Personals Column

December 29, 2003 Dear dog friends,

Ms C. Pepper did very well on Sunday at TRACS [Two Rivers Agility Club of Sacramento]. We missed Qs in both Excellent A Standard and JWW because of one refusal in each, both caused by my ambiguous cueing. She was twelve seconds under Ex A Standard course time in JWW, but I caused a refusal on the last jump. That was painful! A tiny, little, minuscule hesitation, but at the wrong place and the judge was, alas, looking. I'm sure perfection is in my future, just not sure when!

Meanwhile, I read a troubling ad in the personals column of the local newspaper: "Olympic quality dog seeks adequate handler. Inquire discreetly at—our phone number!" She wouldn't do that, would she?

Threatened with abandonment, Donna

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