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A Sprinter is Born

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This weekend we attended the ALCA (Alberta Lure Coursing Association) Frosty Canine Trial. We had a blast. We were shocked to see how intense Brodie’s prey drive was. I wasn’t strong enough to hold him back if he caught a glimpse of another dog running after the lure. We decided that I would be the catcher at the finish line and Don would be the holder at the start line. While we were waiting for his first run, Brodie flipped Don over trying to get to the lure on the opposite side of the field. We ended up using two leashes and both of us holding on for dear life to get him off the field after his run. It took him just under 9 seconds to complete his first 100 metre sprint which equates to 40km per hour and his first 40 Sprinters points. Wow!! His second run was identical and we ended up with two Q’s in Sprinters and 80 points.

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On Saturday afternoon we tried Chase Ability which is 600 yards non stop looping around.  Again he was over the top excited to chase the lure.  He successfully completed the course and earned his first CAP Q.

On Sunday we came back for day two and the results were the same, 2 more Q’s in Sprinters and a Q in Chase Ability.  Brodie earned his CKC Sprinters Novice (SN) title by achieving the required 150 points in his first 4 sprinters’ runs. He is now officially Coppermoon Lightning Bug CGN RI SD-CH SD-EL SN

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Photo courtesy of Bev Holoboff

Judging by his enthusiasm (looks like he is smiling) I think he loves Sprinters and CAP even more than he loves Sporting Detection.

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Dad gave him an amazing full body massage after all his hard work this weekend.  In almost 30 years of being together I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a massage….just sayin’.

Thank you to Wade Waters for sharing these amazing actions shots that he took of Brodie:

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NACA 2018

This weekend both Brodie and Spirit competed in Rally Obedience at the Northern Alberta Canine Association (NACA) trial. I’m so proud of both of them.  On Friday Brodie got his third qualification for Rally Intermediate and earned his title.  He is now known as Copppermoon Lighning Bug CGN, RI, SD-S (SP).  We moved up to the Advanced level for Saturday and Sunday.  That means he now competes off-leash and there are toys and food used as distractions on the course.  Both kryptonite for my boy.   The second day he spotted the food bowl and squeaky toy while we were still sitting and waiting to start our run.  I knew I was in for trouble.  A few seconds into our run he took off and ran and got the squeaky toy.  Very proud of myself.  I called him back to me and asked him to give me the toy and thank goodness he did.  The audience was in stitches.  I think I earned brownie points when I put him in a down stay and walked across the course to put the toy back where it belonged.  He held the stay and then we resumed the course as if nothing had happened.  Little brat!  He completed both runs successfully and earned 2 qualifications towards his advanced title.  Sunday was also the Golden Retriever Specialty.  I was so surprised when the ring steward gave us an  an extra ribbon (green) and a beautiful leather leash from the Golden Retriever Club of Alberta for high score in a rally trial.  Here’s my handsome boy with all of his swag and a closeup of his new leash.

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Not to be outdone by her younger brother, Spirit also had a great weekend.  On Friday she got a perfect score of 100 for a high in trial in her first ever Intermediate run.  On Saturday she was working towards another perfect score but was spooked when a dog in the adjacent ring doing obedience, ran towards us.    We lost 2 points because she got scared and ran to the end of the leash.  I was so thrilled with her.  She has a history of being reactive and very uncomfortable around other dogs but she didn’t bark and she recovered so quickly and finished the course in style.  So proud of how she handled herself.  In her final run on Sunday she got a 97 and a 4th in trial.  That means she earned her Intermediate title and is now known as Tailspin’s Winter’s Spirit RI   SD-A.

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A very big thank you to Judges Gail Carroll and Shawn Kelly.

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More Rally-O fun

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We spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday driving back and forth to Camrose to participate in the Battle River Canine Association rally obedience trial. It was a very tough weekend for Brodie. As a 13 month old, teenage intact male, this was his first exposure to a smorgasbord of intact females and he lost his mind. I’ve lost my sweet, calm and focused boy. He has been replaced by this wild child who has zero interest in his Mom. I’m heart broken but I knew it was coming. Hopefully this phase won’t last too long.

Friday was a complete disaster with a NQ in advanced and then we got excused from the ring during his Intermediate run because he decided to have a poop in the ring…totally out of character for him. Saturday was a bit better. We squeaked by our Intermediate run with a 73 qualifying score and a 4th in trial ribbon. Sunday I saw a brief glimpse of my sweet boy and we walked away with an Intermediate score of 88, our second Q and a Second in Class ribbon.

Thank you to Judges Karen Brearley, Margaret Chandler, Marie-Johanne Cloutier.

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First CKC Title for Spirit

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I signed Spirit up for 3 days of rally novice just to give her some experience in the trial environment. She can get anxious and reactive around other dogs so I wanted her first trial to be somewhere relatively close to home giving us the opportunity to just take her home if she was overwhelmed. She amazed me. There were only minor signs of stress and I was able to quickly focus and redirect her. Not only did she successfully complete her trial each day with a qualifying score, she earned her Novice title with scores of 92, 96 and 95. On Friday she also got a ribbon for Second in Class. She is now officially known as Tailspin’s Winter’s Spirit RN . Not bad considering we just finished our introductory rally course a couple of weeks ago. Yahoooooooooo  Thank you to Judges Karen Brearley, Margaret Chandler, Marie-Johanne Cloutier.

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