Saturday, September 6, 2008

My Day and Tropical Storm Hanna

I sure had an exciting day! Mom didn't think it would be nice enough to do any agility so she wasn't expecting to be able to run but when we got there it wasn't even raining. She set up part of the tent so we could have some cover from the rain. It kept out some of the rain 'til the breeze kicked up. We got a little bit of rain starting at 8:00 and it got really bad around 10:00 and by the time we got out at noon, it was a washout. We all were soaked!

This pic shows the people setting up both rings as we arrived. No rain yet!

Then the skies opened up and everyone was squeezing under the tents next to the ring waiting for their turn to run.

Mom had to get creative with the few tarps she had in order to keep the breeze from blowing rain on me and Emmy in the crate. She let our whippet friends set up their crate inside our tent before moving it out to the ring area. At this time it was raining pretty hard! (I'm the one in the crate you can barely see)

Emmy absolutely hated the rain and although she ran clean in her Open Jumpers class, she was pretty slow. And I'm an all-weather kind of guy, rain won't stop me! Mom was so suprised at how fast I was running in the pouring rain. It's only water! We didn't get any ribbons but that's all Mom's fault, it always is...

So remember how handsome I looked for my big date the other night? This is how I looked AFTER agility this morning:

So I looked like this for my second date this afternoon! Oh ick! We left the show grounds at noon 'cause everything was over. Lots of humans decided to keep their doggies home and only the hard-core humans brought their dogs today. So it was over fast! Mom drove to my breeder Miss Linda's house so I could have an early 'date' instead of having to wait 'til later. I was alright with that!

And here's my 'woman', her name is Ciapka, Polish for 'lamb'. She looks 'lamb-y' don't you think?

After the date was over, while we were still at Miss Linda's, I had to get a bath so JOSIE wouldn't smell Ciapka on me and beat me up (she's so jealous). I can't believe I had to get wet AGAIN! Ciapka's going home today with her mom, I think she missed her Mom very much.

And all this time it was raining like crazy. Just getting from the show grounds to Miss Linda's house was treacherous. We ran into two flooded-out roads trying to get there, and finally took the long way to her house. At one washed-out road, she watched a Jeep go through water over 3 feet deep, and it was up to his headlights and he made it through. She wasn't about to try it in Uncle Dennis's Jeep! She knew the roads going home would be worse, and they were.

This is the main road home -- see how flooded the other side is? When we came the other way, that side was OK and the creek area was just high, close to the road. We saw cars driving through, some with water up to their headlights! Some of the cars sputtered and died and had to rest by the side of the road. Too scary!

We got up to the intersection which was also flooded and the police had just closed off the flooded side. I think that was a wise decision! All the cars had to cross the median and go back the way they came.

Then a few minutes after we finally got home around 3:00, all the power went out! Fortunately it only lasted maybe 10 minutes. What a day! Emmy and I are finally dry (she's threatened to tell Josie about Ciapka if I don't give her some of my treats, as she was there when we had our date!) and I'm going to take a long nap. Mom's finally dried out -- humans hate getting their clothes all wet -- tsk, tsk.

Just think, we have to do it all over again tomorrow! I'm told Hanna won't be around to make it interesting getting home. Josie's coming along to play so Mom will be busy running all 3 of us. Talk about tired! At least we'll be dry..
(hey I think it's stopped raining -- woohoo)



Agatha and Archie said...

OH boy we are just waiting for her to hit us!! It is getting very very dark here!!!!!!! Love and kisses A+A

Amber-Mae said...

Oh my! I can't believe Tropical storm Hannah hit your place! Ugh! Actually it's kinda good that is rained before the trial started. It does help to keep you cool the whole day I guess...Hope everything went well.

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Isabella said...

Wow Rudy! You and your mom don't let anything stop you, even a tropical storm! You all rock!

Me? Heck I cower in the house if it is sprinkling and breezy- ha!

Joe Stains said...

omdog how scary!! I have never seen such water around here. Oh ya, I live in a desert ;)

Johann The Dog said...

Wow how scary! Glad you are safe and sound. Woofs, Johann