Hello, my friends! Have you missed me? I sure have missed you! Maybe more than I realized. I am so happy to be doing a post for you this week. I have some exciting news!
Do you remember a few weeks back when I told you about the FDSA rally class my mom and I took? And the virtual Rally event that we entered? If you want a refresher you can check out my AKC virtual rally! post.
Well, I am happy to say that the three runs my mom submitted were all qualifying. That means I get my Rally Intermediate title! She was pleased with our scores. But most of all very happy with the fact that we qualified.
My certificate confirms my new RI title!
When my mom and I were taking the class I was happy that we were doing it together. And willingly did everything my mom asked me to do. But I was tired and not quite as excited to be working as I used to be.
If you remember, there have been many times in previous posts where I have shared with you that my mom always pays attention to what I am telling her. And listens to what I want. Now is no exception.
As much as I enjoyed doing the rally with my mom, I have decided that finishing my RI title would be a nice finishing touch on my competition career. And that it is time for me to retire from formal training and competitions.
I have rather liked my retirement from the service dog work. And, although I will miss training with my mom, I think I will like my retirement from competing just as much.
I have had a fun and successful career. One that holds many special memories for me and my mom. Both with the in-person events we attended. And our most recent virtual competition.
A moment in time from one of our virtual rally courses!
But it is time for my mom and Clint to continue with the training. And competition events. I must say I am rather enjoying getting treats for watching Clint do all of the work!
Over the past few weeks, I have let my new brother, Clint, write the posts for my blog. I thought it was a good idea for him to tell you about himself so you could get to know him better. And share with you some of the ways he is helping our mom.
I love my brother! I am grateful that he has seamlessly fit into the role of my mom’s service dog. He is doing a great job of helping her. And, although it makes me a little sad, it warms my heart that she has him by her side! And comforting for me to know that she is being well cared for when they are out and about.