Ike and I hung out with Cat (human) and Tessie (ESS) at the ARFF USDAA Trial yesterday In Westford, MA. We arrived around 9am and left around 2:30 pm, but it was a full day for both of us, even without running in any classes!
Ike views his crate as a safe haven and was even relaxed enough to sleep in it. Yet, a part of me worries that he views his crate as a place to escape. Hmmmm.... That's quite the dilemma. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
The trial was at the Middlesex 4-H Fairgrounds, and Cat was right, it's a great venue and vibe. It *felt* more competitive to me, but that might just be my expectation of how a USDAA trial would differ from a CPE trial. Not sure, I will have to check out some more and see what I think. There were certainly more competitors and dogs there than the previous trials I have been to.
All in all a good and exhausting experience.
4 days ago