I am getting ready for our first-ever true away-from-home agility trial. Well sort of. We have been lucky enough to have friends and family houses to crash at before overnight, but this will be our first “big kids staying in a hotel alls by ourselves” type trial. We’ll see how it goes.

We are heading up to Camarillo tomorrow AM. I heard a screechy weather report yesterday that made my heart sink–saying we will be having a miserable heatwave, “crank up your AC!!!!” But when I just checked, it only said highs in the 80s. While also issuing multiple Weather Alerts about how hot it will be. I dunno, maybe this joint is close enough to the coast that we’ll be okay. Fingers crossed. 80’s we can do. If it gets into the 90’s we’re screwed. Forest will meltdown literally…

I was just all chirpy yesterday about it being fall and hoping that the weather will get back on track where its “supposed to be”, but I dont know if we even know what that is anymore.

Forest was sooooo good in class on Monday. So good in fact that other than our first sequence we nailed our goes on the first try and then quit. Good to quit on a high note, not so good for wearing out the dog or getting me to really understand what I am doing. However we did some fairly tricky wraparound and serpentine type deals, and we did really well. I think the Jennifer Crank stuff helped immensely.

Weaves were okay. Took a few tries first sequence, then got them perfectly on the last. Its a mystery to me. Contacts were perfect, keep him at 2-o-2-o to keep things under control for the trial.

So. I think we are ready. Looking forward to our road trip this weekend. Too bad I dont have one of these to stay in instead of the Vagabond Inn! Someday.



The posting has been sparse unfortunately, due to my lack of motivation and energy. My plans of doing a Rally Fun Match with Diego were thwarted, and instead I had a weekend full of family bickering and post-grandparents aftermath. It is getting ugly. Over the stuff. There is a lot of stuff to be had and its just getting gross. I thought I could be a referee, but I have decided to bow out of that mess.

Diego and Forest, less-than-impressed with family drama as well. Side note–when we were kids, these were the “death stairs”. One wrong step and you were catapulting down the sheer drop, praying you didnt land on a concrete corner. Diego used them as his personal stairmaster this weekend.

That and we watched “Up in the Air” last night—which was a lovely movie but that, compounded with my weekend full of stuff-arguing makes me want to quit my job, throw the dogs in the car and get the hell out of Dodge. Where on earth we would go, not sure, but it would be nice. Maybe to Joshua Tree, or Hurricane or Buffalo, preferably with a Scamp in tow?

In agility news, Forest’s running Aframe contacts and 2x2s are both coming along nicely. I need to map out my Fall agility schedule now that we _hopefully_ should be out of the figurative heat by the end of next month. Though with how wonky this Summer has been we could have an endless heat wave into December…

I am going to start a Scamp fund.