Grand Champion

Posted by: DancingCavy

Grand Champion - 08/07/17 05:32 PM

This weekend, Risa competed in canine freestyle (her favorite sport) for the last time. She had two spectacular performances and earned her Veteran Grand Championship in RFE musical freestyle. It was a whirlwind weekend of emotions (since I also hosted the event) but one I won't soon forget.

Risa is my project dog. Fearful and dog reactive. . .she should never have been a sport dog. She then blew a disc in her back last year and I wasn't even sure she'd get back in the ring. She's earned five titles since.

She could probably do this forever but I'm starting to see more signs of her age and thought it would be best to let her go out on top rather than when she told me she'd had enough.

Thanks for everything, Risa. If not for you, I wouldn't be so dedicated to dog training or canine freestyle. I owe you so much. Thank you. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement from competition (you're still welcome to play any time!).

Veteran MF-GrCH Dancing Cavy's Pain in the Butte W-FDM/MF MF-M Vet InS/E R-FE/N PCD BN RAE RL1 (AoE) RNX CA CGC WCX3

Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Grand Champion - 08/07/17 06:56 PM

And I remember so much of your journey.

Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment. The cherry on top!

Together you learned so much!
Posted by: middleofnowhere

Re: Grand Champion - 08/07/17 07:05 PM

Ah what a great photo. You look so very happy and Risa is more "oh shucks it was nothing"

Congrats to the both of you for a remarkable job.

And for setting a great example for what can happen with the right combination of handler and dog.
Posted by: DancingCavy

Re: Grand Champion - 08/07/17 07:24 PM

Originally Posted By: middleofnowhere
Ah what a great photo. You look so very happy and Risa is more "oh shucks it was nothing"

She was actually just really tired. Didn't want to cooperate for the photos at all. wink It was a long weekend for her even though I took her home at lunchtime on Saturday so she could rest and the show Sunday ended around 1, it was a long weekend for my old dog.

Thank you, all. I do have video. Just working on getting it uploaded and then I will share.
Posted by: Wolfie

Re: Grand Champion - 08/07/17 07:54 PM

You and Risa have accomplished so much together. Congratulations!!

Enjoy retirement Risa.wub
Posted by: Braverhund

Re: Grand Champion - 08/07/17 10:18 PM

I join Bonnie in remembering much of your journey with wonderful Risa. I'm so glad she is doing so well! Congratulations, Smiley Girl!
Posted by: Mary Jane

Re: Grand Champion - 08/08/17 02:01 PM


It has been such a treat to see videos of you and Risa-it really makes clear what a devoted owner can bring out, even in a project dog. Truly, your videos together were inspiring.

Posted by: Shilohsmom

Re: Grand Champion - 08/08/17 10:39 PM

You two truly have an amazing bond. Great picture and accomplishments congrats
Posted by: DancingCavy

Re: Grand Champion - 08/09/17 09:04 PM

Thanks, all. It's been a rollercoaster of a ride with her but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Here's video of Saturday's performance:

And her final performance on Sunday:
Posted by: middleofnowhere

Re: Grand Champion - 08/11/17 01:37 PM

Jamie, it looks like both handler and dog are loving this. Nice video, thanks for showing us.