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MACH Jet!

Well we went back to Agility for the Memorial Day trial, the last weekend in May. Jet’s physical therapist said he was doing well and we could give it a try. Ended up he did awesome that weekend. We went into the weekend needing 71 speed points for his MACH.

He Double Qd every day.. and even though I ran as fast as I could that last day, I was still a bit nervous on our last JWW run, and it caused Jet to hesitate just a bit before a jump. Not enough to call a refusal… but, enough that we were .09 seconds over the time we needed for the last bit of speed points! We ended that trial with 749 speed points! Oh boy, that was stressful!

I took Jet to Blackfoot, Idaho, and he did awesome. We went into the trial needed that one last speed point (He had 28 double Qs going into that trial), and we were lucky and able to Q the very first Standard run. Yay! He got 19 speed points that run, which gave us Jet’s MACH! I’m so thrilled!

MACH Jet!
MACH Jet!

It’s my 10th season doing agility, and Jet is my 3rd agility dog, and this is my very first MACH. I guess the third dog is the charm. He’s not super fast, but he’s very consistent. We came out of the Blackfoot 4 day trial with two more Double Qs and about 86 points towards his MACH2.

I just adore this little boy. He’s the first Danish-Swedish Farmdog with a MACH.

MACH Victory Lap
MACH Victory Lap

Earlier that week we did Obedience as well, in Filer, Idaho. Jet needed one more leg for his CD. Of course the day was clear all day, until the afternoon when we went into the ring. Then the thunder started to boom and, during the stay group, the rain hammered on the roof of the metal building so loud that we could hardly hear the judge say “return to your dogs.” But Jet was awesome, held it together for the run through and the stays, and he qualified with a score of 186. Yay! So Jet got his CD and his MACH in the same week.

I sure do adore my boy!

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The Growing Quinnie

Oh boy… puppies just grow up so fast! I put together a little collage of the pictures I’ve taken over the last months. I had some fun pictures like this of my guide dog for the blind puppy, Greta, waaaay back in the 90s. As she grew I took pictures of her next to Kip, my Shepherd mix.

So I thought it’d be fun to do the same with Quinn.

So here’s the three (the BCs are not included since they do more with their Dad than with me). These are of Tatum, Jet and Quinn. Quinn just grew so fast!

Growing Quinn
Growing Quinn

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Our Screaming and Barking Solution

What to do when the dogs think it’s super fun to go screaming and barking down the hall, when something exciting happens in the other room? This is the solution my husband and I came up with, and it’s working really well!

My husband is quite often in the basement, as is typical anymore, on his computer. Me and the dogs are upstairs in the bedroom, me with my kindle, the dogs with some bully sticks on the bed. This is the picture of our winter evenings since it’s 10 degrees outside and there’s nothing much on TV.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog
Jet and Quinn on the bed

Before we got Quinn, when my husband came up, Jet would get barky and growly on the bed, stand up, and woof. Just more in an alert type of way, probably because things sound funny to him in our house. Not really a big issue and he’d say hi to my husband and give him some good licks after the initial woof.

Enter Quinn last June. This behavior escalated to full blown screaming and running and barking down the hall with both of the boys, when my husband came up. Okay, this behavior was unacceptable and quite annoying. Plus if the dogs got too high or grumpy, a fight could result, which we didn’t want to have happen either.

So I was thinking, if I only knew when my husband was coming up, I could provide a good distraction to the boys, such as treats or a game or something.

Just to note, Tatum could care less who was barking and running down the hall, and would just give the boys’ that girl look that said “boys are stupid.” 🙂 And the border collies are downstairs with my husband, so the issue was only with Jet and Quinn.

I decided to look up those remote type doorbells that are either motion sensitive, or something my husband could ring, that would warn me of his coming up. We decided on a doorbell that would wirelessly ring a chime upstairs in my bedroom.

We’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, and I must say, the results are awesome! After only about 2 or 3 rings of the door-chime, Jet realized that it meant treats! So now when it goes off, he immediately orients to the dresser where I keep the treats, and he’s ready for his yummies. Quinn usually just does what Jet does (since Jet is coolest big brother ever).

Danish-Swedish Farmdog
Boys in the Bedroom

Now when I’m comfortably reading my Kindle, and the door chime goes off.. we have some nice and calm yummy treats. Usually my husband is letting the other dogs outside, so after some treats, I let Jet and Quinn go off into the other room, and they are nice polite boys and walk calmly down the hall to see what’s going on.

Woo hoo! I just love it when things work. I’m hoping that eventually, just the act of my husband coming up will trigger that treat response in the boys, and we won’t have to use the door-chime anymore. But even if not, it’s working like a charm!

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2012 In Review

Well, it’s 2013… wow. Where has all the time gone to?

Jet and I had an awesome time at Invitationals in Orlando, Florida, last month. Actually, Jet had an awesome year in 2012. Jet ran 3 clean runs out of 4 at Invitationals and ended up ranking #57 in the 16″ height class. Out of about 140ish dogs. Not too shabby for our first time! He also qualified in the T2B run we had at the pre-trial the Friday before. He is such an amazing boy. If you’d like to watch the videos.. they are on YouTube:
YouTube Invitationals Videos

Jet Invitationals
Jet Invitationals

In 2012 We went to a couple of seminars, including Denise Fenzi and Chris Zink. We are going to repeat the Denise Fenzi Seminar this March, too, though this year it’ll be in Idaho, instead of Colorado. So a much closer drive for us.

In AKC Agility, Jet gathered up 19 Double Q’s in 2012, and 509 speed points. Not too shabby. 🙂 He has all his Double Qs towards his MACH, and he only needs 171 speed points, hopefully we’ll gather the rest of those points by sometime this May. He got his MX and MXJ in 2012, and his first T2B title as well. He also got one leg toward his CD. And hopefully we’ll be able to pick the other 2 legs up in 2013.

In UKC Jet got his UWP (United Weight Pull) title, and a Total Dog award, since he placed 3rd place in conformation in the Terrier Group on the same day that he qualified in Weight Pull (though I still don’t like the Danish-Swedish Farmdogs being in the Terrier Group.) He also got 2 legs towards his UKC CD, hopefully we’ll get that last leg in 2013.

We didn’t do any Flyball in 2012, but maybe we’ll do a bit more in the future, I haven’t decided yet.

Jet, Tatum and Quinn and I spent a week at Camp Winnaribbun in August, and had a blast!

As for the other dogs…
Tatum got one leg in Open Standard in May of 2012 in AKC agility, which thrilled me! She’s a good girl, and has come a long way from where she started. She may never get another leg, but that’s okay, as long as we have fun. She pushes the boys around in the house quite well!

Quinn came to join our family in June of 2012. He’s a very sweet, loving, pushy smooth collie boy! I adore him, and it’s good to have a boy smooth blue collie in the house. Since we lost Levi in February of 2012… and I still miss him so very much.

Quinn Park
Quinn at the Park

All in all, 2012 was a very fun year. And I hope 2013 will be just as fun. I hope Jet gets his AKC, ASCA and UKC CD’s in 2013, as well as his MACH. I plan on retiring in August of 2013.. and then, well, the skies the limit! (Well, the money is the limit, actually. LOL).

Chase is probably actually retired from dog sports.. though I haven’t totally decided yet. He is becoming my husband’s walking dog, which is good. As is Muffit, our other Border Collie. They are about 9.5 years old now, so may just have some leisurely retirement years themselves.

Got this picture at Christmas, we have a very nice pack!

The Pack
The pack

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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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