For her "2" the Aframe had become more reliable and we were reworking her stopped dog walk. The weaves were still a mess but we got lucky enough. I will never forget December of last year when she needed three more Standards and I was so stressed out at a trial that I was nauseous and shaking. Molly had an anal gland infection and was behaving out of control. I felt like we were back to square one. I ended up discovering the infection, treating it...and going on a road trip to enjoy earning her C-ATCH2.
Throughout this year we have focused a lot on CPE. A little bit of AKC, a little bit of USDAA. We took a lot of time off of Standard because I thought of re-training Molly's stopped dog walk. That was not working for us. We went to CPE Nationals. In June we started earning those ten Standards needed for her "3". But I was not counting them or chasing them. No hurry. I made a goal for 2016 to stop stressing about Standard. "It's just another course." The weave poles were our final demon. And over the last month...I feel my body language has transformed. I feel like It's All There. I am so excited.
Last weekend we got the two Standard Qs we needed. I went into today needing one more, and I felt completely confident that we would do it. No shaking, no nausea, no dizziness or fear. We just went in and ran the course. Awesome contacts, awesome weaves. I feel like We Have Arrived. I feel like I finally Get it. Our first two championship titles did not go "according to plan". But this one was by the book!
I am looking forwards to what 2017 has to bring for our team.