With our household of critters having expanded to include three cats and a dog, I thought it fitting to join a meme related to pets. After searching around, I came across Awww….. Mondays. The one rule is: “Post a picture that makes you say Awww…. and that’s it.” Every photo seemed to feature a pet and so the meme is a perfect fit!
This past weekend was a momentous occasion for our family. Our toy poodle, Barnaby, received his Master Agility Champion title (MACH). Once one of the quickest dogs in the ring, since reaching his senior years, Barnaby has slowed down in his performance. He’s also never been the most consistent performer, at times popping out of the weaves or missing the mark in other ways. So headed into this weekend, with everything riding on four perfect performances, both Andy and I had our doubts of whether Barnaby could qualify in this trial. But the cheers rang out around 11:00 on Sunday, when Andy and Barnaby completed his fourth successful run, and thereby achieving the coveted MACH.
For me, Barnaby’s pet mom, it’s a bittersweet moment. On Saturday, I met another pet owner with a silver toy poodle. Besides the fact her poodle is a girl, a big difference is that her poodle is only about one years of age. They’ve been taking agility classes for a few months. On that day, they weren’t there to compete but rather to soak up the atmosphere of an actual competition. The lady figures that maybe this fall, the two will try their first trial. In contrast, Barnaby is almost thirteen and has been taking agility since he was four. Moreover, due to Barnaby’s collapsing trachea and developing cataracts, we’ve been concerned about whether Barnaby could even obtain his MACH. And now that he has, although Andy plans for the two to continue to take agility classes, we’ve agreed for them to at least semi-retire. They might still compete in some local competitions, but the days of traveling out-of-town for them are over.
You’ve made us proud, Barnaby, with all your agility ribbons and awards over the years. In addition, you easily earned your Canine Good Citizenship. I can’t wait to see what adventures lay ahead for you!
Below is the video for Barnaby’s winning Standard run.
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