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PACH NINA!!!

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Today, at the Olean Kennel Club trial at Countryside Agility in Erie, Nina became Can CH MACH PACH Vastgota Nina Ricci MXG MJC MXP2 MXPB MJP3 MJPB XF T2B3!!!

I have been so very fortunate to have this amazing little dog to play this game with. She brings 110% to the line every time, even when I don’t (and she lets me know if I mess up). Nina was made for agility, it is her very favorite thing, and I am so happy she is still able to run fast and happy and sassy at 13. It is an honor to have her as my best friend and a joy to have her as my teammate and I treasure every run with her, Q or NQ. She is such a special dog in so many ways.

It was so awesome to earn her PACH under our friend and favorite judge Sherry Jefferson! And at a suggestion from Glenn and Rebecca, we did a social distancing PACH picture:

The day I stole her from Ulla was one of the best days of my life. Because of Nina, I know so many people I wouldn’t know otherwise. Because of Nina, I’ve gone places and done things I wouldn’t have done otherwise. She is my Ninabean, and there will never be another Nina. Thank you for the privilege of your efforts my Tiny Bean, I love you. 

Nina Jumpers (part 1 of PACH):

Nina Standard (PACH NINA!):

PACH celebration (the video got stopped and then started again so we didn’t get the celebratory elbow bump with Sherry unfortunately, but we DID get the celebratory hip-bump with Sue!):

Zhora Jumpers (QQ #131, second place, 19 points, 5 YPS):

Zhora Standard (QQ #131, first place, 30 points, 3.89 YPS):

Alice Open Standard (NQ but some really nice bits!):

Alice Open Jumpers (NQ):

Greater Pittsburgh Golden Retriever Club AKC Agility Trial

Saturday, July 18th, 2020

We love Laura Kuterbach. But today Nina didn’t feel like a PACH. Another 19 1/2 day. Zhora won the Standard class but I sent her off course with a mishandle in Jumpers.

ALICE was the star today, NAILING her weaves in Standard and recovering from a slip in the weaves in Jumpers (after a big slip on her first attempt) to earn her second Open Jumpers leg.

Everyone wearing face masks, some with better grace than others.

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (NQ):

Nina Saturday Jumpers (Q, first place, 23 points, 4.8 YPS):

Zhora Saturday Standard (Q, first place, 27 points, 3.7 YPS):

Nina Saturday Standard (NQ):

Alice Saturday Open Standard (NQ, she was chasing her leash dragging on the ground after the leash runner, but NICE WEAVES!):

Alice Saturday Open Jumpers (OAJ leg #2, lovely run, slipped after stepping on the base of the weaves, 4.1 YPS even WITH having to restart the weaves!):

Admiral Perry Obedience Training Club AKC Agility Trial

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

Our first trial back in four months. I decided to dip my toes in and do a few Saturdays to see how it was. Overall I was very pleasantly surprised, everyone wore masks and social distanced and it felt pretty safe.

Nina is just one QQ away from her PACH, and I cost us that QQ with an ill-conceived rear cross that wasn’t really necessary, which put her into berzerker mode.

Zhora QQ’d, she was thrilled to be back.

Alice earned her Open FAST title and had two really nice NQ’s in her other classes. Really nice to see her finding the value in the work, I was really happy with her.

It was so great to see my agility peeps!

Judge Robert Jeffers had some nice if tricky courses, a generous wheel, a generous eye on the contacts, and the fastest table count in the West, which STILL wasn’t fast enough for sassypants Nina!

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (QQ #130, third place, 21 points, 4.9 YPS):

Nina Saturday Jumpers (Q, first place, 26 points, 4.9 YPS and would have been even faster without the near-off course):

Alice Saturday FAST (Q, Open FAST title, LOOK AT THOSE WEAVES!!!):

Zhora Saturday Standard (QQ#130, third place, 31 points, 3.9 YPS):

Nina Saturday Standard (NQ velociraptor mode):

Alice Saturday Open Standard (NQ, really nice run, I showed lateral motion as she took off for the triple and she sliced and knocked the top bar):

Alice Saturday Open JWW (I pulled her out of the weaves, nice run though):

Butler Dog Training Club

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

New judge to us Nicholas Carleton gave us some really fun, fast courses with some interesting challenges. Nina had yet another perfect weekend and is now just one QQ away from her PACH, Zhora went 3/4 and is now 11 QQ’s away from her MACH 7.

Coronavirus was on peoples’ minds, lots of hand sanitizer and people discussing whether or not they were going to the National Agility Championship.

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (NQ):

Nina Saturday Jumpers (QQ #18):

Zhora Saturday Standard (Q):

Nina Saturday Standard (QQ #18):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (QQ #129):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (QQ #19):

Zhora Sunday Standard (QQ #129):

Nina Sunday Standard (QQ #19):

HABOC AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

Judge Stephanie Capkovic was new to us. Courses were ok but some really snarky traps. Nina had a PERFECT WEEKEND, and Zhora went 3/4. Alice earned an Open FAST leg and an Open JWW leg and had some really nice things to like in every run.

