It might be different if my dogs weren't 95% accurate, that last 5% holds major frustration. Why, why, why does there have to be one error on each run, or one bobble that so nearly costs us the Q. Why can't there just be perfect execution on 19-20 obstacles in a row? Have we ever had a flawless run? I don't recollect any Q's that weren't close calls.
You're always skating on thin ice; just getting by; hanging on by your fingertips; holding your breath. I've been there, done that, for many years in business. It's an awful feeling I never want to return to. But here it is, running rampant throughout this volunteer sport. Any little thing can NQ you.
3 or 4 mistakes are easy to reckon with. A bad run today. An off weekend. A novice dog. We all have those. But being so frequently so close and yet so far away, without a real excuse, becomes downright depressing. Competitors encourage each other with their personal failure stories such as:
- We didn't Q a single time in 6 months (now a MACH dog).
- We only Q in TimeToBeat where the rules are more relaxed.
- We're here only to have fun.
- My dog is slow too.
- My border collie can't slow down.
- We're still in Open after 3 years of trialing HA HA.
|Maxie in Mobile|
there are dogs who Q consistently.