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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rally results from Sit Happens!!!

Hi, Everybody,
 We have received emails from those competing in the Sit Happens! WCR obedience trials in Calgary and the group from the South did especially well.  Huge scores and huge ribbons to mark wins and titles.

From Sylvia, who had Julie entered both days all levels, and Oscar entered FEO, the following news:

" Julie had a great weekend!  She Q’d in 11 runs out of 12!  All our scores were good, and one of these days we will get that elusive 210.  Scores for the weekend were two 209’s, 208, 207, 206, 205, 202, two 199’s, 198, 196, and 195.  Julie earned 3 QQ’s towards her next ARCH, way to go Julie!

Poor Oscar was totally overwhelmed, but there were moments of greatness!  I will work really hard this winter at home and at Cowley Hall to have him more prepared for the March trial.  The girls at Sit Happens were so good to us letting me run Oscar FEO style to make it a good experience for him on his first trial and time in the ring."

From Jenn, who had smoking' performances all weekend with both her dogs, Abby and Spencer, the report………..

"Well I would say it was a good weekend!!! Picked up my ARCH ribbon which I won last year also possibly got my ARCH X title this weekend but also got high scoring team in 1B, 2B, 3B on Saturday and got high scoring team in trial class B for the weekend! So chuffed with my girl and well Spencer he got his personal best high score of a 208!!!!! So happy with my kids!"

Denise and Jagged had excellent performances as well for the entire weekend. No report just yet.

And, last of all,  Drummer and Castle worked just super for Judi.  Drummer was in Level 1 'A' and he received a score of 209/210 from Judge Kim Wells.  Good enough for first place and High in Class as well.
Castle was right on his heels with a second place in Level 1 'A' and a score of 203/210.  Good
show, boys!!

Thank you to John for taking the photos of everyone, and to Sit Happens! for putting on this trial.
We will see you in the spring of 2014….

The Prez

Thursday, October 24, 2013

First Place in the Time to Beat Agility Run

Denise, Jagged and Spanx have spent the better part of the month in the United States competing and training in agility.
Now that they are home, Denise has found time to send us this report of the action.

"The 2013 Doberman National held in Pomona, California was absolutely spectacular!  Jagged and I (and Spanx as support crew) got to enjoy beautiful LA while competing in AKC Agility. 
Our entire trip was amazing including training with Craig French on the way down (and back) in Oregon, fabulous weather for the full 8 days, friends who share the love of this incredible breed and too many fabulous memories to count.
In spite of an injury due to a chute that was tangled in Helena, Mt the weekend before we went to California, Jagged still gave her all, as she always does! Several chiropractic adjustments and anti-inflammatories kept my little girl running and doing her best to please me.  She had the winning Time 2 Beat run on Sunday and we were fortunate enough to be invited to run in the “Weave Pole Knockout Challenge” during the “Top Twenty” event on Tuesday night.  Jagged had the 2nd fastest time, beaten by her nephew Tex (CH. Montwood Arista Texas Holdem) by .27 of a second!"

Doberman National 2013 Pomona, California
Jagged in Time 2 Beat Sunday Oct. 13 – 2013
Q / First Place

Doberman National – Weave Pole Knockout Challenge
Doberman National – Weave Pole Knockout
Jagged and Tex
Congratulations to both of you!!!!!!

The Prez 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ain't We Got Fun!!

Finally got the right picture of the 'gang' at Heritage Acres.
What a super time we had and the crowd enjoyed us immensely.


Great Turn Out for SAWHDA Club Day Activities

We had a great turnout for our SAWHDA Club Day yesterday with 12 people and 20 dogs taking part in our events.... scent hurdle, WCRally O, obedience, and a mock CGN course.
I have to say how proud I was of all the dogs, especially during the mock CGN. 

 Sylvia had a great time being the evaluator for the greeting, the petting, the examination, and the grooming portions of the test.  Both Lore's dogs just loved Sylvia and wanted to jump up to greet her to match her enthusiasm.  Sylvia's statement when we commented on how the dogs were so wanting to engage her attention????  "I'm just too darn friendly!!"

Laura and Max were just the right pair for the distraction dog/handler portion. Max was great until Castle and I came to that part of the test and then Max recognized the 'treat' lady and just about came apart.

For our crowd test, we tried to simulate a busy airport setting people walking back and forth carrying crates and rolling briefcases. And for the noisy distraction, we had a disorderly drunk weaving her way half walking, half running with her suitcase banging along behind her.  No pictures, unfortunately.
The only dog phased by this part of the test was Joan's puppy, Ginnie, who set up a wail of distress from her crate when Dani was doing his best to ignore the distraction.  I had to go over to the pup's crate and offer cookies as a puppy distraction.  

I would say that all the dogs that went through the course would have a very good chance of passing the real thing. The biggest problem was with the young dogs not being able to maintain focus for the 'obedience' part of the test.  With a bit of practice, they, too, will do just fine.

I really liked the fact that the dogs did so nicely waiting for their owners to go through the door before coming through themselves.  Pretty impressive.

