At the GRCA National, Ronan qualified in Masters Jumpers Preferred with a 2nd place!
Bob finished Rigby’s CD with a score of 197.5 and 2nd place at Sir Francis Drake at Vallejo September 18, 2016 under judge Pauline Andrus. Rigby’s big boy name is now Calliope Tigana Cream Tangerine CD TDX CCA. Many thanks to his wonderful breeder, Christine Hsu.
“Bungee”, DD’s Look Before U Leap VCD3 OM1 BN RE JH, completed her JH Title at the Marin Hunting Retriever Test on 9/3/16. She also qualified for the OM 1 8/6/16.
At the NORCAL WC event on May 7, 2016, Darcy qualified in the Working Certificate test.
Also this year, she completed her final three passing scores to qualify for a Junior Hunter Certificate. She passed the last three tests in which she participated to qualify. These events were the following:
June 19 in Glide, OR (Umpqua Valley Retriever Club), August 6 in Hilmar, CA (Hills Ferry Hunting
Retriever Club), and August 28 in Smith River, CA (Redwood Empire Retriever Club). My wife (Deb) and I and our other dog (Chelsea – a female Stabyhoun) had a great time camping out at these three events and watching Darcy work and be successful. Our next goal for Darcy is to qualify at a WCX test. Also, duck hunting season is coming up soon. Darcy will be hunting with me again as she did last year – only she should be even better this season finding and fetching back those ducks!
Canadian CD earned May 29, 2016, at Lethbridge & District KC; Am CD earned Aug 7, 2016, at Monterey Bay DTC
Dazzle finally got to play in the obedience ring the past few months and enjoyed it very much. First we took advantage of a trip to visit Dazzle’s sister to hit a weekend of dog shows in Lethbridge, Canada, at the end of May. Dazzle handled all the new experiences of showing away from home better than I ever expected; we showed 4 times in 2 days and came away with 4 first places, 4 High in Trials, and High Scoring Novice Aggregate with an average score of 199. We also discovered that Dazzle loves hotel rooms, especially if she has a playmate to bounce back and forth with on the beds…not exactly the preferred form of exercise away from home, but still a bonus to have a happy traveler. 😉
Having successfully tested the waters in Canada, it was time to hit the rings on our own side of the border. The plan was to get some ring experience under our belts before heading to the National to face the pressure of showing in multiple venues while keeping up with our host club committee duties. It was a good plan that didn’t quite work out as I hoped since Dazzle came in season 4 days after we earned our third CD leg – oops! Fortunately she was out in time to show in Placerville – thank you, Dazzle! – where she gifted me with a beautiful performance and the thrill of earning High in Trial at our own club’s National Specialty. Dazzle was shown a total of 8 times in AKC Novice, earning 7 firsts, 1 second, 3 High in Trials plus 1 tie for HIT, and she finished out her joint Novice career with a 198.4 average. Through it all, Miss Dazzleberry Pie was a wonderful partner even under less-than-wonderful circumstances; she truly has a heart of gold and I couldn’t be more proud to have her by my side.
Jamie earned his first leg in Novice B with a 195+ (meaning they won the runoff) and first place April 9th at Chief Solano KC in Vallejo. Very proud of them both!!! Photo credit: Christine Hsu
He earned his 2nd CD leg at the Great Dane Club of Northern California obedience trail on April 30th, where he was 1st place in Novice B with a score or 192.
Jamie earned his 3rd CD leg May 7th at the Davis Dog Training Club trial with a 2nd place and high scoring golden under judge Mary Lou Just. It poured down rain the whole day. He was a happy boy! Thanks again to his trainer, Tracey Louper and to his supportive breeder, Christine Hsu.
Beamish finished his JH at the NORCAL GRC Hunt Test on March 20, 2016!! B earned a couple of passes last fall at the Marin and Sagehens tests, and another one at the Monterey Bay HRC test in Los Banos in February. It was fun to finish at our Club’s annual test; we had wonderful judges and a good group of dogs and handlers. Beamish loves the game, and it’s my pleasure to walk him to the line.
B and I would also like to thank our training group buddies – you guys are the best, and we look forward to more great training days!