Friday, December 6, 2013

More Letters After My Name

I do like to go to Rally Trials. This evening we went to one at the Durham Kennel Club which is only 45 minutes from my house. Barbara thought that we should try to get the third leg of our Rally Novice title so we entered. I can lie down calmly in my crate and watch all the other dogs.
Usually there are not many setters at Rally events but I met this very handsome Irish Setter. He finished his Rally Advanced Excellent title (RAE)tonight.
I was very excited to meet this young Gordon Setter boy, Jackson. Quite lively in the ring but he got distracted with good smells in the ring (don't we all) so did not qualify tonight. He is only 1 1/2 years old so I was quite impressed. I can tell you that Barbara would not have had the nerve to take me in the ring when I was that age.
There were many different breeds of dogs at the trial. This Wire Fox Terrier was in his crate next to me. I was his first event and he did very well. There were some Airedales too but Barbara did not get any photos of them.
Behind us was an Old English Sheepdog who kept poking his head out of his crate to see what was going on. I am sure it is hard for him to see with all that hair
When my turn came to go in the ring, I was pretty excited. I tried to concentrate on what Barbara wanted me to do but a few times I sniffed and pulled so we lost points for that and a crooked sit. Not our best score but certainly enough to qualify and get my third leg. The green ribbon is for the qualifying and the blue rosette is for my new title!
I can now put RN after my name. It stands for Rally Novice (not registered nurse but I am sure I could do that). Barbara was very happy with me and gave me a huge chunk of mozzarella cheese as a reward. I deserved it.
Now onto the Advanced classes!


Sam said...

I tried obedience with my first Golden - she was too interested in making friends. She behaved great during practice but once we got in the ring she always thought the judges/attendants needed cheering up. Our club gave us a year end award (the only one we got) for the friendliest dog. LOL!

Monty and Harlow

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Registered Nurse? We're sure that would be easy peasy!!!



Mitch and Molly said...

Congratulations, Niamh! We are so proud of you and yes, you do deserve that mozzerella cheese!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

MurphyDog said...


I got my RN a couple of years ago...but since the next title requires off leash work, Mom said no more competition for me. Too many intact males at those competitions and she says I have too much 'tude when it comes to intact males.


Congratulations again though! Nicely done!

wags, wiggles & slobbers

World of Animals, Inc said...

Congratulations on passing the first part of your obedience class. You now have a beautiful ribbon for doing so well. Now off to the advanced classes. Thanks for the share. Have a great day.
World of Animals