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The Official Newsletter for the Lethbridge and District Kennel Club
JANUARY 2012

News

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."

~ Martin Buber
photo by Amanda Labadie

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Wanna be as cool as Malachi?
Join us!!! We are a small, but mighty group of people who are working hard to promote responsible dog ownership, and the dog fancy.

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What our members have been up to...
Members are encouraged to submit brags and photos for the newsletter. Email manymuddypaws@hotmail.ca

On the Agility Field (or the barn in this case)
Toni reports that at the AAC 2X4 Trial Walker earned two “Q’s” in Starters Standard and now has his Agility Dog of Canada Title and a “Q” in Starters Gamblers. All of his other runs were clean just have to work on our time. Andrea had a great weekend at the same trial. Charm earned the last 2 legs on her starter standard to get her ADC title! And 2 more Q's (one master jumper, one advanced gamble). 4 Q's in one weekend for Charm was really special. So glad she finally worked thru her table and chute issues... we still don't have a super table, but at least we're getting better - she only ran away from it once in 4 tries.  

Andre got a Q in Adv. jumpers at the same trial. Plus I thought he ran pretty well, just think we lost it a few times - esp on tunnel exits, where I didn't reconnect with him enough and he'd do an offcourse after blasting out of tunnels. In Andre’s world tunnels are often labelled “Rocket Launchers...”

In the Show Ring

Julia emailed to say that Stiletto finished her Canadian Championship in 3 shows!!! She finished off with a Puppy Group at the Calgary Show. What an impressive youngster!

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Year End Results
LDKC Members are “Top” Dogs!

We certainly have some very talented and dedicated dog/handler teams in our club! Big congratulations on everyones Successes this past year!

Ch. Akadan’s Risky Business aka “Cruiser” is #9 mini long in Canada with very limited showing breeder/owner/handled. Ch. Seransil Promise is a Promise aka “Promise” is #7 Standard Poodle in Canada Ch. Seransil Skywell Roc’On Royal aka “Royal” is #8 Standard Poodle in Canada Ch. Davenloch Storm Warning CD, RA, AGNS, SHDX, VC, aka Kort finished off the year as the #1 Rough Collie in Alberta, and the #3 Rough Collie in Rally in Canada! CH Visichy's Save The Cheerleader RAE, aka “Claire” is the #2 American Cocker, #10 Sporting Dog, and #24 All Breeds in Rally Obedience in 2011 :)  Ch.Kopings Tea Party RN, TD, AGJNS, AGNS, CGN aka Tea is the #1 Weimaraner in Rally in Alberta Ch.Kopings Win-Weim Say its True aka “True” is tied for the #5 Weimaraner in Conformation in Canada. Walker is the #10 Standard Schnauzer in AAC Agility for 2011 Bronze ATCHC Bluetrix A Little Wicca Majic CD, RE, SHDCh, AGNS, MJDC, Bronze ExSt, Bronze ExSn, Bronze ExG, Bronze ExSc, VBA, aka “Wicca” is the #1 Cardigan Welsh Corgi in Rally in Canada, and the #10 dog in Alberta. She also is the #3 Cardigan Corgi in AAC Agility and earned 7 titles this year in Agility. Cornerstones on Second Thought CD, RE, SHDX, AGXS, MADC, MSDC, MJDC, aka “Pixel” is the #2 Cardigan in Rally Obedience in Canada, and is the #4 Cardigan in AAC Agility.
Stats from Canuck Dogs and AAC 4

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Resolutions and Goals

Kort is on a break to build up more confidence in the rally & obedience ring.  My goal for 2012 is to make that happen & hopefully get his last leg on his RE title. And I’ve started Tracking with Kort, and I hope to get Tate’s UTD/TDX ~Jolene

Tea - TDX , Rally Excellent and CD and her CKC Agility Ex. GG - rally advanced and novice agility titles Mckeely - UTD and US -CD True - will be doing lots of showing but going for his TD Stiletto - to learn how to sit : ) ~Julia

Mercedes just turned 7 so my goals for her are to enjoy her retirement LOL!  We may play in the veteran's conformation ring at specialties. So our trip into the veteran's ring will only be for fun and because that is Mercedes' favorite place to be.    My goals for Claire in 2012 are for her to earn her PCD and CD titles.  The Stand for Exam will be a major hurdle, but we are prepared for the challenge! Although we will trial in rally occasionally, just to stay in practice, I have no formal rally goal for Claire in 2012.   My goals for Baron in 2012 include earning his Canadian championship and his Rally Novice title.      ~Vicky

