Tuesday, January 16, 2007

To stay or to go...

We have a trial this weekend. About 3.5 hours away. We only got into one day of the two day trial so I've got some thinking to do. On one hand Murphy is working really really really well. On the other it's a long-ish drive in January with folks I'd normally never hang out with in real life -that's not good or bad, really just a fact. Some other folks were supposed to come with us and decided not to go. So I've got until Thursday 4pm to make up my mind...

To go:
  • Stop in Saratoga for the best sandwich ever created by man....
  • Murphy is working really well and consistantly. He had a weekend of pretty intense agility work and got a break from obedience. We had our last "schooling" session today (we never train Weds/Thurs/Fri if we're showing on Sat/Sun) - just a little bit of heel/attention work at the show site on Friday afternoon - keeps him fresh and ready to work.
  • Our stay work (knock on wood) seems to be consistantly good and we haven't battled in a while.
  • I'd like to see where that consistancy puts us in terms of competition...
  • A leg would put us a long way forward towards our 2007 goals - not that I'd ever take a leg for granted - just that if we managed to get one it'd be a VERY good way to start the year.
  • Tibby Chase is judging our class - she's an AWESOME AWESOME lady. She has a sharp pencil but runs a kind ring where you can't help but be at ease...

    To stay:
  • We're tired. I'm on call this week and it's been a beast of a week so far - and it's only Tuesday. The seminar was great, but Murphy is still coming off a cookie high and snapping back from overload.
  • It's a lot of travel for one 7 minute obedience run. We don't have titles on the line.
  • We're nearly last in our class to go - so we'd show around 3 - THEN have to hit the road. That could be a VERY long day if things don't go well.
  • Marilyn is always fun to trial with - I'll miss having that unconditional support and you can do it (even if she thinks she can't) attitude. Marilyn always wants to see us do well - sometimes I think more than she wants to do well herself - she's the best trial buddy anyone could ask for - Linda is right up there but we don't have the opportunity to trial together very often - this summer though we'll party around the agility circuit...

    I think in the end it'll come down to weather. I'm not fond of minus degree weather and if given the option I'd rather honker down and be warm at home and bake things I shouldn't eat :-)
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