the people who run the team that steve runs flyball with emailed today and asked if, in the next tournament, i would run steve fulltime as start dog with one (sub)team and halftime as anchor dog with another. physically, i'm not worried about it. even if he gets tired and slows down later in the day, he'll still be plenty fast enough for our purposes. he's extremely fit and i've never actually seen him tired. but mentally.... even though he's a rockstar puppy he's still just a puppy (19 months old). he handled his first tournament very well. he had one episode of crossing to chase another dog's ball during warm ups, but during the eleven heats he ran, he did great. he LOVES flyball. he's ridiculously intense, and he's more focused in that than in anything i've ever seen. i agreed to do it, because i know they're a dog short, and because as long as i'm going to be there, i see no reason not to. but now i'm having second thoughts about whether he's mature enough to handle it all mentally. i *think* that he is. i just really hope i'm right. i've never had a flyball dog before. i've never had a puppy before. when luce was this age, i was just trying to figure out how to make her stop trying to eat every dog she saw. we didn't hit our first trial until she was five. this is all new territory for me, and i just want to do right by my dog.