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My goal for 2012 is to get another performance title on a Basset. ~Shelley

Definitely foundation work with Buzz, getting him comfortable with those things required for agility. He probably won't be ready to compete in 2012, which is OK with me, but I want him to have a good solid foundation. also, getting all my dogs more fit and physically strong, to prevent injury, is another goal. And, have a litter from Charm. ~Andrea

Having five dogs means I have lots of goals! • Wicca is retired from Agility, and any other strenuous sport. So we are going to take up Tracking to keep her busy. • I’d like for Pixel to earn a leg or two for her CDX. We are so close. And to earn the last few Gamble Q’s for her ATCHC. • Brit will compete in Scenthurdle and Rally in 2012 for sure, we will also be entering our first ever Herding Trial! • The boys don’t have goals except to stay happy and healthy :)

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Member Spotlight
with Jolene McCuaig An interview with a member of the Lethbridge and District Kennel Club. Each month I will put names in a hat to decide who is next. :).

4) What drew you to your

7) Tell us about your very first

1) How did you first get

involved in dogs? I had always wanted a collie, in 1975 I got my wish. BEN, Breezwae Golden Moment AmCanCD came into my life.
2) Tell us about your first

registered dog. 

I had said earlier that Ben was not show quaility but I did enter him in I really don't know or remember.  I one CKC show when he was 8 wanted a collie from when I was 6 months old.  His breeder took him in yrs old.  I saw a book that had a for me. He & his sister ended up collie on the front & begged my mom having to go in for Best Puppy & I to buy it, I still have that book :)  It is was the only one available to take no secret that I have fallen in love Ben in the ring, I had never done any with the Flatcoated retrievers.  I will conformation before & was terrified! always have a collie in my life but Talk about a crash course! my next dog will be a flatcoat.  I love the happy nature of the breed & the 8) What are your hobbies/ fact that they are never serious. interests outside of dogs? Collies are so sensitive you really have tp be careful when training Are there hobbies outside of dogs??? them, flatcoats are more like Kidding, I don't really have any! me....crazy & immature!!!!

current breed? If you had to choose another what would it be and why?

dogshow experience. 

Ben was a sable & white collie from all English lines, his sire had been 5) What do you love most about 9) Any advice for a newbie just imported from England. He was not the dog show scene? starting in dogs? a show quaility dog, although I competed with him in local matches. Don't let others intimidate you, trust He even won a Best In Match under a I love the competiton, really!  I love to show off the beauty of my dogs as yourself & trust your dog. visiting judge from England.  Ben well as their brains. excelled in obedience, I was only 15 at the time & he was my first dog Thanks Jolene! that I had trained.  He got his Am 6) What would you like to see Can Cd, & had 2 CDX legs, I never changed about the dog show did manage to get that last leg :(  Ben -Amanda scene? lived until he was 13 yrs old & I still think 0f him. I like the way the US judges their groups. You have one judge for the 3) What do you think has been Breed level & one for the Group the most valuable advice you level.  You have a better chance of fairly being judged at the Group have been given? level I think. I wish their was I think that each dog is an individual, something to do about bad sportsmanship, but unfortunately it and not to compare him to others.  will always be there. Work with the dog you have, find what he excels in & go with it.  Everyone of my collies has loved a different sport then all the others. 

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A Lifetime of Collies

A 15 year old Jolene with her first Collie “Ben”

DRAKE: Ch. Mariner Storm Ryder Am Can CD, pictured winning Best Veteran at 7 yrs of age, 1997

TATE: Ch. Mariner Storm Chaser TD RE AGI ADC HIC CGN TT VCX St John Ambulance Therapy Dog, pictured finishing his Rally Excellent Title, the 2nd collie in Canada to do so

KORT: Ch Davenloch Storm Warning CD RA AGNS SHDX VC , pictured taking the Breed & a 3rd in Group in Edmonton at 2yrs of age

