What's New With Our Dogs .....
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October 8, 2016, at the TLC Dog training fall CARO rally trials Grady finished her CARO Rally Novice title with a third High in Class score of 192.5, finishing her title and earning her Magna Cum Laude at the same time as all three of her scores were over 190.
Scotia had 3 really nice advanced runs in search of her final advanced leg for her title, unfortunately her handler (ME) was not too on the ball and due to THREE handler errors (ie ... reading the signs incorrectly, thus incorrectly executing the stations and not reading my dog well enough on her send over jump), one error in each trial caused 3 DQs. I thought I would make note of this on the website because dog sport is a team effort and on this day, Scotia did her job, I did not :(
September 17, 2016, the Foothills Gazehound Club ran their last CAP test of the season and Grady was able to run this one! To say she LOVED chasing the 'bunny' is an understatement .... she earned the first leg of her CA title with flying colors. No pictures of her flying through the air, hopefully in the spring when the season starts up again we will get a few :)
September 10-11, 2016 - Rose County Canine Association UKC trials in Edmonton proved to be a super exciting weekend for us.
First of all, we love these trials as the club and their member are fantastic. This was an outdoor trial, and as all good Albertan's know, September and summer do not always go hand in hand. The weather was chilly chilly. But we all managed and still had a really good time.
First off, Grady had her second trial weekend, she was entered in all three Rally Level 1 trials. While she is still a work in progress at not quite 21 months old, she did great. Each of her runs improved on the last, as did her scores. Her last run was a fourth in class score of 94, and that completed her first working title earning her URO1!
Scotia and I were entered in 6 runs on the weekend. She managed 5/6 qualifying, ALL with High in Class scores. She was just one missed drop on recall away from her UCDX title. But her two other Open B obedience runs were awesome, to the point of her last one earning her a 193, and that score was a HIGH IN TRIAL as well. A first for both her and I! I am over the moon to say the least!
She also started and completed her Rally Level 2 title. This girl worked for me all weekend, and as always, worked her heart out!
August 29, 2016 - Our red puppy from our 'British Invasion' litter, Red, and his momma Sada, were busy at a Nosework trial this weekend and they earned their Advanced Scent title with a first in interiors and a second overall. So proud of these two and the work they are doing together.
August 13, 2016 - CARO Rally trials just outside of Calgary held by TLC Dog Training. We wanted to support this little club and maybe add some legs to our CARO titles. Grady was entered in her very first two trials of anything at all, this day it was Novice rally. Both girls did great. Scotia finished her CARO Novice Team title in her two runs, as well, she earned her first two Advanced legs both with high in class scores. Grady was a pleasant surprise for me, earning the first two legs of her Novice title with 2 High in Class scores. These girls are starting the makings of an awesome mother-daughter duo!
August 2016 - August Long weekend, as always, is the AKC Summer Classic show out at Spruce Meadows here in Calgary. This year we were only entered one day. Scotia earned the first leg of her Open title with a second in class score of 196.5!
July 1-3, 2016 - Scotia and I tried a new sport in the CKC this year, called Chase Ability which is kind of like lure coursing for breeds that don't do lure coursing, on a smaller scale with no competition to run against. So, we went out to the Foothills Gazehound Club CAPapalooza and did three runs and Scotia literally flew and chased the 'bunnies' and earned her CA in three tries!!!
April 2016 - Grady earned her Herding Instinct Certification at Y-Knot Ranch in Okotoks, AB. Tester Billie Richardson let Grady see the big flock of sheep and exert her inner 'herding dog' ... she did excellent!!!
Also in April, Grady's brother Red and his owner Sada earned their Scent Detection Started title (SD-S SP) in one weekend at the tender age of 16 months old. They are working so hard, I am so proud of this team!
April 18, 2016 - Scotia and I attended our first CARO Rally trial held here in Calgary and run by our friends Barb Burgess and Sarah-Jane Petti with TLC Training and Consulting. So we were entered in all three rounds of novice rally, and one round of novice team which we did with Barb and Wicca. Wicca just turned 11 on April 2 so this was a very special run for us, and we were honored to help her to complete her Novice Team title. Scotia came away with her first novice team leg, but she also had some pretty amazing runs herself and earned her novice rally title (CRNMCL) with a second place score of 199, a third place score of 199 and a PERFECT score of 200 .... proud of this girl indeed!!!
