This past weekend, nearly one year to the day after she earned her first qualifying score in AKC agility's Excellent B Jumpers with Weaves class (and nearly two years to the day since she finished her Novice Jumpers title), Marge earned her tenth and final qualifying score and finished her Master Excellent Jumpers title.
It's been quite a ride for Marge and me, and I really never would have thought a few years ago that we would rise to such an advanced level of competition. Sure, she's not lightning fast, and our record is not stellar compared to some, but I'm sure whoever was responsible for her at the Cherokee County Animal Control in Georgia never thought she'd compete in agility. They might even be surprised to know she made it out of the shelter/rescue system and is, in fact, alive today.
Our totals so far: 1 QQ, 3 MX legs, 10 MXJ legs, and 103 MACH points. When we're slumping or not seeing the results we'd like, it helps to look at those numbers to see how truly far we've come.
My goal for the remainder of this year is to even out the number of Standard (MX) legs that we have and hopefully finish the MX title. Once that happens, I have no doubt that we'll pick up a couple of more QQ's and get to work on the title that we really want. I estimate that I'll probably have about 10 to 15 more days of trialing this year to get the ball rolling!
Stay tuned for some non-agility updates in the future, including a new training endeavor we've taken on, as well as Marge's yearly video compilation.