Let the Games Begin!

I am so excited for the weekend – it is our first trial that counts for qualifying for Cynosport 2015 in Tennessee! I am really hoping to be able to run both Cash & Maya at Cyno next year, probably not Maya in all of the classes – but since she is officially our team Captain we expect her to make an appearance 🙂

This will actually only be the second time that I am running in the Team event at a USDAA trial – two of Cash’s litter mates are running with us – Twist & Puma. He’s also entered in Biathalon runs, Grand Prix & of course Steeplechase. Maybe we will bring home the $5.00 prize. LOL. Maya is entered in Steeplechase & about 4 other runs, I am really looking forward to running them both – and trying Maya on the “big dog” courses 🙂

My goals for the weekend are:

i) Run both dogs to the best of THEIR abilities
ii) LOOK at the line
iii) Stay connected
iv) Have FUN
v) Enjoy the Journey

I am pulling the Airstream up and camping nearby – AND have finally figured out a way to be able to use my phone and be connected to the internet while traveling in the US – its through a company called Roam Mobility (www.roammobility.com) If it works well I will try to post updates at night 🙂

Hope everyone has a great week & weekend!!

– Karen

Airstreaming & Agility

My handsome husband flew away on a jet plane again. He is hanging out two hours north of Fort Mac in Alberta. I understand it’s quite cold up there, and there are a lot of bugs. His first winter there he actually got stuck in a snow drift. I’m pretty sure that mental image will always make me laugh 🙂

When he was home on his last turn around we had a couple of agility trials to attend, friends to visit, and sights to see. The dogs did fabulous at the trials, we are showing in AKC right now – Maya moved up into excellent standard (exciting, trust me!), and Cash (as in Johnny) made it into open all around. He is a very exciting, crazy fast little guy…can’t wait to see what the future will hold for us!

I believe I left off in a previous blog with us at the agility trial in Midland, MI – parked in a driveway with a view & enjoying great company? When the trial was done, Bryan and I hit the road and headed north to Burt Lake State Park as a stopover on our way to visit friends outside of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. It rained, and rained and rained….but the park looks like a lovely spot to come back to!

We woke up early the next morning and continued our trek North. If you haven’t been to St.Josephs island in Ontario – you really should add it to the bucket list. It is a gorgeous area of our country…a little slice of heaven. Bryan and I spent the night there visiting with some good friends and having far too many laughs 🙂

One of the things I had been most excited about was seeing the International Dark Sky park in northern michigan. Luckily for us the weather cleared up, and we were able to see the stars. We camped right on the shore of Lake Michigan in the Wilderness State Park. There was almost no one there, and it was truly magical. The dogs romped & enjoyed the beach (not a dog free zone in the fall!), and Bryan and I had some time to relax. The weather was perfect, and the northern lights made an appearance on our first night!

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There were actually three other Airstreams in the park as well….we’ve not been Airstreamers long – but they are quite a friendly bunch! We spent an evening with Tim & Linda who were wealths of knowledge and very interesting folk. Their airstream was a much older model, but a thing of beauty. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything so shiny!

Our adventure concluded at the Seven Lakes state park outside of Holly, Michigan. I had one more dog trial to attend, and this park was quite close to our show site. The dogs did great, and I had some very good times with friends. We went out for homemade ice cream in Fenton at “Uncle Ray’s” – sinfully delicious…and a yummy supper at a Mexican restaurant where my husband ordered the HUGE “wet burrito”. This unfortunately for his digestive system had been a trend over the course of our trip…and yes he did eat the whole thing!

Two weeks can fly by in the blink of an eye can’t it? Now the fun of trying to decide where to go next! Any suggestions?

Camping in the Rain

Well it’s the morning of Day 3 here at TNT Dog Training Centre in Midland, MI – it’s such a beautiful facility. It’s been pouring rain since we got here and I am VERY glad that we have been competing indoors! Running in the rain can be fun… but not for three days in a row!

I am also immensely happy that I’m not camping in a tent! I used to be one of those people that thought camping in a trailer wasn’t “really” camping … I’ve changed my mind.

I know being in my giant tin can with a refrigerator, and coffee maker (clearly the MOST important appliance) is not the same as roughing it in Algonquin Park… But today I am quite thankful to have heard the rain binging off of the roof rather than seeping in around our tent seams!

The agility trial has gone super well so far, lots of time spent with good friends, and of course my beautiful dogs 🙂 We have been parked in my good friend Lori’s awesome dad joe’s (mouthful there!) lane way not far from the show site. Last night they treated us to a lovely steak dinner on the back deck overlooking the lake. So thankful to be surrounded by such great people !

We are headed north tonight – destination unknown. Will update as we go!

– Karen