But not this weekend. After a nail-biting, very ugly, by the skin of our teeth Q in standard Legend was just one nice jumpers course away from MACh. But it was not to be. The course was set up to make a 90 degree turn to the right after the weave poles but there was an off course jump right ahead of the poles. She ended up somehow bobbling the last few poles and coming out on the wrong side. It was so subtle several people couldn't even tell what happened. I'm sure that somehow my anxiety over making sure she finished her poles AND turned away from the off course threw off her rhythm. Probably if I had just relaxed and let her go we would have been fine. I mean how often do we NQ a jumpers course-and a pretty easy one at that!
I'm a little disappointed but only because we were so close and should have had it. And because we are not (despite all the trials that are available) running AKC again until March.
But, in reality, I'll enjoy it a lot more when Zodiac is not sick and when more of our friends can be there. And if we are really lucky it won't be Sunday afternoon when everyone is packing up and we can go party!
Little red dog still had an incredible year. She earned somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 QQ's, 500 MACh points and qualified for 2 nationals. And all that while being diagnosed with epilepsy. It has been five years ago this month that she came from rescue to live with us. In that time she has become the most titled dog I have owned and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Bring on 2012!
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