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No One Else Matters
I wrote this for my blog, and had a millon comments about it. I thought it applies not only to agility, but to obedience, conformation, and really all aspects to the dog fancy. ~Amanda Labadie I haven't trialed in a few months, or really done much in the way of agility in the past few months either so it's weird to talk about trialing, but I think it needs to be said-  No One Else Matters except you and your dog. Serious. Say it. Mean it. To me, this means a few different things. While training you should be 100% focused and committed to your dog from the second it is out of the crate, until the second it goes back to the crate. That means no standing around talking to your friends while your dog sniffs the ground, or wanders away, or goes off to engage someone else in fun. If you give that, you will get it back. Your dog should want to be with you above all else.  No One Else Matters. At trials you should be 100% focused on your dog and on your run- before, and after you are done. Warm up your dog mentally and physically, do all your pre-run rituals, and tell people to buzz off. If they don't get the hint wear headphones. You don't need to have actual music on, just pretend. (if you are like me, music distracts me too much.) After your run- same thing. Take your congratulations and keep on playing with your dog. Don't stop to listen to people (friends or otherwise) pick apart your run, that can wait until later. Celebrate with your dog. No One Else Matters. And here's a biggie- don't worry about what other people think. Get your head in the game, focus on your dog and tune everything else out. If you worry about what other people think you are setting yourself up for failure. No One Else Matters. Say it. In your head. Out Loud. Whatever. "The Peanut Gallery" does not know you, or your dog, or your training, or your goals, or your training issues. So it does not matter what they think or say. Really. It's simple.  I understand that it's easier to say that than to feel it, but it certainly is something that people need to be working towards.  We are all guilty of wondering what other people think at one time or another. But shake it, and move on. No One Else Matters.

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Sometimes at trials you get well meaning people who have lots of advice. And they have no problem giving it to you- even if you've not asked for it. Often it is at the worst possible times- before your run, after your run, on your way to the bathroom. Serious, it's like people wait for those moments to talk to you. Keeping in your head that No One Else Matters, tell them you're busy. Depending on what kind of person you are you can do this subtle-like, or not. I am a "or not" kind of person. Especially if it the people who have an ulterior motive- "good" advice that isn't meant to be helpful or kind. "Good" advice or criticism that is meant to hurt or upset. That's the kind of crap that needs to be dealt with right off the bat. And you have to do it.  Tell them thanks, but no thanks. All the while keep in your head- Nothing Else Matters. If you say nothing you are giving them permission. Speak up for yourself and your dog. Understand that no one is perfect- least of all me. Pixel can often be found mooching food from   people, or their bags. And sometimes I do let other peoples opinions sneak into my thoughts. But I try very hard to make sure my focus and thoughts are where it needs to be- on my dog, and on my run. " " " " " " " " " " " " ~Amanda Labadie "

photo by Sarah Novak

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A Puzzling Photo Essay " "

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by Chase Ferby
photos by Shauna Ferby

Nina Ottoson Puzzles are the best invention ever. They are a great way to stimulate your dogs brain if you can’t get them out, or you have a bored dog at home. There are many, many different types- some easy, some more complicated. Chase is a puzzle king and this one took him under three minutes to figure out! For this particular one the dog needs to lift the white bones out, and then push the brown squares over to find the food.

You can see all the different types here: www.nina-ottosson.com

As a side note, some local stores do sell them. I’ve seen them at Pet Valu.

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The Tail End

When you are a kid time seems to drag by. A month, or a year seems so far away. And then you grow up and find that the exact opposite is true. Time passes in a blur. Somehow 2012 is literally a day away and I am not ready for it. Where did 2011 go? I want time to slow down. And because that’s not going to happen I guess I will just have to pay better attention! I’d like to think that along with my training and “dog specific” goals I will also try harder to live in the moment, and appreciate each day in the coming year. I’m going to take great care to take note of the good things every day. Instead of just “getting through” each day I want to be able to look back and remember. Not only in life, but in dogs. The time we have with our dogs is so short. With my 8 year old dogs forced retirement front and center in my thoughts, I know that more than ever I need to appreciate each moment with my dogs. Not only the trialing, but the training. I used to take training time for granted, and now that my main dog is “on the couch” so to speak, I know that I will miss that. A lot. Oh, we will still train fun tricks (next month is going to be all about useful, but fun tricks!), but that’s not really the same challenge as precision heeling, and the feel of a good front cross. We don’t really get second chances when it comes to our dogs, all we have is our memories, photos, and a few videos. My advice for you all is to really pay attention. Each day. Don’t take time for granted, live in the now- not tomorrow. ~Amanda

Want to join the LDKC?
We are always on the lookout for responsible dog lovers to join the club! Contact Andrea at andidog@telus.net for more information!

Comments/ Suggestions/ Submissions
Editor: Amanda Labadie: manymuddypaws@hotmail.ca

P.S Don’t be afraid to pass on the newsletter to your friends! Maybe it would be incentive to join so they can show off their wins and brags too! :)

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