The following Tuesday, I flew to Newark then was driven to Florida, NY to help our friend K load up and move to the South. Now she's a Damn Yankee, even though things aren't going great right now. Amazingly, her stuff hasn't arrived yet (full semi of furniture and stuff). Gawd, I hope it arrives soon. Anyway, I spent that Wednesday packing a trailer with her stained glass (actually overloading the trailer
) and helping the movers with some of the larger stuff. Thursday at 1:00 we were finally able to hit the road and drag ourselves south. Pulled in to K's house @ 11:30 pm on Friday night. Saturday was spent watching Soccer and helping unload (as well as Sunday). I was a tired pup that weekend.
Last Wednesday, I drove out to Eatonton to our annual computing conference at Rock Eagle. That was a good time, as always, with lots of social events as well as good lecture sessions.
Saturday was the 3rd annual ASFA Greyhound National Specialty in Moreland, GA. We had a pretty good showing with Sweeney taking the Field Champion Stake and Nellie winning out of Singles. There was a very nice entry of 30 Greyhounds at the Specialty this year with dogs from Colorado, California and Texas. Some really nice Greyhounds in the field this year.
Sunday was the Fullerton Cup trial at the same location. We didn't run the Greyhounds but did have Lobo and Everett, our older stalwarts, entered as well as Carmela, entered for the first time. The course was a bit challenging for the dogs as it features a couple of pretty good sprints uphill. The dogs aren't in the best shape they've ever been in thanks to the long summer hiatus, but they did acquit themselves pretty well. Lobo finished 2nd in Field Champion with Everett at 3rd. Carmela, in her first trial and entered in Open, took her first 1st placement! That's exciting for a mostly race-bred little bitch. We're really looking forward to continued coursing and much racing in the future.
So, now things slow down a little. We do have another trial the second weekend of November, but after it's pretty open. We need to decide what we're doing for Thanksgiving and later on in the year, but have a few weeks to take care of that.