Susan Dickerson and “Kelly” – First Rally Master Golden Retriever!
My dog “Kelly” is the first Golden Retriever I have ever had – she is now 4 years old — and I am enjoying the journey with her as we try different sports.
I found out from the AKC that Kelly is the first Golden Retriever in the country to earn her Rally Master title. She is the 16th dog across all breeds to earn the title.
We did 10 trials, starting November 4th at the Norcal GRC Specialty at the Dream Big Center – and Kelly qualified at all of them, earning her title without any NQs. Kelly and I got our title (10th leg) at the San Joaquin KC trial in Stockton, on December 4th, under Nancy Watson. There were moments of pure joy and exuberance, and moments when I was holding my head because I screwed up on the new signs, but we always qualified.
Kelly is the daughter of Dee Dee Anderson’s Sliver (RNC OTCH DD’s Slice of Pie) who won the Rally National Championship in 2015. I hope Kelly can follow in her mom’s pawprints.
The picture is from a subsequent trial at Lost Coast, where Kelly went on to win both High Combined and Triple High Combined in Rally!