Terry Southard and “Dazzle” – new American and Canadian CDs!
Canadian CD earned May 29, 2016, at Lethbridge & District KC; Am CD earned Aug 7, 2016, at Monterey Bay DTC
Dazzle finally got to play in the obedience ring the past few months and enjoyed it very much. First we took advantage of a trip to visit Dazzle’s sister to hit a weekend of dog shows in Lethbridge, Canada, at the end of May. Dazzle handled all the new experiences of showing away from home better than I ever expected; we showed 4 times in 2 days and came away with 4 first places, 4 High in Trials, and High Scoring Novice Aggregate with an average score of 199. We also discovered that Dazzle loves hotel rooms, especially if she has a playmate to bounce back and forth with on the beds…not exactly the preferred form of exercise away from home, but still a bonus to have a happy traveler. 😉
Having successfully tested the waters in Canada, it was time to hit the rings on our own side of the border. The plan was to get some ring experience under our belts before heading to the National to face the pressure of showing in multiple venues while keeping up with our host club committee duties. It was a good plan that didn’t quite work out as I hoped since Dazzle came in season 4 days after we earned our third CD leg – oops! Fortunately she was out in time to show in Placerville – thank you, Dazzle! – where she gifted me with a beautiful performance and the thrill of earning High in Trial at our own club’s National Specialty. Dazzle was shown a total of 8 times in AKC Novice, earning 7 firsts, 1 second, 3 High in Trials plus 1 tie for HIT, and she finished out her joint Novice career with a 198.4 average. Through it all, Miss Dazzleberry Pie was a wonderful partner even under less-than-wonderful circumstances; she truly has a heart of gold and I couldn’t be more proud to have her by my side.