Upcoming Events

  • 4/22: Merrillville, IN (AKC Agility)
  • 4/23-24: Barrington, IL (USDAA Agility)
  • 5/7-8: FCI World Team Tryouts, Minnesota
  • 5/20-22: Ft. Worth, TX USDAA Regional
  • 6/3-5: Perry, GA USDAA Regional
  • 8/5-7: IL USDAA Regional
  • 10/11-16: Cynosport Championships (Louisville, KY)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Agility & the Holidays!

We have been keeping busy between agility trials and getting ready for the Holidays :)
We just finished a weekend at 1 of my favorite trials of the year, Hounds for the Holidays. We were just there 2 days, but I think Rumor and I had 1 of our best JWW runs to date! It was a very fun, competitive 26" class and less than 0.5 or 1 sec separated 1st through 4th place! Rumor got 2nd by a couple hundredths of a second.

It feels as though we are working together and finally a team. It is nice going to the line and feeling confident that we can get through the entire course, and in good style :)

Dylan has been amazing me recently as well. He now has 2QQs and so I might try and qualify him for Nationals next year, along with Rumor. We are done with agility trials until 2011 so now it is time for some R&R!

Monday, October 18, 2010

DockDog Nationals!

Wow, what a fantastic weekend! We had the DockDogs National Championship in Dubuque, IA this weekend. To start off the weekend we had an 8 pin bowling tournament... it was awesome and I had a major personal best of 226!!!

Rumor only jumped in the Super Elite Big Air waves as that is the top level to jump so it is against all of the best dogs (mostly Malinois and Labs) in the World... I was very proud of Rumor! My 37 lb peanut did a very good job... he pulled out a great jump of 25' 2" on Saturday with a huge crowd and that got him into the Super Elite Big Air Finals on Sunday! 3 years that Rumor has been to Nationals and 3 years he has made it to his divisional finals -- I was thrilled! We ended up 7th in the Finals... we really had a wonderful weekend and I couldn't be prouder of my little boy!

In addition to jumping well this weekend, Rumor also won 2 awards at the banquet on Saturday night:
Most Improved Dog (People's Choice Awards)
Top Ranked Border Collie for 2010!

Dylan was entered in Express Speed Retrieve and he had a fantastic weekend! He just squeaked into the Finals on Sunday with the 8th position, which I was thrilled about. I was trying really hard to make sure my reaction times were right on... and it was working! In the Finals, Dylan had a new personal best of 7.74 seconds! He gave me everything he had and enjoyed every second of it... we ended up in 5th place -- I am so proud of my black boy! :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I think it's Fall...

We had our annual agility trial in Michigan where we play some agility in the morning and the dogs get to play on the beach in the afternoon... what more could you want?!?! It was definitely very chilly this weekend, but Rumor still had no problem swimming and running on the sand.

Rumor had 2 really nice Jumpers runs where he knocked the double in the 1st run and I pulled him off a jump in our 2nd run. We had a clean Standard run on Saturday and I pulled him from Sunday b/c the dogwalk approach was really scary to a slick dogwalk... not worth the risk.

Chris ran Dylan on Saturday and they had a couple very nice runs! Dylan was being a stinker about the weaves, but they did beautifully besides that.

Monday, September 6, 2010

2010 STIHL Dogs & Logs World Championships

Rumor and I just returned from Salem, OR yesterday from the STIHL Dogs & Logs World Championships! It was quite an event and just an honor to be invited.

We competed in the Big Air division against the top jumping dogs in World and the competition was tough. Little Rumor (about half the size of all the other dogs) held his own and had at least a 24' jump in each of the waves... unfortunately, that wasn't enough to move onto the Quarter Finals... but we still had a blast and he definitely had quite the fans!

I'm glad we made the trip out West and it was a great experience... the toughest competition I have seen at a World Championship yet!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Great weekend for the black dogs! ... and my 1st QQ!

Rumor had an amazing agility weekend! We have been struggling a little in JWWs, but this weekend it felt like we worked as a great team! I couldn't have been happier with him.

On Saturday Rumor had a nice Standard Q to finish his MX title! To top off the day, we Qd in JWW for our 1st QQ! He blew me away on Sunday when he was clean on both courses again and got his 2nd QQ! All 4 scores counted towards World Team Tryouts scores as well... so it was a fantastic weekend!

The thought of maybe getting 4 more QQs before the end of November to qualify for AKC Nationals seems within reach! It'll be a lot of work, but we're going to give it a shot :)

Dylan also had a fantastic weekend! He was so happy to be back playing... it was fun running him! D had a great start to the weekend with a nice Q in JWW. He popped out of the weaves in Std, but the rest of the run was lovely. On Sunday he bounced out of the weaves (his big head got in the way!) in JWW, but he finished the weekend strong with a great Standard run! WTG Big D!!!