When I started training Babs and Jenna, I met a lady who was pretty well-known in the area as a breeder. We exchanged pleasentries, where I got my dog from, who they were related to, and then nothing. I think it took 2 years for me to actually talk to the lady again.
She was a serious dog-person. I was a newbie. And this lady probably saw a lot of wanna-be breeders come and go. She had a goal of getting all the dogs in her kennel a title. I was titling my dogs. We started to go to shows together, and she invited me to join a GSD club. We went out after classes for coffee or burgers, whatever. In another two years, we were doing business together.
I don't know how IPO tends to be. Whether people need to realize that you are serious before they waste time on you or not. But you keep working your dogs, keep doing something in whatever venue. Train however you can. Don't limit yourself to not competing. You may surprise yourself. Maybe by the time they figure out that you have what it takes, you will find out that you can get where you want to go without them. Hard to say.
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.