Monday, May 08, 2006

"On the Road Again"

So Jetta, Tenie and I are off on another whirlwind adventure. Tomorrow our flight leaves for Belgium, where I will engage in kicking some international ass-well, at least that is what we hope happens. We're going to Belgium because of a swim meet. We have to fly through Germany instead of England-where the rest of the team is flying-because England's laws against bringing dogs into the country are so stringent. We'll be there until Monday May 15, which doesn't really meana very long trip. I'm a little worried about jet lag, but oh well, I'll just have to go over there and do the best I can. Hopefully the results are much better than the last swim meet I went to. (The one in London Ontario. The one where I was very sick and was still taking anti-biotics...very bad). The results weren't so impressive there, but I'm confident things will turn out better this time.
I just got an email this morning about the World Championships that I am working towards. The trials are in August and that will be the next big meet after this one in Belgium. We also have a crazy insane training camp in Calgary at the end of August-that is if I make the team of course. (Keep your fingers and paws crossed).
Tenie and I have to go pick up our passports this morning, yes I know cutting it very close. We also have to go find snacks that won't be taken away when we go through security. For example, bananas, since they are a fruit, are not allowed to leave the country-or enter another one for that matter. :) I also have to do some laundry, pack and go to see the massage therapist. My shoulder is acting up again and I want to make sure everything is in working order before I leave. I know Jetta won't be happy when I get the suitcase out. She always mopes and refuses to go to the bathroom. But, I bought her a new bone, which I will give to her when we get to Belgium and hopefully she'll forgive me by then. Also, she gets to see the team's massage therapist and Jetta loves her, so that might console her little doggy anger too.
Anyway, I need a shower and some more breakfast.

PS: Medley was able to come home last night. The gravel started moving and they did not have to operate. He will be going to his regular vet this morning just to make sure everything is still healing properly.


L^2 said...

Hi Girls,
Glad to hear that Medley is doing better - we left you a comment yesterday on your post about him, but it doesn't seem to be there now. Anyway, we hope you have a good time in Belgium and good luck at your meet! Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back.
Laura, Willow and Stella

Expat Traveler said...

oh wow - I never knew you swam, but then again I just started reading your blog. I swam for 14 years, up until age 23. I know what you are going through but I would have never been able to bring my dog with me! Good luck with everything.... Sounds exciting.

Expat Traveler said...

By the way - what events do you swim? I was long events - 400IM, 200Back, 200breast were my best events...

Jess and Jetta said...

Hi girls:
Thanks for trying to leave a comment for Medley yesterday. He is feeling much better. He even came out today when we all went out for Greek food.(A little love Tenie and I picked up while we were in Greece).
Expat Traveler: Yes, I started competitive swimming when I was about 14. That is why Coffee Addict told me to read your blog because you used to swim too.
I am a breast stroker-50, 100 and 200. I'm mostly a sprinter for other things. My 100 back stroke and 50 free are not too shabby. I really don't like IM because my hands get stuck in the lane ropes because I can't swim very straight. lol We're working on it. I'll be swimming the200 IM for the first time in 5 years at this meet. Wish me luck! :) (Where did you do most of your training...I mean country)?

Jess and Jetta said...

Oh, I forgot-Jetta comes with me because if we spend too much time apart the bond that is formed between a handler and their working dog can be put in jeopardy. Besides, we barely ever spend any time apart-I'd miss her too much and worry about her too much to compete properly. :) I've left her before when I went to England, but she got to spend the week with my parents. This time, I don't know where she would have stayed.

Katherine said...

Good luck at the swim meet! I hope you have time to enjoy a little of Belgium as well.

Amy and Zoom said...

Good Luck!!!

Jess and Jetta said...

Hi everyone:
Thanks for the good luck!!! It obviously worked, which you will learn from reading the next couple of blogs. I will be relaying our adventures. :)
Thanks!!!!!!!! I appreciate it.