Last night the adventure began at week 5. 1/2 way through the classes and as typical we start with long sits and downs. Oh boy, we've got some great dogs, some great students, but no practicing. Hoping this too shall pass but anyone reading this.....let's see some practicing!!! I usually give my - I know who's working their dog and who's not-speech at this juncture. Mother Nature said NOPE.
Left work with thunderstorm warnings for, well, my house and the fair grounds. Radar looked like it would easily pass and the closer we got to home, yes the darker it got. But no rain. I started to get those calls--are we still having class. Yes we are having class.
Muff and I loaded up-Mal, Kevin, Moose, Red and Cy. Trekked up to the grounds, via alternative route. Yet another oddity of the night, repairs to the RR crossing at the entrance to the grounds meant we had to go through the ag service lot. Few kids trickled in. We could tell it had rained up there, but looked like the worst was behind us, so to speak.
Typical luck, it started back building. It rained. It poured. It blew. It hailed. Not a lot of thunder and lightening, yet. It's a big metal building. Small sized indoor horse arena. Can you guess that once it really started coming down, I couldn't even hear myself think? What I can say is barring one dog and student, the rest of canine crew was great. The kids just kept working and playing!
We did a mock rally course in order to work on engaging our dogs and heeling...and sitting. Needs a little work. The agility kids played a little FAST agility type activity, with all the contacts having point values and a limited time to get as many points as possible. They had a blast! And it was thundering and lightening by that point.
About an hour into the class, we opted to wait till this cell passed and send everyone home. Good plan, as you can tell by these photos...