A week ago today, I didn’t have anything packed to go to Ohio. On monday I packed everybody’s everything, bathed the dogs, took Zoey to her grandma’s, and then we headed east to Huron, Ohio.
When I got up on Tuesday morning, I was so excited! I was too tired to be too nervous since we got in at around 2am, fell asleep by 3am, and was up at 7am to get ready. Holmes’ Rally Novice class was first, and I wanted to get down to the ring an hour early to make sure he was settled in and have enough time to walk to course.
Holmes did a great job, and we got the highest score we’ve gotten so far – and he finished his Rally Novice title! A couple hours later, he earned his second leg towards his Beginner Novice title. I’m going to hopefully finish his BN in the next month, I just need to get him entered. Now we can really spend some time working, and then go out to start getting his Rally Advanced title. My first training class with him was around March 6th, and he earned his first leg the weekend of April 7th, so it’s been a bit of a crash course. Of course, Penni had done obedience work with him previously, so it was more so a crash course for me! All in all, it’s been a really great experience. I am so happy to be training dogs again!
Another big highlight of the Nationals was meeting Penni Adrian in person! She was there while Holmes earned his legs, which was great. She has been so wonderful and supportive with all the questions I have had, and she has given me so much information that has helped me immensely. She is a wonderful wealth of knowledge, and I really appreciate her letting Holmes come to be a part of our family. He is the best!! Thank you Penni!!
I met a lot of people in person from all over the country. I saw the Brindle dogs at the Megan, and parts of the sweeps and some of the judging on Thursday as well. There are so many really beautiful Cardigans – so much quality out there. I was also able to attend the Breeder’s Seminar on Wednesday evening (although I had to cut out shortly after 8:30), and it was so interesting to hear all the different aspects of continuous improvement of the breed.
I wished I could have stayed the whole week, but finals are happening. I finished my A & P II and General Chemistry finals, and Alzeimer’s final for my CNA course. My full final for the CNA class is next Saturday, and then this semester comes to a fruitful end. I’m getting signed up for the remaining pre-req’s I would need for Loyola, but I’m hoping to hear from UIC soon – they said May 10th. Crossing my fingers, but either way I have a feeling it’s going to be a busy, good summer!
Holmes and Penni!