Going to AKC Invitationals!

Jet and I are going to AKC Agility Invitationals in a few days! Only the top five dogs of each breed are invited to Invitationals. I’m very excited, and very nervous. Here’s some info if you are interested in following along.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Invitationals
Danish-Swedish Farmdog Invitationals


After each dog’s run, time and fault counts will be posted here:
http://www.akcagilityresults.com/ringside

Results after each round/jump height of competition has concluded will be posted to:

Twice a day end-of-round results will be posted to:
http://classic.akc.org/events/agility/invitational/index.cfm

On December 12, 2012, Jet, myself, and a good friend are heading to Orlando, Florida, for the AKC Agility Invitationals. Jet was also the top AKC agility Danish-Swedish Farmdog in 2011! Currently he has 22 Double Qs and 579 speed points towards his MACH. 171 more to go, and he’ll MACH! I’m hoping for that to happen sometime next May. It could be sooner, but we don’t have many trials until then.

I will be posting on Facebook while I’m at Invitationals. I probably won’t be blogging. So if you want to see what we are doing, check out my Facebook page:

My Facebook Page

Though you may have to friend me to get the updates. Which is fine, I like having friends. However, I may occasionally clean out my friends list, and if I accidentally delete anyone I know, I apologize… and may add you back at a later time.

I’m really excited, and pretty nervous too. Every clean run gets a ribbon, so my hope is only to get a clean run or two and come back with some ribbons. And some good pictures too. Should be fun!

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Jet got his UWP Title!

Yup, he did it! Wow, Weight Pulling is pretty darn fun! Jet did awesome. I’m really glad we trained for it a little bit beforehand, though. He understood the concept and was able to pull the big huge cart just fine.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Weight Pull
Jet doing the Weight Pull

UKC Weight Pull has a lot of rules which make weight pulling safe for the dogs. That made me very happy. And the judges and people helping out were super nice! They advised that Jet pull the big cart. Empty, it weighs 225 pounds. Jet weighed in a 26 pounds so he had to pull 8x that, which was 208 pounds, three days in a row, to get his UWP (United Weight Puller) title.

Jet doing the Weight Pull
Jet doing the Weight Pull

They had two carts, the smaller cart, I was told, didn’t move as smoothly as the big cart. The bigger cart had smoother axles (or something lol) and so they advised me to have Jet pull the big cart. So, never having done it before, I took their advice. And it worked out really well. Initially getting the cart to move is really the most difficult part. Once it was moving, Jet pulled it just fine and it just slid behind him.

I’m trying to embed the video into this post but it’s not working… so here’s a link to it if you’d like to watch Jet doing the Weight Pull:

Jet’s Weight Pull Video

Since he was pulling the empty cart so well, they said I should try Jet on some more weight. He successfully pulled 352 pounds. I didn’t have him do anymore (and they told me I shouldn’t) because, of course, we wanted Jet to end with a successful pull.

Jet doing the Weight Pull
Jet doing the Weight Pull

On Sunday, the third day of the UKC show, I also put Jet in Conformation. UKC has a fun title called Total Dog. If the dog places in Conformation (gets a win in competition, 1st through 4th place, and they have to place over another dog), and they successfully Qualify in the performance sport offered that same day, they get an award called Total Dog. So I thought, what the heck. I put Jet in Conformation since they have day of show entries. Jet already has his UKC Championship, but getting the Total Dog award would be fun! So Jet placed third in the terrier group out of 6 dogs on Sunday, and he Qualified in the Weight Pull, so he got his Total Dog Award on Sunday! What an awesome boy! I can’t tell you how much I totally adore Jet!

Jet Total Dog!
Jet Total Dog!

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Training for Weight Pull

Jet Weight Pull
Jet Weight Pull
Something I’ve always wanted to try with my dogs is Weight Pull. Why, do you ask? Oh I don’t know… it’s just another fun thing to do. And I think it’s good conditioning for them for other sports… good weight training to build up their strength. I don’t want Jet to get too bulky, I just want him nice and tone.

