The town of Warrenton Virginia has a First Friday Festival on the first Friday evening of every month during spring, summer and fall months. This first Friday of September was their Dog Days of September event. The Warrenton Kennel Club was having their AKC Responsible Dog Ownership event as part of the overall event. I spoke to Lesa Fork, the Training Director for WKC, who is also a CGC evaluator, and told her about how I was taking classes with another AKC intructor/evaluator. When Mary Ann Robertson was checking with each of our dogs to see what we needed to work on, during the supervised separation, Mary Ann Robertson said that I would need to work on getting Mercy used to being alone with a strange person better because she was pacing and panting when she was holding her. She had said I would need to practice having strangers holding Mercy while I stepped out of sight. I asked Lesa Fork to hold Mercy for me and when I came back, Lesa said to me that Mercy had no problems and that she
would have passed her on that part of the test. She was commenting on how sweet and gentle Mercy was. When I told her I was raising her to be a therapy dog, she had said she would be a perfect candidate and that her name must have something to do with it.
Another thing, the guy that was the Puppy Kindergarten instructor at Liberty Hill Pet Resort had left to start his own dog training company. He was Mercy's Puppy Kindergarten instructor for most of the times she was there. I had Mary Ann Robertson for her last Puppy Kindergarten Class. The guy instructor's name is Chris. I ran into him at the festival. He also had a booth set up there. I told him that I was taking Mary Ann's CGC prep course, he was telling me how nobody
has ever passed Mary Ann Robertson's CGC evaluations! He is also an AKC CGC evaluator and was highly recommending that I take his CGC prep course instead of Mary Ann's. He could be stretching the truth a bit, but it got me thinking. Are Mary Ann Robertson's standards so high for the CGC test, that dogs and owners have to perform perfectly with no small gray area stuff that she fails people for insignificant things? If Mary Ann fails Mercy, I will go to WKC for her to be tested.
Oh how I wish I could get involved with the Warrenton Kennel Club and become a member and student there! Their slogan is Furthering the Advancement of the Purebred Dog. Their classes are only on Tuesday nights when I have an important church meeting. I always put Jesus Christ first, and for me, that means attending this church meeting. Driving to Warrenton after work every week would be pushing it anyway. I want to get Mercy involved in Obedience, Rally and Agility. *sigh*