Birthdays, Fundraising, Juno, and Perfection
This post got rather long, so I’ve included links to all the topics covered 🙂
Happy Birthday Solar!
This morning, I woke up at 5:30AM to the sound of a group of people down the street singing Happy Birthday. I’m sure they were singing it for a friend, but maybe, just maybe, they were singing it for our flag, whose birthday is also today. Yes, it’s Flag Day, and it’s also Solar’s Brithday! Hard to believe he’s only four years old – we have such a wealth of experiences together, and so many years yet to experience even more.
World Team Updates
This year marks my third year of participation on the AKC USA Agility World Team, Solar being the second dog I’ve participated with. My first year, I didn’t really feel like I belonged, and had a sense of disbelief that I didn’t recover from for a long time – a year or so after the event itself! Last year, I enjoyed myself a bit more. This year, I’m enjoying the journey, but since I feel as though I can now count myself as one of the experienced World Team members, I also feel like I needed to step up to the plate and help the team out in more tangible ways than just my agility performances.
The AKC USA Agility World Team has gotten a reputation over the past 14 years of being THE World Team – we’ve been around as an organization, and have in the past had big time sponsors. In a way, those big sponsors have allowed teammates to sit back and enjoy the experience of being on a team without really having to work that hard to promote the team itself. That’s just not the case this year. So, if you feel as though I’m pushing things like supporter shirts, etc., it’s because I *am*. The team has limited ways of generating revenue this year so far. I’ve seen some who are fundraising for specific team members, which is great, and just the sort of community spirit that makes being on the team so wonderful, but it worries me a little bit, because it’s not enough for this or that team member to be able to go, the whole idea of the World Team as a concept fails if the whole team can’t make it to practices, and the event itself.
This past weekend, I got up early on Sunday morning and headed down to Ridgefield, WA, for one day of an AKC trial, with Juno only. I figured we could use the time to share the experience of travelling, just the two of us, to an event. That was something I short-changed Solar on a bit; the first time we travelled alone was a BIG trip, involving flying to our destination, and I realized he’d never really been anywhere without Jester and/or Fly in tow. Likewise, Juno has always been comfortably surrounded by ‘family’ in the form of David, me, Solar, Jester, and Fly. I also wanted to get the chance to run with her in Exc A STD, since she finished her Open STD title in Sequim a couple of weeks ago, and hopefully finish her Open JWW title.
It was fun to travel for a day just with Juno. She finished her Novice FAST title, her Open JWW title, and we had a good time in Exc A STD. She had a great time having me all to herself, and it seemed like a good thing to have done for her confidence. She’s now in Exc A STD and JWW, but make no mistake, she’s still a novice dog. I’m enjoying posting videos of her as we progress; it’s clear that every time we step in the ring, she learns something and gains confidence. I love the end of the video below – it personifies Juno’s behavior most of the time. She’s very much a team player and wants to do it right!
Miscellaneous Thoughts on Perfection
David and I just finished watching all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica – it was a very engaging series, if you’re a sci-fi fan. It was a little religious at times, but I really liked it overall. In the final episode, one of the main characters had a little monologue that really hit me, so I thought I’d share with you. It mirrored my own thoughts so precisely, and I think a lot of us are in the same boat, chasing after the same thing…PERFECTION. It’s the pursuit, though, and not the goal, that’s the important thing to remember.