Monday, April 23, 2012

Positive Thinking

We've been pretty busy the last few weeks with trials and other stuff.  Okay 99.9% trials and a little other stuff. 
Ever since we saw Maggie's name in the top 5 for Invitationals*, we've gotten a little crazy.  There is another dog nipping at our heels (pardon the pun) and they bump us off the list every so often, and we get all crazy entering shows and cranking out the points.  We missed three weeks in a row in March and it ate me up thinking I was losing our foothold.  Then I get a momentary jolt back to reality and think... whatever... it isn't like we would really GO to Florida in December if we made it to Invitationals... right?  Wait, let me check the mileage... I'll be right back.

Hmmm... maybe we would after all.  Here is a map of where we've been for trials and the light blue is for planned trials.  Colorado is for USDAA Nationals in September, Wisconsin is the Border Collie Nationals in October.  And like I've learned in all the positive thinking seminars, I've colored in Florida, too.  Just in case.  It's not THAT far, right?

*The top 5 scoring dogs of every breed are invited to compete in the AKC Invitational tournament held in Florida each December.  The point tally is from July 1 to June 30.   It is quite prestigious to make it to the top 5 for any breed, but in the super-competitive world of Border Collies, it is pretty unbelievable.  Especially for a rescue dog and a handler with troll legs. 

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