Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Then, we have the little man on the run. I hope that when he is grown he will look a little more graceful while running...those floppy ears are quite a thing to see!
And finally, the Jesse Dog pops up for a close up and gives the momma a big smile :)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
And here is Open Jumpers - wrong end of tunnel, refusal on jump 15, B-E-A-U-tiful weave pole entry and completion...
BTW - does anyone else notice that I need a new shirt? Its one thing to have a favorite, but come on! If I wear this shirt to another trial this year, you have permission to smack me!
Many thanks to Darlene and Oksana for doing a great job running the camera!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Videos of the BCKC Trial held in Willingboro, NJ.
We're still working on counting to 12 in this standard run...
and now in jumpers we can count to 12 but we forgot about the rule - DON'T blind cross the momma! OOPS!
Both courses were great fun and I always enjoy being out with the dogs on such a beautiful autumn day! Thanks to Darlene for running the video - you're the best :)
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The Working Certificate/Working Certificate Excellent is a GRCA title designed to show the dogs natural instinct. It requires some training, so I went to today's test to see what was required. I am VERY excited about training for this - I felt just like I did on the first day I ever watched agility. It was beautiful to watch the dogs in their natural environment doing what they were designed to do!
After the land portion of the test was complete, there were pheasants 'left over'. I took one for Cash and Sophie. Sophie didn't show much interest in the bird, but Cash was quite exuberant about this new "toy"!
Looks like I have to make room for another dog hobby...and room in the freezer for some dead birds - YUCK!
This is what Jesse was made for - sharing hugs and heavy petting with the world!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Random! I entered Jesse in the Garden State Golden Retriever Club Specialty held today in North Branch, NJ. I wanted to support the club, so I figured, what the heck, put her in Rally Novice. I had no intentions of qualifying and haven't practiced ANYTHING with her in, um, years. Yes - I said YEARS.
Jesse was retired from all things "work" almost three years ago due to all her structural issues. She was never a fan of "working" and I saw no point in making her participate in things just because I wanted to. She has been happily warming the couch for us ever since.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Here is the Gunpowder River GRC of MD flag. Sophie and I went to this show in April 2008. It was our first entry in Open A Obedience and we took first place. We also took first place in Rally Advanced B. Great indoor show site - long drive south!
We took the dreadful drive to Long Island in February of 2008 for a bumper leg in Novice Obedience. Sophie had a great performance but got weird on the stays. NQ, but really great working class!
Garden State GRC holds an annual specialty in October. Last year (2007) we entered that show in Rally Novice A. Sophie took first place and got a great score for never having practiced Rally before. We also got a really nice plaque to commemorate the experience.
This is video of our first run on Tuesday at the GRCA National. This is an Open JWW course.
Notice the big bad off course tunnel...and the handler's pathetic attempt to deal with it...
This is video of our second run - Open Standard.
Counting to 12 is a skill that Sophie will need to work on for future trials.