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 too.
Long story short. Who knows what'll unfold this weekend. Right now, I'm so incredibly proud of everything my dogs do for me. I'm so proud of how far we've grown as a team and I hope they'll let me show them off to the agility world at Nationals. No matter what happens, I love them, I'm proud of us, I'm proud of every Q and NQ we've collected along the way, the titles and placements we've won and lost, and all the friends we've gained along the way.
Are we ready for Nationals? Only one way to find out I supposed.
Ready or not. Here we come.