Our training club annual awards banquet was held tonight recognizing each dog and handler team for titles or community recognition earned during the year. We had a nice dinner and afterward the award presentations. Our database manager also put together a lovely video showcasing photos and video clips of our club members pursuing their individual passions with their canine companions.
For 2016 Ziva earned the following titles;
PAM – Performance Award of Merit from the GSDCA, given in recognition and appreciation of animals who display the versatility of the breed by performing in a variety of different performance events..
Not to be forgotten, Libby also earned a few titles;
RE – Rally Excellent
TDIA – Therapy Dog from Therapy Dog International
There was also an award that I did not remember from past years banquets. The club awards a perpetual trophy to the dog and handler team that has earned the most titles with their Novice A dog and this year to our surprise, it was passed down to Ziva and I! Only then did I find out that the last time this trophy changed hands was in 1998! That is why I didn’t remember it. Ironically the last recipient was very longtime member Charlie and his first German Shepherd Zevah! He asked to personally present the award to us and announced “German Shepherds Rule!” Charlie’s last GSD passed away several years ago and at club functions he is usually close by giving my girls attention. Somehow they know he is a German Shepherd guy and they are always thrilled to see him. It was fun visiting with friends and reflecting back on last year and looking forward to our adventures to come.
Ziva finished her OAP title with 2nd place and a a score of 95 (Mom started to head for the wrong obstacle and we lost 5 points for that) at the Central NY Sheltie Club Agility Trial She also earned her 2nd OJP leg with a 1st place and perfect score of 100! The morning was spent doing some tracking and the afternoon doing agility.
Ziva was at the the Flat Coated Retriever Society of America’s All Breed Agility Trials in Erie, PA this weekend. 2 open standard Q’s with 2 first placements. Still having trouble running a second class, especially jumpers class w/my spurs. I need to find a runner or I’ll never be able to get any double Q’s when we are ready.
One of my husband’s friends is a coffee buddy of the editor and apparently men do talk, so some phone calls, emails, some explanations and a lovely photo taken by Andrea came together for the rest of the story.
Ziva’s was featured in an article about receiving her Performance Award of Merit in The Times of Wayne County, a weekly local newspaper.
I am so proud of the kid and all she has done!
I did tell them about Libby too, and was a little disappointed that her accomplishments weren’t mentioned, but I won’t let her read the article and she will get some extra snackies to make up for it 🙂