We came, we saw, we conquered. Well, some things!
So the driving tally according to my truck was 1900+ miles, 35+ hours of drive time, and wait for it... 109+ gallons of fuel (at $3.50/gallon average). Go me :P Left on Saturday and got back yesterday (Friday). Glad I know I can drive that far in one day still.
Things I learned:
Audio Books are the BOMB on long drive
I like Qing
I love taking pictures
I love my family and bed <3
Going north is hard on me... WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE COLDER THERE?!
Getting back is bittersweet
You know you're home (Texas) when billboards are talking about chipotle and jalapeno things :D
You can live off of Taco Bell in other states, but its not ideal
Steak and Shake sells burgers. I refused to eat there on the idea that that was false advertising lol
My truck is my friend and totally capable of being lived out of when needed
Maggie Pryor's new RV is so AWESOME. I'll sleep in the back with the dogs... don't mind me
I like making friends and meeting up with people all over the country
THERE ARE SOME GORGEOUS DOGS OUT THERE!
OK, enough of that. I left the state of Texas and marveled over lots of things. Most importantly are the results I suppose:
Here's our loot from Nationals (minus the check)
I also took a TON of pictures at the show on Wednesday and Thursday and fell in LOVE with the lens I rented. Yes, I promptly bought it when I returned home. Doh. Here's the link of all the gorgeous dogs I captured:
USASA Nationals, Gray Summit, Missouri LINKAGE
Now the irony... I have to wait to buy the pictures the "official" photographer took of my dogs in the ring and obedience. *tap tap tap tap...
But seriously, if you have the chance to go to an Aussie Nationals (ASCA or AKC), go! I'm not a social person and thought I'd be wasting a ton of money, but its super cool and only as frantic and stressful as you make it. Also, Purina Farms is GORGEOUS! The new building is so awesome! I'll post pictures once I sort out where they are :)
New Hope ASC had a show in town last weekend and despite family obligations on Sunday, I decided to pack a few dogs for a Pre-Nationals show and tell on Saturday. The dogs weren't as stripped out as I would normally have them as I'm trying to keep as much hair on them as possible until I get to Missouri. It'll work... maybe :)
Gamble's been looking pretty good lately, so I neutered him a few weeks ago and decided to hit the Altered Champion Trail. He already has a 5 point Intact major but as I never planned to breed him and with about 50 intact boys at my house (HUGE exaggeration but it feels that way at times) I thought I'd go ahead and get this going. Gamble ended up winning Winners Dog for something like 2 points? Maybe 3? I suck at looking these things up while at a show.
Georgie as always was more than willing to come to the show and play and even though she tried her hardest to heel instead of gait (the point in showing her was this) we had this sorted out quickly and she did well. Here's a pic of her smiling (as she normally does). She does have a neck under all that fluff, I swear :) We did reward her second try in Winners with a round of heeling right outside the ring. She was instantly very happy with that!
Note to self: Love this outfit... but don't let Trip ruin the shirt so you can't wear it again. Stupid thing ripped on his nail... grr.
Just a quick note on our past weekend in Rally Novice B with baby dogs! Pictures taken by Adrienne - so awesome having my own photographer now instead of me always doing it! :)
Cole did a good job in Rally Novice B this past weekend, Qing both days with a 92 and an 89. Had to repeat a station cause he thought it was too hot to bother laying down again, but not too bad!
Georgie was a rock star in the ring and nailed everything really well for her first attempt! Only issues were her running into me a few times on heeling, but she's getting it. She got 2nd place both days with a 93 and then a 95!
Trip was a puppy and had NO issues with being in the ring, but he NQed merrily.
Just me, Beth, the person in charge of the Cirrus Crew! Reporting LIVE (or semi so!) on our happenings about the place and at shows.