Wondering why the blog went quiet for a little while? I was a busy bee getting ready for the 2014 AKC National Agility Championship in Harrisburg, PA!
We started the journey to AKC Agility Nationals by trialing for a few weekends leading up to the big event. I know some handlers feel better if they focus on training, but I feel that my dogs and I do better the more we compete. So compete we did.
The weekend before the NAC, we showed at the LEAP AKC agility trial in Tolland, CT. This was our first opportunity this year to trial on a surface other than rubber mats, which was nice for a change. The facility in Tolland has field turf, which really lets the dogs dig in and run as fast as they can.
AKC Agility Nationals is a one month away, and the information about the event has been coming in “fast and furious” – run orders, souvenir order forms, crating and stall requests, parking fees. Last year was my first NAC and I quickly started to feel overwhelmed by all of this information. (I’m just glad that I don’t have to fly there this year!)
There’s just so much to think about. What to pack, what to wear, what music to put on my iPod… Add to this my year-round paranoia that I’ll miss a walk-through, and I’m already, literally, having nightmares about the event, even though I’m very much looking forward to it!
(Last year I had a nightmare that I made the finals, but the course was over 35 obstacles long, and I kept getting lost during the walk-through. Everyone else thought the course was a piece of cake and finished walking long before I did, and I was freaking out. I woke up in a cold sweat, no joke!)