Archive for the ‘Zhora’ Category

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:

Clarion Canine Obedience Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Judge Candy Nettles set some really tricky courses for us. Zhora came into the weekend needing two QQ’s for MACH4. We got #79 on Saturday, but Sunday she was running really fast for her and I couldn’t get to where I needed to be in standard and she took an off course tunnel. Nina had an AMAZING wild run in Standard on Saturday where she took the weave poles a second time while I was over 20 feet away (and my awesome agility peeps cheered her awesome performance), today she had a lovely, blisteringly fast standard Q. I hope she keeps being crazy and naughty and happy and wild like this for a long, long time.

Nina Saturday Jumpers (NQ):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers(QQ # 79, third place, 4.2 YPS, 13 points):

Nina Saturday Standard (WILD but look at those amazing off course long distance weaves!):

Zhora Saturday Standard (QQ #79, 3.7 YPS, 28 points):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (NQ, nice run):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (first place, 4.7 YPS, 18 points, she beat the fast Papillon!):

Nina Sunday Standard (Q, bit of a gift on the teeter, 3.96 YPS, 30 points):

Zhora Sunday Standard (NQ, off course tunnel, really really nice run otherwise and look at that distance in the weaves!):

Cleveland Shetland Sheepdog Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Our first trial since the end of July (and Nina’s first in almost eight weeks!). It felt great to be back and I was very happy with how the girls did. Zhora doubled on Friday and then we had some rusty mojo. Nina ran like Nina, which was perfect and all I hoped for. She had a nasty fall in today’s standard run, rolled like a judo black belt and was up and running before I really knew what was happening, leaving me flat footed and too far behind to handle properly (silly me, I wanted to see if she was OK, she wanted to keep running).

Zhora managed to pull off some Q’s on courses with low Q rates and actually placed a couple of times against some of the faster 8″ dogs around!

I am so lucky to have my awesome girls to run with and my dear friend Sue to travel with and my wonderful Jim to tolerate all this!

Judge Dave Hirsch (fun, run and gun!) and Alan Arthur from Texas (TOUGH angles, tough courses, nice guy) gave us some challenging, fun courses.

Zhora Friday Standard (part 1 of QQ #78, second place to world team Keebler, 29 points):

Nina Friday Standard (NQ but so much fun):

Zhora Friday Jumpers (part 2 of QQ #78, 13 points, just a hair behind Nina):

Nina Friday Jumpers (13 points):

Zhora Saturday Standard (NQ):

Nina Saturday Standard (third place, 28 points):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (16 points):

Nina Saturday Jumpers (NQ, some fun fancy schmancy stuff):

Zhora Sunday Standard (third place, 29 points):

Nina Sunday Standard (nasty fall after dogwalk, she is fine):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (NQ, nice run, she doesn’t often drop bars):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (NQ):

OMG ALICE!

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Today, at the St. Catharines & District Kennel & Obedience Club Canadian Kennel Club show, Alice won Best of Winners for a point, and THEN SHE WON BEST PUPPY IN GROUP!

I thought the judge was walking over to give the ribbon to the top Mudi in Canada who was beside us. She wasn’t. When she said “thank you all for showing me your puppies today, my best puppy in group is the Swedish Vallhund” I nearly burst into tears. I am so proud of this puppy! Showing in breed is way less fun than playing agility, but she’s a real trooper, she loves to work no matter what the work is, she really inherited her parents’ lack of quit 😉 , she showed her heart out all day (and we had two shows today). She still had a happy face and a spring in her step even after a long LONG day of showing.

This actually puts her (temporarily, I’m sure) into the #2 spot overall, making her the #2 Vallhund in Ontario currently!

Tamarack Lake Agility Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Mary Mullen. Tough courses. But so much fun. Zhora had a perfect weekend, even though Mary was maybe a little kinder than she needed to be on the table in Standard today.

SO proud of my girl. She earned Nina-level points this weekend.

We’re off until September. 3 QQ’s to go for MACH4!

Saturday Jumpers (QQ #76, third place, 21 points, 5.245 YPS, career high YPS to date!):

Saturday FAST (NQ):

Saturday Standard (QQ #76, third place, 29 points, 3.853 YPS):

Sunday Jumpers (QQ #77, 19 points, 4.691 YPS):

Sunday Standard (QQ #77, first place, 27 points, 3.653 YPS, very low Q rate on this course):

Greater Pittsburgh Golden Retriever Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Nina’s scratched from this weekend and next thanks to a newly-diagnosed heart murmur. Until we know what it is (appointment with cardiologist is August 16th, also my wedding anniversary). Regardless of what it is, she will return to agility, since for her it’s a quality of life issue for sure, she loves agility more than anything. I just want to know what we’re dealing with.

I can feel myself using some of the concepts Melanie Miller taught me! And they’re helping!

So Zhora came out to play with Judge Sherry Jefferson on her own. One bar yesterday cost us a perfect weekend. Today she double Q’d even while practically swiveling her head on her neck like Linda Blair in The Exorcist to watch Sherry (she LOVES Sherry). Our Standard run today was just a thing of beauty, fast (she came second), accurate, connected.

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (Q, third place, 14 points kinda poky, 4.34 YPS):

Zhora Saturday Standard (NQ, nice run):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (QQ 75, third place, 17 points that’s more like it! 4.56 YPS, watch for head swiveling to see Meatball Sherry):

Zhora Sunday Standard (QQ 75, second place, 33 points, 4.18 YPS, really enjoyed this run):

Oops They Did It Again

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

YEAH THEY DID! And comfortably too!

(Nina was diagnosed with a new heart murmur on Monday, we’re going to a cardiologist on August 16th, I am keeping my fingers, toes and eyes crossed that she will be able to attend the Invitational this year. She has no symptoms, she is 100% her normal bouncy self)