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And we did it! Jax successfully achieved a score of 195.5 (out of 200) for his first leg in Open 18A and I couldn’t be prouder! We competed at the Golden Retriever Club of BC Trial in South Surrey on July 20-21, 2019.

As many of you know, Jax and I started competing in obedience only in the last couple of years. A few weeks before this trial Jax suffered a soft tissue injury in his shoulder and I wasn’t even sure he would be up for competing. I have been trying to enter the outdoor trials with Jax as I am way less anxious, and Jax has fun! We have spent most of his life training outdoors and he seems right at home. After just a quick run through in the barn the day prior and first thing Saturday morning, I loaded up the dogs and headed to the trial. I was excited but still a bit nervous. In order to receive the CDX title Jax needs to successfully pass 3 legs in front of 2 different judges.  

Jax looked like a pro in the ring. I was so overjoyed to see him perform the way I know that he can. He did an awesome retrieve both on the flat and over the jump and finally nailed the broad jump that we had previously been struggling with. We still have two legs to go to get his title, but July 20 is a day that I will always remember. It’s so worth all the training, hard work and failures when you finally achieve the goal you set for yourself.

Big thank you to Keltie Lang for all of your coaching over the past year. The Golden Retriever Club of BC for putting on what was probably one of my favorite trials.

Also, thank you to the most amazing veterinarian that I could not live without Dr. Marlow at Brookswood Veterinary Hospital. Our incredible chiropractor that keeps Jax moving at nearly 8 years old, Dr. Lana Patterson at Fort Family Chiro! And for those of you interested, Jax is Powered by Raw! Longevity Raw Dog Food, which has made an incredible difference to Jax’s health.

And Amanda, thank you for bringing Jax into the world!

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