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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.

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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!


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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!






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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!


Much Outdoor Fun…

It has been raining cats and dogs in Iowa!  So I took the break in the weather to get everyone outside.  Much fun was had by all…but I know 3 puppies that need baths!  That goes especially for Missy.  I took one look at her and saw her mother at the very same age—wet, full of mud and ridiculously happy!  (No worries Val and John, I promise she will be clean and smelling like a daisy by tomorrow morning.)

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Pip seems to have been born to live up north.  He took to the ocean and rocky beaches like a veteran, and today he went to the lake.  (Now I have swam in northern lakes in July and still found them frigid, so I am impressed at his fortitude!)

He is learning much good stuff…sit, stay, touch, charming his peeps, and the like.  Good boy, Pip, you are making us proud!

Oh and for those of you who also follow us at www.cardicorgicapers.blogspot.com you will find some picks of Dinah, Rambo sister.  Dinah is being the model big sister, showing her little brother all the good ropes.  (Wish the same could be said of her sister!)

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