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (NQ):

Nina Saturday Jumpers (PACH QQ # 16, first place, 19 points):

Alice Saturday Open FAST (Q):

Zhora Saturday Standard (Q, second place, 26 points):

Nina Saturday Standard (PACH QQ # 16, first place, 33 points):

Alice Saturday Open Standard (NQ):

Alice Saturday Open JWW (Q):

Second view:

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (QQ #127, 12 points):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (PACH QQ #17, first place, 18 points):

Alice Sunday Time 2 Beat (NQ):

Zhora Sunday Standard (QQ #127, only 8″ Q, 25 points):

Nina Sunday Standard (PACH QQ #17, first place, 31 points):

Alice Sunday Open Standard (NQ):

Alice Sunday Jumpers (NQ but really nice run):

Cora!

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

Beautiful Cora earned her NA and OAJ titles this weekend with Jan Robles! Cora is the Zhorabert formerly known as Popcorn and is also known as Alkemi Corona del Roble LS CD NA OAJ BCAT RATS

Olean Kennel Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

We love judge David Hirsch! Wide open, run your butt off courses, extension, extension, extension. Zhora had a perfect weekend, Nina racked up a QQ, and Alice earned an Open FAST and Open Standard Q and otherwise just ran awesome, I am really excited about her!

Nina Saturday Jumpers (NQ):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (QQ #124, 4.9 YPS, 19 points):

Alice Saturday Open FAST (Q):

Nina Saturday Standard (NQ):

Zhora Saturday Standard (QQ #124, 3.7 YPS, 28 points):

Alice Saturday Open Standard (NQ):

Alice Saturday Open JWW (NQ):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (QQ #15, 4.6 YPS, 24 points):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (QQ#125, 4,5 YPS, 18 points):

Alice Sunday Time 2 Beat (NQ, nice run):

Nina Sunday Standard (QQ #15, 3.5 YPS, 30 points):

Zhora Sunday Standard (QQ #125, 3.6 YPS, 27 points):

Alice Sunday Open Standard (Q):

Alice Sunday Open JWW (NQ, nice run):

Border Collie Society AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

We love Lavonda Herring. Even when her courses don’t love us. Alice finished her Novice Standard title (round 2 of Novice remember) and had some gorgeous NQ’s. Zhora earned QQ # 124 and then went berzerk on Sunday, Nina earned QQ # 14 toward her PACH. A really fun weekend!

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (QQ #124, third place, 13 points, she hated this course):

Nina Saturday Jumpers (NQ):

Alice Saturday Open FAST (NQ):

Zhora Saturday Standard (QQ #124, first place, 29 points):

Nina Saturday Standard (Q, first place, 34 points):

Alice Saturday Standard (NA title):

Alice Saturday Jumpers (NQ but nice run):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (NQ, I didn’t handle the jump after the second tunnel):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (QQ #14, first place, 20 points):

Alice Sunday Time 2 Beat (NQ, nice run):

Zhora Sunday Standard (berzerker mode!):

Nina Sunday Standard (QQ #14, first place, 31 points):

Alice Sunday Open Standard (NQ but nice run, one lousy bar after the aframe when she just couldn’t collect enough to jump):

Alice Sunday Open Jumpers (fix n go!):

Erie Kennel Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

Judge Mark Upshaw….he’s caffeinated…. Alice finished her Novice FAST title and ran three other awesome courses. Weaves were GREAT, she pretty much has them dialed in most of the time now, although she wants to go faster than she can so sometimes gets ahead of herself! It’s JOLT (just one little thing) now mostly. I used the new Fix and Go rule with her on one run, very useful. Zhora had a perfect weekend, Nina had two JWW Q’s but no joy in Standard. Love my dogs!

Nina Saturday Jumpers (Q, first place, 4.88 YPS, 23 points):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (QQ #122, second place, 4.6 YPS, 16 points):

Alice Saturday FAST (NF title, LOOK AT THOSE WEAVES!! We had a disconnect because the judge thought the gate said “FEO” which is For Exhibition Only, and I asked him why he wasn’t calling any numbers):

Nina Saturday Standard (NQ):

Zhora Saturday Standard (QQ #122, first place, 3.6 YPS, 26 points):

Alice Saturday Novice Standard (NQ):

Alice Saturday Open JWW (NQ):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (Q, first place, 4.6 YPS, 21 points):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (QQ #123, fourth place, 4.4 YPS, 15 points, she didn’t like this course):

Alice Sunday Time 2 Beat (NQ but NICE!):

Nina Sunday Standard (NQ, I hated this course):

Zhora Sunday Standard (QQ #123, first place 3.7 YPS, 27 points):

Tamarack lake Agility Club

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

Ginger Robertson designed some tough courses for us! Zhora QQ Saturday, Nina Standard Q Sunday, Alice earned a FAST Q and finished her Novice Jumpers title (she had to go back to Novice after getting measured into 8″ regular for her final measurements, which is a GOOD THING), her weaves are really coming along!

Nina Saturday Jumpers (NQ):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (QQ # 121):

Alice Saturday FAST (Q):

Nina Saturday Standard (NQ thanks to me getting lost!):

Zhora Saturday Standard (QQ # 121):

Alice Saturday Standard (NQ):

Alice Saturday Jumpers (Q, NAJ title):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (NQ):

Alice Sunday Time 2 Beat (nice run):

Nina Sunday Standard (Q):