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And, for interest, here's the tribute I published when my kid and her dog became the first junior team ever to get a lifetime achievement award (100 standard Qs, 125 games Qs). It really is the small stuff that makes a difference, and clubs have a big role to play.
The Little Pink Ribbon
Sometimes the stars align and things go exactly to plan. That’s what happened to my 16-year-old kid and her dog this weekend, at the Guides canins spring agility trial. Their 50th Gamble Q, for their Gold Gamble title. Their 5th Challenge Q, for their Challenge title. Being chosen to receive the Challenge Award for handling skills on Saturday. And not least, their 100th Standard Q, for their Lifetime Achievement Award: the first junior team ever to get one.
A lot of people in our agility family have played a big role in getting her to this point, and she’ll be thanking them herself. But sometimes, it’s the small stuff – the stuff you don’t think twice about – that makes all the difference.
Let me tell you a story.
My kid started coming to agility trials with me when she was about 3 years old. For the first year or two, all she did was walk the courses with me, and watch from the sidelines. It was an exercise in patience for both of us. But then, she wanted to run too. Eventually, I entered her FEO in a novice jumper with my old dog, Cannelle. She was so excited! When the time came, we all went into the ring – her, me and Cannelle – and negotiated our way around her first-ever agility run. It was a serious business, and she was ever so proud when she crossed the finishing line.
But the icing on the cake came when the owner of our training club ran into the ring and presented her with a little pink ribbon, made especially for her. You should have seen her eyes light up! Her own ribbon – in her favourite colour! When we got home, we hung it on her bedroom wall. It became her most prized possession.
One day, not long afterwards, she came to me and asked: Mom, if I keep practising agility, will I be able to win more ribbons?
Yes, Jackie, you will, I said.
And she did.
Sometimes it really is the small stuff – like that pink ribbon – that sets great things in motion. Thanks to our club, Guides canins, for being the spark that lit the fire.
Ruby 13-01-2007 to 18-03-2015.
My dog of a lifetime. I'll miss you forever.
Last edited by ceegee; 04-03-2019 at 12:37 PM.