Pumifest 2014 Juniors Class
As Pumifest co-chair my goal this year was to maximize participation. With everything from freestyle to agility seminars, our first ever obedience and rally trials, conformation, grooming instruction, nosework, 2 dinners, the auction, and of course herding, I think we succeeded! After working on details for many months the most gratifying thing was to see the smiles on people’s faces when they won their first ever ribbon for qualifying in Rally or Herding or for them to negotiate the challenges on an agility course and realize just how far they have progressed in their training. The highlights for me were to work with the crop of talented new agility dogs and their handlers who will be the future AKC National finalists and Invitational winners and to see the expertise of our high in trial Pumi work at the Utility level in obedience.
This weekend I had a couple of personal bests in competition – Bella with her first ever score of 100 in Rally Excellent and then I took first place in all 3 Rally classes. In addition to Bella in Excellent, young Ben (who turned 1 last week) won Advanced, and then the biggest surprise of all Aria won Novice B. I can tell you that must have taken a lot of self control on her part 🙂
On the family side, I’m very proud of the kids for working hard in the juniors competition with Ben and Knixa and showing the dogs so well. Apparently Jim was so busy helping the girls in conformation that he almost forgot to get Krieger out. Once he settled down they came in as Reserve. Knixa also worked really well for me coming in Reserve Bitch.
Now that all the ribbons and tiles have been collected, the agility and obedience equipment stowed away, and goodbyes said to friends from far away it’s time to take a deep breath. I feel thankful for all the incredibly hard work from co-chair Tammy Hall, who made sure everyone and everything was where they needed to be, and our club president Chris Levy as well as all the other volunteers who contributed in large and small ways.
On the weekend we had the rare opportunity to do 2 obedience trials in the same day at Peninsula Dog Fanciers. Needless to say I took advantage of the chance to compete multiple times with each dog rather than driving back and forwards 1.5 hr again the next day. The day started well with a qualifying score for Bella in Novice Obedience and her Novice title. Next she got to try Excellent Rally for the first time. We struggled a little with one of the stations and I stepped over the line in the send to the jump so we just managed to squeak in with a qualifying score. Knixa was up next and managed a 93 in her Advanced Rally course. Ben followed next with his qualifying score in Novice rally despite finding the floor had some interesting smells in certain spots. In the afternoon show Knixa did her long sit and down perfectly for the first time in a while in Novice Obedience. However she got disconnected during off-leash heeling so we didn’t get enough points on that exercise to qualify. Then Bella went into her 2nd Excellent Rally exercise. Despite having 4 stations that required stands and despite it is still a skill we are working on we managed to qualify again. Knixa then followed with her Advanced Class. This time she got a 96 and her Advanced title so I guess she’s ready for excellent. Last to compete was Ben in Novice Rally with a final score of 95 to finish his title. In between courses I had a fun time catching up with friends old and new. This is a show I hope to return to next year.
After 35,000 steps; 4 different dogs competing in 15 separate agility, obedience, or conformation events over 2 days; lots of meeting and greeting the public; and a 345 mile round trip in the Passat (at over 40 mpg) we returned from Portland last night. Saturday’s start in agility was a bit rocky for Bella but she had a great Novice Obedience performance with first place and a second place Master’s Jumper’s run. Teddy had his first try at International Standard Agility, where he took third place. At 9 months old Ben got his first turn in Beginner Novice Obedience, where he worked every exercise without any ring nerves (video to follow soon I hope). Knixa worked well for me and her handler in the breed ring and also did a great job on her Excellent Jumper’s course on Sunday. For Bella our best results came on Sunday with 3rd place in Standard Agility, 2nd in Jumpers, and 2nd in International Jumpers, where we had our best and most connected run of the weekend.
To give you an idea of the field this year, 16″ or medium jump height had the largest Masters/Excellent entry. In a welcome move AKC has opened up International courses to all jump heights, not just international small, medium, and large heights and consequently the entry for that event was double last years. Also, I heard from one of the AKC reps that overall agility is now approaching the biggest entry at of all competitions at Rose City.
Jim and or I have been coming to Rose City nearly every year for the last 10 years. We’ve always enjoyed the atmosphere with the crowds, vendors, and lots of friends to connect with. It’s been hard to resist the allure of being able to do all the types of competitions under one roof! We’ve treated it like a mini-regional event but always crammed everything into 2 days. It feels this year like the event is maturing into a real “regional” for agility. Maybe next year with more Pumis ready for competition I’ll try to make it a 3 or 4 day event where we have more time to focus on just agility … okay and maybe obedience too 🙂
A couple of our participants at Rose City this year.
Knixa Puyallup Ribbons June 2013
I was very proud of Knixa today. After waiting patiently in her crate most of the morning she came out and nailed her obedience exercises to get a second place in Beginner Novice. The only thing I could fault her on was a crooked sit after the recall. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see her score as I had to go right over to conformation. She maintained her focus in the breed ring to get Best of Breed and Best in Miscellaneous.
We had 5 Pumis in the breed ring today handled by me, Jim, and Derartu. Bella was kind of annoyed that I wasn’t handling her today and the puppies being puppies in their first show were a little wild in the ring, with the exception of Ewok (aka Mr Green) who behaved well and showed up his family by going Best of Opposite Sex to Knixa.
Alex worked well with Derartu in Juniors taking a 4th place. He’s not quite ready for his off-leash adventures in Rally Obedience so they are continuing to work on that before competing in Rally again.
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!
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!
In her breed ring debut at 7 months old Knixa takes the Best in Miscellaneous Class at the Western Washington Cluster dog show on January 13, 2013!
She also qualified in Rally Novice B with a score of 92. We weren’t quite as successful in the Beginner Novice Obedience ring because she stood up during the long sit exercise where the handler walks around the entire ring.
This was a warm up for 2 days of breed ring and rally in the Portland Rose City Classic next weekend.