What an amazing day we had today. I'm still in shock, as we accomplished what I thought was impossible. We had a great run in Standard yesterday but not good enough to place, and then we knocked a bar in Jumpers, so I thought Finals was out of the picture. But man, Kaylie kicked it up today and we had a FANTASTIC run in Standard today, and actually placed 3rd, and our Jumpers run was clean and pretty fast, but not fast enough to place. I was absolutely amazed when they not only called Kaylie's name for Standard Finals, but also Jumpers Finals. I start to tear up even as I type this, I'm just still so surprised. I guess consistency pays off -- the dogs that did well on Friday couldn't pull it off today, while I stayed right there in the middle. Woooo hoooo!!
Today was also the North America Challenge run. This course is typically longer than a regular Standard course, and has more challenges. Again, we are up against some very tough competition. Today I decided not to watch the other dogs in my class. I didn't want to know how the competition was doing, so I could just focus on Kaylie. We ran clean, and I felt we ran it as well as we could have. It was a very long wait until we got the results, and man, when they announced Kaylie getting 3rd place, the tear fest began. I was absolutely amazed. And then other friends were placing with their dogs, and everyone was in tears. It was so much fun. DOCNA is the absolute best venue -- I've made such wonderful friends, and the support everyone gives to each other is awesome.
Now for tomorrow! We have Trigility, which is a team event. I'm part of the "Sassy Trio" with my friends Cindi S. and Taz & Terri S. and Shayna. And then Standard and Jumpers Finals. I can't wait!