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Sometimes, It’s the Journey

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248 – July, 2021

By Caroline Coile

Sometimes what we thought were our goals are not. Sometimes life intervenes, and the goals we achieve are better than any we ever imagined.

In December of 2019 I thought my goal was to get Pepe’s Platinum title. At age 11, he’d been retired years earlier to make room for his son, Ponzi. I think he had about 650 points at the time, and I had no intention of going further. But I did bring him out for special events, and eventually I noticed he only needed 70 points. Then 50. So, in November 2019 we decided to go for it. By February 2020 he’d added another specialty BOB and a Group One, had qualified for the Top 20, was the #1 NOHS Saluki and most importantly, needed just 13 more points to become the first owner-handled Platinum Saluki.

Then COVID. It was embarrassing to even admit I was concerned about dog show points while a pandemic raged. But Pepe wasn’t getting any younger. Months ticked by. Finally, in July, a show opened. After the weekend I breathed a sigh of release. Now only 8 points to go!

The Day That Changed Everything

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