“Roo” and “Bungee”, mother and daughter, also took 3rd place in Rally Pairs at the GRCA National.
DATE/LOCATION: October 9, 2016, at GRCA National Specialty, Corning, CA
Dazzle gave me pretty much a dream National, giving her all in everything I asked of her on the journey to our Triathlon Award. This was my first Triathlon too – what a wild ride to get it! We started the week by winning the large Novice B class, earning High in Trial and High Tracking along with it, then followed up with our first Rally Novice leg with a perfect score and 3rd place out of a class of 53 dogs…our performance qualification was safely checked off. Next we passed the conformation requirement by earning Dazzle’s CCA with nice compliments from the evaluators. Finally we faced our last and biggest challenge…the field requirement. Ironic since Dazzle loves field work, especially swimming, but due to circumstances beyond her control she has not been able to participate in field training as she would like. We had exactly 6 training sessions to learn what she needed to pass the WC – how to do a cold double, retrieve real (dead) birds out of the water, and to retrieve a shot flier pheasant. Thanks to Debbie Tandoc, Cheryl Baca, Susan Osborn Stratton, and my local training buddies for providing those sessions, including the all-important shot flyer training day on pheasants that she got to attend a couple of weeks before the National. However, the WC was the first time she had ever had a shot flyer duck. Hers landed out of my sight in a patch of water vegetation and kept pecking and diving when she tried to reach for it. I couldn’t see that – just looked to me like she was telling it off as she kept barking and batting at it for what seemed like forever to me, but she stuck it out and brought it in to hand. I had no idea she had been through all that until some friends who were sitting off to the side and could see all the action told me how impressed they were with Dazzle’s heart and perseverance. Go Dazzle – new WC title and Triathlon Award under our wings! Yes, bad pun but very good dog!
So proud of my little girl for pulling off all she did at our National and very grateful to our friends and training buddies who helped us get there. I am also quite proud of our club members for their impressive list of accomplishments at this National. Most of us are well aware of how many host club members go into a National over-worked, over-tired, over-stressed, and way under-trained for the events we all enter with our own dogs. We were laughing about it at that pheasant training day…watching where we were all at with our WC/WCX training it wasn’t looking too promising for NORCAL club members heading into the National – dogs were doing some excellent work but just hadn’t had enough work time. Yet despite fraying nerves and the usual round of last minute panics to solve, everyone pulled together and got it done with more success than we dared hope. Congratulations to all who got new titles, placements, and their own Triathlon Awards!
Sliver – Won Rally High Combined, she won Rally Advanced and Veteran Novice. She was the Highest Scoring Veteran and won the Jennie Fox and Mud Creek Trophies.
Sliver and Glimmer won Rally Pairs and Place 2nd in Obedience Brace. Both dogs also Participated on winning Rally and Obedience teams. It was a great week!
Glimmer is: DD’s Dancing in the Moonlight CD PCD RE TDX JH VCD1 NFP CCA WC VC
Sliver is: RNC OTCH DD’s Slice Of Pie UDX2 OM5 RAE TDX JH NFP VCD3 CCA OBHF OD VCX WC
Dee Dee & Billy Anderson
Shhhh! Be vewy vewy qwuiet . . . Otherwise Aubrey will think it’s all about her!
I must say she gets all the credit — A Derby First Place and a WCX title running with Bill Totten, and a Novice Bitch First Place and Junior Gundog Sweepstakes Third Place presented by Robin Baker, both at the National. I am of course holding her ribbons and trophies like I did it all!! I am so proud of Aubrey and her teammates. Special thanks to Pam McDonald for all her support and Diane Glassmeyer for getting us into this “mess”!!
At the GRCA National Specialty in Oct 2016, Lindy qualified in Time 2 Beat in agility and also earned her CCA title.
Two year old “Louie” earned his 3 stars at the first field trial he ran, winning 1st at the Qualifying Stake in Corning, CA on October 4th. It was unexpected, and a thrill beyond measure! He also qualified at the WCX test. Talk about Striking Gold!
Congratulations to all who planned and presented such a successful trial and test. Your dedication, and those of the judges, to our Goldens and sport, is truly appreciated.
Mega thanks go to our village of friends, fellow field dog enthusiasts and professionals, who have helped us along our way. The WBA training group, Debbie and Les Ziegler of Bayside Gun Dogs, Warren Grimsby, and Luann Pleasant they are all miracle workers! Bless you Pat DeNardo, for not only entrusting Louie to me, but also being a loyal training companion and great friend. Hugs and love forever to George, my husband, who has made it all possible with his endless support and great throws!
Mira qualified in 5 of her 6 agility runs, only missing a weave entry in Premier Standard. She also earned two second places in Premier Jumpers and Master FAST. In obedience Mira earned her Beginner Novice title with a first place and her second Novice Obedience leg with a second place.