I went over to the Expo Center, ran my first class, decided to leave, packed, and on my way home.
Wish it were that simple and this is going to be a rough draft of a letter I am sending to the AKC, each of the trial chairs, and the Monroe Expo Center.
I suppose the first sign that these trials were not organized was the difficulty in getting a hotel room at a reasonable price. may be getting email confirnations only but I had an odd feeling.
I got into monroe at 3:00 on Wednesday and set up. There were no signs of the impending disaster.
The next morning did reveal the first clue. Marcie entry was available in self check in but Maggie's were not and she has been entered and competed at this show everytime Marcie has been. The trial secretary did not know what we needed to do to check in when I could not find my height cards. Huh? That is your job!
While this was on, the second clue that things were not right was also starting. my instructor had a handful of broken glass in her hand.
Quick background. I went through the windshield of a car years ago and as a result I have a paralyzing fear of glass.
Due to my fear, I shut out what Elizabeth was complaining about. I should have listened. Heck, I should have picked up and left at that point.
Each time I walked course, I found glass. I honestly tried to help and pick it up. I couldn't but I could ask someone else to and did.
the final straw was having the parking lot blocked off so the roof could be painted. As a result I could not park any where close to my set up. The trial committee refused to help, both on getting thevenue to change their mind or to help me get my truck near my setup so I could leave.
I wnt back to my truck, drove to the closed lot and moved the barriers so I could get my dogs and equipment. Then I left.
I will not be going back to their venue and i'll urge others not to go either in the future.
The total disregard for dog safety by purchasing glass filled dirt is unbelievable. Even my mother was appalled.