She diligently pressed on with Nina's obedience career, getting her BN, CD, CDX, GO. Then on to Utility training. She had to overcome her difficulty in comprehension and speech while in the ring, remnants of her stroke. But she kept at it. On July 26th, they entered the ring and qualified for their first Utility A leg for a 3rd place! The next day, while walking into the building, Mary Ellen tripped and broke her hip. She was taken to the hospital in the ambulance, her husband accompanying her. They left Nina with a friend and asked her to take her in and show her. Mary Ellen's friend/trainer couldn't take her in because she can only show in the B classes. So another friend offered to take her in, a stranger to Nina. She started warming up Nina and realized they didn't have any articles....Nina's set had gone to the hospital in Mary Ellen's husband's car. So they drummed up a set of articles, practiced a minute with them, and off into the ring they went. Showing how stable a dog Nina is, they not only qualified, but placed 1st with a 197!!!