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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Canine Athletes - Penny and Erik

Good morning,

I have quite a few pictures today of an American Kennel Club Agility Dog Trial at our Queen City Dog Training Club.  I took these a few days before we left Cincinnati to go to sea in August.   We are very proud of our local club.  Full disclosure:  our daughter, Catherine and I are members of the club.  Catherine is a very active member and is also a member of the Board of Directors.
Catherine is in the blue shirt here.  She is talking with another club member in the kennel area of the club.   This is one of two main connected buildings at the club.  Our club has built and owns its own buildings.  This is one of the nicest clubs in the area for shows since dogs can be kenneled inside in the temperature controlled buildings.
Vendors are also here with plenty of dog merchandise to buy, too.
Our club has food for humans available during shows...
 
 ...and has a beautiful kitchen area.
 This is inside of the main entrance.
 This is the huge indoor kennel area where participants and their dogs wait, rest, and visit with each other between events.

 This huge room is the connected building where the dog trials are held.  Above you see the AKC judge talking to the participants and explaining the next event.
 Before the dogs run the participants "walk the course" without their dogs.
 The course for each trial is set differently.
 And, now, it is time for the first dog and trainer.
 That's our friend Erica over there getting ready to run her dog.
 This is our daughter Catherine competing with our Erik.

 Part of the course is a requirement that the dog stay on the table for a certain number of seconds. 
 It is also a good way for both dog and human to rest for a few seconds.
 And, they're off again!
 Erik did a very good job going through the paces!
 Later our other Lab, Penny, also competed.
 Sadly, this image is blurry, but perhaps you can see Penny whipping through the weave poles.  She is FAST!
 Penny had a perfect weekend with qualifying scores in each of the four events in which she was entered.  She already has the title of MACH (Master Agility Champion) and just loves to perform.

Erik is four years younger than Penny.  He has some titles already and is well on his way to the MACH title.

We are so very proud of Penny, Erik, and especially of Catherine, our daughter, who has trained our wonderful canine athletes.

All the best,
Lois

6 comments:

MarkD60 said...

The whole world is your ship.

TexWisGirl said...

i love your smart and able pups!

Pat said...

You have mighty talented dogs and your daughter must be a terrific trainer!

Lynette said...

This is such a swell series, Lois. Impressive from start to finish!

Montanagirl said...

That's really neat, Lois. Good photos of the events!

Gunn said...

You know I love your dogs.
Well done to them and your daughter!
Interesting posting.

Greetings from Stavanger