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CRICKET!

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Cricket’s owner Jennifer Corbin says:
“Great weekend of agility with friends!
3 q’s for Cricket, 2 steeplechase and 1 starter jumpers which earned her title Starter Games Dog of Canada! We are out of starters!”

Cricket is now Alkemi Braveheart ST ADC SGDC!

Congratulations!

Butler AKC Trial & Alkemi Puppy Reunion

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

L-R Nina (Can CH MACH Vastgota Nina Ricci), Alice (Alkemi Clear Air Turbulence LT), Zhora (MACH4 Alkemi Blade Runner LS), Cricket (Alkemi Braveheart ST), Riley (Alkemi Aston Martin LS), Colby (Alkemi Batman LS). Nina is the mother of everyone except Alice, and Alice’s mother is Zhora. Zhora, Cricket and Colby are littermates from the B litter.

We had a mini Alkemi puppy reunion this weekend, complete with cake:

Judge Oksana Syrkin designed some fun, tricky courses. Nina had a pancreatitis flare-up unfortunately, so even though she double Q’d on Saturday she was very slow and wasn’t right and I ended up leaving the trial early Sunday morning to take her home because she really wasn’t feeling well at all.

Zhora tripled Friday (her first TQ!) and doubled Saturday (with a gift on an R on Friday), Riley earned his OAJ title, Colby earned an Excellent Standard leg and Cricket earned her very first AKC Q’s! Cricket is a Nina for sure.

It was awesome to see my puppies again and I am so grateful to Jennifer, Nichole and Chris for coming, and to Zap as always for her huge help with pictures and video!

Zhora Friday FAST (QQQ#1, QQ #90):

Nina Friday Standard (NQ):

Zhora Friday Standard (QQ #90, first place, 3.4 YPS, 24 points):

Nina Friday Jumpers (NQ):

Zhora Friday Jumpers (QQ #90, fourth place, 4.5 YPS, 16 points):

Colby Saturday Jumpers:

Nina Saturday Jumpers (QQ #25, obviously not herself, 4.1 YPS and just 14 points):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (QQ #91, third place, 5.06 YPS, 21 points):

Cricket Saturday FAST (Novice Q #1!!):

Colby Saturday Standard (Q!!):

Nina Saturday Standard (QQ #25, feeling a bit better, barked at me on the table anyway! fourth place, 3.5 YPS, 25 points):

Zhora Saturday Standard (QQ #91, third place, 3.8 YPS, 29 points):

Riley Saturday Standard:

Riley Saturday Jumpers (OAJ title!):

Cricket Saturday Jumpers:

Clarion Canine Obedience Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Lavonda Herring….usually wide open, Run Like Hell….this weekend? Close, tight, off course central. Love her anyway.

Zhora had yet another perfect weekend, racking up QQ’s # 88 and 89, almost halfway to MACH5 already. I can’t believe her. I just hope if she’s going to slump, that she does it BEFORE the Invitational. Right now it feels great, dialed in and open communication. AND she finished her Excellent FAST title!

Nina also had a perfect weekend…of NQ’s. Doesn’t matter. Every weekend I get to play with her is perfect.

I also ran into conformation judges The Anthonys, which was wonderful. SUCH NICE PEOPLE!

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (QQ #88, second place, 17 points, 4.769 YPS):

Nina Saturday Jumpers:

Zhora Saturday FAST (XF title):

Zhora Saturday Standard (QQ #88, second place, 27 points, 3.662 YPS):

Nina Saturday Standard:

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (QQ #89, second place, 18 points, 4.759 YPS):

Nina Sunday Jumpers:

Zhora Sunday Standard (QQ #89, third place, 28 points, 3.763 YPS):

Nina Sunday Standard (such a nice run, dogwalk contacts are for the weak):

Alice Agility

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Other than fluency with weave poles, and the “mojo” that comes with experience running together, Alice is just about ready to trial! She has all her equipment (need to review the broad jump), she sequences, she listens pretty well. I am really thrilled with where she’s at at 13 months of age! And she is starting to get some speed too! Plus a start line stay!

