Yesterday was my "humbler day". Today, I went in to the show not expecting a lot. I worked with Pizza on standing still, and being patient...a total work in progress! We went into the Best of Breed ring, one of 13 special bitches entered. Pizza turned it ON! As bad as she was yesterday, she was awesome today. The judge pulled out best of breed, then the class dog for best of winners, and then he pointed at us for Best of Opposite...and I about passed OUT! Best of Opposite at a BIG specialty, and she just turned a year old yesterday!
He re-judged all of the owner-handlers, and Pizza was also awarded an Owner-Handled best of breed. Our specialty lasted all afternoon, and we walked over to take photos and then had to go in and wait for the owner-handled sporting group. By this time, Pizza was pretty exhausted. She still showed pretty well for me in group, but we didn't get a look. I did not care, for sure....I was flying high from this win. How amazing...what an amazing day! It had rained all night and all morning, and the rain barely stopped in time for us to show the specialty, then started up again during groups. I was dressed and prepared. Probably didn't make for the nicest win photo, but any win like this is so incredible, who cares what I look like?
Never let your memories be bigger than your dreams.
It is so easy to get caught up in the past - woulda coulda shoulda! Regrets can wear a person down. This year - NO REGRETS. I am going to try to spend less time worrying about what happened, and more time making plans and then executing them. It is time to GET IT DONE. Keep dreaming, but put some action behind those dreams and drive them forward!
Today is the last day of the show and my 2-week show marathon. We showed at *gulp* 7:30am. It was ugly and misty-rainy. I really didn't expect anything. My life cycle seems to always be a great day followed by a humbler day. So, I expected to be humbled...i was ready for it. Pizza got pulled out for Best of Opposite again today, along with Owner-Handled best of breed! Two days in a row!
This win today really means a lot, maybe even more than yesterday. Why? Because it proves that yesterday was not a fluke. It's funny how with every bit of success, I start to doubt myself again. A second big win shows that it wasn't just one oddball judge giving me a strange placement, maybe we really did deserve it! Am I over the moon? You bet I am! I am so incredibly proud of Pizza, and thrilled that I was the one who picked this puppy out of the litter, raised her, trained her, and made her a champion. Gives me goosebumps...and this feeling never gets old!
Best of breed ~ Best of Winners ~ Best of Opposite ~ Select Dog ~ Select Bitch