Tuesday, October 26, 2004

A New Assignment

You know how when you go to a trial, there are some people you always look for? And how some people seemed to typify that which is best about our agility trials -- it is not how you win or lose, but how you play the game?

One of those that I always want to see is Jacqui Webster. I know that most of you outside of S California never have had a chance to meet Jacqui and the indomitable Floyd, but many got to know her from her postings.

I guess one of the things I always have appreciated is how she has always played the game, win or lose. Even when she wasn't able to run Floyd herself, she was there, bright and early, impatiently waiting for whomever was privileged to run Floyd that day. And when I, as a newbie, introduced myself to her, she took me under her wing, and always made sure that there was a place for us to set up.

I found out last night that I am going to have to wait a little longer to see Jacqui again. You see, she's taken on a new assignment. She's now overseeing our friends at the rainbow bridge. But knowing Jacqui, she is not wasting her time. I expect that she has already started to teach them, not just agility and obedience, but free style. I think we all better be prepared to dance with them when we get there.

I think that God must love you a lot, Jacqui, and that he just couldn't bear to be without you another day. And so, let me raise a toast -- to your friend and mine -- Jacqui Webster. May the forces be with you as you embark on your new journey.