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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.

Lovely. Much too nice for Neil and Buzz to use for chewies. Maybe for dress-up.
You know, you can dress them up, but you can't take them anywhere nice.
Mary

Mary Shafer Retired aerospace research engineer
next you're expanding your definition of "local"... mine is "about >500

miles" And yet another Yep! Though my definition is "drivable to in one day, preferably in less than four hours", ... that there are lots of NADAC clubs in MD and PA, and most of them do 2-4 trials a year.

For me, that distance means trialling in Omaha/Lincoln, SaltLakeCity, Amarillo and Albuquerque. Maybe (stretching to 600 miles or so) Lawrence/KC/Witchita. 500 miles/day is no problem in the summer time with the long driving evening. Winter is something else. I am risking Amarillo over New Year's (3 days trialling under one of my fave. AKC judges, Judy Flagle)
I pretty much have to go those distances; there are only a few trials a year in the +/- 100 miles range. I won't trial in Denver because of the breed ban and unfortunately a couple of the trials I would go to in non-BSL locations are moving to a fabulous new venue in Castle Rock.. which also has a breed ban (though a little more lenient for competitors than Denver's)
Of course, I say "have to go", as if I didn't have a choice!

Addicts don't have a choice, do they?
-)
EmilyS
And yet another Yep! Though my definition is "drivable to in one day, preferably in less than four hours",

Except for TDX tests I'm still saying nothing that requires an overnight stay in a hotel. There is supposed to be a NADAC trail in Feb in Chesapeake that if I can manage to get the boys registered and get in that I will try. I could do the back and forth for that, but, bonus! one of my sisters lives in Chesapeake.
It helps that there are lots of NADAC clubs in MD and PA, and most of them do 2-4 trials a year.

I just wish they didn't fill so quickly. The new club in Richmond is trying to get approved to hold NADAC trials.
Beth
I am printing this out for him as we speak! Although even bigger wheels would be good.

As a point of note, I've been pleasantly surprised at how well my cart has behaved on grass. Not sure about MUD, though- Rob just made it for me a couple of months ago, after the worst of the mud season was over.

BTW I didn't ask him how he came into possession of the grocery cart. ;-)
There is supposed to be a NADAC trail in Feb in Chesapeake that if I can manage to get the boys registered and get in that I will try. Icould do the back and forth for that, but, bonus! one of my sisters lives inChesapeake.

Is it the last weekend in Feb? A lot of my club members (including me) are thinking of entering that one- most of them used to open the season with a trial in NC, but that club has decided to stop doing NADAC and just do AKC. (Not, btw, because of any of NADAC's rule changes, but because the club members would rather do AKC.)
I just wish they didn't fill so quickly.

Some do. But in the last season, quite a few MD NADAC trials haven't filled all the way; for one thing, there are so many of them now that people are picking and choosing, for another, the economy has affected entries. And some clubs deliberately schedule their trials for the same weekends as AKC trials.
The new club in Richmond is trying to get approved to hold NADAC trials.

Cool. The more trials in the area, the easier it is to get into 'em!
As a point of note, I've been pleasantly surprised at how well my carthas behaved on grass. Not sure about MUD, though- Rob just made it for me a couple of months ago, after the worst of the mud season was over.

When I showed it to DH, the first thing he said was that it would need bigger wheels. You DO remember the clay soils up here, don't you? And we have had mud for months. I'm still wiping dogs' feet every time they come inside.
BTW I didn't ask him how he came into possession of the grocery cart.;-)

I thought about that too. Probably better if you don't know.

~~Judy
I thought about that too. Probably better if you don't know.

Yup. I know him well enough to know that he wouldn't have gone out and stolen it from the store, though. I suspect that somebody else stole it from the store and then dumped it in an alley or on the side of the road, and he did a finders keepers.
Rob's a buddy of Dave's (my boss/friend), and often hangs & helps out at the the shop when he's between jobs (with the work he does, he'll have several days of long hours, and then a week with no work at all); when he's making stuff, he uses the back of the shop & our welding equipment. What he can do with bits and pieces is just amazing.
I've been suggesting/hinting to him that he could make some side money building agility equipment.
when he's
making stuff, he uses the back of the shop & our welding equipment. Whathe can do with bits and pieces is just amazing. I've been suggesting/hinting to him that he could make some side money building agility equipment.

I know what you mean about people like that. DH can do it but he needs time both to think about it first and then to actually do it. We have a friend, however, who stands back and looks at a pile of stuff and then just starts working. He can not only imagine what he needs and wants, then he just does it. I've often though he would be perfect on Junkyard Wars.

~~Judy
Had flyball in Franklin VA this weekend. I'm a list maker, and have things to check off - things change with one dog vs 2 dogs, seasons, etc. Wanted to spend time in my motel grooming Franklin's ears and feet, so I brought nail clippers (always have those in case of injury anyway - Ace fractured a nail pretty badly this weekend and had to be pulled!), thinning shears, regular shears and a comb. I FORGOT a brush or comb for myself though. Good things Franklin didn't mind sharing!
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