The Border Terrier Club of America's National Specialty was held in Greeley, Colorado the week of Labor Day. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this year but I did place an ad, featuring Arie, in the catalog to celebrate him earning his AKC Championship at the beginning of the year.
Arie went to the Marion OH cluster this past weekend (July 27, 28, 29, 30) and ended up earning some more points and completing one of the three requirements needed to earn an AKC Grand Championship (GCH). He received Select Dog on Saturday and Sunday, earning 2 points each day. On Monday, Arie placed Best of Breed, earning a 3 point major. Arie earned two major wins when we attended the Detroit Kennel Club shows in Novi MI and his 3 point major at the Marion shows means he has now completed the GCH requirement for 3 major wins.
Arie came into the Marion cluster with 8 points so he is up to a total of 15 points and has earned 3 majors under 3 different judges. He defeated Champions of Record at the two shows in Novi so he needs to do that one more time, along with earning 10 more points for the Grand Championship. Over halfway there!
With Arie earning his AKC Championship in January 2018, I knew I wanted to spend this year working towards a Grand Championship for him. We attended the Detroit Kennel Club shows in Novi, MI on June 23 and 24, 2018 with great results.
On Saturday, June 23, Arie went Select Dog and Best of Breed Owner Handled for a 5 point major (and defeating Champions of Record) under Judge Robert Hutton. We had a photograph taken so it will be posted when it becomes available.
On Sunday, June 24, Arie went Select Dog and Best of Breed Owner Handled again, this time for a 3 point major (and defeating Champions of Record) under Judge Elliott Weiss.
Combining the wins for both days means Arie earned 8 points, along with two major wins and defeating Champions of Record two times for the weekend.
To earn a Grand Championship, AKC's requirements are that a dog must receive three major wins under three different judges, defeat Champions of Record three times, and earn a total of 25 points. Arie's wins this past weekend have him well on his way towards meeting the requirements needed for a Grand Championship.
Going from earthdog to conformation in one week's time, Arie was entered in the Crawford County Kennel Club dog shows in Bucyrus, Ohio on May 5 and 6.
At 13 months of age, Arie is still a young dog ... his body is maturing but he still has a puppy brain seems like. And, even though we have been attending conformation classes since he was around 3 months old, we are still very much working on gaiting around the ring without pulling and freestacking for more than a handful of seconds. Arie does a great job on the table for the judge's exam (thank goodness!) so the floor work continues to be what we need to work on.
At the Bucyrus shows, I thought Arie was finally starting to 'get it' with regard to the gaiting. He went Best of Breed both days and was Best of Breed Owner Handler on Saturday (only day it was offered). On Saturday, Arie ended up with a Group 2 in the Owner Handler Terrier competition and a Group 3 in the regular Terrier Group. On Sunday, Arie received a Group 4 in the regular Terrier Group.
We have had a couple of busy weeks going from Earthdog to Conformation and (soon) back to Earthdog again.
I was honored to be invited to judge earthdog as part of the Dachshund Club of America's National Specialty, which was also open to all eligible earthdog breeds. I judged all four classes on Saturday, April 28 when the Central Ohio Dachshund Club hosted two earthdog tests. With dachshunds (and owners) attending from all over the country, along with the other permitted earthdog breeds, there were almost 100 entries that day and it was the largest number of earthdogs that I have judged in one day to date.
I don't like to 'run' my dogs when I am judging because I think it disrupts the schedule too much so I entered Bee and Arie on Sunday because my judging duties were over. Neither Bee or Arie has had an opportunity to practice for over a year so I had no clue how either would react to the tunnels and rats. Bee qualified in Intro to Quarry but did not when it came her turn to run in Junior. She enters the tunnel with no hesitation so we need to work on staying with the quarry and not being impatient.
Arie hasn't had a chance to practice with a tunnel in the ground and it showed when it came time for his run in Intro to Quarry. He did a good job scenting along the tunnel length (outside of the tunnel) so he was definitely using his nose which was encouraging because it will help him in the more advanced classes when we get to that stage. At one point, he did enter the tunnel and stretched as far as he could get his body to go ... leaving the tips of his back legs outside the tunnel entrance ... but that was it. So no "Q" for Arie that day, but I know with practice he will do better.
Arie finished his AKC Champion at the 4-day Novi, MI when he went Winners Dog (and Best Border Terrier Puppy) for a 3 point major win on Friday, January 19, 2018 under Judge Peter Green at the age of 9-1/2 months old. We went into the show only needing 1 point, so receiving a 3 point major was icing on the cake and gave Arie a couple of points to spare.
My plan is to give Arie time to do some maturing so he will most likely be shown sparingly this year. Earthdog tests will be starting in a couple of months and I would love to get him started with some training.
Arie's first Major. Judge: Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark
Wow, Wow, Wow!
Arie and I attended the 4-day Mid-Ohio Cluster show here in Columbus on November 16, 17, 18, and 19, 2017 and had an amazing show!
Because of Arie's age (and puppy antics that still occur), Arie was entered in the Puppy Dog 6 to 9 month class all four days of the show cluster. We came into the show with 1 point which Arie had earned at the Delaware Ohio Kennel Club show at the end of October. My goal for this show was that he would have a good show experience and that we could hopefully get a good look from the judges.
On Friday, November 17, Judge Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark gave Arie his first major win of 4 points when she awarded him Winners Dog.
On Saturday, November 18, Judge Ms. Kathleen J. Ferris gave Arie his second major win of 4 points when she awarded him Winners Dog.
On Sunday, November, 19, Judge Dr. Steve Keating gave Arie his third major win by not only selecting him for Winners Dog, but he awarded him Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed (placing him over 3 dog 'specials'). Because Arie was placed over 3 dogs who were already Champions, that changed the 3 point major win to a 5 point major win!
For an AKC Championship, a dog needs to earn two 'major' wins of 3, 4 or 5 points under two separate judges and a total of 15 points. When Arie left the show site on Sunday afternoon, he had three major wins under his belt and a total of 14 points including the 1 point he received in October. So he only needs one more point to finish his AKC Championship!
Pictures were taken all three days to commemorate Arie's results and they will be posted as soon as I get them from the photographer.
October and November means Earthdog in Ohio as we are fortunate to have two earthdog test weekends held during those months.
The weekend of October 14 and 15, 2017, I judged earthdog at the Columbus All-Breed Training Club's test. Entries were down a bit which is unfortunate as it was a great weekend weather-wise and Columbus All-Breed has a nice facility for dog events. Indoor crating and hot food prepared by club members (and indoor toilets!) are part of the amenities provided by this club for their tests.
This past weekend, I judged earthdog for Gem City Dog Obedience Club at their outdoor facility located close to Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. It was perfect weather for earthdog and I was happy to see quite a few Qualifying runs, a couple of new titles, and a lot of new dogs that showed potential for the earthdog sport.
Earthdog is now put to bed for the year and will start back up again towards the end of April 2018.