|John, Max and Willow pose just before we leave our house.|
Q 4 out of 4 runs, all 1st place.
Earned NA and NAJ Titles
Our first excursion in the pop-up was a total disaster! I had entered Max in our first out-of-town trial, in Hattiesburg, and wrote about the trial here. Since John's days off are Thursday and Friday, he followed me as I towed the camper behind my Grand Marquis on Thursday. We gave ourselves a whole afternoon to set it up. It was my first time pulling it, and while it was jerky and bumpy in town, once I got going 75 miles per hour, at a steady pace, it towed fine.
Unfortunately, nobody told me I needed an extension mirror on the drivers side, so I couldn't see over or around the camper. Had no idea who was behind me. We had our walky talkies, though, and I was able to tell John to stay a good distance behind me, and watch my back. The traffic wasn't bad.
Arriving in Hattiesburg, at the RV area of the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center, we found all the desirable slabs (near the lake, close to the arena) were on a steep slant. What stupid engineering! Nobody prepared us for that. Nevertheless, I chose the best view, near a hiking trail. When lowered and fully extended, the two back feet of the camper were 3" off the ground, and we had no levelling boards! We scrounged around the park and found a discarded 2x4" piece and some pressboard we were able to tear up into little bits to wedge between the back feet and the slab.
|Cracked slab under car.|
All this in 90 degree weather, windy, and overcast. It was muggy as hell!
|?, with linked pens set up for all her boxers,|
and a separate trailer to house her scooter
and other stuff.
Next morning John and I were awoken by Nedra, who was walking her dogs and had come to find us. That was real nice. Then we went to the arena for awhile and watched the Excellent dogs compete before John had to leave for BR. I was on my own.
Max competed in Novice FAST on Friday, just for kicks and to get Max used to the arena. We scratched. Need more distance training. Everyone from BR went out to dinner but I was so darn exhausted, I stayed home and downloaded to my computer the videos I had taken of all our club members' runs, and watched them. That was my evening's entertainment.
I slept well Friday night and we did very well on Saturday, 2 more Q's, 2 1st places with perfect scores. We were 1/2 way to our goal. Now we just needed one more Q in Jumpers, and one in Standard, to earn both our Novice Titles. Saturday night we all went out to dinner and had a good time. I refrained from alcohol, planned to get to bed early, and was confident all would be well on Sunday.
What I came home to, though, was a Battle Of The Bands going on in an open air arena right next to the RV Park. The bands screeched horribly and the crowds were loud 'til 2 a.m. I hardly slept. Nedra had also told me to pack up as much as possible on Sat. night because as soon as our dogs ran on Sunday they were leaving. I needed their help getting the camper hitched back up to my car! So I packed everything I could on Saturday night, and between runs on Sunday I had to go pack some more, and lower the roof. By this time it was raining and hot! I left the dogs crated up inside the arena. I wore my thin waterproof jacket with hood, but while that kept the rain off, I was sweating buckets inside. I felt almost feverish, weak and light-headed.
|My wee little pop-up amongst the big rigs.|
Notice my neighbors' dogs behind their portable fences.
There were a husband, wife and 5 dogs in that family.
|Ace Maximillion von Fry, NA NAJ|