Sunday, August 19, 2018

FCRSC National Specialty 2018

I had a fantastic time at the Flatcoated Retriever National Specialty last week.  It was held in Edmonton AB and not only was I able to go but I stayed with my sister in Sherwood Park and had a great visit with her as well .  The judge was Kirsi Nieminen from Finland.

Lync had an amazing Specialty, He made the cut all 3 days in the All Breed show with 27 Specials competing.

 In the National Specialty Lync competed with 50 other Champions and came home with an Judges Award of Merit.!!! He also placed 1ST in the Working Dog class in a field of 11!! 




I am so proud of Lync and how he has matured. I just love this dog !

Monday, August 6, 2018

National !

The Flatcoated Retriever National begins this Wednesday!! It will be held in Edmonton AB in conjunction with the Edmonton Kennel Club Dog Show.  We have an amazing entry of 114 Flatcoats from all over Canada and a few from the States!  Lync's class has 47  Champions in it !  I have been doing grooming on Lync the last 3 weeks in a row.  He has been bathed every week with his last bath tomorrow as I leave Wednesday morning.  Wednesday evening will have the Juvenile as well as the Veterans Sweepstakes. Thursday and Friday will have the male and female class dogs being shown and Saturday will be the day Lync goes in .  He is also entered in the Edmonton all breed show Thursday and Friday.

I am super lucky that I am able to stay with my sister who lives in Sherwood Park, it will be good for Lync to have a yard to chill in after a day of showing .  It will be good for me too!

This is really exciting as the bid was put in to host the show 2 years ago.  I agreed to be on the organising committee helping with the merchandise orders.  We have almost 100 orders!

Lync looks really good right now, he is almost 5 years old!  The last National I went to was in Kamloops BC, it took me 14 hours of driving to get there.  Lync was just a few days over 1 year and competed in the 12-18 month class where he took a 4th place. We also went in the hunt test where Lync qualified twice to receive his WC title .  It was fun meeting all the Flatcoat people and I was made to feel very welcome.  I am looking forward to hopefully meeting more people that I am Facebook friends with including the owners of Lync's daughter Luna.
The next time I post the National will be over for another year, next year it's in Calgary! Fingers crossed I can go again .

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Tracking



Ash goes from grass to the sidewalk , crossing it to stay on track
Ash goes up the stairs and down the corridor
Down the ramp to find the glove!
I don't post a lot about my Collie Ash. Mostly because we don't do any performance things together. I bought him to show and nothing else. Now I have decided it's time for him to have something to do so I chose tracking.  What a great sport it is and probably one of my favourite to train and compete in. I haven't had a tracking dog since my last Collie Tate who earned a TD in 2007 just before moving Lethbridge.
When I moved I lost my tracking community and my desire to train.  I don't like training alone and my mentor was back in Thunder Bay.  Long story short, I just gave up trying.

Last weekend I took Ash to a tracking workshop put on by my mentor and friend Donna of Spiritdance Tracking.  She now lives in Medicine Hat which is just 2 hours from me.  We spent the morning introducing Ash to tracking.  The first track he followed was one that was already run by another dog so as to leave a pretty good scent trail.  He was fantastic!  At one point there was a right turn to a set of stairs, followed by a long corridor then down a ramp to the glove.  Ash aced it. I couldn't believe he did the stairs even!
His second track was also one that another dog had run first but was blind to me.  I had to trust Ash.  We had to go through a gazebo , follow down a stone pathway to a grassy section to complete the track.  "I" thought the track went one way but Ash knew it didn't and went the correct way!  What a trip that was to find the glove.  So I've been bitten by the bug once again.

Next weekend Donna is driving here to train with me on Saturday.  We will go to the University or the College to train.  I should mention this is called Urban Tracking, not the field tracking that I am used to.  Ash and I do need to get our TD in the field first before we can compete for our UTD in the Urban setting however.
I will worry about finding fields later but for now we are enjoying training this way. I cant wait for the weekend and to be able to go out with Ash again :)

Crossing the gazebo, Ash is going the right way


Through the gazebo on to the stone pathway

Right turn to grass and the glove !

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Lucky?

It's been a long time since I talked about anything other then dogs.  Today I will talk about my van. This van was bought from a scrap yard to be used for parts when I had an accident with my original van. Turned out we couldn't repair the original van so we decide to fix up the scrap yard one. I dubbed it the piece of shit, and it was .  We put the old motor into this one as it had very few kilometers on it.  I cant even remember the things we have fixed, It needed a new windshield, there was a hole in the gas tank, the radio didn't work, the air-conditioning didn't work, the cruise control didn't work, the rear wiper didn't work, I could go on but I'm sure you get the picture.  It has been running pretty good for a bit now, then the air conditioner blower went.  It is sitting in the garage right now waiting for parts to come in for it.  $500 more dollars I don't really have to spend to fix it.  I need it fixed as I travel alot to dog shows and I need the cool air for the dogs, I don't care about myself but the dogs are important.
I had just changed the vans name to Lucky from Piece of shit too, maybe I changed it too soon?

Friday, May 18, 2018

New Title!



Last weekend Lync and I went to a Trial just outside of Calgary AB, we were entered in Rally Advanced.  I did not do the Intermediate Title as I didn't see a need for it, just a CKC money grab if you ask me :) Anyway Lync passed in 3 straight Trials with Scores of 90, 89, & 98! He placed third, fourth and second in his Advanced B class respectively, giving him his RA title.
Now we need to learn the new Excellent signs so we can enter our show in November.  Our Flatcoat National is in August but I'm not sure I will enter there after last years disaster! Outdoor shows have lots of yummy smells lets say.

Lync was also used as a Junior Handlers dog , he was such a good boy for 10 year old Paisley even though they had just met.  Paisley took 2 second places in her class.  What a great temperament Lync has!!
Lync and Paisley