It's been a busy few days. On Tuesday afternoon I set off with my Australian friends Tracey Wansbrough & Frank Fitzpatrick for the ferry at Portsmouth along with our two wonderful dogs, Ella & Spud. They are borrowing our two special dogs to compete with at the World Agility Open in Oviedo, Spain - an amazing feat given they have only a little over a week of getting to know them time before stepping onto the world stage.
Tuesday evening on the ferry was pretty choppy and too dangerous to take the dogs out on deck, and it was a bit of a worry for us all how the dogs would cope. They were their normal brilliant selves and handled it all probably much better than we did!
Last night when we arrived in Spain we had rather a stressful evening but feeling much better now in the hotel room with the dogs at my feet :)
Already later than planned getting to the hotel from the ferry due to weather conditions at sea (2 hour drive from Santander to Oviedo - first time on the wrong side of the road!), received a text to say my darling Diva had escaped from our garden at home whilst within the care of the dog sitter, but fortunately she had been captured and she and the others had been moved to the care of The Pet Studio kennels. In a bit of a state as I'm sure you can imagine, and desperately tired at this point too as it was approaching 11.30pm Spanish time. Lovely best friend going to visit them at lunchtime today to check they're settled and happy at the kennels, hoping to post news of happy dogs later on today.
Then very early start at 6am this morning ready for team check in and practice. Dogs their usual calm and relaxed selves for the vet check, and storming in practice - both showing Tracey & Frank some extra gears ready for the WAO tomorrow. Just love our dogs, they are the most amazing animals :)
Now for siesta I think - when in Rome and all that... ;)
Today I'm grateful for my amazing friend Helen Sharp who was on hand this morning to deal with my overtired, sobbing self, who calmed me down by promising to visit my special dogs at the kennels. Because “true friendship isn't about being there when it's convenient; it's about being there when it's not.” Thank goodness for friends :)