Someone shake me, because I swear I must be dreaming :) Porter earned 2 more QQ's this weekend! That's 5 QQ's in a row! From the dog that couldn't even do 5 weaves in a row last year!!
He now has all the QQ's needed to compete at AKC Nationals! We just need 126 more speed points.
Earlier I had refused to seriously consider going to Nationals because I really didn't think it would happen. I wanted to take 1 run at a time & not put too much pressure on us... But there's no denying I feel the pressure now!
We traveled up to compete at the Queen City Dog Training Center Saturday morning.
I find I am running much more conservatively now since QQ's have been on the line :) My handling looks a little loose & deep when I'm trying to keep all the bars up & create really obvious lines. I'll sacrifice the tighter corners & harder crosses to make everything absolutely obvious.
But not everything went stellar over the weekend. I left Stout & Porter in the car Sunday morning as I carried stuff into the trial. When I came back out, Stout had eaten some of my Orbit gum. After some googling, we finally found that it did contain xylitol.
Fortunately, a friend carries hydrogen peroxide with her. I gave Stout a couple good doses (he just opened up his mouth & let me pour it down!). He puked up his breakfast kibble, part of an egg mcmuffin, some un-identified plastic bits, some stuffing from his toy, and 2 pieces of gum still partially in the wrapper.
Then he was as good as new!
And a good day at a trial should always end with a good walk with friends in the park:
A parade of dog breeds:
1 Pembroke, 1 Swedish Vallhund
2 Pyrenean Shepherds
2 Jack Russells