Saturday morning I got up bright and early to head out to volunteer at the CPE Nationals which were held at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield, MA.
It ended up being a gorgeous day – although a bit hot for the dogs.
The trial had six rings running concurrently and the workers schedule was a masterpiece (mind-boggling initially)! I worked 4 classes – two in the morning and two in the afternoon. In the morning I worked hospitality and ribbons, in the afternoon I worked as a bar setter for two different classes. Typically I hate working as a bar setter, but in this instance it gave me an opportunity to watch two classes uninterrupted and as luck would have it one of the classes had a bunch of Schnauzer friends in it!
It was really fun to watch dogs from all over the country, of all levels (Level 2 thru Level C) compete. I feel you can almost always tell who also plays NADAC with their pups.
The two classes I worked as a bar setter for were Standard and Jumpers. I wish I worked Jackpot. In Jackpot (Gamblers), out of 600-plus dogs, only 34 or 36 qualified! Here is a copy of the course map – definitely worth playing around with at home.
Classes were finished by 5pm. I hung around for a BBQ with friends and club members and then headed home.
I had left Ike with my in-laws and Bug with Katrin. This was the first time I had left Bug home since he came to live with me. I was a wreck about it. However, he and I both survived and he seems to have had a great time running around like a goon with Katrin’s boys. Katrin kindly allowed me to pick him up late Saturday night and I had the in-laws drop Ike off, so the whole family was together again to snooze and relax on Sunday.
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