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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.