring bellyflop; the sprint that turns into a graceful fall down the hill–with the right sense of humor, any mistake can turn into a “I meant to do that” situation. Take, for example, Olly the rescue dog. While running the Crufts Rescue Dog Agility Course, Olly crashed and burned early on with a failed hurdle-jumping attempt. Instead of letting the failure crush his doggy spirit, Olly decided to use his time to have a total, rip-roaring blast.
Take this total nosedive–Would Olly clearing this hurdle make for a better photo? Sure, we all love seeing a doggy in peak performance, but in the context of this pup’s unbridled joy and enthusiasm in running amok, this wipeout captures the way we all feel when we just have to run with the negative and make the best of things. This is the moment that elicited a gasp from the audience, the moment where Olly’s excitement outmatched his ability–but it’s also the moment where Olly decides to say “whatever” and just have as much fun as a dog can have on a big green field of toy-like things. Also, remember that most of the dogs at this event were probably running this course with the utmost agility and efficiency. After a number of well behaved dogs, it’s performances like this that really steal the show and prove memorable (at a certain point, a day spent watching dogs jump over hurdles is likely similar to counting sheep, no matter how cute the dogs are).
See! Look at that head rising up, as if to say “that’s not all, folks!” Olly springs upward with the resilience we all wish we could muster after falling on our faces (and remember, in this case, Olly has LITERALLY fallen on his face). In the circus of life, we can’t all be the graceful trapeze artist–sometimes you have to just go ahead and play the clown. Olly isn’t playing to the judges anymore–he’s playing to the crowd.
Right after Olly springs upward, all bets are off. You have NEVER seen a dog this energetic. Sensing no chance of victory, he runs the obstacles at his discretion, seemingly choosing which ones he plans on running strictly based on how fun they look and what direction he finds himself running in. So he jumps some hurdles, pivots around some posts, and jumps a couple ramps at lightning speed while his trainer desperately tries to keep him focused. Eventually he sniffs his way to this corner for a little while. Maybe it smells like food? Maybe he’s ready to call it a day? (JK, Olly is most certainly not ready to call it a day the way he turns around and bolts into a full doggy sprint).
Okay, okay, this is impressive. Olly actually gets AIR, running a pyramid shaped ramp obstacle at such speed that he’s hovering above its peak–like a car in a big budget action movie. Maybe Olly should have a cameo in the new Fast and the Furious movie (Fast and the Furrest groan I know).
In the end, Olly did not win any awards, but he clearly won hearts with his inspiring performance. Look at him walking off the stadium stage, seemingly knowing full well what he has accomplished: having tons of fun and looking great doing it. In the eyes of Rescue Dog Agility Course judges, he may not have been the BEST boy, but Olly is a very, very good boy!