So by the time I left I was exhausted, exhilarated, and already trying to figure out how I could come back next year. We had such a good time, met so many cool people, made so many new friends, and really have an appreciation for what it takes to pull something like this off plus a respect for how hard all of us worked to get there. And I love the support. It amazes me how supportive people are. It makes for a much more enjoyable time to see how hospitable and kind the people are - particularly to those who were new. And honestly, there didn't seem to be a competitive spirit. Sure people wanted to do well, but they acted like they were competing only against the clock and the course, not each other. That was incredible to me.
Finals was awesome. Of course that was a first for me as well. I took a ton of pictures both of the dogs running and of Vegas hanging out in the stands. Sadly I did something dumb with my camera and managed to lose all those. Guess I'll have to go back again to capture them next year now, right?
This is a final collection of pictures not included in my last two (really long) posts about the invitational. Needless to say, I lugged along the big camera, the video, and my laptop, to fully capture the experience for posterity, my lousy memory, and in commemoration of such a wonderful opportunity with my amazing Vegas.
They had a report organized by high in breed. It listed us having been in 42nd place.
Still, very pleased for a giant dog.
Here is a link to some of the additional reports: High in Breed Summary and Cumulative Results by Score.
Congrats to all the awesome dogs that were in attendance, thanks to the AKC for putting on a great event, thanks to our judges for challenging us and to the wonderful announcer who so consistently and beautifully shared our awesome sport with attendees as well as announcing us in ring 1. Last but not least, thanks to all my friends, family, coworkers, and fellow agility competitors who made this ride so much fun, who were supportive, and who kept our spirits up, encouraged us, and believed in us.