September 30th (Saturday) I drove out to Kennewick, WA for our first ever rally obedience trial. This would be our first run towards our Novice A title (you have to qualify in three runs).
I considered not posting this link of our run (which did qualify). It is not the most precise or gorgeous thing, but I was WAY more nervous that I thought I would be and we did the best we could. Enjoy. (And yes, everything is going into leash handling right now - I lost most points on tight lead...we have more runs later in the month).
On the way back home the winds of the Yakima Valley drove the final stake into my already damaged bumper:
I owe a lot to a very nice guy to heard me drive into the gas station with my dragging bumper (like anyone missed it) and helped me get it tied to my toe hook.
I got it fixed on Wednesday. It only took about 2.5 hours which made for a nice walk.
(Mt. Si. in the background)
For the first time in literally years this car went through a car wash:
We are having really nice days that freeze at night. Today I sucked it up and did my first ton of wood pellets. 1/2 in the truck that only marginally runs and had the good sense to make it home before it complete stop running and 1/2 in the other car. Nim took a nap for both of us:
Sadly I think it is finally time to "donate" the truck. I will miss it but in the past few years it has gotten a new clutch and timing belt and I think I have hit my spending limit on it.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I am trying to condense down to one living space (as opposed to a separate office) and this is not going as smoothly as I had hoped, but I am planning on more progress this coming week.