So there is a UKC Weight Pull competition in November near by my house. And since there’s nothing else going on that weekend (rare, I know lol) I thought we’d give it a try. I also plan on putting Quinn in the UKC Conformation that weekend, if all goes well. Would be nice to get a UKC Championship on him in one weekend if possible.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Weight Pull
Jet Weight Pull

So a local friend made Jet a Weight Pull harness and I hooked him up to my trolley in the front yard this evening to see how it’d go. She said that I’ll probably have to work starts and stops, and that is the truth. Once Jet got it going, he was okay, but getting it moving was a bit of a push for him. This cart has 3 17 pound blocks on it, and the cart weighs 25 pounds. I don’t know what weight the resistance of the grass adds, but it’s 76 pounds + maybe 20 for the grass? Jet was doing good, but he’ll need to pull 200 pounds (8x his body weight, he weighs about 25 pounds) for a Qualifying leg. And 3 legs for a Q.

Jet Weight Pull
Danish-Swedish Farmdog

So we have about 3 weeks to get him to pull 200 pounds… which, I think, maybe be a stretch! I’ll probably train every day, or every other day, for a while. some long and light loads, some shorter and heavier loads. He needs to pull 8x his body weight for 16 feet, in 60 seconds or less. No toys or treats on the lanes. So, this will be fun! Hopefully we’ll be able to do it!

Jet Weight Pull
Jet Weight Pull

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Danish-Swedish Farmdogs Can Herd

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Herding

Well I went to dog camp the end of August, and had a great time again. I hope to go for two weeks next year, not just one. I’m excited. Since I’ll be retired, I should be more free with my time! Sorry I haven’t been posting much… but I thought I’d post about Jet and how wonderful he’s doing with herding.

At camp we went herding on Nigerian goats and some sheep. He did awesome. The goats were really heavy, so he was able to just walk behind them slowly and keep them with me. That was the most amazing herding I’ve ever done. I have only dabbled in herding in my life, mostly with my collie Levi, but I’ve always wanted to pursue the dogs sport of hearding a great deal more. So when I got back from camp, I decided I’d start lessons with a local herding instructor. So Jet and I are going to take herding lessons. We had our first lesson, and he did so well! He circled the sheep and changed directions and kept them with the trainer. When I stepped in, though, I was falling over my feet and I was a complete mess. So I have a lot to learn to get my feet under me and get into the right positions when I need to be.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Herding
Danish-Swedish Farmdog Herding

These pictures are of Jet herding at camp. We went to Sheep Camp in Tahoe. Maybe we’ll even go back early next year and spend a few days with the instructors there.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Herding
Jet Herding Sheep

Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are an amazing breed. Not only can they do agility, obedience, flyball, ratting, nose work etc… they can also herd. Myself and another lady are working towards getting the Farmdogs so we can compete in both AKC herding and ASCA herding. We can compete in AHBA. Though ASCA and AKC require a breed to be approved before herding in competition.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Herding
Danish-Swedish Farmdog Herding

Jet is such an amazing boy, and I love herding with him!

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Herding
Herding Goats
Danish-Swedish Farmdog Herding
Getting close!

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Under a Year to Retire

Well, it’s August. I started to work at my current job on August 1, 1988. Wow, so long ago… and I can potentially retire at 25 years. Yesterday was my 24th year at my job. I started working in the welfare office, and now I’m a programmer… after going to school and getting a degree, but since I work for the same government, I get to keep all my seniority, leave benefits, and pension benefits.

Jet, Tatum, Quinn
Jet, Tatum, Quinn

The dogs, I think, will be exceptionally happy to have me home all the time! Above is a picture of three… Jet, Tatum and Quinn. Quinn doesn’t have a very good stay yet, gonna have to work on that for Camp. As we are heading to Camp Winnaribbun on August 25th, for a week of fun in the trees and on the beach! Though I will probably cry a lot, since I’ll miss Levi, and this will be the first trip without him. For some reason, my brain has flashes of planning for him… how he’ll do no the drive, how he’ll be with Quinn… weird stuff, just for a fraction of a second, then I have to catch myself and realize Levi is not going.

I still can’t take his name and put it on the Memory List in my right menu bar. It’s been four months since he died… and, actually, tomorrow, August 3, is one year since Lucy died. Ugh. I miss her very much, still. I miss Levi too. I still try not to think about them very much, as thinking about them just hurts. The below picture is me and my husband, with Lucy, Levi and Angel. All three are gone now. I miss them all. *sigh* (Okay, I moved him in the menu bar… and of course, now I’m balling like a baby again.)

Lucy, Levi, Angel
Lucy, Levi, Angel

But I do love my current family. They are wonderful, and they make me smile. So, one year to retire, then I can play with them every day!

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