Today was an interesting adventure in my life. Mom got up early, like for a work day, but then she got my treat cheese out of the fridge and put on the magic shoes, so I figured she wasn’t really going to work.
I followed her to the car and after we stopped at Dutch Brothers for coffee, we headed off to Grass Valley. I was a concerned because the last time I was in Grass Valley, I had surgery, and I felt awful for several days. I was not happy with Mom at this point because I figured she had just faked me out, but then we drove by that scary place and kept going.
We arrived at a fairgrounds, and I figured it out. We were at a dog show in GRASS valley! Mom said we were going to do Rally, and I like Rally, so I was really relieved. Mom got us all set up in the building, and I practiced and got some cheese, so I was ready to go. Mom walked over and looked for the right ring, and she didn’t see it, so she told me she’d be right back.
When she came back, she was shaking her head and muttering something about wasted entry fees. Apparently the Rally ring was OUTSIDE. No way! I was really excited about that! Outside means I get to SNIFF! What could be better than being in GRASS Valley for sniffing? Mom said she would not have entered at all if she knew it was going to be outside, but since we were already there and she had already paid, we’d at least give it a try.
So we went outside to practice, and it was actually sort of raining! At least I think it was rain. I haven’t seen it in so long, I wasn’t sure, but it SMELLED like rain. I love smells. I live for smells.
Mom wanted to do a little practice outside, at least I think that’s what she said. I was already busy sniffing, so I couldn’t hear what she said. I don’t remember much else really.
The next thing I knew it, we were in the outdoor ring. I looked at Mom and told her I could not possibly do Rally Excellent when there was so much to sniff. Nevertheless, we started. The first station was what’s called an off-set figure 8 WITH DISTRACTIONS. I decided I should sniff the grass and then saw that there were TOYS and FOOD on the ground, too. I am pretty sure those were supposed to be the distractions, but after I looked at them, I decided to keep sniffing the grass. I had a great time!
I vaguely recall Mom saying, “heel.” Once I caught up with her, I realized I was supposed to sit, so I did. Then Mom started moving again, so I decided to sniff again. We did this through the whole course. All 18 stations. At the end, Mom was still really happy. I could tell she was because she said, “I love you, Mozzie Bear!” Then she said something else in a happy voice, but I was already sniffing. I think she said, “That was really ugly, but I still adore you!” People outside the ring laughed and seemed surprised Mom was still using her happy voice. They don’t know Mom. She loves me whether I sniff and NQ or don’t and get a 97.
Whatever she said, it turns out I didn’t have to go back in the ring to do Rally Advanced. In fact, Mom said I could sleep late tomorrow and then just do a training session with Atlas and our friend Ozzie instead of going back there. How great is that?!?