Friday, June 24, 2016

Alphabet Soup!

The other day a title certificate arrived in the mail for Jimmy. It wasn't one I was expecting as I didn't recall earning a new title. However, the AKC does send out a new title for every ten legs you earn from the Masters Jumpers or Masters Standard class. I guess I hadn't really been keeping track. This one was for Master Excellent Jumper Preferred 4. So this means Jimmy has qualified at the Masters level in Jumpers 40 times! I definitely don't want to do the math on all those entry fees! LOL!

But, the thing that was really cool about this certificate is it is the first one to come along that shows both the MACH and the PACH in front of Jimmy's name. All those letters after his name, the so-called Alphabet Soup, are all agility titles except the first two. The RN is a Rally Novice title and the HT is for Herding Tested.


Now, if you've read this blog for a while, you probably know I don't like having my picture taken. But occasionally, there is a must-have picture! The trial photographer grabbed this shot of Jimmy and me doing our recent victory lap right after earning our PACH (agility championship). While it is not so very flattering of me, it captures a very happy moment in my life. Those are ones you want to remember and this photo will help! It's a photo of a photo so not very sharp. Photo credit goes to Terri Keiffer of Key4Prints.




Have a great weekend, Everyone!
Hope you find lots of reasons to smile!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chewy.com: I'm Very Impressed With This Food

For my Chewy.com product review this month, I chose to review a brand of kibble that was new to me. While I am primarily a raw feeder, I like to have kibble on hand for times when I forget to thaw something or for travel. So I opted to have Chewy send me a bag of Nulo brand kibble, in the flavor of Salmon and Peas Grain-Free .


Here's a close-up so you can get an idea of the kibble size:


This is a high-protein food and the very first ingredient (and therefore the most prevalent) is the Salmon. It also contains a probiotic strain to help with digestion. And of course, very importantly, it is made here in the good ol' USA!


My dogs loved this food! They thought it was a great treat! Since they don't eat kibble on a regular basis, this was something special.

Here's a picture of Wilson as I tried to pose him with the bag. I had a very hard time keeping his mouth  (and whole head!) out of the bag!



Here is where I thank Chewy.com for letting me try this product and state the usual disclaimer:

The opinions expressed in this post are purely my own and my dogs. Chewy.com is not in any way responsible for what I wrote! I was not compensated other than being given this bag of food at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks Chewy! We enjoyed this product!





Monday, June 20, 2016

The Weekend Report: Fear Forgotten!

This past weekend, Jimmy and I attended just one day of an agility trial given by the Mattaponi Kennel Club. It was held in the same building that a few years ago gave Jimmy quite a bad scare. I didn't know whether Jimmy would still hold on to that fear so I only signed up for one day. I was very happy to see he cruised right into the building without hesitation. He didn't seem at all afraid so I do believe he has let that incident go. YAY! Thankfully, the A/C vents on the ceiling weren't noisy this time so his fear was not renewed. I was a tad worried about that all day.

The courses were fun, fast, and fairly easy. Jimmy cruised through both Standard and Jumpers without much trouble, other than a couple of poor handling incidents by me. Fortunately they didn''t cost us the Q, so we had another nice Double-Q to put toward our National Championship qualifications (and PACH2). We also earned another 47 points!




Jimmy's breeder, Anne, came for a visit and kindly ran the video camera for us.

Here's our Standard run. I get a good chuckle watching myself run. I am certainly not the most graceful handler out there. Jimmy is a saint for following my lead so well.






And Jumpers....Pardon my butt being in your face as I leash Jimmy afterwards! LOL!







AKC Nationals 2017: Perry, GA
Double-Q's: 7 (out of 7 needed)
Points: 426 (out of 550 needed)

Tracking Jimmy's PACH 2 progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Sunday 5/1/2016
QQ#20: 
Masters JWW legs: 41...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15
Masters STD legs: 37...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 10/11/15
Double Q's: 4 (out of 20 needed)
PACH Points: 792 (We are starting with all the points we need, so I'm not even going to track them!)


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