Last year's spree of CDSP obedience trials was not for nought. Tripp finished his OTCH-C2 and UDX-C2 (championships earned twice), along our way of continuing the fun of competing, and chasing points for rank. Getting higher rank would just be the frosting, but I sure did have my fingers crossed for a top placement! Tripp's career is winding down, and 2017 may have been our last "big" year (we'll see), so getting an awesome rank would be an awesome way to go out with a bang.
Well, today a dog show friend made my day. CDSP had finally posted the national rankings, and as usual I was apparently the last to know. LOL
I logged into facebook to find a congratulations post.
I got excited.
I knew we'd made the list. But what number were we? Did we land the top spot as I was aiming for?
Seeing that literally had me squealing in delight and clapping my hands like a giddy little girl. And rightfully so! haha
If I didn't hit any other goal last year, I at least reached this one. (And I did accomplish lots more, too. ;-) Certainly the bulk of this accomplishment goes to Tripp, though.
So what does 2018 have in store for us? It will greatly depend on finances, as I am really hoping to start building on my land (perhaps I should shut up and stop jinxing it, LOL). But as long as we can, we'll keep playing around a bit in obedience. I'd like to finish Tripp's UDX-C3, just because he's halfway there, so might as well. haha And I've been contemplating getting back into AKC to try the Versatility class now that Tripp is doing better in the ring. I've been thinking about a couple other sports too, but again, we'll see...
Of course, dogs don't really care about titles and awards and national rankings... they're just happy you're happy. And that you're doing something together. (And that they get cheese when they do good. ;-)
The highlight of today for Tripp was simply the ability to finally get out for a good walk after being housebound for a week due to ice. (I was pretty happy about it too!)
My land gets good sun, so half of the snow had melted away, and what was left had softened up enough to walk safely on. As you can see, the snowmobile trail that skirts my back corner was vastly bare! My own trails had some remaining snow cover, but that didn't slow Tripp down from getting zoomies and taking a few flying leaps. :-) He was definitely happy to be there. We spent about an hour and a half wandering the property, making up for lost time. We should both sleep well tonight!
And on that note, I bid you adieu. (For now. ;-)