We're still getting in lots of good training though, gearing up for a stretch of trials starting this week-end.
But, it's not all work and no play for the girls. They seem to be enjoying the heat more then I am.
From left to right:
Libby, Miz (FC AFC Mizpah Miss), Miikka and Darbi.
Sadly, Miz was retired this spring due to a cruciate tear at 9 years old. Being the 3 time US National Finalist that she is, she deserves her days in the sun. Miz is also the "cranky" dog that bit Libby on the tongue...they get along famously now. I guess Libby is less of a pain, but if you asked me I'd say the jury is still out.
10 days on the road with 19 dogs can wear a gal out. Feed, air, water, train, rinse and repeat.
I'm having a jammie night tonight and will probably be in bed by 8.
Had a fun, but not very successful week-end with my girls. Darbi went out after a weak water blind on the first day and in the opening series the second day. Darbi has been getting looser on her water blinds each week, so it's time to address it.
Miikka went out in the first series the first day and after the land blind the second day. She still is not back to where she should be, so back to square one with her again. We have some ideas...we will see if they work.
Fun part of the week-end is that I ran a different dog on the second day. Kenny asked me to run his very nice dog Arson, as he was already qualified for the Canadian National. Kenny, in turn, ran my two girls on day two, as well as his other dogs.
Well, the "plan" to give Arson a handicap by having me run him back fired. Arson and I WON the Open on the second day. He was so much fun to run. The win titled Arson in Canada and he is now a Field Trial Champion.
Thanks for the ride Arson...it was an honor to stand beside you.