Thursday, October 29, 2009

Getting Ready...

I was planning on snapping some pictures of the dogs in their new Halloween costumes tonight, but I've ran out of time. So it'll have to wait until tomorrow. I am thankfully starting to feel better and have been busying myself getting ready for our very first AKC agility trial tomorrow and Sat. Heffner has been in desperate need of a bath and finally got one tonight. And I also dremmelled both dogs nails. It's amazing how much those buggers grow in a weeks time, let alone two weeks since I missed doing them last week! I've got the truck all packed up with our gear that we'll need. Unfortunately Heffner managed to kill the front entrance to his crate while I was gone, so I'm down to one soft crate that can actually contain a dog. I'm bringing it with me, but I think I'm just going to keep both dogs in the canopy. It's cold enough that they won't over heat and the canopy is really well insulated. The only thing I'm worried about is changing out dogs. Unless they combine the Novice A and Novice B classes, we've only got one dog in between our runs. Which means that I'm going to have to haul butt out to the truck and switch out dogs. Not what I really want to worry about, but don't have much of a choice.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good, clean runs tomorrow. I don't care if we Q at this point. Neither dog has had agility practice in two weeks since I've been feeling under the weather this week. And since they've had little exercise over the past two weeks, I'm bound to have my hands full. My predictions are that Heffner will start up wound a little tight, but we should get more in sync by our last run of the day. With Bess, I have a feeling that we're going to have some zoomies on our first run. Which I believe is going to be FAST, so it's a good course to have the zoomies on. If I can harness her craziness, it might turn out alright. I've done that before with other CPE games courses and it's actually worked for us! I'm also bringing my set of "weave poles" with me to practice. They're just poles sunk in canisters of cement so that I can position the poles independent of each other if I so choose. It makes them incredibly portable, but easily tipped over by the dogs when they really lean into the poles. However, I just want the dogs to get in the groove of correct entrances and follow throughs.

So we're pretty much ready for tomorrow! It should be interesting!!:o)


Jennifer H. said...

How exciting!!! Good luck and we can't wait to hear how it goes!! Falkor says GO Heffner and GO Bess!!

The PR Gang said...

Good luck for a great weekend. I'm sure we're going to hear about some Q's!