97. Kathy and Wesley Sherbert Print         
Registered Companion Dog!




Gender: Male
Story: We have a BRAND NEW COMPANION DOG in our midst! Murphy qualified for his third—and FINAL—leg on his CD title at the Chesapeake Kennel Club show in Prince Frederick today, with a score of 191 (out of 200)! And not only did we bring home another green ribbon, but we also got to bring home a BLUE RIBBON as well! He got first place in the Novice A class, in which 20 dogs were entered!

This show was held outdoors, and I was concerned because Murphy's previous shows were all indoors. There were a lot of new smells, birds in the nearby woods, and several previous male dogs had urinated in the ring, and with Murphy being an un-neutered bird dog, I was deathly afraid he'd get distracted by all this—but he did me proud and pulled it off! He performed the on-lead exercises perfectly, and surprisingly, his off-lead heeling was NEARLY FLAWLESS—no jumping and playing this time! The only exceptions were that he moved one of his front feet forward when I left him on the stand, and on the recall he came in and sat a little off to the side, and decided to jump up and do a little dance on the finish—but he went behind me and sat straight at my left side, so he DID finish! We even got a round of applause from the other competitors and spectators after our individual exercises!

I was *really* nervous when we went back in for stays—I couldn't help but think that Murphy did so well on everything else that he would mess up here. But stays are Murphy's strong point, and he didn't move a muscle for the 1-minute sit-stay and the 3-minute down-stay. But believe me, I was sweatin' bullets the entire time! I tell ya, they aren't kidding when they tell you that these are the LONGEST 1 minute and 3 minutes of your life!

Gender: Female

Staff: Kathy and Wesley Sherbert
Home: Harwood, MD
Date Entered into Gallery: April 17, 2003

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