Dogs are competing to be the best of the best.
A lab named Ping competed in the dog agility trial in Minot after receiving surgery earlier in the year.
Alexus Arthur shares Ping and her owners journey.
This is Ping. She’s 7 years old, a full lab, and loves to compete.
“We’ve been competing since she was about 2.” said Kaydi Grunhovd, Ping’s Owner.
It’s been five years of doing dog agility for Ping and her owner and every year the team competes the goal is to win the National Agility Trial Champion Award.
“It is a certain bond with your animal that is unlike anything I can describe.” said Gruhovd.
In February, Ping’s competing career took a sudden stop when she was diagnosed with cancer.
“We happened to find a little tiny pea size lump right in her chest and we found it early.” said Grunhovd.
Ping had to undergo surgery.
“I love her no matter what.” said Grunhovd.
Surgery went smooth and she had a strong recovery, but it was question if she would be able to compete again.
“I wanted her to be healthy and that was my number one thing.” said Grunhovd.
But they both knew that they had to at least try.
“To know that she could come back and potentially get her national title was just exciting.” said Grunhovd.
It was her first competition since the surgery and the team was happy to be back doing the sport they love.
“It really is teamwork.” said Grunhovd.
When they finished their run, they had a feeling it was one of their best times.
“Having a clean run, having a nice course, it was exciting. I mean tears, there’s a lot of emotions.” said Grunhovd.
And it was their best time because the won the National Agility Trial Champion Award.”
“Knowing that they’re running happy and running for you and having a good time and as long as you can smile at them and that you’ve got a great teammate, it makes it all worth it.” said Grunhovd.
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Ping and Kaydi will be taking their awards back home to Grand Forks.