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Saturday, January 17, 2015


Dear Abby was an agility star in Hutchinson, KS last weekend. She qualified 7 out of 7 times, with three perfect 200 scores and earned 16 points. We need only 2 points to complete the 100 required for her UKC championship. I honestly don't know how Abby does this. It must be a Hawaiian Snake Hound talent, because it sure isn't my handling!

Sunday, January 4, 2015


June completed her Barnhunt Open title with a First Place and the fastest time in all qualifying dogs in the trial. 
June is now: UKC-UWP Woodacre's Soidog Mali AKC-CAX ABLSA-SR1 BH-RATO TT
In the Open level, the dog has to find two hidden and confined rats in under two minutes. 

Now June is running in the Senior level and has to find four rats in over 3 minutes. She did run in a Senior level today, Sunday, and she did find all the rats, but I was not quick enough in my indication and the timer went off before I could raise my hand and call "Rat!" Just a split second too slow. 
The trial was put on by ABBAdogs. This was my first trial with this group. They run a lot of agility trials, and recently started running Barnhunt trials. Can't wait for more!
What a super fun and addicting sport! Once the dog understands the game, there is no ongoing training. I do allow June to hunt for gophers when in areas where they exist, but she does remain super friendly to my cat, who she adores, and to my rabbit. She seems to know the difference, which they appreciate. 
Santa Rosa, CA
Here is June with her ribbons in front of the hay bales and her scoresheet. Great job, June!


This is Chip. He's a Finchester Yellow. (Heh, my invented breed to cover all of my long-legged, short-haired yellow dogs--http://dogblog.finchester.org/sea…/label/Finchester%20Yellow.) 

I first fell in love with his eyes, then confirmed that he he is so fast and agile and amazingly flexible that he could make a good agility dog--with a lot of work. Shortly thereafter, my spine went south, so we've been pretty much taking it easy. 

He is SO sweet and loves loves loves to be petted and caressed on any part of his body--doesn't care whether tail or toes or ears or anywhere. He's 3 and a half now.