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April 22nd, 2018 by Lynda

Aiden’s birthday and O’Connor’s beach days

On Friday 20th Alta-Tollhaus Aiden turned 6 years old. (“A” Litter (2012) – BSZS V10 Ypsilon vom Lärchenhain SchH3 x V Maikali vom Kirschental SchH2.)

U-Ch, V, PAM Alta-Tollhaus Aiden
IPO-2, VCD 2, CDX, TD, BN, RE, MX, MXJ, MXF, MXP, MJP, NFP, CA, DN, SIN, SEN, SCN, TKI, FDC, CGC, IT, TC, TDI

It was finally a nice day on Cape Cod, with warmer temperatures and sunshine! After work we took Aiden for a birthday walk on the beach. Of course Dylan and O’Connor came too! This was Connor’s first time at the beach. He had a great time following the big dogs, splashing in the waves and digging holes.

It is impossible to get a good picture of Aiden, Dylan and O’Connor together yet!

Following in his father’s footsteps

Today, Sunday 22nd, was another lovely day. I took Aiden and Connor to Crosby Beach in Brewster. I met up with my friends and their dogs and we took the dogs onto the tidal flats. We kept the walk very short, as Connor is still a baby, but Aiden, Lark and Hank got to run more and chase the birds.

Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor at 13 weeks old

Alta-Tollhaus Aiden at 6 years old

 

 

 

 

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April 16th, 2018 by Lynda

Aiden and O’Connor’s weekend

This past weekend Aiden was entered in the Yankee Weimaraner Club Agility Trial in Westborough, MA. We left the Cape on Friday afternoon to meet Mario for Connor’s IPO training. It’s hard to believe it is mid April as our weather continues to be cold and rainy. Despite the weather Connor seems to enjoy the training. (On Sunday we drove home from the agility trial in a snow storm!)

We spent the night at the Red Roof Inn. This was Connor’s second time in a motel and he was very good.

On Saturday the first class of the day was Masters FAST preferred. Aiden was having a good run but did not get the bonus. It was a tough bonus where the dog went through a tunnel, out to a jump and then had to turn back to the A-Frame at a good distance, with a jump on the handler’s line, therefore the handler had to stay behind the jump. A lot of dogs came over the incorrect jump to the handler. Aiden stayed out and tried to understand what I was telling him. He spun in front of the A-Frame and then did it correctly but the judge called him for the refusal.

The next class was Masters JWW pref. Aiden had a couple of refusals and a back jump  and did not qualify.

The last class of the day was Masters Standard Preferred.  Aiden had a good run but going from the seesaw to the poles he had to take the panel jump at an angle and he knocked the top bar down.

In-between runs we took Aiden and Connor for little walks and brought Connor into the building for short periods of time. Connor got to see many different types of dogs and meet a lot of new people.

Connor making himself at home in Aiden’s crate!

…and making himself comfortable to watch the trial!

Checking out the measuring table….”Am I big enough to do agility?'”     “No, not for a long while yet Connor!”

Visiting with friends

On Sunday the first class of the day was Time to Beat. Unfortunately, Aiden knocked the very first bar but continued on with a good run but of-course did not qualify.

Next up was Masters JWW Preferred. Aiden had a great run. He qualified with 1st place and earned 16 PACH points.

Finally, it was Masters Standard Preferred. Coming off the dog walk there was a severe turn to the tunnel under the dog walk. Aiden did not wait for me and jumped off before he touched the yellow contact zone. There were a lot of tricky spots on the course that resulted in some yelling but Aiden was clean the rest of the course. Unfortunately no Double Q.

Aiden only qualified in 1 out of 6 runs this weekend but we had a good time and Aiden ALWAYS enjoys himself.

Father (Alta-Tollhaus Aiden) and son (Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 7th, 2018 by Lynda

O’Connor starts IPO Training

Last week was typical Spring time weather on Cape Cod. We had snow, rain, hail and even a thunder storm. On Thursday it was quite cold and windy but the sun was shining. After work Jack and I took all three dogs for a short walk and romp on a soccer field.

Just before Connor came to live with us we found out that Mario, the IPO Instructor Aiden and I trained with, moved to Indiana. We were devastated. Fortunately for us and Connor, and many other handlers and dogs, Mario has decided to return to Massachusetts weekly for training.

This morning we met Mario to start Connor’s IPO Training.

Phase 1 – Puppy tracking

Phase 2 – Puppy Obedience

Phase 3 – Puppy Protection

On the way to meet Mario on the field Connor stopped to check out the “big boy” sleeve.

