Tuesday, March 30, 2010

WPKA Conformation Weekend

Hi Everyone! This is Calvin. I got to play AKC conformation this weekend at the Pittsburgh Convention Center and I had a great time. Mom fussed over me a lot with the brushes but it was worth it ‘cause I was looking pretty darn handsome. The judges agreed because I got Best of Winners both days! Mom says it was our best weekend yet. We also had a lot of canine friends with their humans there competing in obedience and rally obedience and they all had successful weekends as well. So congratulations to all!

We’re off for a week and then Sefina is going for her Rally Advanced title in Youngstown next Friday and then we all get to go to Morgantown, WV to play AKC agility on Saturday. It will be fun to watch mom do the Keeshond Shuffle again!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

YABTC AKC Trial at Washingtonville

Hi everyone! It’s me, Sefina. After 3 days of playing CPE agility last weekend, mom drove us all back to Washingtonville to play AKC agility on Friday. The day got off to a rocky start. When we got there, I was so excited that I couldn’t wait for mom to leash us all to get out of the car so I decided to try to make an escape and mom’s head got in the way. I slammed my head full force into her nose as I attempted to leap out of the car. She was not very happy with me. Luckily, it didn’t bleed but mom said she needed a few moments to recover. Then mom ran Kiwi in Jumpers with Weaves and Standard. Kiwi was over time in both runs so mom thinks she was still tired from last weekend. But after 11 perfect runs last weekend, Kiwi is entitled to an off day. Then mom ran Robin in Standard and he blew his contacts again. The only bright spot was that he went down on the table right away. He’s been stubborn about that in practice. Then in JWW, he went off course so didn’t qualify and missed getting his Novice JWW title. However, I ran the course perfectly so I did get my Novice JWW title!! Calvin ran right before I did. It was his first AKC trial so he only ran the JWW and he also qualified with a perfect run. So mom had to wait until the last 5 minutes of the trial to get a couple of Q’s, but good things come to those who wait.

The next day we just chilled at home. Mom said she had a pretty bad agility hangover from trialing 4 of the last 8 days. We were content to watch her do some chores, including tackling Poo-mageddon. She says that was the ugly consequence of Snowmageddon 2010. Then Sunday, mom & I went to Splash ‘n Dash to host and participate in Rally Run-thrus. Most people were there to practice for this weekend’s WPKA show at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. Mom did not enter me in Rally for that show since she is showing pretty boy Calvin in conformation.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March CPE Agility

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the most perfect Keeshond of all? Me, me, me, me, me Kiwi! Last weekend, we played 3 days of CPE Agility in Washingtonville. There were 3 runs Friday night, and 4 on Saturday and Sunday. I Q’d in all 11 for my 5th Perfect Weekend! Hooray for me!! 10 of those runs were at the C level and one was Level 5 Jackpot. Mom says I only need 2 more of those for my C-ATCH – whatever that is. I think it means a T-bone steak is in my future.

Mom ran all 5 of us this weekend. Boy was that funny to watch ‘cause we all jump 16 inches so mom was doing the Keeshond Shuffle a lot. Luckily there were lots of people willing to hold us so mom could make the switch easier. Sefina ran in 6 classes and Q’d in 5. She would be just like me if she would just get over her teeter issues. Rockin’ Robin Q’d 4 out of 8 runs. Mom says he blew all of his contacts this weekend. He can be really stubborn. Calvin Q’d in 2 of his 6 runs, including a standard run so he earned his Level 1 Standard title this weekend. He’s still really new at this and bounces all over the place and one time bounced right in front of mom so she had to play leap frog with him to avoid a collision.

The other big news is that after being benched for a long time, Mom decided to run Voodoo in Fullhouse and Jumpers on Saturday. I’m happy to announce that he got his very first agility Q ever in Fullhouse! Hooray for Voodoo! He finally figured out that agility is much more fun if you stay in the ring. He did get the zoomies in Jumpers but came back to mom and finished the course. But they were 13 seconds over time for that one and didn’t qualify. At least there’s hope for Voodoo after all.
I am going to keep this short since we’re heading back to Washingtonville to play AKC agility tomorrow. It will be Calvin’s first AKC trial. We’ll update you on that this weekend. Meanwhile, here are some pictures of Robin and Calvin playing CPE agility at Medina SWARM last month.