I am so thrilled to report that Shamrock finished his Standard Excellent A Preferred Title on Friday. I was beginning to think it might not happen. Shamrock will be ten in June and I have promised to stop competing in AKC Agility trials when he reaches that milestone birthday. He is in great health and I want to keep him that way for many years to come and not risk an injury. We were close in JWW too but handler error - I pulled him off a jump so a refusal. We have been having so much trouble with weaves lately - our last four trials Shamrock just would not weave and I was worried he might be injured in some way. In practice sessions he was fine with the weaves so I was keeping my fingers crossed that he would be OK in this trial. Friday his weaves were fantastic - just the way I know I he can do them. In the Standard course weaves were 2nd last, after a chute and then a 90 degree turn. I said "Shamrock go weave" and he did!! Then a double jump and we were done. It was not an easy course and I was not really expecting that we would do it as well as we did. Entrance was the tire and then the dog walk with a tunnel entrance/exit exactly next to the dog walk. Tunnels usually suck Shamrock in but Friday he was to the dog walk without even a look at the tunnel. Good start!! I tried to take it one thing at a time and then hurray -we were done and Q'd. My goal this year was to have fun and try for those last excellent legs that we needed and now only one JWW leg to go!!!