Long-Dangerous Tails

German Shepherd Dogs and their people.
July 12th, 2018 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

The weather word of the day was UGH! But Farm Dog Ziva Soldiered On!

Ziva and I entered an AKC Farm Dog certification test on April 15.  Should have been some not so bad spring weather, but it was not,  UGH was the word of the day for the weather!!!  It was cold, wet, 30 degrees, pelting ice rain, windy, ankle deep water and mud!!!!  It even kept the spectators in the barn.  They had to change out the goats for ponies since goats will not stay out in the rain.  The only ones outside for the test were the judge, Ziva and I.  Ziva quickly greeted the judge, followed me on a walking pattern around various pieces of farm equipment, hopped up on a bale of hay and stayed for 10 seconds and mercifully they had the 2 minute handler out of sight  supervised separation in one of the outbuildings.  We walked by another dog and neutral stranger on our way to a pen to “feed” the sheep.  She waited while I opened and entered thru the gate, then I invited her thru and closed it behind us.  I put her in a sit stay about 30 feet from the sheep and proceeded to take them their food & return to her.  We left that enclosure and walked by a tractor as it started up and over a plastic tarp and sheet of plywood.  Almost done, now we had to complete the Dog Approaches Livestock part of the test.  In this test, the handler, with the dog at side on a loose lead, enters a fenced area that contains livestock within a separate enclosure. The dog is introduced to livestock and encouraged to approach the pen, the dog is then called back to the handler and returns readily when called.  We had been warned by previous exhibitors one “special” pony in the herd  ran full speed up to the fence and challenged anything that approached-oh boy, not sure what to expect.  I was hoping by now the pony had tired of being a jerk, I was wrong.  As we approached, he barreled up, came to a sliding stop at the fence and shook his head and reared on his hind legs for good measure.  It was quite an impressive display.  Ziva was not backing down from the rude pony and stood her ground next to me and gave some impressive barks.  Pony’s bluff had been called and he wheeled around & took off back to the rest of the group.  Ziva looked at me wagging her tail.  Not sure how that would be scored since she barked, but did not offer to chase.  The judge said “what a good dog.”  Our final test was to examine her for farm debris and then thankfully into the office to warm up.  She passed test 1 and a few hours later ran her second test.  She passed test 2 to earn her AKC Farm Dog title & Mr. Pony did not come charging up on test 2 🙂  It was impossible to get photos in that weather, so here she is helping this last week getting the hay in.

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July 8th, 2018 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Alta-Tollhaus new DOUBLE PERFORMANCE CHAMPION!!

A new DOUBLE PERFORMANCE CHAMPION!!! I just learned that today Rich Godfrey’s dog “Singer” aka; Alta-Tollhaus Just A Singer , or for us old time AT peeps “Funny’s J-Boy, who was already a Herding Champion completed his Champion Tracker 7/8/2018 to join the very elite group of GSD’s (fewer than 10 in the history of the breed) who have earned 2 different AKC performance championships!

Congrattulations to Rich and HC CT Alta Tollhaus Just A Singer RN HSAdsc HSBs HIAs HIBs HXBs HXAsM on this accomplishment!

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July 2nd, 2018 by Julie

Pepe x Ava Q-Litter 3-Weeks

The Pepe x Ava Q-Litter Actually at 2 weeks and 6 days of age, not 3-weeks:

Today Ava decided it was time to introduce her pups to the magic of “the ball” by dropping “the ball” right smack in the middle of them. At this point not so much interest. The two pups on the far left: Purple-yellow and Green males; Center Green-monkey, Light-blue, and Purple males; right Pastel collar girl.

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To the right of the ball: Light-blue male and Purple male:

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Green-Monkey Male:
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Light-Blue Male:
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Green-Collar Male:
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Pastel-Collar Female:

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Purple-Yellow-Collar Male:
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Purple-yellow collar gets two shots included because I could not decide which one I liked better:

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Wolfman-Jack, aka Purple-collar male:
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June 29th, 2018 by Lynda

Aiden and O’Connor at IPO Training

Today we met Mario for IPO Training. We decided to resume IPO Training with Aiden as we are now training Connor. It has been almost 4 years since Aiden earned his IPO-2 and he was soooo excited to be back at training. Mario was very pleased how quickly Aiden reacted to all 3 phases. Connor is progressing quite nicely. We did very little protection work with Connor as he is still teething.

Aiden Tracking

Connor Tracking

Aiden Obedience

Running stand (first time learning this)

Connor Obedience

Learning down out of motion

Recall!

Aiden Protection. We are starting slowly. We did 2 blinds, then 3 and finally 4 today.

Connor Protection

 

 

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June 29th, 2018 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Ziva at the Hamburg Agility Trial May 2018

Ziva was entered in the Hamburg Agility Trial in Erie, PA  the weekend of May 26th.   This is our last trial for some time, as my cancer treatments are getting the best of me.  Ziva has been a champ greatly modifying her running style & paying extra close attention to suit my inability to run and handle the way I should.  She has also declared that until I am back on my feet she will not run for anyone but me.  I can hardly wait until we are together as a team again.  She always comes through for me.  BEST DOG EVER!

Ziva first class on Saturday was Master JWW.  She had a nice jumpers run and Q’d with 4th place.  I was able to get a video of her run below.

Her next class was Master Standard.  We did not place, but she did Q in spite of my not being able to properly handle her & came through for a double Q for the day!

 

Sunday her 1st class was Master JWW and she ran well.  We did not place, but she did Q for 15 PACH points.  This leg also earned her her Master Jumpers Bronze title!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As much as I wanted to try for another double Q, I just was not able to physically run the standard class, so we packed up, stopped for some ice cream for her and went home.

 

 

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