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2015 Highlights


July 30 - August 3, 2015 - at the AKC show held at the amazing Spruce Meadows in Calgary, we once again took full advantage of the show and the facilities and spent the weekend camping on site.  On Thursday before the show officially started the Bernese Mountain Dog club held a draft test where Scotia and I were entered in the DDX along with a number of our friends.  It was an excellent environment to run this stressful test in, the weather was extremely hot and Scotia worked her heart out for me.  We did not pass but were just so very very close it hurts. 

On with the rest of the weekend, Scotia earned one more bonus leg in rally excellent with a 94 and a third in class, and then she earned the first 2 legs to her Novice intermediate (CDI) title with a 192.5 and a 195.5.  I felt like her and I were actually working together like a team in these obedience trials which was the best thing I left the ring with each day .....

Grady was entered all four days in conformation and although we did absolutely nothing at all, we did leave with a puppy who handled the handling by new people each day and she had a lot of fun, perhaps too much!

 July 12-13, 2015 - EKKOC show just outside of Calgary .... Scotia and I are officially DONE with rally.  She finished her Rally Excellent with an 84 (10 point handler error deduction on that one) and a bonus leg with a 94 ....

June 15, 2015 - Today we said good-bye to our very special little girl, our matriarch, and the very best working companion I could have ever asked for.  Jewel, the little wonder dog, was sadly helped on her journey to the Rainbow Bridge, to join her former housemates, kids and siblings who have gone before her, after a long 9 month battle with rare skin cancer.  In the end, her immune system finally just gave out, but she did surprisingly well for months after her diagnosis in October 2014, giving us a full half year longer to spend with her than we were initially given.

May 2015 - we learned today that our super smart Wicca and her wonderful owner Barb, finished two new titles in Caro Rally ... she earned her Caro Working Rookie Class I title.  Earlier this year she also finished her World Cynosport Rally Level I championship and her ARCH titles.  Wicca just turned 10 in April so these titles are absolutely fabulous.  She is a true working girl :)

May 16, 2015 - CKOC show in Cochrane, AB, Scotia and I ventured back into the obedience and rally rings.  Well, we are rusty ... 1/3 on the weekend but she did earn one more leg to her Rally Excellent title with a third in class score of 91.

We also got started on some DDX training and Grady had a great time schmoozing people at the show for the 2 days we were there.

May 3, 2015 - In Ontario, Scotia's son, Jake (formerly Leonard) earned his HIC like a pro!!

With big things planned for 2015, we feel the best way to start it off is by recapping 2014, so here goes:

We started and ended our year with Scotia Puppies.  March 16 our first litter in 4.5 years arrived, 2 puppies, one boy and one girl.  They became our 'Big Bang' Theory litter and are happily enjoying their lives in excellent care in Eastern Canada. 

December 27 Scotia welcomed her second and final litter.  3 boys and 5 girls, at the time of my typing this out they are almost 4 weeks old and doing great!

In between these litters, Scotia was pretty darn busy completing some titles.  In May, she earned her Rally Novice title in 3 trials in one weekend when her babies were just 8 weeks old. 

In August, she finished her Canadian Championship, earned her Rally Advanced title and earned one more leg to her Novice Obedience title.

Finally, in September, she finished her Novice Obedience title with 2 more high in class scores and our first ever run off and she earned the first leg of her Rally Excellent title.

Phew ....

And to our lovely Wicca, who at 9+ years old is still working, training and competing in many venues with her awesome owner Barb Burgess.  In 2014, Wicca earned 4 new titles.

In March she earned the last 2 legs for World Cynosport Rally Level 3 with an Award of Excellence (both scores 205, one a first place, one a second)

 In October she earned last leg for CARO Excellent title with a CL designation (CRXCL)

 And finally in December, she earned her Novice Trick Dog and Intermediate Trick Dog titles.


So, off we go, to work for another year, Cheers!

DDX and possibly even getting Ruckus into further carting training in 2014.