The wins and great moments that make all the hard work worth it.


Jan 13-14, 2018-Nicole Watts and Naju & Dervish. Nicole writes: The Najerina and Dervilicious had a BIG weekend of USDAA in Santa Rosa. Came away with much to celebrate, some homework assignments, and many to thank. Naju highlights: Grand Prix Q1st- a bye! First time in Masters Snooker and a Super Q! Finished Advanced Jumpers title and Q-1st in first try in Masters Jumpers. Oh, and my favorite run: A clean run and Q in Team Jumpers. Dervish and amazing teammate Sunday/Juliette Noh ("A Pair of Pious Pooches") got a Q and 5th place in the PVP team event, and Dervy had nice snooker and jumpers runs too. To work on: start lines (both dogs!), my handling of front crosses (as always) and setting the correct line to the obstacle I actually want the dog to take. More DW and teeter contact training, of course... what else is new. THANKS to Juliette, "Naju's Super BO'ys" teammates Dianne Morey /Super Sic and Carol Bowers/Bo, Sharon Kennedy and Anne Kajava for super fun advanced pairs runs -- to Barbara H. for being such a dedicated videographer and friend, and especially to Steve Shirrell for his incredible hospitality and friendship in the midst of everything. Apologies to all the score table workers for Naju's ear-splitting startline barking. I will try to bring you all ear plugs next time. Here's a video montage of some of Naju's work-- my camera could not deal with the backlighting so some of the best and silliest moments were too dark to really see, but we got some fun stuff.

Jan. 17, 2018-Sandra Magee and Paris. Sandra writes: Today Paris got a real treat. She got to run containers in Donna's nose work class. The goal of this exercise was to demonstrate to the class a methodical working dog. Welll, the laugh was on us. Ms. Peeps walked into the building and found the hide is just mere seconds - probably the fastest she has ever found odor in a box. Did I have egg on my face??? You bet. But darned if I don't love this dog!

Jan. 20-21, 2018- Anne Graumann, and Wiskey (Naishi x Bella). Anne writes: Whiskey's first PSJ Q & win. His other Q for the weekend came in Pairs with Zoe and Sheri Schemenauer. Cheerio and Jean Muenster made our "We'll have fun - dammit!" PVP team a delight. Thank you, ladies! And Whiskey got to finish off the weekend running both PMC Standard and P3 Standard with Roger Ly. Great fun watching those runs. Thank you, Roger, for stepping in for me on those two fast and furious courses by Barbara Standiford where I knew I just couldn't keep up. It was a great weekend at Happy Dog!!!

Feb. 3, 2018-Kristin Backstrom & Copper (Zoom & Cricket) Kristen writes: Copper and I competed at the Minnesota Mixed Breed Club’s WCRL Rally Trial today. We received 2 first places with scores of 209 and 207 out of 210. This finished our Rally level 2 title (RL2). Next time we will start our journey towards the 1st championship title (ARCH). I’m excited as WCRL rally will be challenging our minds and giving us new exercises to learn in our repertoire. The day ended with the bonus of getting home safely after getting a few inches of snow while at the trial. Love the big red boy!

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