As I said, I never intended to compete in UKC Obedience, since it would only give Tripp a redundant CD title, after which we would not continue (we won't do the Open 3 min. sit, and UKC does not currently offer the variety of classes AKC does), so why bother? But when the UDSNNE show came, I figured why not? One more title never hurts! And that first entry paid off with a Total Dog Award, so I'm glad I went for it.
A couple weeks later we entered one more day of Obed. at the Marshland trials in Saco, hoping for a quick finish to that Novice title. Tripp did not disappoint. :-) Not only did he earn his UCD title, along the way he won TWO High In Trials! (I think that's his first in Obed., all his others being from Rally. But who can keep up at this point? LOL) Now, before you get too excited about that double HIT, you should realize that it was a very small show. However, among the handful of competitors, there was a rather low passing rate, so I would say those HITs are still worthy of some pride. After all, Tripp did well enough to qualify with a 191 & 190.5, better than the few other qualifiers. It may not be a really big deal (compared to wins at larger events), but it's certainly a nice way to finish a title!
This time I didn't forget to get a win photo! Although as I looked through them for the best shot, I realized that in the good ones, unfortunately you can't see the new title ribbon hanging off Tripp's collar. (Aw, and he looked so good with it!) How did I miss that - was I blind? Oh that's right, I was! LOL Guess that'll teach me for taking my glasses off for pics. ;-)
While we won't likely continue to higher levels in UKC, I did learn that you're allowed to keep competing in classes you've titled in - so that means I can always enter Tripp in more Novice trials in the future. I believe it's just for All Star points (no more titles) and highly doubt we'd compete enough to make rank, BUT it allows us the option of competing in Novice Obedience at a show offering Total Dog, or if we just feel like doing some basic practice. So this isn't necessarily the end of the line.