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It has been about a year since O achieved her MACH, and it has been a wonderful growing year.  This year’s goal was to qualify for the National Agility Championship, and we did just that.  I have no idea what next year will bring for O and I but I am sure it will be with a smile on both of our faces.

O is happiest on the dog walk


Mom’s making up a reward poster for her favorite slide.  It says, “substantial reward for return of favorite slide.”  Then she goes on to identify a primary suspect in its disappearance. She says, “young red bridle, answers to Vivers, Vivity V, Hey Stop That, and…. Wait just a minute,  she thinks I pinched her slide!  No Way! NO WAY!!!  NO ABSOLUTE WAY!!!  Well, maybe, I’d better go look under the bed and review my stash.   She seems quite find fond of these already Ella altered slides, and she did promise a reward. See ya all later, I got some digging to do.

Just Ridiculous 

My mom took me to a room in the basement and tried to drown me again!  First she said we had to use White Lightening because I was as dirty as Ella used to get, then she used Royal Jelly.  It takes a long time to get my smell just right and she keeps screwing it up!

Then she got out this thing with a long hose that blew air and she used it in me FOREVER !  I had a lot of time to think and I’m considering using my sweeps winnings to fly back east.  Surely $12., will get me there.  Mom said terrible things to me like, “suck it up buttercup” and “really,  we are going to have to do it the hard way?”  I’m really really put out with her!

Never mind, she just gave me a big hunk of cheese and got out my favorite tug toy.  I love her….really really love her.

Ch Riverbend Olathea RN AX AXJ CGC


It’s official! There was never any doubt that Big O had the juice to pull off these titles, and so much more, but whether my bones would hold up was always a doubt! But we did it, largely because O is the most forgiving dog on the planet! A few shout outs are in order because we didn’t get here alone….first to my incredibly patient and supportive wife who has embraced each of my obsessions with grace, to my dear friend Pam Brand who has encouraged, supported and nudged, and of course, to the patient instructor who always calls it as she sees it, Laura Knoll


Linc and I just recently began agility training. His confidence is growing as is his speed! Here is his happy self at his first beginner sequencing seminar.



Last weekend, we were at the Muscatine Agility Club trial– a local trial for us.  Big O finished up her Open Agility title and banked two legs toward her Excellent Jumpers title.  I couldn’t be more pleased with my girl!


CH Riverbend Olathea NA NAJ RN CGC

Da Big O has been on a roll playing her new game– agility. Last February we began exploring this new game and it became quickly evident that this was her thing! (She was really bored doing obedience, she semi enjoyed the pace of rally, and sheep…well she sat in the shade and watched me move sheep.). But this game called agility she is focused and smiling all the time!

In four trials, she achieved both novice titles and has 2Q’s in open jumpers and 1Q in standard. I would like to thank Laura Knoll (The Knoble Dog) publicly for piloting Big O to her NAJ title and 2 Q’s toward her NA title. I racked up my knee and needed a hand to keep O in the game, and not only did Laura step in to help, O had the best time playing with someone who can really run!

Here are a few pics!






CH Riverbend Olathea RN CGC TDI



Olathea and Lincoln both finished their championships in 2013, and Olathea went on to pick up her Rally Novice title in one weekend with 3 first place finishes– and one of those scores was a perfect 100!

She picked up her CGC (canine good citizen) along the way and then at the Cardigan national specialty she earned her TDI( Therapy Dog International) certificate.

We have moved on to the game of agility!  She and I are having great fun and looking forward to our first trial late this summer.

See ya around the pond!


Lincoln and Olathea


The kids made their show debut Labor Day Weekend at the Amana Colonies, IA show.

Lincoln picked up a best cardigan puppy and then went on to a puppy group 2. Thanks to Judge Ruth Tessendorf.

Riverbend Lincoln, Here for the Defense Puppy Group 2 (Photographer Downey)


The next day, Lincoln went on to pick up a Best of Winners for a 4 pt major under Judge Alice Inman.  It was a wonderful way to end the weekend.  Thanks to Judge Inman, Connie Whan, Kerri Carter, Missy and Chas Brees DeYoung, Rus and Sherilyn Mumme and, of course, Kathy Gibson and  for making it  possible for Lincoln and I to have too much fun.

Riverbend Lincoln, Here for the Defense Amana Colonies, IA BOW 4pt major. Judge Alice Inman (Photographer Downey)
We then moved on to the Des Moines, IA show the following weekend.  Olathea picked up her first point, and Lincoln picked up another one too.  All in all it was a great start to their show careers.

Two great weekends, sharing the wealth…

I hardly know where to start!  Kathy and I packed up the motor coach and headed a little west.  We traveled with good friends who had a spot of trouble with a tire along the way, but we all arrived safely.  And that began a weekend of good fellowship, food, dogs and a bit of winning for everyone!  In the four (4) camper group, we had several grand champion majors, a qualifying score in rally, major wins boys and girls, grand champion points, best veteran and …

After a pretty rocky show start…(Lincoln had some real fun putting on a hip hoppy show), we did alright by the end of the cluster show.  On Sunday, Lincoln picked up “best cardigan puppy’, and then went on to a Puppy Group 2.  What a difference a day makes!  Then on Monday, he decided he did remember how to gait…and took “best of winners” for the crossover 4 pt major.  Good boy, Linc!

Then we moved on to Des Moines for some more fun with friends and dogs.  Once again, we shared the wealth and everyone took a point.  Linc took “best of winners” on Saturday, and Olathea decided on Sunday she had enough of her brother getting all the attention.  She showed like a pro, and thanks to Sherilyn for taking her back in and beating me for “best of winners” on my girl!

It was a super fun ten (10) days!  Believe you me it wouldn’t have been half as fun without all the people we have grown to love and call family.  Congrats to all the winners, and let’s do it again really soon!

Pictures to follow…