Bella completing a turn to go up the a-frame in our agility course. Photo by Carrie De Young, AKC Director of Agility.
Wow, what a great experience at EO in Belgium this year! It was a good opportunity to reconnect with friends and the international agility community, especially as I was camping on site with good facilities and a fun atmosphere. Our excellent coaches and the comradery of the U.S. team added to the event. In all I came away feeling satisfied that the training over the last year prepared us well for the course challenges and inspired to take our skills to the next level. In particular I marveled at the fitness and attitude of the German handlers that let them get where they needed to be on those long courses and at the fantastic distance and verbal control of the Russian team. Everyone’s dogs were well conditioned and highly motivated. There’s a reason many countries had teams called “All or Nothing”! This year Bella and I ran completely clear and fast in 2 runs with very respectable rankings and had 2 other qualifying runs with only a fault or 2 – no off-courses at all! This year I felt we stayed in sync through all the sequences.
The weekend prior to EO Bella and I along with 2 other North American friends enjoyed the hospitality of a local club at the Lihos trial in Genk, Belgium. The weather was extremely hot but luckily we were able to borrow some shade tents for the dogs and take refuge ourselves in the spacious clubhouse, where we also enjoyed the Saturday night BBQ. The courses were extremely challenging and gave us a good lead into the EO weekend. Bella had a great first agility run at that competition taking first place.
There was a trophy for first place – the miniature weave pole set !
The club also hosted the U.S. team for practice during the week prior to EO, where Bella was snapped in action over the wall jump.
Photo by Carrie De Young.
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 🙂
Knixa wins Best in Miscellaneous at Seattle Kennel Club 2013.
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.
Mayalu’s Artemis aka Aria is now 14 weeks old and has started some early agility training. I like to have the puppies work on tunnels as their first obstacle before 16 weeks old in addition to trick training and some obedience basics. The A Litter had a tunnel in their play area sometimes from about the age of 6 weeks so Aria was somewhat familiar with the concept. It’s interesting to compare this video to a very similar one I did of her Mom Bella almost 6 years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXudwQPKAWs
Red is the smallest female. She has good angulation in the front and rear with straight hocks and elbows and a good top line. Red has a shorter head but a shape close to ideal. She has a scissors bite. Red has one of the nicest tail sets and a good ear set. She also has the most crinkly coat right now, which we think may turn into one of the best coats as an adult. Overall she shows some real promise for conformation.
Red is moderate to high in sociability with both people and other dogs in the house. She likes to explore her environment independently and presents a friendly and respectful demeanor to older dogs. She is one of the later puppies to leap into new activities but is still one of the most confident with new things. She is towards the top of the pack in terms of toy drive and in the middle of the pack with assertive play with the other puppies.
White is second smallest female. She is a little straighter in the shoulders than other pups but has a good upper arm length so has a good top line. She has the best rear angulation of the girls and has straight hocks and elbows. Out of the litter White has the head shape closest to ideal. She has a scissors bite. She has a looser tail carriage. Her ear set correctly positioned but at this point the ears are hanging heavier than the ideal and he will need to have ear hair trimmed as puppy to encourage more lift.
White is the most social of the litter with people and definitely prefers interacting with people than the older dogs. She loves to snuggle with all the family members and visitors. She is one of the later puppies to leap into new activities and will approach some new things cautiously. She is very high in toy drive and assertive play with the other puppies in the litter. With her preference for people over other dogs outside the immediate pack and high toy drive she is the most like her mother.
Pink is the slightly larger and heavier boned of the females. She has a strong rear but less angulation than either of the males and the left hock is slightly turned out at times. Her forearm is also a bit longer than the males. Overall Pink is a bit longer in the body than the other pups. She has a level topline. Pink has a rounder than ideal head and ears set a little lower and to the side than the ideal. She has level bite.
Pink is medium in sociability with people and high in sociability with other dogs in the house and is the boldest of the females. She seeks out the older dogs to play with and likes to play toys with people. Pink is one of the first along with Navy and Green to leap into new activities and shows little fear. She plays hard and then is usually the first to fall asleep. She is more independent and less people focused than some others in the litter, particularly Green and White. She is towards the top of the pack in terms of toy drive and assertive play with the other puppies.
Navy is the larger and heavier boned of the 2 males in this litter and at this point is slightly taller. In comparison to Green his upper arm is a little straighter and he is standing slightly out at the elbows but has a strong rear with straight hocks. Navy had an acceptable topline and looser shoulders shoulders than Green and a longer back. His head shape is within standard and he has a longer narrower muzzle than Green. Navy has one of the loosest tail sets in the litter and is closest to ideal. Navy has the perfect adult Pumi ear set right now (we hope it stays that way). Both testicles are present and appear to be descended.
Navy is the most assertive puppy in the litter. He is the first to greet you and leap into activities, even if he does not yet have the physical ability to do them, and displays no fear. Navy is high in sociability with both people and other dogs in the house. He likes to play toys with people and would like to play with the older dogs too, even if they need to remind him gently of manners. He is lower in the pack in terms of toy drive and but highest in assertive play with the other puppies as he often likes to chase the puppy chasing the toy rather than the toy itself.
Green is the smaller and more fine boned of the 2 males. He stacked well on the table and showed nice angulation in both the rear and front with straight hocks and elbows. He has a level topline and well positioned shoulders. He has a well shaped head, expressive eyes, and a scissors bite. Green’s tail set is okay but perhaps a little tight when he is excited. His ear set is okay but at this point heavier than the ideal and he will need to have ear hair trimmed as puppy to encourage more lift. Both testicles are present and appear to be descended.
Green is high in sociability with both people and other dogs in the house. He likes to snuggle with people and presents a friendly and respectful demeanor to older dogs. He is one of the first to leap into new activities and displays no fear. He is in the middle of the pack in terms of toy drive and assertive play with the other puppies.
Chris Levy and I did the litter evaluation on 12/29/2012 for Bella’s puppies at 6 weeks and 6 days old. Overall I am pleased with what we are seeing. They are a very even litter with uniform size and features. All appeared to be structurally sound, which we wanted for dogs with performance potential.
As with all litter evaluations the comments are in comparison to the other pups in the litter but we do call out where the dog fits or does not fit the breed standard.
See the individual posts for each pup: