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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!
  This club rocks!   Twenty-two people gathered for a Christmas festive luncheon at the BackCountry Restaurant in Cowley, Alberta paid for by their club.  Now that is worth every cent of our $20 per year membership for sure! 
 We shared our year's events with each other and our plans for the new year as well.  To show the versatility of the people and dogs involved in the club, let's just look at what the activities in which our dogs are involved:

Canine Entertainment Teams
Therapy dogs
School Reading programs
Drill team
Rally obedience
Scent Hurdle Racing
Draft Dog and Carting
Square Dancing

These activities take our members all over Canada and into the United States where some of the performances have been of National Acclaim.  We are extremely proud of the fact that we in this group, we try to ensure that "everybody plays" and that we share our group activities with our communities in an effort to educate and entertain members of the public.

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the Best of the Best in the New Year.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

C-WAGS and UKC seminar a great success

On November 22,  SAWHDA members attended a seminar on C-WAGS nosework and UKC obedience and rally obedience presented by Sarah-Jane Brenner-Petti.  The morning included an introduction to the rules and regulations of C-WAGS which is yet another nosework organization encouraging new members.  The dogs were introduced to the new scent of Cypress and most had no trouble transferring the knowledge from their previous organizations.  It was fun to watch the different breeds work through the mock trial with two hides, one of them Cypress.  C-WAGS is very encouraging because it is a Pass/Fail situation and the handler and dog teams are allowed one mistake so if the handler were to call a false alert, the judge would say, "Sorry, keep searching."  WOWWW!  Huge encouragement for those of us who are still learning to read our dog's alerts.

We came away with samples of Lemongrass and Cypress for all our teams so they can continue to practice.

We took a lunch break at the Cowley Backcountry Restaurant and then switched over to our new topic of the afternoon,  the UKC rules for Obedience and Rally.  There were 8 working dogs and the scoring for the UKC rally was somewhat of a cross between CKC and WCRL.
The signs are the same.  Sarah judged a  UKC Novice and an Open Obedience course for our working dogs and we really enjoyed ourselves.  Everyone like the idea that in the Novice class, the long down was done with the dog across the ring from the Handler during the heeling
part of the working dog's course. Everyone did well.

It is wonderful to be able to have options other than the CKC for our dogs to "play" at.
A UKC trial will be held this spring in the north part of the province so we will have to keep March open for the dates.

Thanks to Sarah-Jane for making the day informative and fun for all.

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New Titles for SAWHDA members

We have the following news to share!!!

Ch. Osar Justice Shines picked up his Rally Intermediate title with a High Score in Class at the LDKC dog show November 14.

Connemara's Drummer Boy, CD, CGN, RE, HIs SDIs, AgNs, SHDMX, WCRLIII, Am. RA, completed his CDX title with a High in Class score at the LDKC dog show.

Ch Asgoodasitgets at Mtn. High (Castle) and  Connemara's Drummer Boy came home from a great weekend at Boise, with their Am. Rally Advanced titles.  Once again, both dogs qualified for the U.S. Nationals to be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the spring of 2016.  Castle's score was 398/400 over the course of four trials.  O Canada!

Castle is also sporting a new RATI title for passing his Introductory class at the Barnhunt trials in Strathmore, Alberta, earlier in the month.

Keep the news coming.  And check our page on Facebook.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

New way to read news

go to our SAWHDA Facebook page!!!
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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Superstar in the making

I think we can all agree that Vector has what it needs to be a great agility partner for Denise McKay in the coming year. Love the smoothness through the weaves! AKC  Time to Beat should be fun with this youngster. Go team Doberman!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fall Fair Days at Heritage Acres

September 19th from 1:00 to 3:00, members of the SAWHDA will be on hand at Heritage Acres near the Old Man River Dam at Pincher Creek to entertain the crowds with their canine friends.

And this year, there is an equine twist to one of our performances.  We will pair miniature horses and dogs in a timed event where each horse will barrel race, followed by its canine teammate who will run an agility course.  The fastest time will win!

Once again, we will be running our fast -paced relay sprints which are always a crowd pleaser. And there will be nose dog demo's and a scent hurdle demonstration as well.  Be on hand to join in the action!!!

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                                             Dayton and her rider race to the finish line!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Daisy May Rocks the Rally Ring At Cranbrook

Congratulations to Lore Bruder and her Cardigan Corgi, Daisy May, on their fabulous weekend at the Cranbrook and District Kennel Club Dog Show last weekend!
Daisy May qualified all 8 runs, four in Advanced and four in Excellent and took 7/8 High in Class rosettes.  This should make Daisy May the first ever Gold Versatility Cardigan Corgi in Canada.
She has titles in Conformation, Obedience, Rally Obedience, and Sheep herding, plus a CGN to her name. This completes the qualifications set out the by CCCC.  Good on you, Lore, and you wonderful dog.

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