After an afternoon of fetch and agility practice, it’s hard to believe we managed so long without a private backyard. While I imagined it would be pretty great, I never expected something as innocuous as lawn space would make such a difference in our lives. Talk about worlds opening!
The space may not be huge but there is still plenty enough room for Shiva to dive and leap after her favourite toy of the moment. No more dangerous stairs or sickening crunches of canine bones against walls. We can even fit more than two sets of weave poles. Maybe we’ll even be able to get in a sequence of more than two obstacles at a time! We’re gonna need some more equipment. It’s like a whole new phase of our lives!
It’s not that I now suddenly feel a yard is necessary, I just had no idea how easier it makes everything. I see now how so many people can get away without walking their dogs 576967 times a day. In fact, I can even see myself maybe cutting back to only one a day, with a lot of playing in the yard to make up the difference. Chasing a stick outside for twenty minutes seems to tire the Shiva out just as much as an hour long walk. Who knew?
It couldn’t have come at a better time either. I don’t know if the backyard was the last push I needed but on Friday I filled out my very first agility trial entry form. I even screwed up the courage to put a stamp on the envelope. If all goes well, in less than a month Shiva and I will be entering the big leagues. It ain’t no fun match this time. Ready or not, we’re putting ourselves out there to be judged.
I won’t lie. My knees quiver at the thought.
I need to get it over with sometime, right? The longer I wait, the harder it’s going to be. There are no expectations for a first trial other than to show up. At least, that’s the way I am approaching it. If I don’t bail out at the last minute, I am going to consider it a win.
But I am sure I will stress about it all for you to read later, closer to the date. For now I am going to enjoy my tired dog on this lazy Sunday evening. I will leave you with a video of the new sport my PH and Shiva invented. Who says dogs can’t play hockey? It’s sure to be the latest trend.