Over Labor Day weekend, I drove up to Prescott for an ASCA conformation show to get some practice doing conformation. It's been a while since I've done any conformation with Kaylie. She showed beautifully at the first show, and that's all I could ask for. Just before the first show ended, it started raining. By the end of the first show, it was REALLY raining. Here's what it looked like.
It rained like this for about 30 minutes. I was actually in the ring with a friend's dog when the rain started. My tent ended up being destroyed, and poor Kaylie was getting drenched. The judge finally made her Best of Breed pick, I dropped off the dog I was handling to her owner, and I made a beeline to get Kaylie out of the pouring rain. She was absolutely drenched. I grabbed as much of my stuff as I could and ran to my van where Kaylie and I sat for what seemed like forever. It was freezing and miserable. The rain finally slowed down a bit, so they did hold the second show. Kaylie didn't show quite as well at this show - she was wet and frisky so when she ran around the ring she was more bouncing around - just having fun. Oh well. Shortly after that, we left Prescott to head on down to Tucson for an agility trial. I wanted to get some competition agility runs in before I left for Nationals, so the timing of this trial worked out perfectly. And of course, the rain followed me from up north to down south. Yes, we had MORE rain at the agility trial. Luckily the agility was under a covered arena, so it didn't really affect us too much.
The dogs did much better than I expected at this trial, as we hadn't really done much agility over the summer. Kaylie got 1st in Elite Jumpers and 3rd in one of her Elite Standard runs. She missed a contact on her other Standard run. Conor got 1st in Novice Jumpers, missed in contact in his first Standard run and then took the A-frame instead of a tunnel. Most dogs would take the tunnel in a discrimination set up like that, but not Conor - he LOVES the A-frame. At least he hit is contact. :)
I think we're ready for Nationals now. Check back for Nationals updates.