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It's been an embarrassingly long time since I posted any content on here. There are lots of stories to share since my post before Nationals. They certainly deserve their own posts, I just haven't had the heart or drive or post them. So they will continue to be stories for another day.

Today I want to focus on one story in particular that isn't too far overdue. Knight, my wonderful little-man, finished his PACH!!!

He did this the weekend before he turned 5 years old. Just over a year and a half after I switched him down to 4".

October 2011, Knight just gave up at a trial. Maybe the grass upset him, maybe he wasn't feeling well, I'll never know the reason why exactly. But there I was, with this brilliant young dog who no longer had joy in his eyes when we went to trials.

I remember the day before he earned his OAJ. We NQ'd in jumpers because I was doing everything I could to get him faster than a walk. We ran around 80% of the jumps on that course, but I did…

Addressing the Elephant in the Room....

Mia is no longer considered one of "my" dogs. I don't think the details need to be plastered all over the internet. If you have questions you can contact me privately.

It was a decision made over four very long months.

I firmly believe it was the right call. Doesn't make it any easier though.

We're Going to Nationals

I've been trying, and failing, to write a post about how I feel about our upcoming Nationals adventure for the past 3 months.

What is there to say? What tone should this kind of thing evoke?

Do I go for inspiring? The daring tale of a scared, stressed, overweight Novice A dog and Handler that have made it to the National Championship against all odds? How about the heartfelt story of a worried little 9" tall Papillon who was too afraid to jump. The story of how he was moved down in jump height and placed on the back burner of training focus only to blossom into this fierce, confident, little dog while no one was watching?

When you're stepping out onto the biggest stage you've ever walked across, what do you want the announcer to say?

10 years from now, when I have a few Nationals under my belt, I'm sure these kinds of things won't matter as much. But right now it feels really big.

I've been excited for Nationals. Scared, Worried, and Indifferent about them…

First Trial of 2014- Here we Go

I've been having bad dreams. My last trial in November left me a little cracked. We had our lowest Q rate all year and honestly some of the worst runs I'd seen in years. No matter what I told myself in my waking hours, the quiet of the night seemed to bring out the fears I thought I had cast away.

Some dreams left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. Knight would make it to finals, only to get beat in the 4" class by a dog that managed to run 6 YPS, well over Knight's average yardage. Dreams where I'd show up at the trial site and suddenly find myself surrounded by a sea of people with no space to crate my dogs. Silly dreams of silly fears.

Others dreams were about Lilly. Dreams of my beautiful, courageous, rebellious, redhead darting out of the ring and into the parking lot. Dreams where I would scream her name across the vast blackness of the asphalt. Yelling, voice ragged with emotion, for her to wait. Stay. Stop. Anything to get her to stop running away from me.  …

And so, it Begins

My new rotation of agility foundation classes started on Friday. Just like before any big presentation, sleep was hard to come by Thursday night. I don't know when it happened, but by the time I was loading up the papmobile to go teach all the anxiety was gone. Only a calm confidence remained. I got this.

And I did. I met my two new students and jumped right into teaching. Wonderful dogs and wonderful people. I am so excited for what the next 5 weeks will bring us.

I love this. This teaching thing. I'm so grateful I get the opportunity to do it.

2013 has come to an end

All in all, this year was brilliant. I got to trial more than I ever had the chance to in previous years. This resulted in me qualifying two of my dogs for the 2014 AKC National Agility Championship which will be happening right here in PA. 

I've been struggling to put my 2013 recap into words. I want to skip ahead to all the good stuff, but sometimes the rough patches are what make the good stuff so good.... so here we go. 

By the end of 2012 I was tired. I had spent way too much time dealing with Medical emergencies that fall. I had been to the ER to get my bite wound from a Rotti treated, Knight was rushed to our vet twice- I was so afraid he was going to lose an eye one visit, and my father spent his fair amount of time in the ER too. 

I didn't trial much. When I did, Knight continued dislike trialing. He'd drag his feet, jumping was hard for him. My 3 year old dog was losing his love for the game right in from of my eyes. To top things off, driving home from work on Dece…