Brady and the Ausdauerprüfung!

On Sunday, 09/09/2012, Michelle and Brady (E-litter Alta-Tollhaus Epic BH HOT Digger x Maika) tried for their Ausdauerprüfung (AD) title. It was a gorgeous day at Lake Hudson State Recreation Area. How did they do? Let’s see.

The team getting ready for the ride which is over 12 miles long.
Brady putting on his “game face”.
All hooked up and good to go…
And they’re off!
So they started going…
…and going…
Brady is not peeing on the judge. Before and during the endurance test, the judge checks the eyes, gums and pads of the dogs.
After the break they head out again.
After almost 13 miles of gaiting, inspections and an obedience routine, Brady emerges victorious!
Brady celebrates by plopping down in the beautiful lake that was nearby.
Then it was time to do some fishing, German Shepherd style.
Victory shake!
Michelle and her boy… sharing the moment together.
“Brady IPO1 AD”

A HUGE congratulations to both Michelle and Brady. Michelle is one of the hardest working trainers I know and Brady is one of the most incredible German Shepherds I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with.


September 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm


September 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Congrats Michelle and Brady!!!

13 miles?? Wow, way to go Brady, you are the MAN!!!!! ‘

I love his game face. 😀

September 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

OK, I can’t even go 13 miles on a bike, so I’m incredibly impressed that Michelle managed this, and Brady managed to do it on foot!

Huge congratulations and hugs to you, Michelle and Brady. I am so proud of you both!

Lisa, Libby & Ziva's mom
September 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Way to Go Brady and Michelle! Do you think spending the summer with Ava helped him get fit??? I agree with Josie, I love the fame face photo, it is awsome.

September 10, 2012 at 8:12 pm

A HUGE congratulations to both Michelle and Brady.
IPO1 and AD in the same weekend – quite the accomplishment.
We never doubted that you could do it. You are a great team!
Looking forward to seeing you at NASS!!!

The Spencleys
September 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Nice job Michelle and Brady! And, great pictures and storytelling, Lee!

September 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Congratulations Michelle and Brady, what a great accomplishment. Rock On!!!

September 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Congratulations, Michelle & Brady! After all of that, I’d be dunking my head too. Now on to Breed Survey mode. 😉

September 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Why to go Michelle and Brady!!! I love that last picture!

Susan P
September 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

Congratulations Michelle and Brady! I love the picture of Brady fishing.

Ann K.
September 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

a dog attached to your bicycle for 13 miles? No wonder you wore the SISU shirt! Congratulations to you both.

September 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

Congrats on the new titles! The AD sounds exhausting and I know the IPO1 is alot of work.

did I miss a post about the IPO title? I want to read details on that one!

September 11, 2012 at 11:22 am

It’s coming…I couldn’t get on the blog all day yesterday because GoDaddy was having problems and they host this site.

September 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Congratulations Michelle and Brady… Great, great job … Well done!!!!
I love the “Game Face” and of course the “Celebration” shot…Good Boy, Brady!

September 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Thanks everybody! A HUGE thank you to Lee, who never left my side all weekend! Thanks for being there for me and most importantly for coming to pick up my boy at the end of it!

The AD was intense…at least it was for us because we had not conditioned much for it. I started biking Brady at the beginning of the summer, but then it got too hot and we stopped. Last Thursday night, I took Brady for a 3 mile bike ride (which was the farthest he had ever gone) and he did awesome. So, we decided to go for it! I have heard many people tell me it is easy and the judge never makes you go the whole way.

Well, let me tell you….Mike Hamilton, told us right away that he was not giving anyone an AD title….he was going to be making us EARN the AD title! Boy, he wasn’t a kidding. He must have said 20 times that day….”This is an endurance test.” He followed us in a diesel truck the entire time! Luckily, Brady was used to road noise, but that truck he was in was loud and smelly. In training, Brady and I usually went about 6.5 mph….uhhhh that wasn’t happening on trial day! If you went too slowly (according to the judge) he would yell out the window to step it up or be disqualified! He would ask people to change pace/location. Our breaks weren’t just for taking a break either. We had to stack our dog and then he did a critique on each one. We also had to do some basic obedience. We came back around to where our cars were parked at 11.36 miles, so I thought…this has been so intense surely he is going to let us stop a little early…..NOPE!! Keep going….faster!!! We ended about a mile and a half from our cars! So, thank goodness Lee was there to come pick us up! The last thing I wanted was for my boy to have to go extra miles! It was a good thing Lee was there, Brady was beat and ready for a break! Brady did awesome, the first 6 miles were a breeze, the next five weren’t too bad, and the last mile and a ½ I’m not sure who wanted to be done more me or him! All in all, it went great and I am so glad we did it!

Thanks for the pictures and the post Lee!

Lee R
September 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

It was fun being there, even though I was nervous the whole time. The truck the judge was being driven in passed me a couple of times and I noticed how bad the diesel emissions were. I can’t imagine having to ride in that for any length of time. It was really loud too… that’s how I could tell when the group was coming back!

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