Tuesday, September 17, 2013


So the trip down south was good. OC peeps are very friendly! Not just the agility folks, either. Starbucks, TJ’s, the gas stations, even rush hour traffic people. No one pulled a gun on me. For that I am grateful. A guy that used to work at my current job had someone wave a gun at him during L.A. rush hour traffic. He was from Vermont. I don’t think that happens a lot there.
And that L.A. traffic?! Woo doggy! All kinds of cray-cray. There may be a lot of fake stuff in L.A. but all the stories about the traffic are totally true. The first 300 miles of the trip from San Jose to Santa Barbara-ish took the same amount of time as the last 100 miles from there to Fountain Valley. I can’t believe people do that every day!
The trial was fun. Nice group of folks. Lots of fun, fast dogs. I didn’t see a single dog that I thought perhaps should have been retired 2 years ago or a lame one or any who just acted like they didn’t want to be there. No one being dragged through a course. Too much of that at home. It’s depressing really. None of that there, though. Really nice park, too! The agility portion had phenomenal shade and a great grass surface. Not all lumpy and business. The rest of the park was so cool. In northern California, our agility sites are usually lots of dirt and freight trains and cows. Not in The OC. Oh no, they have water features!
With ducks and fountains and shit!
Rocks for posing
(they are watching a professional photographer shoot people models. Bella is probably being judge-y)
Lovely place to take a break from the barking
Hunt some ducks
Duck hunting
Just act like the old fart she is turning into
Happy park dog
I am thinking that this may have been our last trial. She has slowed down but still seems to really enjoy running.
Non-traditional JP run on Saturday. She is having a good time. It was double points for anything taken after a tunnel. I know it makes no sense to watch.
Saturday night, though? Soooooo beat!
I am not sure if it was the travel and humidity (really sticky, got to me, too!). She seemed to enjoy her runs, but was really over being at the trial site. She is also much more cautious on the dog walk. Not that hers has ever been a warp speed one, but still, seems like she is thinking about it more. Age? Equipment she hasn’t been on before? I am just being paranoid? Dunno.
Maybe we’ll try one more local and see how she does? Maybe we’ll not and just get on with retirement?


  1. That's a tough call, you know her well enough to make the right one :)

    There's always lower jumps and less classes per day. That way she still plays but not as much...

  2. Love the pictures. I was grinning from ear to ear by the time I reached the end. Your dogs are so sweet :)