We are closing out a long two weeks of travel with an agility show at the Purina grounds near St. Louis MO. Usually these shows drive me crazy with the amount of downtime involved. Get the agility course set, receive instructions from the event judge, walk the course to become familiar with it, wait for your dog’s turn in the ring, enjoy the maximum of 2 minutes of excitement as Raven leads Linda through the obstacles, watch Raven bask in the post run accolades and then sit for what seems hours as the rest of the dogs compete and they start setting for the next round. Absolutely brutal especially since this is really Linda’s thing as I am the designated Sherpa. It is a great feeling to see Linda back on her feet and enjoying herself in the ring again – it was getting rough leading up to the surgery as I could tell she was really struggling to get through the stop and start sprinting between the obstacles – looks harder than my ultra marathon. This time I could use the rest to get the batteries recharged again and the downtime means I get a chance to pound out some posts – yeah!
Was checking the post queue and decided I would break down and go with one that has been in there for a while. Each time I considered going with it I decided the execution was too poor and opted to wait. Unfortunately, the soft images are of a bird I have yet to checked off my official list and I need to push my counter up (hmmm, wonder why). So, without further delay, take a few steps back from your monitor so these images of a nonbreeding Blue Grosbeak do not look so bad.
Hit the jump if you really want to see some more soft shots of Mr. Blue.