Sunday, August 12, 2012

Our All Stars

(c) Steve Surfman Photography

Team Applewoods was well represented at the 2012 All Star Performance Dog Associations Obedience Championships. Our three competitors were entered in Open Obedience and Super Star Obedience divisions. The Open division included three rounds in the ring, and the Super Star division included five rounds in the ring. Both divisions called for group stays on both Saturday and Sunday.

The first member of Team Applewoods was Pam, with Cabot. Cabot was the only Brussels Griffon showing at All Stars, and he did Applewoods AND his breed proud! He attracted lots of attention outside of the ring too, with his working retrieve. He carried his "Griff Stuff" bag with all of his dog show essentials everywhere around the show site. Cabot finished 13th in Open! 

The second member of Team Applewoods was Jan, with Roxanne's Sugar. Jan stepped in and handled Sugar for the All Stars tournament since Roxanne was away on vacation. You would have never known that this was the first time Sugar and Jan showed together, or that it was Jan's first time in the Open ring. They worked very well together and ended up 9th in Open! 

(c) SSP
(c) SSP
I was the third member of Team Applewoods, with Rugby. This was Rugby's first time appearing in the catalog as "OTCH Mister Rugby Sevens UDX OM2 RN" and was also the only Maltese at All Stars. He lived up to his new name and put on a very steady and consistent performance. He ended up 7th in Super Stars, and enjoyed every minute of his All Stars weekend. 

(c) Steve Surfman Photography
We are very proud of our Applewoods team, those that showed and those that came to help. This team of three, intact male dogs... the team with two toy dogs and a Labrador... Team Applewoods ended up 9th overall. Congratulations to the group, and thanks to All Stars for putting on such a great event! 

You can see more photos from All Stars on our Facebook page. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Good Citizens

Ahh, misting fan is perfect for hot CGC tests! 
Our annual summer Canine Good Citizen test was last weekend. It was a great success! We had plenty of fabulous people come to act as the milling crowd, to provide dogs (for both the reaction to another dog test and for the milling crowd test), to hold dogs for the supervised separation, to check people in and just to help set the yard up for the hustle of Saturday mornings! The picture above shows the pre-CGC walk through to get everyone on the same page and let the helpers pick their jobs.


When 9:00 am rolled around, there was already a line of dogs waiting to sign up. We were happy to see so many Applewoods students give the test a try. Before we started testing, we had Rugby demonstrate the test items so they could see how the test was being run. Our photographer was working hard and got some great shots of the CGC test in action. A sampling of the pictures are below.

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This was our largest Canine Good Citizen test yet! Thank you very much to everyone who came to help, and to everyone that came to test their dogs. We will be having another test later in the fall. Stay tuned.