Monday, November 28, 2011

Good Dog U CDSP Obedience Trial

November 27, 2011. Today we went to a CDSP Obedience trail hosted by Good Dog U in White Plains, NY. This is a wonderful host club and they always put on a great trial. I’m still trying to get Brooke’s Open title and this was two more opportunities to do that today. Sawyer was entered in Novice C to try to earn a few more championship legs.

Brooke was up first. She was upbeat and really seemed on today.

She was heeling with me and paying attention. She only lost 1 point on this exercise.

The running broad jump was great and she only lost half a point on this exercise.

We were having problems with the drop on recall when we were practicing Friday night. But she nailed it today. A little bit of a crooked front cost us half a point.

My throw for the retrieve on the flat was surprisingly straight. I was hoping I could do the same over the high jump. We only got half a point off on this exercise.

Luckily my toss for the retrieve over the high jump was straight and Brooke jumped both going out and coming back! Minus 1 point for this one.

One more exercise to go and we could get that elusive 2nd qualifying leg, but it’s the dreaded ‘Go Out Turn and Sit’ exercise which historically causes us problems. We practiced Friday, Saturday and outside the ring today with no issues. And once again, in the ring Brooke does not go out far enough so we do not qualify.

I still love her but boy is this frustrating. She’s never done so well on all the other exercises but we just couldn’t pull it off this time. 

Sawyer’s Novice C run was good. He’s been pretty consistent and I’m less nervous since he already has his Novice title.

Sawyer had to participate in a runoff and ended up with 4th place with his score of 198 out of 200.

Try number two for Brooke.

Another great heeling pattern.

Broad jump was good. Drop on recall was good but instead of coming to front Brooke went around to heel position but that was only 3 points off.

Retrieve on the flat was good again.

The retrieve over the high jump was perfect with no points taken off.

And then the go out…she looks like she’s going out.

But then she turns too soon.

Oh well, we’ll have to try again at another trial.

Sawyer has another nice run in Novice, this time with a 198-1/2 and 3rd place, no run off necessary this time.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

2011 Meet the Breeds

November 20, 2011. We participated in the AKC Meet the Breeds event again this year which is held at the Javitz center in New York City. This time we had other volunteers so we only had to go one day. Since it was “Scott’s Birthday weekend”, he got the day off and I went in with Sawyer and Brooke.

Sawyer jumped right on top of the table to greet all the visitors.

Not wanting to be left out, I helped Brooke on table so she could enjoy the attention as well.

They were great ambassadors for the Weimaraner breed and I was very proud of them.

It’s a long exhausting day but hopefully we helped educate people and answered the questions they had about Weimaraners.
Sawyer was exhausted on passed out when we got home.

Turkey Toss

November 19, 2011. Today we went to Healthy Bones for the first annual Turkey Toss. Participants stayed in the “roasting pan” (chalk outlined on the floor), then they toss the turkey for their dogs to retrieve.

Sawyer and Daisy anxiously await their turn, peaking over the wall to see what’s going on.

Sawyer’s retrieve is very formal.






Drop at my feet??…doh! Oh well, almost perfect. But it is a fake turkey and we’re doing this for fun.

Daisy can’t wait! Throw the turkey Dad!!

Yippee, Turkey Time!!

Daisy gets the turkey.

A little tour around the room.

She does eventually bring it back to Scott and is ready to go again.

Daisy felt the need to put herself in “jail”. I guess she knows how bad she can be.

Sawyer waits with Francine and looks on while I take photos of Daisy.

Both Daisy and Sawyer had a blast. Thanks to Healthy Bones for hosting this event!

Lisa, the owner, took this fantastic video.  Sawyer and Daisy start about 1:10 into the video.

Bath Time

November 16, 2011. It’s been awhile since the kids had a bath so we thought it was about that time.

We started with the easiest. I swear Brooke would like bubbles and candles for her bath time.

Brooke likes to go through your legs and wipe her wet head on your butt. She does this all the time when she comes in from the rain. Glad it was Scott’s butt this time.

Next was Daisy’s turn. This was Daisy’s first bath.

It was a lot better than I thought it would be.

Sawyer’s turn. While not thrilled with the bath he’s a good boy and doesn’t hold it against Scott.

Sharon says “No thanks, I’m good right here.”

She’s good once she gets in there. When she was younger she used to spread her legs out which made it really difficult to get her in the tub.

Salisbury, MD shows

November 10, 2011. We arrived in Maryland Thursday evening. Sawyer settled in the hotel quickly, so tired after the long ride.

Wyatt also enjoyed hotel time and made himself right at home.

November 11, 2011. Wyatt showed well, which was pleasantly surprising because he usually needs a warm up day. He placed in his class. Sawyer was Best of Opposite Sex for a 5 point major in grand champion points. There was a match show after Best in Show so I entered Wyatt for more practice. He made it to the Sporting group but it was quite a long wait and he was tired and not in the mood to cooperate by then. He did have fun playing with puppy, Sophie...not sure she felt the same, but Wyatt did not seem to mind.

November 12, 2011. We started the day in Novice obedience. We should have enough time to finish before Weim judging starts. Sawyer did awesome! He passed with a great score and this earned him his novice obedience title (CD)!! And the judge complemented us on our color coordination.

I was so disappointed when we got our photo and my eyes were closed. Bummer!  I'm hoping the photographer has another photo or Bobbie can work her magic and replace my head.

Off to Weim sweepstakes. Wyatt is still young so he’s eligible for puppy sweepstakes. And being young and inexperienced he did not feel like standing nicely today. He won his class but with no competition. His sister, Prada, was Best Bitch in Puppy Sweepstakes!

Wyatt did place in his class again today.

Sawyer won another 5 point grand champion major with his Best of Opposite win at the DC Club Weimaraner specialty!

We haven’t received the official photo yet but I’m hoping it came out OK....maybe I can use that head for the obedience photo...ha ha.

November 13, 2011. A repeat of yesterday without the obedience. Wyatt showed better but no Best in Sweepstakes for him or Prada.

Another placement today, just not first.

Sawyer went Best of Opposite for another 5 point major and at some point now has his Bronze Grand Champion status.

And another great prize of a tapestry dog bag you can see in the bottom left corner of the picture.