Yes, that's right. The dog formerly known as Marge is now ARCH Marge!
We had a long two days of APDT Rally trialing this weekend. On both Saturday and Sunday, Marge had four runs. That makes for a total of EIGHT runs for the weekend - the most Marge has ever done in a span of two days.
We accumulated two double qualifying scores (QQ's) on Saturday. Here is one of our runs.
Her effort in this run and an earlier run led to our designation as being the Highest Scoring Dog in Levels 1 and 2 for the morning trials, an honor known as "High Combined."
The excitement didn't stop there. After four more successful runs on Sunday, Marge earned her APDT Rally Champion title. Here is the final run.
Though Marge was less precise than normal with her heeling, her fronts and her finishes, she did show great control. Our transitions in to the ring are getting steadily better and better. And, normally the Level 2 jump (as shown in the video above) puts her in to crazy agility mode; however, she remained collected throughout the entire course... for all eight runs.
I knew Marge would get her ARCH, but had no idea it would happen this soon. We did a lot of APDT Rally this January and it all paid off. I think the trials were great experiences for Marge to get in the ring and have lots of fun. I think it's clear in the videos that she's enjoying herself. APDT Rally has got to be one of the most welcoming, upbeat organizations I've ever been a part of. I'm glad to have these opportunities to show with Marge.
Now: on to the ARCHX and Level 3.