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Archive for May, 2013

Pumi Puppy Training at 6 Months

We’ve continued working tricks for rear end awareness with the Pumi puppies and now just starting familiarization with agility equipment, like the see saw, and beginning with some handling of turns.

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2013 USDAA NW Regional Report

Our semifinalists for this year.

Our semifinalists for this year.

We had some good results this year – Bella took silver in GP and Steeplechase getting her a bye to the semi-finals of both events at nationals and into the Masters Challenge Biathlon, and after a hairy startline Zoe romped in with a bronze in Speed Jumping. Minnie earned a Grand Prix Q and Granger his Speed Jumping Q enabling him to play at this event and the Western Regional. Granger also did well in his P1 and P2 titling events. In my titling classes and Masters Challenge classes with Bella we had some moments of brilliance and some great teaching moments that I’ll bring forward into my training plan for the summer.

Pumi A Litter at 6 Months

Ewok after the grooming event

Ewok after the grooming event

We had 4 puppies gathered at Argus Ranch on May 19, 2013 so we did some quick weights and measures after the grooming event with Ewok.

Ewok (green): height 16.125″ weight 18 lb 2.6 oz

Krieger (navy): height 16.375″ weight 17lb 10 oz

Aria (white): height 15.125″ weight 14 lb 6 oz

Kia (red): height 15.375″ weight 15 lb 6 oz

Despite his lack of facial hair Rebecca still looks pleased with Ewok :-)

Despite his lack of facial hair Rebecca still looks pleased with Ewok 🙂

She Did It!

Derartu and Alex achieve their Rally Novice title at Mt Baker Kennel Club obedience trial on May 18, 2013.

Derartu and Alex achieve their Rally Novice title at Mt Baker Kennel Club obedience trial on May 18, 2013.

With some really pretty teamwork and as Derartu says “My first time ever with no points off for a tight leash,” she and Alex achieved their Rally Novice title last weekend. Congratulations, Mom and Dad are proud. Keep up the good work!

 

Mayalu Cavalier Birthdays All Around

Tonight we celebrated the first birthday for Dollie Mama, Sasha, Alex, and Teddy, born 5/4/2012, and fifth birthday for Fiona, Minnie, Granger and Diana (in CA) and Tilt (in MI), born 5/5/2008. The Cavaliers romped in the backyard chasing their small chuck-it ball and frisbee and seeing how many Cavaliers could be on an AFrame at one time.

After the human had their snack the pups enjoyed their peanut butter and banana birthday cake!

Mayalu Cavalier Birthday Party 2013

At the Mayalu Cavalier Birthday Party from left to right, grandma Beth with Dinke, Alex with Derartu, Teddy and Minnie with Jim, Granger and Fiona with George, Dollie Mama with Travis, and Sasha with Sue.

Belgium Here We Come!

Bella and I just found out this morning that we’ve been selected to be on the U.S. team for the European Open dog agility competition at the end of July. What a thrill!

 

We’ll look forward to joining all the other great U.S. dogs and handlers as this year EO’s is shaping up to be the premier international event for 2013:

http://images.akc.org/pdf/events/agility/world_team/2013/TeamMembers.pdf

Here’s one of the runs that helped get us on the team:

Yes You Can!

Alex and Derartu Rally Leg #2 at Peninsula Dog Fanciers in Bremerton, WA

Alex and Derartu Rally Leg #2 at Peninsula Dog Fanciers in Bremerton, WA

As we prepare for our show this weekend, after a couple of months break, I’m posting this picture to remind Derartu that yes she can get that final rally novice leg. Go Alex and Derartu!