My return to Gridley was amazing! My readers may recall that last year, I had a small lapse on a recall in Beginner Novice, and I left the ring and knocked down a woman who had just had hip replacement.
The world is a very small place. As it turns out today, I FINISHED my Novice Obedience title under the judge who is married to the woman I ran over last year. And I still qualified. Not just that, but I got FIRST PLACE. A BLUE RIBBON. Me. Yes, me. I did it!
Yesterday, I had to do some sniffing because that ring smelled so good! I did not qualify, but it was totally worth it because I got to sniff. I did, however, finish my Rally Excellent title. That means the AKC officially recognized that I AM EXCELLENT!
Today I got my Novice title which means I am officially a companion dog (CD). I know I have been Mom’s companion dog for a long time, but I guess not sniffing and walking with her means the AKC thinks so, too.
I’m pretty sure that when the judge gave out ribbons and said that first place went to #7, Mom was shocked….then I’m pretty sure she almost cried. Like last year. But she says it wasn’t for the same reason. I think leaving the ring over and over made her especially happy that not only do I not leave, I stay and do a good job.
On top of all of that, I also got a qualifying score in Rally Advanced AND Excellent today, so I got my first (of ten) leg(s) in Rally Advanced Excellent. That’s the highest level of Rally. Last year, I didn’t even get my first leg in Advanced.
2015 has been a good year for me. I’ve finished three titles this year already! To celebrate, Mom gave me a giant bone — all for me! It was so yummy. She opened a really nice bottle of pinot, and she drank it all. I think the bone was a better deal.
Anyway, now I’m officially Starkenhund Humming Along with Mozart BN CD RE. Now I think I should go rest up. Who knows how many more letters I’ll accumulate.