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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…


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