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September 2nd, 2018 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Ziva’s March Agility Weekend-Late But Not Forgotten

Ziva and I were at Butler Agility trial on 3/10 & 3/11.

On Saturday, our first class of the day was Master Jumpers.  Ziva had a Q and 2nd place!


Our second class of the day, Masters Standard,  I ruined our chance at at double Q by sending her to the wrong Tunnel mouth with my feet 🙁

On Sunday, I got my act together (sort of)  and Ziva reliably came thru for me with a double Q!!!! 🙂

Our first class of the day was Masters Jumpers.  Ziva Q’d with a second place!


Our Masters Standard run for the double Q and 1st place!

August 18th, 2018 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

2018 – – Ziva’s Year for Invitationals & the unexpected.

2018 has been quite a year, both good and bad.  In March I noticed a lump on my back.  To make a long story short it was cancerous.  6 weeks of daily radiation was followed by surgery to remove the mass the end of July.  On August 1st , while I was still in the hospital, Ziva received an invitation to the AKC national Tracking invitational held the first weekend in October. Only dogs that are Champion Trackers can compete in this event.  She earned her qualifying Champion Tracker title in October.


























After I got home from my surgery on August 3rd, I received another lovely surprise.  Ziva qualified and was invited to compete in the Annual Top 20 Agility Preferred Invitational event at the German Shepherd Nationals .  During my treatments, we were able to continue to compete until the end of May, when I just was not up to running her anymore, or doing much else for that matter.  Considering we were only able to compete for 5 months out of the qualification period I must say this was totally unexpected.
































It has been 3 weeks since my surgery.  The biopsy and lung scan were both clean.  Now it is rehab for me bigtime.   Ziva and Libby were excellent and attentive nurses during my illness, but they are both happy to be getting some “normal” back in their lives.    I have entered Ziva in the tracking invitational and am working hard on being ready if she is selected for the draw.  Taking one day at a time, but planning for the future again 🙂

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.

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.



May 7th, 2018 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Ziva working a little of this and a little of that

I had promised Ziva I would never take her in the ring again for an obedience sit/stay lineup after she was attacked 2 x in Novice,  Since there was a 3 minute out of sight sit and 5 minute out of sight down in open, that meant we would never try to get her CDX.  The AKC eliminated that exercise and replaced it with a command discrimination exercise, so it is game on for us again:)  She carried over the fear of the other dogs into all aspects of being in an OB ring, so we have been working on that anyway since I would like to show her in Rally.  We had the chance to enter a fun match over the weekend & I have never seen her happier in this type of setting.  There is still some worry, but she would work for food & toys which she never would do before AND she did not shut down. Some snippets of some of the Open A exercises are below