I know it seems a bit early to be celebrating a year’s accomplishments. It’s not even December yet! But we’re done trialing for the year so it seems like an appropriate time to recap the year and commend all the hard work we’ve put in. Last year was the first year we really got into competing and we attended 6 different trial venues! Three trial weekends in AKC rally, one in APDT rally, one in WCFO freestyle, and one taking the AKC Coursing Ability Test. We also got to go lure coursing for fun plenty of times once the rain stopped cancelling our events!
I decided to photograph all of Risa’s awards, placements, and titles from a year’s time frame. From her first RN leg in November last year to her second RA leg earned this past weekend.
Across the top, we have her 4th place rosettes and qualifying ribbons from the final 2 legs of her AKC RN (Rally Novice) title. Next to that are her local lure coursing title rosettes: Wylde Courser Enthusiast and Wylde Courser Maniac. Next is her new title ribbon for her RL1 (Rally Level 1) in APDT rally. Followed by her fifth, first, fourth, and fifth place placement rosettes and qualifying ribbons from the 2-day APDT trial.
Next to Risa on the left-hand side of the photo is her RN title certificate (top) and her CA (Coursing Ability) certificate. Below them is her 1st place rosette and qualifying ribbon from her first RN leg. The three orange ribbons are her CA qualifying ribbons.
Risa is wearing her 1st place WCFO medal around her neck and, in front of her, is her W-FDX/MF (WCFO Freestyle Dog Excellent/Musical Freestyle) title certificate and 2 of her 3 qualifying ribbons (she received her first qualifying leg last year so that ribbon is not pictured).
Finally, on the right side is Risa’s APDT RL1 title certificate and, below that, is her AoE (Award of Excellence) certificate for her RL1. The yellow third place ribbon was her 2nd AKC RA (Rally Advanced) leg and the red second place rosette was her first RA leg.
Not bad for a throw-away shelter mutt who was too afraid to go on a walk outside with me, let alone perform numerous behaviors in crowded buildings with hundreds of people watching. You’re an amazing dog, Risa, who never ceases to make me proud. Keep being awesome.
I can’t wait to see what we accomplish next year!