I started training a turn away to a tunnel today, she picked it up on the flat very quickly so, following the OMD way of thinking, I put it into practice with a tunnel off the aframe right away. She stopped, thought, and then DID IT! I just LOVE how much of a difference I can see this time around, having used their methods pretty much exclusively.

She is a very game little dog, she has suddenly become snuggly after 12-13 months of not being very cuddly at all. Better late than never! I can really feel the bond developing, she is for sure a dog who bonds easiest through working.

Various videos from today:

Turn tunnel (note that she knows a “turn” cue from work on the flat, and she knows a “tunnel” cue from, well, tunnels):

Cuyahoga Valley Golden Retriever Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Clyde Closson (tough but fun courses, tight-ish wheel) and David Nauer (OMG gorgeous wide-open run your ass off courses, I will show to him ANY TIME I CAN) this weekend in Niles. Z earned an Excellent FAST leg, a single JWW leg and two double Q’s. Nina had a standard Q and some fun runs and a walk of shame.

I am loving how Zhora and I are running together, it feels really dialed in. The blind crosses are really working for her.

I’d been really sick earlier in the week and wasn’t 100%, still a bit wheezy and I was running them awfully close together, but it got better as the weekend went on.

Zhora Friday Standard (NQ):

Nina Friday Standard (NQ):

Zhora Friday Jumpers (4th place, 4.83 YPS, 19 points, OMG this course was the MOST FUN EVER):

Nina Friday Jumpers (ONE LOUSY BAR):

Zhora Friday FAST (Q):

Zhora Saturday FAST (NQ, I mishandled the send):

Zhora Saturday Standard (QQ #84, 4.02 YPS, 31 points):

Nina Saturday Standard (NQ):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (QQ #84, 4.48 YPS, 15 points):

Nina Saturday Jumpers (NQ):

Zhora Sunday Standard (QQ #85, 3.79 YPS, 27 points):

Nina Sunday Standard (Q, 25 points, close calls!):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (QQ #85, 4.87 YPS, 19 points):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (one bar away from a QQ…):

Erie Kennel Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Favorite judge and friend Sherry Jefferson designed some fun, fast, interesting courses this weekend. My dogs came off the course smiling every time. LOTS OF RUNNING. Zhora had another perfect weekend, Nina had one Jumpers Q so at least she came home with A Q. Love my girls no matter what.

Zhora was super fast for her, over 5 YPS in Jumpers on Saturday and over 4 YPS in Standard. Beating some very fast dogs and taking two first places on Sunday.

Nina Saturday Jumpers (Q, first place, 22 points, 5.14 YPS):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (QQ #82, second place, 21 points, 5.032 YPS):

Nina Saturday Standard (NQ):

Zhora Saturday Standard (QQ #82, first place, 32 points, 4.136 YPS):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (ONE LOUSY BAR):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (QQ #83, first place, 17 points, 4.7 YPS):

Nina Sunday Standard (I nearly got lost after the kerfuffle at the weaves):

Zhora Sunday Standard (QQ #83, first place, 30 points, 3.932 YPS even with looking at Judge Sherry and having something in her ear at the start):

MACH4 ZHORA!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

How awesome to earn Zhora’s MACH4 under one of our favorite judges (and friend) Alexandra Davis at the National Shiba Club of America’s trial. The courses were tricky, not a gimme in the bunch, but Zhora not only earned her MACH4 yesterday, she had a PERFECT WEEKEND and got a safety QQ today and/or her first QQ for MACH5. She actually got FASTER as the weekend went on!

Nina also had a perfect weekend, of NQ’s, but some beautiful runs.

Zhora is running faster and faster, and in today’s standard course, the top three dogs were within half a second of each other (43.45, 43.62, 43.93). I am getting better at blind crosses and I MUST use them, since Zhora is SO MUCH faster when I do. I am so lucky to have these awesome dogs to play this game with!

