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Wasn't sure where to post this...
After much deliberating, and lots of great advice from this forum, I've decided to try a "day of show" or ringside drop-off handler for the Tito Monster.
Ms. Kate Batzner-Northern (www.katebatzner.com) came highly recommended by Coda's mom, and she is willing to show Tito for me.
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It is with great excitement that I welcome Kate to Team Tito!
I'm not sure when his first trip into the ring with Kate will be, possibly the cluster in Ft. Wayne the end of October (National sort of got in the way of anything before that).
I can hardly wait for them to meet each other. I have lost to Kate with Mariner at a couple of shows, and found her to be very professional, helpful, and the dogs really seem to enjoy her.
I'm very pleased with my decision, thanks for all the help guys!
 

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Congrats to you and Tito on your new addition! Sounds like you found someone you can trust... and that's huge!! Can't wait to hear all the victory stories... though I will sorely miss your tales of running between rings!! LOL

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ah, not to worry....we're showing in both breed and obedience this weekend, without Kate, who is out of town somewhere else!


Congrats to you and Tito on your new addition! Sounds like you found someone you can trust... and that's huge!! Can't wait to hear all the victory stories... though I will sorely miss your tales of running between rings!! LOL

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Can't wait!! :curtain: Seriously though, good luck! I'm sure you two will do great!! (so have you moved on to the B classes yet, or is this a left over registration from the UD hunt?)

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Thanks!
These were the "insurance legs" because this set of shows closed before the show in which he got the UD, so we're still in A. I'm SERIOUSLY looking forward to the shows, because I feel no pressure or nervousness at all for obedience.
Not sure when I'll move on to the B classes. I've never shown in Open B, heck, only showed in Open A 4 times (got 4 legs, too!). I don't think Tito will much care, he's not that kind of guy, he doesn't really care what order the exercises fall into. I suppose one good thing about being so new to Utility is that I haven't really learned the A order yet, either. Never can remember when the gloves happen, or the stand...I just sort of stand there and wait for the judge to tell me where to go next.
I did tell Kate that I plan to continue to show Tito in obedience at the same shows in which she will be showing him in breed, so we'll still be sprinting from one ring to another. But I promised that, at this point, breed needs to take precedence. Well, unless they're running a field event, too....:p:

Can't wait!! :curtain: Seriously though, good luck! I'm sure you two will do great!! (so have you moved on to the B classes yet, or is this a left over registration from the UD hunt?)

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That's wonderful news! I was really secretly hoping you'd decide to give a handler a shot. I have so much respect for you for doing so much with Tito, and for realizing perhaps he deserves a shot to go to the next level. I hope to get a show quality pup one of these days, and would love to do some of the showing myself, but realize in all reality I won't be able to do it all myself. Reading all of your posts and following the Tales of Tito, or 'Tail of Tito', has been so educational and inspiring for me! You should be proud of yourself, and enjoy the shows when the handler isn't there and you still have your time in the ring with him.

It sounds like you've selected a great handler, and I hope the ring side works for you! I love reading about you and Tito! :)
 

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Thanks everyone!
MillysMom, I still plan to take the Tito Monster to conformation classes even though Kate will be showing him. I figure there will be shows that I want to go to (for obed) that she won't be attending, and I'll still trot him around the ring myself at those shows. I think the practice is good for both of us, but honestly I think conformation training is real quality time with your dog so I don't want to give it up. It's all about keeping him happy and having fun, what could be wrong with that?
Paula, we are NOT giving up dock diving!! It's his favorite thing in the world! He has his UKC Junior Jumper title now (5 official splashes of over 10 feet but under 15). We are entered in an indoor event here in Chi-town on Nov. 14 and 15 and I think I caught Tito counting down the dates on the calendar...he's going to be looking for legs toward his Senior Jumper title, with jumps over 15 feet but under 19. When we did the Rockford event, he had several jumps around 16 feet so we're optimistic.
Also adding more agility, My4Goldens and I are going to be renting out the big agility building nearby for an hour every other week, because both our boys love it. And looking to start field work....
So even though we will be *concentrating* more on breed, his other stuff isn't going to go away either!
 

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Wahoo! We'll be rooting you guys on, as we are big Team Tito fans! I can't believe you will be doing all of that fun stuff (field, agility, dock diving, more obedience). Drooling right now ;)
 

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Congrats Barb and Tito! I will be rooting for Tito and Kate on in shows to come! *Fingers crossed!* :crossfing And good luck this weekend! Don't know if you have already shown or not...
 

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I was looking at Tito's birthdate and thinking of how very much he has already accomplished in his young life! What an exciting youngster- I can't wait to see what he'll do next.
 

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obviously you haven't read my post on THIS weekend !
 

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Ooooooops- missed it. I'll go look for it now. I'm kind of worried to read it though, lol.
 
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