7 months down the track - not only is the agility coming together well and you finish up the year with your Novice Jumping title with a lovely winning run 8 seconds ahead of the dog who finished second but you now also have a dog who doesn't melt down when there are strange people around (well least only half as much) and who can manage a stand for exam under a person who so badly spooked her at the age of 13 months she could barely function around this person.
In fact this same dog can now regularly put together pretty decent Obedience patterns when previously she would have totally crumbled.
We aren't finished yet but we are an awful lot closer to matching my end goals then we were this time last year. Sure she still requires more management then I would like and sure we still have our run of less then stunning days when it all gets to much but ah well she is here to teach me something and certainly has taught me sometimes it pays to be a little more open minded as to who might have something to offer by way of assistance. In actual fact I hazard to say I think she is probably ending up living a far better life as a performance dog/pet then she would ever have as just a pet.
It also goes to show that times dogs aren't worth writing off just because they might require a little more effort to get going
Ooops this has probably gone way off topic for this thread but ah well.