We are the Southern Alberta Working Herding Dog Association, otherwise known as SAWHDA. We are a group of "dog lovers" scattered around Southern Alberta, BC and Montana. Here you will find information about the club, its origin, its members and its activities.
While we are waiting for more brags to come in along with pictures, we have decided to post what we have so far for show results.
Maureen & Levi ... a new title with style!
High in Class
Sharlet & Ryder obtained their RAE VI title!!!
Judi & Castle ....new RE title with style.
High in Class
I must add that the "Heart in Throat Award" should go along with this title.
Castle was on a Down Honor right at the entrance to the ring while a border terrier was on course. The border terrier was barking its head off and wouldn't listen so the owner took it pretty firmly by its collar and it shrieked and Castle, who had been watching the performance rather quietly, suddenly got that cold, "I can fix this in a heartbeat" expression on his face and we had a very 'quiet' bit of communication between us while he tried to decide whether or not to stay put.
Thank goodness the judge dismissed the terrier from the ring and that ended our honor so we were actually only there for three signs. Whew!
Deb and Beckett
Beckett showed well in the breed ring but could not beat the red puppy that later went on to win Best Puppy in Show. We were proud of our little shiba as she kept her stack on the table with her handler stepping away and allowing the judge to approach without holding on to the dog.
She gaited well and was so light on the lead, you hardly felt that you had a dog on the end of it.
Lore did very well with her corgis!
Remi achieved his Rally novice title with 97 and Ginger got her Rally novice title with a perfect score!!!!. Both pups completed their Canadian Championships as well!!!
Daisy-May picked up a new CD title with 192, offsetting her first 2 legs which were in the 190's and good enough for High in Class. She was High Scoring Herding Dog in the second trial at Lethbridge. Pretty happy handler!!!
Our scent hurdle team held it together and had a great time at the show. What a fantastic crew! Everyone helped out when not racing and the Lethbridge clean up crew was amazing. Synchronized mopping. Who could have known?????
Keep sending pics.
And remember.... this Saturday we are at the Cowley Hall for a last practice for Calgary. See you all there.
Saturday was B.C. members' day at the Cowley Hall. Denise, Jenn, Sylvia, Cheryl, Jeff, and Candace travelled from as far away as Marysville to get in a really great day of practice. We decided to begin with Rally Obedience at one end of the hall, leaving the other end free for anyone to practice Obedience rather than run through specific routines. It was exciting to see people take advantage of the room. The youngest dog there, Denise's little Spanx, the 10 week old Doberman girl, put on a wonderful show of baby heeling and sits in front and at heel. Later on, we did novice and open run-throughs, concentrating most of all on having the judge follow closely while we were heeling and also having members watch us with an eye to helping us improve our handling. It was great. Everyone agreed that allowing time for us to simply work our dogs at specific exercises and get suggestions and help from our peers was the BEST.
Big thanks to Mary Ellen for being our Rally O judge and for bringing to our attention where we lost our points. We certainly had enough dogs to make up a morning of Rally. Those of us who knew Jackie Clemens took time to share our best memories of time spent with this gentle, kind, amazing, assertive, independent lady, which seemed fitting as her family and friends in Spokanne, Washington, were attending her memorial service. Shar recalls most of all how Jackie spoke her commands to her dogs in Spanish. Everyone recalls her absolute kindness and regard for all living things. The first time I met Jackie Clemens, she marched right up to me and said, "Where did you get that wonderful little dog?" He is amazing. She meant, Tom Thumb, my husband's sheltie. And that was the beginning of a long, wonderful friendship. We visited back and forth and Jackie stayed with us many times on her way to and from agility trials in Calgary and area. I loved her bumper sticker.... "Uppity women.......UNITE!" and have looked for one just like it forever. Jackie was the reason we called our scent hurdle team, Due South, as she was the furthest south being from Whitefish, Montana. Her sheltie, Nickles, loved the game and Jackie loved that Nickles loved the game. When I began herding with my shepherds, Jackie tried the shelties and she had a great time. Her shelties had over 150 honest titles in various performance events and then there were some that we just made up and added out of cheekiness. "Uppity women, you know." When Jackie decided to retire and move to Spokane, Washington, she was excited that she would be closer to more 'doggy' events. Little were we to know that her enjoyment and participation would be curtailed by the diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor. She kept us informed as to her treatment and progress and we planned a year in advance to have her in shape for the Rally Obedience ring at Cranbrook. She was no longer able to drive on the Highways, but in 2010, I believe, thanks to a wonderful young man, Matt Kochel, who became her driver, dog attendant, and friend, we did it. And she competed and qualified....with BOTH dogs in the rally ring. And we were elated. We spoke on the phone more often than on the computer as the tumor did take a toll on Jackie's memory. It was just easier to phone once a month and share everything our friends had been doing in the 'doggy' world. And it was so important for her to continue to be part of her 'Canadian' friends' lives. Shar and I made our last visit to Jackie's home in Spokane, Washington, in late March, 2012, and her family and her caregiver were gathered to formalize plans for Jackie and the dogs, Crispy and Geordie, to move into a long care residence, where they resided until her death last Sunday morning. The dogs were with her until her last breath, and Michael, her son, said that in the last four days of her life, they had to pull Crispy away from Jackie's side, in order to feed and exercise the dog. Both dogs have been returned to their breeders and will continue in the sports they enjoyed so much. And the rest of us will be left with heavy hearts but lives enriched by the wonderful smile of a true friend. God, I've made myself cry. Jeez.
Jackie We have our Hall once again on November 24th and I think we'll use the same format. For those attending the Calgary Obedience show November 25th, it will provide you with the last practice. Good luck to everyone who is entered in the Lethbridge Kennel & Obedience Club Dog Show next weekend. We'll see you there. The Prez
Rally and obedience run throughs Saturday, November 10, at Cowley,Alberta, starting with Excellent Rally and Novice Obedience at 9:00 am sharp. Members $5 Nonmembers $10 for the day.
Due South Scent Hurdle Team will practice at noon. People wishing to work young dogs not yet ready for competition may do do from noon until 1:00 pm. Contact shadowbr@telusplanet for more information and directions.
Dearest friends and family of Jackie Clemens, We would love it if you could join us to celebrate Jackie's life at a memorial this Saturday November 10th, at 10:00am. We'll gather in the Hazen & Jaeger chapel at 1306 North Pines Road in Spokane Valley, Washington. We will tell a few stories about Jackie and thank all of you for enriching her life. There will also be a chance to tell a brief story of your own if you wish. There will be sweets and coffee afterwards. If you can't make it in person but there's a story you'd like us to read aloud on your behalf, please send it to me. There will be a smaller, separate event the previous evening: a Catholic mass in Jackie's honor, Friday November 9th, at 7:00pm by Father Roy Floch at St. Paschal's Church, 2521 North Park Road, in Spokane Valley. At this mass there will be selected Bible readings but there will not be a chance to share stories. Jackie's remains will rest at St. Joseph cemetery in Spokane Valley. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to SpokAnimal C.A.R.E., a humane society that places about 200 homeless animals in homes each month. (Click the 'donate' pawprint at the left side of this page.) Jackie and her wonderdoggies touched so many lives -- if we missed anyone we apologize... please feel free to pass this along. ---Jackie's sons Ben & Michael