Its been a good year for all my dogs. Kestrel got some APDT rally titles (ARCH, ARCHX, RL1X, RL2X), and is back training for obedience and rally, and earned her TDI certification. Apparently she has found her niche, as she is a much happier dog than she has been in a long time. Therapy dog work, especially at the assisted living and memory unit serves her well, she enjoys it and the whole place is smiling when she is done.
Hawke earned her RA, after many many tries, and APDT ARCH, RL1X, RL2X, RLV titles as well, she enjoyed some agility, and some therapy dog work. We learned that working with the elderly is not for her, she is as drained by this work as Kestrel is energized. Hawke’s calling is as a reading dog, having kids read to her!!! It energizes her.
Merlin was the dog of the year in our household. Called to agility by the need to not lose entry fees when Kestrel was injured, Merlin was a good sport and really gave agility a good try – and exceeded my expectations by finishing his CTL-1 CPE title, his AKC NAP, and NJP titles, and even earning legs in USDAA agility! He completed his CD in November, a great accomplishment for the dog that was formerly terrified to sit still with strange dogs around. In APDT rally, he earned his ARCH, ARCHX, RL1X, RL2X, RL3.
We(I) have lots in mind for next year, Open agility and Open obedience for Kes and Merl, and maybe a CD for Hawke. (or maybe not) They’ll continue to tell me what works for them, and I’ll continue to enter them as long as we are all having fun. There is far enough stress in my life that I don’t need to PAY for more stress, and there are so many ways of having fun with a dog, that if the game isn’t fun, we can go play something else!