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Ace fractured a nail pretty badly this weekend and had to be pulled!

Ouch! Poor Ace. :-(
He seems to be prone to that sort of thing; Deb is the person who was supposed to drive to NC with me last Feb, and had to pull at the last minute because Ace caught his toe on the edge of his car crate & sprained his foot.
I FORGOT a brush or comb for myself though. Good things Franklin didn't mind sharing!

Ha! Too funny. :-)
Is it the last weekend in Feb? A lot of my club members (including me) are thinking of entering that one-

That is the one. The only thing I've seen about was the listing on the NADAC website.
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.)

That seems silly to me. Unless the club was finding it too hard to staff the trials why not do both? IIRC, Lynchburg still does both AKC and UKC agility and obedience trials.
Beth
It was a BC injury weekend. BC's seem to do more damage to themselves in general - don't know whether to attribute to more speed, different movement, or more sensitivity! We had some bloodied stop pads on several dogs, some lameness, and lot's of preventative wrapping. I inspect my dogs' pads regularly during racing and never a problem. Lucy has had her main pads blister off while "entertaining" guests in my backyard. Hours of fetching (some portion on concrete) when getting paws wet is NOT a good thing for her.

Franklin's pads seem tough as nails. When I first saw Lucy at the SPCA, I took her out to the runs to play ball. Within a few minutes, she had blood dripping down her legs from her stop pads. YIKES! I have to admit that the fact that she ignored that and continued to have so much drive for the ball made me like her all the more. I brought her home the next day! ;-D Still, having "sturdier" dogs seems to help.
I FORGOT a brush or comb for myself though. Good things Franklin didn't mind sharing!

Ha! Too funny. :-)

Yeah - a metal comb isn't my preference. but since my hair is pretty short I don't think much about various hair tools anyway. I wash my hair, brush it wet and walk out of the house. That's about the limit of "styling" I do except running fingers through it once in awhile!
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but that club has decided to stop doing NADAC and ... changes, but because the club members would rather do AKC.)

That seems silly to me. Unless the club was finding it too hard to staffthe trials why not do both? IIRC, Lynchburg still does both AKC and UKCagility and obedience trials. Beth

You need two different sets of contact equipment, but mostly I suspect its because it's a LOT of work to put on a trial. The Lynchburg club has a couple of very dedicated people, and it seems UKC are easier to put on than AKC, USDAA or NADAC...
Basically peoples time is usually your most limited resource when it comes to trials.

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That seems silly to me. Unless the club was finding it too hard to staffthe trials

Well, at the one NADAC trial of theirs I did, they A. were a bit short of ring crew and B. had some sort of volunteers working who knew very little about agility.
Part of the ring crew problem was because they insisted on doing "games" in one ring, Regular in the other, and then idiotically started the day with simultaneous walkthroughs for Novice Gamblers and Elite Regular. Apparently it didn't occur to them that quite a few people - about fifteen of us- had dogs in both classes.
They kept up like that all through the trial, which engendered horrendous amounts of conflicts, and pretty much prevented a lot of competitors who'd volunteered from being able to fulfill their work assignments.

And then they had their dedicated volunteers who had obviously never done agility, and didn't have a clue what they were doing. Most of them were nice but just didn't know much, but one of the ring stewards was from hell; kept trying to tell people who had TOLD him they had conflicts with the other ring "Too bad, you missed slot, you don't get a run". The judge had to step in and tell him otherwise. Then, when I told him I had a conflict coming up in the next ring, he told me - in a nasty tone of voice - that I would "just have to choose which class to run in".
Um, no. You decided to run the trial in a way that guaranteed conflicts, so you damn well have a duty to accomodate the people who PAID you for their runs and make sure they get them.
why not do both?

Because they want to have an AKC trial instead of the NADAC trial they used to hold every year, apparently.
IIRC, Lynchburg still does both AKC and UKC agility and obedience trials.

Lots of clubs do that. Artful Dodgers, for example, does two USDAA trials, one AKC trial, and one NADAC trial per year. And JAG, up in NJ, started out as just an AKC club but now puts on 2-3 NADAC trials a year.

BTW, speaking of beginning-of-season NADAC trials for '04- the one that's held in Roanoke in March is the one I started my season with for the last three years or so; beautiful site, lovely rings (on soccer grass) well-run trial.
That seems silly to me. Unless the club was finding it too hard to staffthe trials

Well, at the one NADAC trial of theirs I did, they A. were a bit short of ring crew and B. had some sort of volunteers working who knew very little about agility.
Part of the ring crew problem was because they insisted on doing "games" in one ring, Regular in the other, and then idiotically started the day with simultaneous walkthroughs for Novice Gamblers and Elite Regular. Apparently it didn't occur to them that quite a few people - about fifteen of us- had dogs in both classes.
They kept up like that all through the trial, which engendered horrendous amounts of conflicts, and pretty much prevented a lot of competitors who'd volunteered from being able to fulfill their work assignments.

And then they had their dedicated volunteers who had obviously never done agility, and didn't have a clue what they were doing. Most of them were nice but just didn't know much, but one of the ring stewards was from hell; kept trying to tell people who had TOLD him they had conflicts with the other ring "Too bad, you missed slot, you don't get a run". The judge had to step in and tell him otherwise. Then, when I told him I had a conflict coming up in the next ring, he told me - in a nasty tone of voice - that I would "just have to choose which class to run in".
Um, no. You decided to run the trial in a way that guaranteed conflicts, so you damn well have a duty to accomodate the people who PAID you for their runs and make sure they get them.
why not do both?

Because they want to have an AKC trial instead of the NADAC trial they used to hold every year, apparently.
IIRC, Lynchburg still does both AKC and UKC agility and obedience trials.

Lots of clubs do that. Artful Dodgers, for example, does two USDAA trials, one AKC trial, and one NADAC trial per year. And JAG, up in NJ, started out as just an AKC club but now puts on 2-3 NADAC trials a year.

BTW, speaking of beginning-of-season NADAC trials for '04- the one that's held in Roanoke in March is the one I started my season with for the last three years or so; beautiful site, lovely rings (on soccer grass) well-run trial.