Utiltiy is on the back burner yet again, going to have to wait till the field season is over. Consistant field training with Manny was elusive for 8 solid months due to the snowy winter and all the travel for conformation shows. He's doing well now and I am planning on running a few more Quals with him and plan to run his son Tripp in Derby next month.
Tripp is doing really well in training- very enthusiastic and catches on quickly to concepts. He is a lot of fun to run! He is through swim by and is handling at a SH level. He has the concept of a double and distance, right now I am now working on tightening the marks. We've been doing lots of water and cheating singles. Not sure I will have enough time to properly decheat him by August but we are going to give Derby a whirl!
Teaching Manny articles and he is catching on quick in short order we are up to 6 metal tied down. He shows me he understands as he is going arounf the pile and sniffing bars. Good boy!
I am going to try and start a Blog. Never blogged before and probably should have started the begining of the year since he was so busy, but better late than never as they say.
Wow, what a great year 2012 was for us! We had so much fun at tests and shows. We've made some new friends (which is always nice) and got to catch up with some old friends too.
Manny is now home for the holidays for some R & R and a few 'dates'. We will be looking at early 2013 to be back on the road for some conformation shows to get those coveted 9 singles to finish!
Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores; a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record and in the memory, for about as long as anything in this world can remain.by: Sandy Mowery
And though the dog himself doesn't know or care that his achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.
A title says your dog was intelligent, adaptable, and good natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.
In addition, a title says that you love your dog. That you loved to spend time with him because he was a good dog and that you believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed and in the end your faith was justified.
A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.
And when that dear short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend. Volumes of praise in one small set of initials after the name.
An obedience title is nothing less that the true love and respect, given and received and recorded permanently.