When I returned to the same show site this year, I wasn't able to enter the building where I had crated the dogs for rally obedience. The memories of Nova are still too strong. I was glad that this year's rally ring was at the opposite end of the building so it felt different. The Specialty Show, however, was in the same ring as last. So I tried to keep busy, staving off thoughts of her by volunteering to help the Vizsla club set up. That really helped.
But I guess the worst part was visiting the dog park where I took our four dogs last year. I thought I was ready and initially felt OK to go there. After Sunday's shows & rally trials, I took Miska, Tyro & Diva for an outing because they needed to let off steam. I still have vivid memories and photos of Nova there.
Nova, 9.5 years old
Below: Nova (L) with Tyro (R rear) & Miska at the dog park