The trial grounds are in Camus, Wa., a dairy farm owned by Lynn and Alison Johnston (don't come any nicer) I met Lynn last year setting sheep at the Whidbey Island stockdog trial. We set together some of the open runs.
Wow....90 dogs in Open and 76 dogs in Pro-Novice. That has to be an all time record. :0)
They give out each year the Evie Kimberly Humanitarian award at the exhibitor dinner on Saturday night.
Last year, Patrick Shannahan won the award. He is whom I purchased Jet from....
http://www.patrickshannahan.com/articles.asp P.S. Patrick writes some great articles!
JET has to be one of the "last dog's standing" bred by Evie Kimberly. :0) So, I think it is fitting for me to take Jet to Lacamas to be a spectator. I entered Yoko in Pro-Novice. Kilt is staying home. It is necessary for Wayne to have a Border Collie here in case of fire. We have had some pretty close calls in the past.
I am really looking forward to seeing everyone in the Pacific Northwest! I had to cut my vacation a week short. I really can't be gone 3 full weeks in fire season. I saw my husband's eyebrows raise as he said, "You'll be gone 3 full weeks?" So, I narrowed my vacation to 2 weeks. I scratched the Oregon Wine Country trial. :0(
I will be traveling mid August to my girlfriend's new farm. That weekend I will "audit" Scott Glen's shedding clinic. That weekend is our anniversary. Jeanne, Rick, Wayne, and I got married many moons ago in a DOUBLE wedding in Las Vegas. Monday is the pro-novice day for the Island Crossing trial in Arlington, WQA. Lucky it is only about an hour plus from Whidbey. I will leave for the trial Sunday night and sleep in my truck if need be. On Monday evening I will travel to Whidbey island to visit my son stationed there in the Navy. A few days later in the week I will travel to Camas for the Lacamas trial. While at Lacamas it's my girlfriend's birthday. I already have her present. And, then homeward bound. I'd have to stay another week to trial Yoko in Oregon. I need to get home. I haven't won the lottery yet. :0)
It seems all of my trips are fast and furious. The Washington drive is a looooong one. It takes me 23 hours from here to Whidbey island. Good thing I like to drive. I bet I have driven this trip at least 10 times or more in my lifetime. That blows some of my co-workers minds. A few of them have never been out of L.A. county. I'm sure they think I'm nuts. I think I'm very lucky.