Sunday, 25 August 2013

You are at the top when.....

by Zig Ziglar
  • You clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person, that yesterday ended last night, and today is your brand new day.
  • You have made friends with your past, are focused on the present, and optimistic about your future.
  • You know that success doesn't make you and failure doesn't break you.
  • You are filled with faith, hope and love; and live without anger, greed, guilt, envy or thoughts of revenge.
  • You are mature enough to delay gratification and shift your focus from your rights to your responsibilities.
  • You know that failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude to being the victim of what is criminally wrong.
  • You are secure in who you are, so you are at peace with God and in fellowship with man.
  • You have made friends of your adversaries, and have gained the love and respect of those who know you best.
  • You understand that others can give you pleasure, but genuine happiness comes when you do things for others.
  • You are pleasant to the grouch, courteous to the rude and generous to the needy.
  • You love the unlovable, give hope to the hopeless, friendship to the friendless and encouragement to the discouraged.
  • You can look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion and up with gratitude.
  • You know that "he who would be the greatest among you must become the servant of all."
  • You recognize, confess, develop and use your God-given physical, mental and spiritual abilities to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind.
  • You stand in front of the Creator of the universe and He says to you, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant

Group Stays CONQUERED!

On August 24, 2013 at the Shamrock Kennel and Obedience Club's (Yorkton) show and trial held in Springside, SK.  Reese completed her final leg to earn her CKC Companion Dog title.  Our nemesis has been the group sits and downs, but today she aced them. In each of Reese's qualifying rounds she was High in Class. 

In the afternoon we moved up to Open, where we both had a lot of fun.  No qualifier though as she walked the broad jump and came back around the solid jump on the retrieve over the jump.  No biggy it was unbelievably hot upwards of 30 degrees and the mats were slippery from the humidity.  What I was most happy with were her solid group sit and down while I was out of sight, even with Best in Show judging going on in the next ring. 

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Two in 1 Day!

On the same day August 18, 2013, at the Regina Retriever Clubs Working Certificate Test,  Reese earned her WCI. I was most impressed with her heeling to the line, her steadiness, manners in the blind and her honoring.   She will be taking some lessons from Nugget on "HOLD" and recalls.  But overall it was a privledge to run both girls and have them earn new titles on the same day. 

Whiskey Creek's Precious Mettle WC

Nugget earned the title of Working Certificate at the Regina Retriever Clubs WC test on August 18, 2013.    I was nervous about the  WC land marks right off the hop and the water marks were not a gimmy either .  About 2 weeks ago Nugget was barely doing 40yd marks. So the 75 and 72 yd marks, the gallery and judges seemed to be a big challenge.

 I thought back to everything we had done this summer and remembered the day at Lianne’s when Heather and I did a few recalls with Nugget and tried throwing a bumper and she had Zero interest in it.  Then there was  Decoy Days in June and she wasn’t picking up anything,  but she walked through the decoys and took a turn honoring to a big dog. I remember Lianne and I spending the hottest part of a day in June with a duck on a leash.  Throwing it dragging it and having a big party when Nugget finally picked it up.  

I remember Jill and I setting up the bumper boy for Danno, Reese and Sonny and not being able to resist firing a bumper for Nugget, then me being thrilled with how she came alive even though she wouldn’t pick it up. Then at the picnic trial in July, she was in season, but came out last and tried a few retrieves with a bumper. Keith did everything under the sun to help her finally bring back one bumper. I remember feeling like we turned a corner when Nugget ran out and picked up a bird after Lianne and I had her watch Torque do some short retrieves. 

I am really pleased with all that Nugget did this year and at the Test, but I have to tell you there is no one happier than her breeder, and that is kind of cool.  In everything I have ever done with the dogs no one has been more proud then Kathy Case, yeah yeah it is a WC, Canadian at that, but she is very proud of her.  Good Girl Nugg!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

A busy summer!

We have been enjoying a fun filled summer outdoors.  Filled with playing and training.  

Nug, Ardi and Reese