Next stop, Reno! Okay, there is a stop for work in there first but I will hopefully survive that. I haven't had so much fun packing my RV for a trip in a long time. I'm quite sure packed enough food for 2 weeks so if anyone at nationals gets hungry or thirsty I can help with that.
We had our last lesson today. It was lots of fun! Nancy and Laura were there as usual but we had some ghosts from the past, Rob and Wings. They have been out of commission for the last 5 months or so because Wings was busy having and raising new puppy agility stars. You wouldn't know it though, they looked great today and I'm sure they'll do great at nationals. We also had special guest stars Tori and Rev visiting, which was lots of fun. Rev is so teeny! I think Cassidy and Wings were both a bit self conscious about Rev's runway model weight.
I ran both Icon and Cassidy and was reminded why I never run both Icon and Cassidy in the same lesson, it was a bit hectic (and I had to rely on other people to keep Cassidy quiet when I was running Icon). Icon and I could barely get get through 12 obstacles without an issue. I really hope that at nationals there isn't a course with a tunnel under the dogwalk at the end where they're NOT supposed to turn away into the tunnel because I could 't get Icon NOT to take the tunnel. But bad dress rehearsal, good show... right? Cassidy was actually really good aside from a few bars here and there. Cassidy says, "Bars? I'm not supposed to touch them?? Honey badger don't care."
I really hope I do well with all the dogs at nationals, all for different reasons:
For Cassidy it's because she's been living with me since the end of November just so we can prepare to run at nationals. Her mom will be there watching (which is pretty stressful!) so that's another reason I hope we do well.
For Apollo I'm sure this will be his last big event (yeah, I said that at 2010 invitationals as well too, but this time I'm pretty sure) so I really want to do the best we can do. I know he'll give me his best, he always does! Love my Polly!
For Icon this is his last nationals at 26" and how we do here will decide whether or not I go to Tryouts this year. I'd really like to, but we'll see... Icon has been showing classic ETS signs lately, well for quite a while now but it's only the last few months that I've acknowledged it. It's your typical stuttering before spreads, after tunnels, when there are large spaces between jumps, etc. It's very dependent on environment (surface, lighting, course design...) as well but it's definitely there when the conditions are right (or wrong, depending how you look at it). After a particularly bad USDAA trial in January I tried to move Icon down to 20" for nationals but it was just past the closing date. So nationals will likely be our swan song at 26". So yeah, I'd like to do well. :)