Turning off the noise...
Qualifying for the FMBB in Canada was no easy feat. Having to travel twice to the USA to compete for the points that I needed to qualify for the Canadian team was exhausting, scary, and draining in more ways than one! First stop in May to the AWDF in California where we failed tracking.....FML......and then again in October to West Virginia to 'try to pass' tracking again.......lol....we came in 5th and earned enough points to qualify for the first-ever Canadian team represented at the FMBB........ I also needed points from 1 club trial however there were no local club dates so another flight to Toronto was booked in September, thank you Saugeen Schutzhund club for your hospitality during my visit!
After much blood, sweat, tears, perseverence, determination, positive thinking, support from amazing people around me,,,, Jack and I acquired the HIGHEST POINTS IN Canada 2018 in all three phases of 'IGP'- formerly known as Schutzhund (and if they keep changing the name of my sport thats what Im going to call it.....) We DID IT, we made the Canadian Team as CA-1 first ever Canadian to compete at the FMBB, Malinois World IGP championships, 5 day event, top 20 dogs repeat Obedience and Protection in a Grand Finale! Always a minimum of 2 judges and 4 on the final day- what a clusterf#$%k
So many judges on the field who do you look to for approval and signals!! Rookie mistakes can happen!
Jack and I finished 4th place in the World and 5th in the Grand Finale/Top 20
There's so many people to thank along the way and especially in 2018 that supported my goal unconditionally.
Susan Jones for looking after Amber at home twice!
Marla Poor for your generousity, kindness, and GIRL POWER, you made my trip easier
Monique Anstee and Leigh Brinkman for your support in my training program and coaching
Rob and Michelle: you guys are the bomb, driving to West Virginia laying tracks, taking bites, and your endless laughs and friendship
Island girls; Lisa Tamblyn, Susan Mullins, Paula Teale for your endless unwaivering support during some very dark days, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your integrity, efforts to help me, girl nights crying and laughing....I'll never forget you never turned your back.
Crystal Murphy-my other half in business. I could not have left so many times without you at home keeping the ship afloat!!!! You are a rock solid woman who never gave up on me or my dream. RESPECT
Pastor Drysdale and Pentab Church for continuously having my back and letting me use your property to train my dog, your trust and prayers stayed with me
Riley Kaitlyn: your brave, blind unconditional support and efforts has not gone unnoticed
My awesome suppliers who support me daily: Metbox: Bogdan and Katarzyna Kurpas, Canine Performance Nutrition; Mike Williams, IQ Dogsport: Florian Knabl and Peter Scherk
Radek Kupka aka RADDOG for 5 years of business and friendship, training support, business support and loyalty. You, Jana and RJ are one of a kind special
Pia Halvdansson: my virtual support girlfriend who never failed to motivate me by giving me a good kick in the ass from Sweden or always wanting to help me kick other people in the ass!! My friend, thank you.
Mia Skogster for your last training tips and wise words before entering the field: "just guide him like you can and show those judges the awesome team you are" your belief in me meant the world
Alex Limongelli for making me feel alive, energized and worthy of the wait
My family and son who came to Pisek, stayed with me and put up with me in those competition days. A huge shout out and special thank you to my son, Travis who helped me train Jack the last few days, what a sport! You learned how to lay world championship tracks, spot for world level obedience and be a helper in the right turn back transport training two days before showing! Your calmness, belief in your Ma, and your love was all I needed those days
A wise man said to me about a month before; you've put all your money into the bank now go and show the world what you've saved and prepared for....KL
To my daughter Megan: all obstacles can be overcome if you believe, we are stronger than we know, dig deep, love yourself and push through
Through the darkest storms of our life there are always rainbows on the other side
Jack, the best dog in the world, you've got heart and soul, I love you buddy