Nina Saturday Jumpers (NQ):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (part 1 of MACH4, third place, 17 points, 4.67 YPS):

Nina Saturday Standard (NQ):

Zhora Saturday Standard (part 2 of MACH4, second place, 29 points, 3.89 YPS):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (NQ):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (part 1 of QQ #81, third place, 16 points, 4.586 YPS):

Nina Sunday Standard (ONE LOUSY BAR):

Zhora Sunday Standard (part 2 of QQ #81, third place, 32 points, 4.029 YPS!!!):

Cora RATO!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Cora earned her SECOND Barn Hunt title (Open) one day after turning one year old! She and her mum Jan are incredible! Popcorn-who-nearly-died is thriving!!!

Introducing Cora, AKA Alkemi Corona del Roble LS RATO:

Alice Agility (12 Weave Poles!)

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Alice is ten days away from being a year old (already!). So I have started jumping her at 8″ and today she did 12 weave poles on Sue’s new offset poles (they’re offset by 1″ which helps with speed and training, the older dogs loved them). For the tiny amount of agility she does each week, this is fine.

One of the many reasons I’m glad Sue and I are training puppies together is that we can check each other (are we doing too much? STOP FIXING THINGS! Quit while you’re ahead. etc.).

Some technical difficulties with video (and my STUPID PHONE that will be replaced next month), but here they are:

Alice Agility

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

I was feeling pretty rough this morning (being 50 has many wonderful aspects, but feeling like a sulky, emotional, insomniac teenager with no control over your body temperature isn’t one of them). I am so glad I have a great friend in Sue and so grateful for her generosity in being my training partner. There is NOTHING better for me than getting out, running around, working with my dogs, and getting sweaty from exercise instead of hot flashes!

First, and most importantly, Nina is BACK! She hasn’t done agility in 8 weeks, other than one tiny baby course that I let her run once. Today she got to play properly and BOY was she happy about it! Biting my shoes, nipping my ankles, barking, spinning, and running like a lunatic. Sometimes we all need a reminder that this is about our connection with our dogs, our love for our dogs, and our open-minded and open-hearted understanding of our dogs, and what THEIR quality of life is all about. Nina was INSANELY happy to play her favorite game again. And, for me, that’s all that matters. This really made me recalibrate things, I am just so happy that I get to play with my beloved Ninabean, my first real agility partner, the dog who showed me just how much a dog can love this game. I don’t care if we ever get another QQ (not much, anyway), as long as we get to play this together for as long as she wants to and can.

Second, Alice did a full height teeter! And she ran a small course with jumps at 8″ (she will jump 8″ whether she measures into 8″ Regular or Preferred, at least to start). She knocked one because of a tricky line and a handling issue, but otherwise she managed really well! She’s really coming along, she works really hard, she doesn’t quit, even when I don’t reward when I should, she keeps going. She is a very game little dog, and very tough in her mind and body. Exactly what I was hoping for. I feel very lucky.

Third, Zhora is just three QQ”s from MACH4! She is wonderful She worked really hard today too, and I can tell the difference between her and Nina when it comes to understanding many things, Zhora understands collection and deceleration very well, and works well with both acceleration and deceleration. Nina thinks collection is for suckers.

I am so lucky to have these wonderful, willing, resilient and forgiving dogs.

These videos are just some noodling around with coursework. I love videoing my training, even though I hate watching myself, because I can see what I need to be doing differently, and what is working. You can see Zhora in a crate in the background wagging like crazy and screaming because it’s not her turn. I know many folks hate when their dogs bark like this (so mute the video if you’re one of them), but I don’t mind it. I don’t enjoy barking, but under these circumstances…meh. They can see other dogs working and they want to work. Plus it really helps our dogs not care about dogs barking in a trial situation, and that sure happens!