The question keep bothering me. So as I'm mowing last night, I decided to ponder the question more, since I had nothing else to do but run the mower back and forth across the yard! So I decided that I would write about my experiences as to "why I do that".
Let me start this blog, with a quick introduction. I am Amy Novak and live in central Nebraska with 7 of the most wonderful dogs win the world. OK....so that is just a personal opinion! 6 of them just happen to be Border Collies with the 7th to be a very loving, very old Lab. I am by no means a professional dog person, although I do consider it my hobby, second job, and something I truely enjoy in my life. I do work full time in what I call the "real world" as a farm computer technician for a local John Deere dealership. And I am by no means a computer geek....I just get paid to be one! I am a weekend dog show warrior. I am an owner-handler. I will occassionally hire out a handler for ringside pickup, but for the most part do 95% of the showing myself.
With all that being said, let me introduce my partner in crime or better yet, why I do this. The last two years of my dog show life have taken me across the country and allowed me to meet some very wonderful people and dogs and others that are not so. The partner is crime that has really allowed me to go such wonderful places is Remmers. A wonderful BC bitch, not quite 2 years old, that has blown my mind time and time again with her ring success. While Remmers didn't start the love of showing dogs (I owe that to Savvy), she has allowed me to reach goals that I never thought would be possible for an owner-handler. As of the end of March, Remmers was ranked in the AKC Top 10 and is the #2 bitch in the nation. Pretty amazing for a pair that, for the most part don't have a clue what they are doing.
So after a tough couple of months of showing and coming home with nothing more than more "best of loosers" red and white ribbons (BOS) and a few Grand Champion points here and there, I really had to sit down and look at where we were and where I wanted us to be.
"Goals!" my mother would tell me. "You must have goals in your life."
So here is my blog about why I do this.... As I travel the countryside over the next few months, I will talk about my travels, judge thoughts, the people, why do this, and any other miscellaneous things that happen to cross my path on this journey. But most importantly it is about my goal to be #1. Well at this point in my dog career, it is to be as close to number one as a weekend warrior can afford to be!
So stay tuned to what will I'm sure a whirl wind of a summer!