Tuesday, July 02, 2013

ACNH - June 29-30, 2013

Every so often the stars align and we have one of 'these' weekends when I can sit back and smile and think "my boys didn't put a foot wrong all weekend" - it was one of those weekends for us back in NH. Net tally for Teller was two QQs and 57 points and for Kip two QQ's and 61 points. Four double-Q's: eight for eight for team Magica. I pretty much walked around with a stupid grin on my face for the remainder of Sunday afternoon and a good chunk of Monday.
Kip's standard Q on Saturday completed his requirements for his invitation to the 2014 AKC National Championship in Harrisburg, PA (the same event that Teller and I went to in Oklahoma in March). The AKC changed the qualification requirements for entry from 6 double-Qs and 400 points to 4 double-Qs and 500 points (and at least 20 Masters JWW/Standard Q's). I thought the 500 point requirement would put the 2014 trip out of Kip's reach this year. He's by and large still a very green dog - he only got himself into masters in the middle of January and he didn't bring home his first Masters double-Q until the last weekend in February. That's a lot of ground to make up for (three months behind the pack). I was fully prepared to have a miss there, to not be able to get enough trials under his belt to really get him together enough to start bringing home the points.
Sharpie Kool-Aid 'tattoo' from the weekend.
Long story...but, Yes, THAT's the giant
red splotch on my leg in the videos :-)

The funny thing is that as soon as we all returned from Oklahoma Kip stepped up his game. As though a taste of going as a passenger was enough 'koolaid' to get the kid going. He's gone from "wouldn't it be nice to qualify TWO dogs for Harrisburg because it's so close" to "wouldn't it be nice to be able to finish Teller's MACH4 and Kip's MACH at the same trial?" Pinch me!



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