Sunday, March 30, 2014

Jam rocks the agility ring at SOJAC!

Jam, CH Grayhart's Purple Haze, CD, JH, AX, AXJ, SD, VX
Last weekend, Jam returned to the agility ring for the first time in a year and four months after having a litter of seven puppies. At the SOJAC Agility Trial at Dream Park in New Jersey, Jam did an awesome job competing in Masters Standard and Master Jumpers with Weaves.  Our first run was a little wobbly as I was late on a command and didn't give her enough support but after that run, we got it together and Q'd.  Jam nailed her weaves 4 out of 4 runs. On Saturday, she earned an MX leg with 15 MACH points (meaning she was 15 seconds under the official course time) and on Sunday also earned an MXJ leg with 2 MACH points!  She almost qualified in standard on Sunday but fell off the dogwalk, which was the second to last obstacle and was a scary few minutes but fortunately, she was fine and went on to qualify in jumpers later that day.  You can see Jam's run from the weekend.

Savi also had a great weekend, which is in the previous blog post, qualifying in 3 out of 4 runs, all with 1st places and earned her Novice Standard title.  I am super proud of my girls and cannot wait to run them in the next agility trial.  The best part is the teamwork with my dogs and fun with friends, cheering each other on.
Savi (left) and Jam (right) with their ribbons!

Savi's agility weekend was full of firsts & a New NA title!

 Last weekend, Savi made us super proud at the SOJAC Agility Trial at Dream Park in New Jersey.  Savi had not been in the agility ring in two years, as she made her agility debut in North Carolina in 2012, earning two 1st places and NA and NAJ legs, but then we focused on other pursuits like hunting, obedience and motherhood.  Her return to the ring, really only her second time trialing, was a solid one with Savi qualifying 3 out of 4 runs, all with 1st places and she earned her NA or Novice Agility title.  She only needs one more qualifying leg to finish her NAJ or Novice Agility Jumpers with Weaves title.  She was close to qualifying day one in JWW but for some odd reason she kept missing the same weave pole.  In her three other runs, she nailed her weaves and did them independently, something we've been training.  Savi has solid, running contacts and a nice jumping style.  She is a thoughtful dog, so not super speedy at this point but with more experience, the confidence and speed will come.  

Savi is now CH Grayhart's Shear Genius, CD, SH, NA, NSD, NRD, VX!!!

We were fortunate to the Yay Good Dog was at the trials videotaping all the runs.

Here is Savi's first run of the weekend in Novice Standard where she won the class.  Notice the blind cross at the bottom of the Aframe.

This is her 1st place Novice JWW run:

And the last run of the weekend, her Novice Standard run and new title with a 1st place!

Savi earned her 3rd Novice Standard leg to finish her title under Judge Howard Etzel, who is also a Weimaraner person.  She also earned her 2nd Novice JWW leg under him  Both Q's were with 1st places!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fantastic Agility Weekend for Savi & Jam!

The girls rocked the agility rings this past weekend at the SOJAC Agility Trial at Dream Park in southern New Jersey.  Savi qualified in 3 out of 4 runs with all 1st places!!!  She also finished her NA or Novice Standard title - all 3 legs were 1st places.  Savi earned her 2nd Novice Agility Jumpers (NAJ) leg so only needs one more qualifying run to complete that title.  Pretty good as she hasn't trialed in  two years.

 Savi is now CH Grayhart's Shear Genius, CD, SH, NA, NSD, NRD, VX!

Jam, who has not trialed in a year and is only four months post-puppies, made us proud by qualifying in Master Standard for her 3rd MX leg and earned 15 MACH points.  She also earned her first Master Jumpers with Weaves, MXJ, leg, with 2 MACH points on a nice, flowy course. It takes 10 qualifying legs  each to earn an MX or MXJ title, one of the highest levels in agility.  The courses are challenging and the run must be perfect in order to quality, no refusals or wrong courses allowed and you must run at or under the course time.  Not an easy feat but so rewarding to qualify and more fun than I can describe.  Videos will be posted in the coming days.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday to our Special Litter!!!

Beautiful Mia-belle with her birthday cupcakes!
Happy 5th Birthday to our Special litter!!!

(Zeke, CH OB's 38 Special x Trixie, CH GraytSky's I'm Not Really A Waitress, CD, RA, AX, OAJ, V, BROM Pet Partner Therapy Dog)

  • Mason, CH Grayhart's Daily Special, who easily finished his show championship with 3 4-point majors, including a Specialty Major/BOW at the GSWC Specialty Show.
  • Mia, CH Grayhart's Special Request, CDX, RA, JH, OA, NAJ, NSD, RD, VX2, who finished her show championship owner-handled with a Specialty Major/BOW win! She is also a performance star and excels in many venues.
  • Trudy, CH Grayhart's Special Reserve, who with limited showing finished her championship with 3 majors!
  • Jersey, Grayhart's Goin' Someplace Special, JH (pointed)
  • Maggie, Grayhart's Special Magic
  • Matilda, Grayhart's Midnight Special
  • Webster, Grayhart's Special Edition,

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Snow hike for Savi and CeCe

 Surprised to have a snow-free day, the weather people were wrong!  We had a super opportunity to take Savi and her daughter, CeCe, almost 10 months old, for a hike at Campgaw.  The trails were not icy as feared and the dogs had a blast running together.  After the hike, we took them to JB's Pet Supply, where Savi immediately had to jump on the counter for a treat.
 CeCe above...
 Savi, it's all about the ears!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Jam back in action

A video from this week's agility lesson.  Jam is running well and we are working on some skills like back jumps, distance and more solid weaves.  We are fortunate to have an amazing instructor and cannot wait to start trialing and putting what we learn into action in the Masters ring.  Savi is also taking lessons and showing improvement and we hope to finish her Novice Agility titles this Spring.