At 19 weeks old my littlest Pumi girl Aria has been practicing her tricks and some behaviors that I think will be helpful for rear end awareness and other aspects of agility training later on. A lot of what you’ll see is still a work in progress, and in some cases will be morphed into different behaviors later on, but still fun to see at this stage.
Archive for March, 2013
Bella and I made the long trek to Tulsa OK for AKC Nationals last week. We started off with a stellar warm up day, including the Time to Beat run above. It was great to see friends from all across the country, especially Cavalier and Pumi competitors. It was also amazing to see how the competition had grown since I first went in 2004 with Maya and entry was limited to the first 500 who could meet the points requirements and overnight their entries! This year there were over 1300 teams running in 6 rings who all had at least 400 speed points and 6 double qualifying scores in Masters level competition in the previous year, a challenging goal in itself.
We started the first full day of competition on Saturday feeling positive but a bobble in each of Saturday’s runs put us out of the running. Newbies and long-time international competitors alike had some breathtakingly fast runs and moments of despair, times where they got lucky and times where the calls did not go their way. Nothing beats being there on the ground to see them all. Agility Nationals with its huge entry, small number of runs, and long wait times is its own particular beast, in some ways thrilling and in others frustrating. Although we didn’t do it this year I look forward to trying to hit our goals again next time.
We’re very pleased to announce that Mayalu’s Fiona achieved her Master Agility Championship this past weekend at the Portuguese Water Dog trial in Monroe Washington. Hot on the heels of her sister Minnie, this is the second MACH from the Beth x Denzil litter. Congratulations on a job well done to Fiona and her owner and handler Sue Welsh!
It was a big day for Knixa today as she took Best in Miscellaneous in the big group ring at Seattle Kennel Club. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the group ring so it was fun to be back there. Maybe those handling classes are starting to pay off 🙂
Earlier in the morning Knixa got her 3rd qualifying score to achieve her Novice Rally Obedience title – not too bad for a nine-month-old who earned 2 of the legs in the stressful atmosphere of the biggest shows in the NW. We’ll continue to perfect our heel work on leash and dealing with distractions by working on our Beginner Novice Obedience title next.
Five years ago we did the first Master Agility Champion to Master Agility Champion breeding for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with the dream that we would have have happy, healthy companions that would enjoy the sport of agility. This weekend was the realization of that dream when we brought home our first Master Agility Champion title with Karen’s dog Minnie. Another one of the littermates, Fiona, is only 1 double Q away from her MACH too so we are cheering her along too. The next generation, Minnie’s son’s Teddy and Alex, are just starting their agility training so we eager to see them in action soon.