The food was yummy as usual and everyone enjoyed it.  We talked about the Fort Macleod Santa Claus parade and decided that we would put in the huge flat deck with at least 12 dogs on it, and that we would have some of us cart with our dogs.  I will put in the entry right away.  The date is November 30th.

I have put in a request for our next club date to be Saturday, November 10th and we do realize that some of our members will be taking in the Camrose show at that time, but it will give the rest of us a welcome opportunity to practice rally, scent, and obedience just before the LDKC show.

Good luck to those of you who are traveling to Calgary for the Sit Happens! WCR obedience trials next weekend.  Fun for all. 

Last of all, thank you to everyone who pitched in to roll up mats and clean up after our club day.  Being one-winged, I was very little help.









Monday, October 7, 2013

First Club Day a Success

Thank you to Sylvia Howard for a very informative workshop on WCR.  We had a great time!  Having someone who is active in the sport is really great because we get current information.  You answered all our questions and gave us the opportunity to try a Level I course and a bonus exercise as well.  I think we were all pretty impressed with our dogs.  I watched every dog/handler team go through and they were all very much on the way to being able to do a Level I at the very least.
That said, we will definitely get our group prepared to do the March trial at Sit Happens!
And good luck to those of us who are entered the October 26/27 weekend.

Thanks to everyone who brought yummy goodies!

Congratulations are in order to Carol and Emily for their success in the Xtreme Gater ring last weekend.   This should be Emily's title. Emily, who is is the greatest performer, gives the crowd such enjoyment. To Joan and her dogs for their Q's in agility as well.  Dani was right on the money from the sounds of it!  To Darryl and Betty (the Princess) for not only adding two U.S. agility titles to their wall of fame, but doing it with a first place and a smile!!!   To Donnie and Zydeco for ring craft and enjoying being together.
To Drummer for gaining his Scent Hurdle Masters title, his Herding Started title and his Started Stockdog Title.

Thanks to the Lethbridge Scent Hurdle members who came out to race and help us test out our newest members, Donna and Sporty, her Belgian.  We had a great time.  It was good for our dogs to race with members of another team, too, as they had to work in spite of having new dogs running with them.
(Drummer couldn't say enough about Kort being on his team...... )

Our next Club Day is Saturday, October 19th and our agenda should look something like this:

9:30 :    scent hurdle racing

10:15 :   information on CGN tests and a practice run at some of the exercises

11:00 :   rally obedience beginning with novice

11:00:    obedience beginning with Open ..... Novice.... other
              NOTE*** the obedience exercises are not a dog by dog run-through of the open exercises.
              We will be doing the exercises as a group where possible. So for the drop on recall, we will all
               be doing the drop on recall, only one at a time.
               We will all be doing the fetch on the flat, only one at a time.  Etc.

Hope you can make it.  The food's always good.

The Prez

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Re: Dogs coming to Canada update

The CKC, our members and exhibitors yesterday expressed concern with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s recent revisions to the regulations around Importing or Travelling with Domestic Dogs for Commercial Purposes. ...

And a note from my friend, Adam, who works at Coutts Border Crossing.

Hey Judi,

You basically hit the nail on the head. The essence of the CFIA legislation when it comes to our canine friends is aimed at forcing “rescue” organizations to follow some simple rules. As of now, many of these rescues are not following these guidelines. We have also run into major issues with regard to humane transportation. It is the basic view of many of us that there are already a large number of animals in Canada up for adoption.

In the end, if a person was set on a particular breed to rescue from the USA (such as greyhounds), the “pre-adoption” method is preferable. If the person adopting the animal has already filled out the adoption paperwork and paid any fees involved, then basically the animal is considered a personal pet. If the person adopting the animal will not be the one transporting their new pet across the border, a simple letter of authorization, along with the relevant paperwork would suffice.

The legislation is not intended to impede owners and organizations from competing in shows and trials south of the line. Your dog is, however, considered to be a “commercial” dog in this case. All you need is the regular health and rabies certificates and proof of registration in the event you had attended.

Let me know if there is anything else I can help with. Feel free to share this communication with your colleagues!

Adam Vastenhout
Border Services Officer
Customs Operations
Port of Coutts, AB

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Corgis on Vacation

California dreamin'  on the beach with Brazil and Never!  A well-deserved getaway to the Western United States by Mike and LouAnn for a few weeks, complete with sandy beaches and warm water.  Check out the sandals!!!  I have my winter boots on stand-by, for Heaven's sakes.

Can't wait to hear about the entire escapade!

  Gotta love the reflection.  

Walking on water? ?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Coming to Canada to Show a Dog

 Check it out.  When Shar and I crossed the border to come home with Justice, we were asked if the dog was for show or competition.  Of course he was just a 'pet' then.

 Subject: Importing or Travelling with Domestic Dogs for Commercial Purposes (Show/Obedience/Tests) - Animals - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Heads up, all our American dog exibitor friends - the Canadian government have just thrown another roadblock in your path to exhibiting in Canada. Show dogs are now deemed 'commercial' dogs - please read this carefully.
This is effective November 1, 2013. Please don't shoot the messenger!