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Ready for the Stampede!!
While Tracy was in Edmonton in the past few weeks, she heard a lot
about The Calgary Stampede that was taking place just a few miles
away in Calgary. Sounds like it would have been pretty fun – big Rodeo
and Chuck Wagon competition. When I think of the Stampede, I think of
bovines and horses, but did you know there are dog competitions too?
They have World Stock Dog Championship too! In honor of the
Stampede – Wesley got a new outfit (thanks, Aunt Mary!)! What a cute
Summer is here full force! Lots of outdoor agility trials, which are so fun! The trials are
usually held outdoors in an open field, where lots and lots of animals have been. I can
smell all kinds of creatures when I run - raccoons, possum, chipmunks, ground hogs
and of course, the despicable squirrel! Why, I've even smelled animals I can't identify.
Unfortunately, running an agility course sometimes requires my attention on things
ABOVE the ground. This presents such a challenge for me. My assistant, Tracy, gets
so irritated with me when I follow a scent on the agility course. But last week I found a
great solution. I learned I am an excellent multi-tasker. Yes, I can easily do more than
one thing at the same time. So, I've sort of invented a new type of agility competition -
Tracking-Agility. In between all the obstacles, you must keep your nose to the ground
I'm highlighting different dog activities/events each month. Since I've been accused of being a Non-Conformist
(none of this status-quo stuff for me!), this event is an interesting choice for me. I do not participate in this form of
competition - I think inward beauty is more important than what's on the outside. I'm also not allowed to compete
since I've been spayed - lucky for the competition. As always send me your feedback and suggestions at
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When some of my fans hear about my competition at various events, most folks assume I perform in
Conformance events (this is the type of dog show you’ve seen on TV – for example, The Westminster Dog
Show). For my fans that aren’t familiar with this very popular event, here are some basics.
All breeds have a ‘Breed Standard’, which describes the ‘perfect specimen’ for that particular breed. I don’t know
who writes these standards, because I think they made a mistake on the West Highland White Terrier standard
(they say I’m too tall and my ears are too big!). In Conformation, judges examine the dogs, then give awards
according to how closely each dog compares to the judge's mental image of the "perfect" dog described in the
breed's official standard. The standard describes the characteristics that allow the breed to perform the function
for which it was bred. These standards include specifications for structure, temperament and movement. The
judges are experts on the breeds they are judging. They check out each dog with their hands to see if the teeth,
muscles, bones and coat texture conform to the breed's standard. They view each dog in profile for overall
balance, and watch each dog walk/run to see how all of those features fit together in action.
Males and females compete separately within their respective breeds, in six regular classes. The following
classes are offered, and are divided by sex:
Puppy - For dogs between six and twelve months of age, that are not yet champions.
Twelve-To-Eighteen Months - For dogs twelve to eighteen months of age, that are not yet champions.
Novice - For dogs six months of age and over, which have not, prior to the date of closing of entries, won three
first prizes in the Novice Class, a first prize in Bred-by-Exhibitor, American-bred, or Open Classes, nor one or
more points toward their championship.
Bred By Exhibitor - For dogs that are exhibited by their owner and breeder, that are not yet champions.
American-Bred - For dogs born in the United States from a mating which took place in the United States, that are
not yet champions.
Open - For any dog of the breed, at least 6 months of age.
After these classes are judged, all the dogs that won first place in a class compete again to see who is the best
of the winning dogs. Males and females are judged separately. Only the best male (Winners Dog) and the best
female (Winners Bitch) receive championship points. The Winners Dog and Winners Bitch then compete with the
champions for the Best of Breed award. At the end of the Best of Breed Competition, three awards are usually
Best of Breed - the dog judged as the best in its breed category.
Best of Winners - the dog judged as the better of the Winners Dog and Winners Bitch.
Best of Opposite Sex - the best dog that is the opposite sex to the Best of Breed winner.
The Road to Best in Show
Conformance shows are a process of elimination, with one dog being named Best in Show at the end of the
show. Only the Best of Breed winners advance to compete in the Group competitions. Each AKC-recognized
breed falls into one of seven group classifications. The seven groups are Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy,
Non-Sporting and Herding. Four placements are awarded in each group, but only the first-place winner advances
to the Best In Show competition.
Finally, the seven group winners are brought into the ring where they compete for Best In Show, the highest
award at a dog show. Yes, winning a Best In Show would be pretty cool – and some of my friends have done just
that! Wes and I will never compete in this event, but it is fun to see all the different breeds at some of these
One of my fans, Lexie Heikkinen, got a great birthday present in July! The Heikkinen’s already had a pretty
American Eskimo named Thor. On July 17, 7 week old Laisi (Thor’s Aunt) was brought into Lexie’s life. Laisi
was born on May 30th at Pinebrook American Eskimos kennels in Minnesoda. You can check out Laisi’s
breeders web site to see her champion relatives: http://www.eskie.net/select/pinebrook/pae.htm
Laisi will compete in her first competition in September – what a brave little pup! Best of luck to Laisi and Lexie
at the Minneapolis UKC show in September!
White Dogs Rule!
and follow the scent you find. At the same time, you must be mindful of the agility course and do as much of it
as you can fit in. My professional handler, Julie, says she's never seen a dog that can run so fast with it's
nose on the ground sniffing the entire time! I'm still perfecting my 'Tracking-Agility technique' but I think it's a
good compromise. Now, if I can only convince the AKC to make it a formal event!
Pin Up Boy!!
My buddy, The Honorable Judge Elijah B, is on the cover of the Pet Prints 2005 Rottie Calendar! Not only is he
the COVER BOY, He is also inside - the 2nd picture down on the left of the back of the calendar and maybe the
2nd photo down on the right (not sure if that's him). Check him out at www.petprints.com and search for
Way to Go Max!
Max is one of my favorite agility classmates, partly
because he's a Westie! but also because he's just a
really nice dog. It's great to see nice dogs finish at the
Mr. Max got his AG2 title at the July 10 Smack Dabs
Agility Trial. Here's a shot of Max (and of course we
need those handlers - his is Kathy Bianchetti. ) with
judge Neil Winters! Way to go Maxwell!
A Westie HIGH IN TRIAL?!
Yes, Wesley took the High in Trial and High Combined titles at the
Smack Dabs trial in July! It's quite a feat, since bigger, faster dogs
usually win these prizes! But my slow and steady brother had perfect
runs, something no one else had consistently in that trial. Wow - we
were both surprised.
Another big surprise was when I won the High Combined at the WAG
July trial on Saturday and Wes won the High Combined on Sunday!
We were so surprised, we went home on Saturday before the awards
were announced (Tracy doesn't think it's ever a possibility for us - but
she sure does now!). We got really neat ribbons - and my assistant
keeps saying she's photograph us with them but it never seems to
happen (good help is so hard to find these days!).
Love Those Labs!
Those great agility labs (Shadow & DB) that run with Michelle Riccelli had a wonderful weekend at the Windy
City UKC trial in August. Shadow had some perfect AG2 runs, but DB stole the show with 2 Q's in AG3 (she's
working on the BIG UKC Agility Title (UACHX!!). Only 3 more to go for DB. Let's wish her luck for the Smack
Dabs trial in September.