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So, agility it was. Now, other than work, agility is basically my life. Welcome to the collective.

The one that worries me is that my tracking buddy does agility but isn't as rabid as I'm feeling. In fact she threatens to whack me when I use the term "Q."

Heh. Agility is all about having fun, but Qs are a nice bonus. If I wasn't having fun, would I have trialled Rocky for 2 years without a Q? I love the atmosphere and people at a well run trial.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I'm doing a bit of tracking too, though not too seriously. Have you seen Ed Parsnall's stuff at Pawmark? www.pawmark.com. Check out his polylines. Gorgeous colors, they don't burn the hands and they don't tangle.

Tracking buddy has one of his lines for doing VST.It is holding up better on the pavement than the lines we've used for TD and TDX. It is funny, she started doing agility back when AKC first started it. They didn't have jumpers classes. In fact she was instrumental in our club getting approved to hold AKC trials.
Beth
I'm doing a bit of tracking too, though not too ... colors, they don't burn the hands and they don't tangle.

Tracking buddy has one of his lines for doing VST.It is holding up better on the pavement than the lines we've used for TD and TDX.

This is one of those round-about things that Usenet is prone to, so I thought I'd tell you about it. I have two collies, who need new collars and leads. Collies have to wear round collars, not flat ones, because they have such long hair.
So I went to this site and looked at the polylines, where were really nice, and I ordered a pair of long ones for use in the dog play area here, partly on your recommendations. But there weren't any collars made out of the same stuff. So I googled for dog collars. Then I googled for dog collars round rope rolled braided and eventually found the Ruffwear Knot-a-collar and Knot-a-lead. Perfect. Round, slippable, not leather (Buzz and Neil chew on each others' leather collars). So I ordered each dog a collar and short lead from Ruffwear.
Thank you for the pointer that got me started tracking down what my guys have needed for a good six months, maybe longer. And the boys get to see the UPS lady, who they just adore, twice. They'd thank you too, if they only knew..
This also reminds me that I have to get the dogs tags in this county. I don't know how they handle out-of-county dogs and I don't want to take any chances.
Mary

Mary Shafer Retired aerospace research engineer
Congratulations on your debut! Sounds like it went well.
I can see where this sport could be addictive.

Mwahahahahaha!!! Another one has been assimilated. ;-)
And buying a tent. You aren't a real, dyed-in-the-wool agility competitor until you have a tent. And mesh crates.

Alternatively, a cart to haul your metal crates on. I finally have one- a friend of mine made it for me.
And tarps. Lots and lots of tarps.

Yup!
And tent stakes. And a mallet to hammer with.

I lost mine, and keep forgetting to get another one... this season in the Mid-Atlantic was so soggy, I could just stomp on the stakes.
And clippy things to hold tarps on.

E-bay is a good source for cheap ones.
And a new cooler.

I've got about five coolers now; I keep finding better ones at half-price end-of-season sales. Plus, when we go to away trials, I have to have one for the motel room and one for the trial site.
And camp chairs with cup holders at least two for each person, one for the tent and one for when the jumpers ring is way over THERE.

Definitely!
And a bag..., to hold your extra socks, ditas, poop bags, leads, sunscreen, bug spray, various dog meds, hats, entry envelopes and the all-important agility record book.

You forgot the tuggy toys, human first-aid supplies, dog brush (well, you prolly don't need one, with Dobes), bones for down time in the crate, collapsible water dishes, and stopwatch. (The latter is an essential for planning Gamblers runs for Brenin.)
And in my case, there's also the video camera (which unfortunately doesn't get used much) AND my camera case, with two cameras (Nikon SLR and digital point-and-shoot), four lenses, film, etc. etc.
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You forgot the cart to pull all this stuff around! We are still shopping around for that.

Is your husband the handy type, or do you have any friends who can work with metal? A friend of mine made me one out of the bottom of a grocery cart- it works great.
Rob works in video production for TV shows and movies (there's quite a bit of that in Baltimore), and has been in the process of custom-building carts for his equipment to make setup at "location" shoots easier. He combines old wheelchairs with other bits and pieces - trunks, video component racks, etc., and in one case the basket portion of a grocery cart. I asked him if he was planning to use the rest of the cart, and after determining what I needed to haul crates on, he cut off the handles- leaving just the bottom of the cart, with about four inches of the basket supports sticking up in the back- then flattened the grill on the bottom and fastened it down with heavy- duty plastic lock-ties.
All I had to do was fasten a rope handle to the front of it.
next you're expanding your definition of "local"... mine is "about >500miles"

And yet another Yep! Though my definition is "drivable to in one day, preferably in less than four hours", I have gone to one that far away- nine hours driving, and I break speed limits.
That was North Carolina (from Baltimore), and I only did that trial because A. it was the first one Rocsi was eligible to enter and B. I was supposed to share driving with a friend. Unfortunately, her dog got hurt less than two weeks before the trial, and I ended up going by myself. Normally, in addition to almost anywhere in Maryland, I do PA, VA, DE, and sometimes NJ. There's also a JRTCA club in WV - near Harper's Ferry- whose trials I'll do if they ever manage to schedule one when there's not a competing NADAC trial.
It helps that there are lots of NADAC clubs in MD and PA, and most of them do 2-4 trials a year.
So I went to this site and looked at the polylines, where were really nice, and I ordered a pair ... and Neil chew on each others' leather collars). So I ordered each dog a collar and short lead from Ruffwear.

Ruffwear has very nice stuff. And if you are have a leather fetish like I do, the very best is Rick Gallione of Master's Pride, www.masterspride.com. Superb workmanship and quality, individual attention, and a very reasonable price.
You forgot the cart to pull all this stuff around! We are stillshopping around for that.

Is your husband the handy type, or do you have any friends who can work with metal? A friend of mine made me one out of the bottom of a grocery cart- it works great.

I am printing this out for him as we speak! Although even bigger wheels would be good.
~~Judy
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