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Agility Championships -- HERE WE COME !
been a long time since I have updated this page. The quest to qualify for
the NADAC Nationals with Rhett and Zeus has kept me on the road! BUT I
am excited to announce we DID IT! So NADAC Nationals here we come.
dogs and my first NADAC trial was the end of November last year. I knew
nothing about NADAC trials 8 months ago if you would have asked
me what Tunnelers was or Weavers or Touch
N Go I would have said I have no idea! But true to my style knowing
nothing about it I entered my first trial not so sure I would like
all these strange sounding classes but thought we would give it a shot.
All my friends did it they said they loved it. Hum..... well I was
hooked after my first trial and haven't missed a trial in the state since
then. Which was almost every other weekend. Our first trials were freezing
cold sometimes 10-20 below 0 F ! Our last few trials it was 100
F .... but with lots of cold water and TLC the dogs ran great.
-----I am looking
forward to heading down to Wyoming this fall and running the dogs with
the big wigs. It will be a fun experience anyway get
to see all the judges run their dogs. The founder of the association and
her daughter and son will run their dogs. I am sure I will learn a lot
as well as have fun! So now we will hit a few more trials and try to finish
up there Superiors in all the classes but the pressure is off we
made the time limit!
that there is still everyone here (dogs and horses) that needs training.
So when I am home I am super busy. I kept a Rhett/Tess female that is about
5 months old now Kira. After loosing my Kira 2 years
ago I knew it would take a VERY special dog to ever call Kira again. Even
though she was going on 15 years old she was my buddy my
constant companion right to the very end. Then this little girl came along
and from the moment she was born she was different. She has an air
about her. She kept this as she got older and at 3 weeks was the first
to get out of the whelping box a trick she would do every time she
even heard my voice. I just loved her. So it was an easy decision to keep
her and the name just fit. I think she will be an awesome agility dog in
the future but she is so much like her name sake. She follows me
every where and even though she is just 5 months acts like a mature dog.
I have taken her to several trials to let her get used to being away over
night and just the whole trial atmosphere. She handled it like a pro.
-----My mom has
been working with Stetson in agility a lot. He is doing so well
he is only 8 months old but has more agility focus that many adult dogs.
He just LOVES it. He already has solid weaves and solid contacts. He won't
be old enough to compete til next spring but we are both looking forward
to his debut he should be awesome.
has dreamed of bull riding since about the time he could walk.
Well, his Birthday present this year was everything he needed to bull ride
and he rode his first bull several weekends ago at the East Helena Rodeo.
He has NEVER been on a bull before or even practiced. We arrived at the
rodeo several hours before bull riding started because he had to find someone
to borrow a rope from as his didn't arrive in time. He got hooked
up with a man that has been riding bulls for 15 years and spent the
whole evening with him. He borrowed his rope and learned a lot from him
however nothing can really prepare you for bull riding
other than riding! I was supposed to video tape his ride but I was
so nervous I couldn't keep the camera still! But I braced myself against
the fence and got a great video of his first ride. Of all the bulls there
there were 2 NRA FINALS BULLS! Of course Andy drew one of those
but did an awesome job and rode him for 5.6 seconds. Not bad for his first
ride ever plus on a bull like that! So now we are hitting rodeos every
weekend the rest of this month. Luckily the 2 agility trials I am
going to are in the same town as rodeos he is going to ride, so I will
run dogs all day and then we will go to the rodeo in the evening.
Andy ! And thanks mom for taking care of all the babies at
home while we are on the road you're the best!
Everyone at Omega Shepherds
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