I was so excited for today, it was my first tracking class with Donna since I left Thunder Bay in 2007. Donna was my tracking coach there & without her help I would never have gotten Tate's TD.
Anyway, everything seemed to go wrong today, except for the actual tracking part.
It started at 8am , I left nice & early to get to Calgary with plenty of time to spare. I made a quick stop at Tim Horton's for a coffee & breakfast sandwich. I pulled over before I left to check my coffee as they are always putting sugar in it, no sugar, however, I had a blueberry bagel instead of my breakfast sandwich, ugh!, I had to park, run in & get them to make my sandwich.
Finally on my way, I am rolling along & I notice this terrible smell :( I look back & Tate has shit in his crate, never in 10 years has this ever happened to him, & he did go before we left. I had to find a road to pull off safely as I was on the highway, poor Tate had to stand in his crate while I was looking. I found a road & let Tate out while I cleaned. Thank goodness I am always prepared with things, I had garbage bags in the van so I was able to throw all the bedding in there. I had some no rinse shampoo, but it had frozen so I wiped off Tate's feet & bloomers as best I could, I had an extra bed for him so at least he could be comfy. After about 15 minutes we were on our way.
Nothing happened until I got to Calgary, I actually had made up some time so I was happy. Then came the next snag, a water main had broke on Crowchild & the traffic was backed up, like 45 minutes backed up :( I texted Donna saying I was going to be late. I ended up having to infringe on the next groups class as mine was already half over by the time I arrived. Donna was awesome & just took things in stride.
Tate did a mini Urban track & did pretty well for having done no tracking in over 5 yrs! I will post some video later. He was very pleased with himself for finding the glove & he carried it all the way back ♥
Next up was Kort & as I expected he was very keen, especially because it involved food! Some things have changed since I tracked with Tate, so I will explain about Kort's first time when I post his video .
After a wonderful spring roll sandwich & pineapple square that Donna made I was on my way.
Of course that was easier said then done, due to the Crowchild being closed I had to find another way to get to the Deerfoot, after driving around Calgary for over an hour I found a CAA fella in a park, he gave me alternate directions, super! Well, not so much......there were 2 roundabouts that I had to navigate, it took 3 trys, & going out of my way each time, to finally get the right turn , ya.
I was just so tired & so frustrated by this point I wanted to cry :( I was supposed to go to High River on my way back to see Amanda & Brit in their herding trial but I didn't pass through until almost 5!
The wind was super bad on the way back, so along with the wind rocking the van & the dark, I was getting dizzy ! I had to stop in Fort McLeod & rest my eyes before I vomited !
Finally at home & in my driveway one would think I was home free, nope! The wind pushed the door as I got out of the van & the corner smacked me right on the back of my head, geesh!!!
So that's my story, I'm glad I'm home, think I'll stay here forever :)