I am not the type of person who seeks out attention or public recognition. Some people thrive on being the center of attention, but that kind of stuff makes me a bit uncomfortable. However, this weekend at our agility trial, I was extremely honored to be given a Judges Choice Award by Christina Saunders. She used myself and my dogs as an example of a team that can compete in agility and enjoy agility even though I do not have one of the typical agility breeds. (There are very few people competing with Bernese in agility and Bernese are almost never seen at the higher levels.) She mentioned the people she sees that make excuses in training and trialing because they have a breed that is not a Border Collie or a Sheltie and she complimented the way I train and handle my dogs. I just run my dogs for who they are. I have had a judge in the past make a mean, off-handed remark to me about Bernese in agility, so to have Christina give me her judges choice award based on the breed that I run, that means a lot to me. It really does.
I guess I don't think about this stuff too much. I just have fun with my dogs and don't use their breed as an excuse for not being able to accomplish something. I am proud to run my big Bernese in agility. I owe much of this to Sarah and Amanda. They never have any "breedist" attitudes in class and problems are always training issues, not breed issues. I know not all instructors or schools are like this and I always feel so lucky to have such supportive instructors and agility friends.