The Terrier Tattler
Well, here in Chicagoland you’d hardly now that summer is approaching. It’s been chilly and
cloudy. Yes, my brother Wes and I have been spending more time outside but I can not wait for
the warm sunshine. I just love to lie in the grass in a nice sunny spot and relax (while keeping
a watchful eye out for the nasty squirrels, of course). We’ve had a really big visitor lately. She’s
lots bigger than a squirrel, a little slower (yippee), but can climb trees (bummer). I heard Tracy
call her a Raccoon. Wes and I have done our best to catch the mangy critter, but she always
gets away. Three years ago, a Raccoon had babies in our big Maple tree in the back. The
squirrels have been living there for the past two years, so I’m wondering if Momma Raccoon
wants her old home back. I don’t care who lives in my tree, but I think I have a better chance
catching a raccoon than a squirrel. Unfortunately, if Tracy sees the Raccoon in the back
Agilgold Leave'm in the Dust
One of oldest agility buddy’s Annie got a little sister added to her household last summer. A little sister, Agilgold
Leave'm in the Dust (or just Dusty for short!) - a really cute and energetic Golden Retriever. Look how cute she
started out and what a beauty she is today. She’s just started agility classes, so watch out for her in the next year!
Update on Lucy's Babies!
You may recall last month’s newsletter showed by friend Lucy’s newborn dachshund puppies. Well, mom and
babies are doing great. The 4 little weiner pups are 4 weeks old now and starting to get active, play, wag their tails,
make cute little grunts and whines. Too cute!!
Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like, never washed a dog.
-Franklin P. Jones
This is a very cool event that I would absolutely love!!! Unfortunately, I’m not an authorized breed for THIS event. Only
Sighthounds (Afghan Hounds, Basenjis, Borzois, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Italian Greyhounds,
Pharaoh Hounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds, and Whippet) are eligible. That really
stinks, but even so, the event sounds really fun!!
The dogs get to chase a lure (sometimes they use a plastic grocery sack). It’s based upon a very old sport of live
game coursing – yes, in the old days the dogs chased LIVE things – like rabbits!! Today’s sport uses an artificial lure
in an open field. The lure follows a string that is run through a set of pullies placed in a field to form a course of 600 to
1000 yards. The dogs get to chase it - it’s great at keeping dogs in shape! Dogs usually run in trios and the judges
can tell the dogs apart by the ‘blanket’ they are wearing (notice in the photo the colored jackets the dogs are wearing).
I highlight different dog activities/events each newsletter. This month's event would be a ball to run and I would be
really good at it, but for some reason AKC says I'm not ELIGIBLE!
As always send me your feedback and suggestions at Contact Us. I also welcome contributions from you about
your favorite activities! -Bianca
yard she won’t let us chase her. She’s concerned about what would happen if we got into a fight with her. What a
goof – doesn’t she know a mangy old raccoon could never compete with 2 westies!!!
Practice Makes Perfect for Team M&M
(no, not Tracy’s favorite snack, this stands for Murray and Mackenzie!)
Last month, Murray and MacKenzie went to the Fond du lac and Merrillville trials. Murray earned 105 MACH II points
and 3 double Q’s. In his standard runs he had a 2nd, 3rd & 4th place finish. In Jumpers he had (2)- 4th place
finishes. The group was very competitive. His fastest standard run was 26 seconds under time and ended up 3rd.
It's a good thing Murray knows his numbers, on one of his runs he had to read the course numbers again to help
Scott out of a jam. In 9 runs since his MACH he has earned 249 points and 5 double Q’s.
The saga continues….
At a trial late in April, Murray earned 105 MACH II points and 3 double Q’s. In his standard runs he had a 2nd, 3rd & 4th
place finish. In Jumpers he had (2)- 4th place finishes. The group was very competitive. His fastest standard run
was 26 seconds under time and ended up 3rd :-( In 9 runs since his MACH he has earned 249 points and 5 double
You may ask how do M&M do so darn well, so consistently? One reason may be their great backyard agility
practice equipment. To contrast, I’m showing you Murray & Mackenzie’s back yard and mine (by the way, I got my very
first Excellent level double Q last weekend - Murray's had a zillion):
Dogs are judged on their overall ability, speed, endurance,
agility, and how well they follow the lure. The dogs can earn
titles, such as Junior Courser (JC), Senior Courser (SC),
and Master Courser (MC). They can also obtain a Field
Championship (FC) and the title of Lure Courser Excellent
I have never seen a Lure Coursing event, but I’m hoping I can convince Tracy to take me to one this year. Although I’
m not an ‘eligble’ breed (how unfair!), Tracy said I may be able to compete in a fun match. I won’t be able to earn any
titles but I can still run and show those Sighthounds what a Terrier can do!
Calling All Collars!!!!
We dogs have several ways we express our individual attitudes and personalities. A few of my friends suggested a
new photo contest – one where everyone shares photos of themselves wearing their favorite collars. So send me
your snapshots of you sporting your favorite collars at Bianca@2westies.com .
"I Can Fly"
My First 'Famous' Moment!
All my agility friends are familiar with THE agility magazine:
Clean Run. Well, I was very surprised to find a photo of ME in
the April issue of Clean Run. I found out from my agility
teacher, Danielle, since my assistant doesn't subscribe to the
magazine! Here's the picture and small article (btw, yes, they
did spell my name wrong. I'm Bianca Angela, not Angel!).