I went to Regionals this year with no expectations except for, hopefully, at least one run that felt nice with Ryan.
No expecations became a 1st place in Jumpers, then a 1st place in Gamblers, followed by a 1st place in Standard on Saturday. On Sunday, even with my substantially increased nerves, we managed to have a beautiful opening gamble but missed the main, then a 1st place in Standard and one knocked bar in Jumpers.
This is Ryan, who normally knocks a bar in every run and goes off course multiple times due to my poor handling. I get nervous and get lost, or doubt where I'm going enough to send him off course, every year at Regionals.
We ended up in 3rd place in 22" Specials.
We are obviously the ones up there who don't know how to pose on a podium, since we've never been up there and I never ever *ever* expected to be up there.
He ended up with 514 points - just 13 points behind 1st.
This is also the face that got lost in the woods for about 45 minutes this weekend. We were on a new trail and Abby must have taken a wrong turn and lost the group (me, a friend, her dog, Ryan and Lucy). I ran back down the mountain yelling her name - it took us an hour or so to climb up and it took me about 30 mins to stumble down. Smart Abby was waiting by the car. She was so happy to see us - kisses for everyone and then she wanted to keep hiking. I wasn't *too* worried, but I was definitely getting more and more panicky as I went down the trail with no sign of her. Considering I've never lost sight of Abby in the last 8 years of hiking with her, this was scary. I'm so glad she went back to the car!
Oh, and you know what else is the face of insanity?
That cute little chick?
In 3 days (that's right, 3) the nutty mutts and I are moving to a farm. I've started a new blog to document the adventure and I'll post the link soon.
No April Fools - it's really happening! I'm not sure I even understand it's real yet...
Adopting Abby in 2005 gave me a crash course on owning a high drive dog...I liked it so much that I adopted Border Collie puppy Ryan two years later.
These are the (no)tails of my adventures in agility, flyball, sheep herding, general training and daily life with two NuttyMutts....and with some pictures of sea lions and other aquatic life thrown in since I worked at an aquarium.