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Sage – In the Rally Ring!

Whoo Hooo… I am SO excited. Today was Sage’s debut in the Rally Ring! It has been a long time coming, as he’s been struggling with his intense fear of other dogs for awhile. But today at the Regional Shoreline Park in Martinez, he did an awesome job in his first Rally competition, finishing in 4th place in Novice-B.

His biggest foible in the ring came on a Call Front when, with typical Sage-like exuberance, he jumped up and hit my leg during the finish, causing us to repeat the exercise. For his first time, I will take our 92 quite happily! For his part, he’s much more interested in the stuffed leopard that he won.

While the ribbons are nice, the real “win” was his ability to be in the show environment with other dogs and to understand that they were not a threat. He surpassed my expectations in this area, allowing his setup to be in a group with other dogs and not worrying about it at all! Thinking back to a year ago, there is no way he could have done what he did today. He didn’t have the confidence or the focus. I couldn’t be more proud.


He’s pretty proud too – check that smile!  Great job Sage! You’ve come such a long way!

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8 Responses

  1. Congratulations to both of you — YAY, SAGE!

  2. Sorry I wasn’t able to make was a tough night at work, Great going Sage knew you could do it. Cappy sends his best and will see you at future shows.

  3. Kathy, knowing Sage via your posted notes, I took in no adequate sense of his fears. He looked happy always. He looks thrilled in your photos today. Obviously you have kept him where he is comfortable and let him blossom. You both are lovely.

  4. Congratulations! Love the photos, big hugs for Sage..

  5. Kady says “Go, big brother!!”

  6. Yay, Sage! It sounds like you’ve both worked hard to get there. Congratulations!

  7. Congrats on such a great Rally show! And even more on Sage’s comfort level around other dogs.

  8. Good boy Sage!

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