April 2, 2016 - We would like to wish a happy happy 11th birthday to our very first litter, our 'Harry Potter' litter. Although half of them have now passed on to the Rainbow bridge and we have unfortunately lost track of two of the pups from this litter, we want to wish Wicca, Dax and Razzle a super happy day, Meadow and Asia, we hope you are still with your families to share your special day, and at the Bridge, ^Parker^, ^Kira^, ^Oola^, ^Kash^ and ^Moka^ .....
March 19 - 20, 2016 - Rose County Canine Association spring obedience and rally trials held in Spruce Grove, Alberta. This was our first time doing UKC trials of any kind. It sure was a lot of fun and interesting being able to watch and see the various differences from CKC obedience. Scotia and I had a good weekend, a full weekend. It was 3 novice obedience runs and 2 novice rally runs. Well I am happy to report Scotia was 6 for 6 and earned her UCD and her URO1 with multiple placements and High Aggregate in Rally Novice.
March 16, 2016 - Our 'Big Bang Theory' Litter turns 2 .... TWO. Were they not just whelped?????
As Always, we will start off the new year with a recap of the previous .... so here goes.
I always feel like we haven't done much by the end of the year each year UNTIL I do my recap ....
2015 was a busy, happy and sad year for us.
Scotia started off the year in the whelping pen with her 8 littles one who were born December 27, 2014. Click here to go to their page is here if you would like to check in on them.
From this litter we kept our next hopeful, Grady. She has proven to be so much more than we ever expected so far. Grady has been busy working on obedience and dabbling a little bit in conformation.
Scotia had a pretty amazing year really, considering it started with a few months of mat-leave. She started her training towards her DDX right after she weaned her babes. She finished her Rally Excellent title, started and finished her Novice Intermediate title, made her first DDX attempt in the summer, and was SO close. In the fall, she earned her Draft Dog Excellent title. With all of these titles, Scotia became not only Rottweiler Club of Canada Hall of Fame eligible for 2016, but she became Rottweiler Club of Canada Versatility eligible for 2016 as well, which is a first for our kennel.
We had a great time at the Rottweiler Club of Canada National Sieger show here in Calgary in September. Scotia went V2, Grady went VV1, Gadget went VV3, and our veterans Seeker, Ruckus and Wicca all showed their hearts out in the Veterans classes. All of their critiques and awards were graciously given to us by Helmut Weiler of Germany, so it was a huge honor for us.
So to recap Scotia's titles for 2015, she earned her:
Rally Excellent - RE
Companion Dog Intermediate - CDI
Temperament Test - TT
Draft Dog Excellent - DDX
And we got this note from Barb and Wicca, recapping their fantastic year -
"Wicca #10 in the 2014 Canada National Rankings for World Cynosport Rally (formerly APDT).
March 2015 - earns her ARCH (APDT Rally Champion) and her RL1X (APDT Rally Level 1 Championship) which is 10 Qs after receiving the level title. She is one of 14 rottweilers in Canada and the US to have earned an ARCH.
May 2015 – earns CWRII (CARO Working Rookie Class I)
Oct 2015 – earns CW-SP (C-WAGS Scent Patrol Level 1)
Nov 2015 – earns her ARCHX (APDT Rally Champion Excellent) and her RL2X (APDT Rally Level 2 Championship). (note to breeder – her 5 double Qs for this title were all 200 or over J) She is one of 10 rottweilers in Canada and the US to have earned an ARCHX.
In 2015, she also earned 2 legs toward her CARO Novice Team title; completed 4 of the 5 exercises for her CARO Working Rookie II title; completed 3 of 5 exercises for her CARO Working Elite I title; earned 3 of the 5 legs required for the CARO Bronze Title (after Novice, Advanced, Excellent you need 5 Qs over 190); and earned started on her ARCHEX (APDT Rally Champion Extraordinaire) Title. This is 10 double Qs in level 2 and 3 in the same trial. She has 1 double Q but she will be entered in March and we’re going to keep working on it. Don’t know if we will finish but we’ll try!!!
She now has 24 titles and is affectionately known as:
ARCHX Akamai Wicked This Way
Onto the sad, in June, we lost our very special girl Jewel at the age of just one month shy of 13 years old. She fought off her skin cancer for a long time but she said it was time, and we had to listen. It was very hard, as it always is, but Jewel was such a special soul. I miss her each and everyday still ....