In dog agility, the one event that tends to matter most seems to be the Standard course. This is not surprising, given the Standard course is the most traditional of courses -- no matter where you are in the world, Standard refers to an agility course that is numbered and sequential, and that contains the greatest variety of obstacles (jumps, contacts, weaves, tunnels). While every type of agility course has its challenges for every team, Standard is often the most valued due to the perfection that is required in order to qualify -- aka, to successfully complete what is considered a 'perfect run' in the record books.
Recently, Miles and I and our good friends and weekly practice buddies all earned titles in our respective Standard classes. These titles are all HUGE for all three of our teams! For Miles and I, and Melanie and Mia, these titles mark the second time in 30 years that either of our dog's breeds have achieved these titles. Mia is the second Pit Bull to ever earn her MADC, and Miles is the second Welsh terrier to ever earn his AADC. While there may be other labs with their ADC, Liana has overcome a unique challenge with Eberle. Eberle is so friendly, that Liana has worked very hard with her to be able to complete courses without Eberle stopping to say "Hello! I love you!" to each and every person in the ring!!
Given that the three of us friend teams had recently gotten all three levels of Standard titles, I felt it was time for a celebration! Sure, the dogs had already gotten tons of treats. Liana, Melanie and I are all extremely close with our dogs, and reward them heartily the second they pull off such amazing feats. But WE had yet to really celebrate. Today I decided to bake us some special people treats. I have been wanting to try this recipe for homemade Milano cookies, so this seemed like the perfect time to make them.
Is there anything more amazing looking than melting chocolate?
Watching cookies bake...
Watching cookies cool...
Miles decided to "help" by stealing my hot pads and parading around the apartment with them. Thanks Miles. I guess this is just proof of how hard-earned our title was?
I piped our titles onto our special celebratory cookies.
The cookies, all packed up and ready to party.
Nothing is better than celebrating hard-earned success with good friends.