gcv-border Posted January 14, 2013 Report Share Posted January 14, 2013 A (minor) incident occurred this weekend at the agility trial. I was immediately ticked off, but am wondering if I should look at this from another viewpoint. So please let me know what you think. A friend of mine runs a Pom in 8" Preferred (AKC). She is a very sweet lady and tries to do all the right things and is not going to push the envelope. She likes agility, and her little dog, Angus, has come to really enjoy it. She has worked her way up in levels - and that is where the confusion starts. Because she is not serious about competition, she has not precisely tracked her progress. To the best of her knowledge, at the time of entry, she was in Open Std and Open JWW. She tried to track her dog's info on the AKC website, but couldn't figure out how to work the links. So, she runs her dog on Friday, and I think she got one Q. She went home that night and finally managed to print out her dog's progress from the AKC website, because she wanted to know if she should move up. The next morning, she showed me the printout, and she really should have entered her dog in Excellent as he had already achieved the 3 Qs in both classes of Open. She was going to run her dog in Open that day (since that was what he was entered in) and then the next trial she entered (she may go to 3 trials a year), she would enter him in Excellent. I told her to go talk to the trial secretary to make sure that I was reading the printout correctly. (I should have kept my mouth shut.) When I come back to our crates (she crated next to mine), she left me a note that said the trial secretary said she was in Excellent, but that "it wasn't fair to the other competitors" for her to run her dog in Open that day. So she packed up and left for home. For doG's sake, this is agility. It doesn't affect world peace or the price of gasoline. I think that she should have run. It was an honest mistake. My understanding is that in AKC one does NOT have to move up if one doesn't want to. Also, this is Preferred. My interpretation of her note was that the trial secretary indicated that by running her dog, she could be preventing other dogs from getting 'points'. Anyway, if I had seen her before she packed up to leave, I would have tried to convince her to stay and run. I think the trial sec'y was wrong to tell her she wasn't being 'fair'. So, what are your opinions? Am I off-base? What am I missing? Jovi Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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