Sunday, March 30, 2008
Any who!.... I can't believe that it was a year on March 24 that Tate received his first CKC rally leg! He got a 99/100 & a first place in his class....you can see us ( barely) below in the group shot ......take note, we beat the goldens!! Whoo Hoo!! In our second trial we took another first place, with a perfect score of 100/100!! That is the first picture, with me, Tate, & the judge.
Anyway, my goal was to have the first collie in Canada to get a CKC Excellent title & we were well on our way.....we finished Novice in June, Advanced in July & got 2 Excellent legs in Sept., just before we moved......there was a trial in Thunder Bay 1 week after I left. I'm sure we would have gotten our last leg.
We have been attending rally classes again here in Lethbridge, but Tate seems to have lost his heeling....if I don't have food in my hands he's bored & slow, I hope to get him motivated again & then quickly find a CKC trial & get that darn final leg! Wish us luck!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
These first shots are of my very first collie Ben, I got him when I was 15. He had an Am. & Can. CD & 2 CDX legs, he was trained into utility, but because we never got that last CDX leg , we never got to enter. Ben was born in 1975 & died in 1988......also inclued here are shots of Buddy, our cocker X. Buddy was born in 1979 & died in 1997 at the age of 18!!! He was a wonderful little dog & he & Ben were best friends.
I know these are really hard to see but it is the best I can do.....tommorrow I will post a couple of pictures of 2 special drawings I have of Ben & Drake.....till then! Enjoy!
It all started when we left Thunder Bay last Oct. to move here to Lethbridge. We had to spend a few nights in hotels along the way. This picture is on our first night in a Grand Portage hotel room. Notice the clammy is with him too!
Then after arriving in Lethbridge he felt it was his duty to guard his humans from the aliens while they were asleep.....a job he took very seriously......But then, I started to see him alone on the bed, even when no one else was in it!Then there was yesterday, I was changing the bed sheets.....I left the blanket & comforter on the bed & went to get the clean sheets.......here is what I came back to..............
Of course being caught in the act , he popped his head up as if to say..."but mom, it was the aliens again, they just picked me up & dropped me here!! Honest!!! "
Monday, March 24, 2008
Pictured below is Tate's grandfather Brandon, Am. Can. Ch Fantasy Bronze Talisman ROM & he is the top producing collie of ALL TIME with well over 100 champions to his credit!! For those of you wondering, ROM stands for Register of Merit. A male has to have produced 20 or more Am. champions to receive it. The ROM-P that Chip has, is a performance Register of Merit, for this award they must produce a specified number of performance titled dogs.
Tate has 2 littermates that are Am. champions...Baker, Ch. Mariner Chip's Ahoy NA.....& Cruiser, Ch. Mariner Seas The Moment.....
BAKER & CRUISER:
Tate himself is a Canadian champion & has tons of performance titles to his credit.......These are 2 ads that I put in of Tate......
Thanks for letting me brag......I am very proud of Tate, & his ancestory. By the way, the above ad of Tate was from last year, I have since added his RA & 2 RE legs as well as his CGC title.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Here are a few photos of Tate & I out urban tracking at the univercity last June, on one of the days that the sun was out!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
This is the first year I haven't been with dad on his birthday...dad suffers from dementia, so it is possible he doesn't remember it is his birthday.....but that's ok, I have a life time of memories, enough for the both of us.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Of course Tate was thrilled to meet his new cousin, & to see Debra, Aaron & Adrienne again!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
This next picture is of Dawson & Katie as they walked off the field with their tracklayer, moments after finishing their TDX track!
In Oct 07, 2 weeks after I moved to Lethbridge, Katie & Dawson entered another trial & Dawson got his UTD !!! This is a new tracking title in Canada, and it was only Thunder Bay's 2nd UTD trial. UTD stands for Urban Tracking Dog. The last picture below is Katie holding up the final glove for the judge, to complete their UTD track!
My reason for this post today is because I am sad, you see, Dawson has cancer. It's not fair, he's only 7, a year older then Tate. I'm sad because I can't be in Thunder Bay to help Katie through this...he was just diagnosed in Feb. Katie calls me, & we cry together on the phone, then we talk about all of our tracking adventures together & laugh. I feel kind of helpless here, but I think about them all the time & send positive thoughts their way. I wish I could do more.....So if everyone reading this post can say a prayer for Dawson & also send positive thoughts, with any luck he will stay healthy for a long time. It would be wonderful if Dawson would be able to enter the May trial this year, get his UTDX , & become Thunder Bay's 2nd Tracking Trial Champion!