This is Aiden in August 2012 at 4 months old at his first day of IPO training.

This is his son, Connor, at 11 weeks old at his first day of IPO training.

We had a great time reconnecting with Mario and many friends. Connor took right to it and had a lot of fun.

Aiden even got some bite work in but Jack did not have the camera with him then. I need to get better “Kennel Help”

 

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April 1st, 2018 by Lynda

O’Connor’s first Agility Trial !

On Saturday March 31, 2018 Aiden was entered for one day in the Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club Agility Trial in Westborough, MA.  The weather has been getting a bit warmer, but not too warm, so we felt this was the perfect time to take the puppy as we could crate right out of our car. Due to Connor’s age we felt that it was best to start him off at a small local trial where we knew most of the people and dogs. We were able to bring Connor inside a few times for a little socialization where he was able to experience the sights and sounds of an agility trial in friendly and positive manner. Everyone there knows Aiden and were thrilled to meet an Aiden son.

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Aiden has not been at an agility trial for a month and training has been limited with our trip to Michigan and getting Connor.

Aiden’s first class was Masters FAST. Aiden had a great run, got the SEND Bonus and racked up the maximum amount of points possible (80). He qualified in 1st place.

Next up was Masters Standard. As usual Aiden was raring to go! He had a great run and qualified in 1st place earning 28 PACH points. There were 13 dogs in Aiden’s class and 6 of them were GSDs. 2 American, 1 white, and THREE West German Show Line!

After our standard run there was quite a break before the JWW run. We took Aiden and son for a walk. They had a great time and really do like each other.

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The last class was Masters Jumpers with Weaves. Another great run.…BUT…. that Long Dangerous Tail knocked one bar. No Double Q for us!

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We had a great time and Connor took everything in stride. Good puppy.

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March 24th, 2018 by Lynda

Introducing Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor

We apologize in advance for the length of this post but it is covering an eight day visit to Michigan and back home to Cape Cod. We thought we would post daily while in MI but seeing the puppies and good friends filled our days.

On Saturday March 10, 2018 Jack and I took Aiden and left Cape Cod for a road trip to Julie’s.

🎼We’re off to see the litter,
The wonderful litter of Os!!”🎼IMG_2769

We spent the night in upstate New York and the next morning headed to Niagara Falls State Park. It was beautiful to see the Falls in the winter.IMG_6553

After taking a walk we drove into Canada and saw the Falls from the Canadian side. IMG_6591

We then drove across Ontario and stopped to see Lake Huron. Aiden was happy to play in the snow! IMG_6663

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We then drove to Marshall, Michigan.

On Monday we went to see Julie and meet the “O” litter puppies in person.

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In the afternoon we took Aiden for a long walk on Julie’s beautiful property.IMG_2899

On Tuesday we went back to Julie’s to help her get the puppies ready to take them to the Veterinarian for their wellness check-up. One healthy group of pups!

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When we got back to Julie’s we let the puppies run around outside with grandmother Inga. IMG_2977

In the evening Andrea came by to see the puppies and then she, Julie, Carl, Jack and I went out to dinner.

On Wednesday we were back to bug Julie and to do some temperament testing with the litter. In the afternoon we helped Julie microchip the puppies.

Wednesday was also Dylan’s 13th birthday! Happy Birthday Dylan. (These pictures were taken just before we left on our trip)IMG_6544

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On Thursday we were, of course, back at Julie’s. We enlisted Carl’s help and got some individual and group pictures of the puppies. Here are  the “O” litter puppies at 8 weeks old.

Alta-Tollhaus O’Hearn (Shelby) – Pink collar girl3-15-18 Pink collar girl- OHearn

Alta-Tollhaus O’Zeke (Zeke) – Light Blue collar boy3-15-18 Light Blue collar boy

Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor (Connor) – Blue Camo collar boy3-15-18 Blue camo collar boy-OConnor

Alta-Tollhaus O’Reilly (Reilly) – Green collar boy3-15-18 Green collar boy - OReilly

Alta-Tollhaus O’Wilson (Willie)  –  Green Monkey collar boy3-15-18 Green monkey collar boy

Alta-Tollhaus O’Casey (Mick) – Blue/Orange collar boy3-15-18 Blue-orange collar boy

Lynda with Aiden and Yoyo3-16-18 Aiden, Lynda and Yoyo

Later Matt and Andrea stopped by to visit with the puppies and we all went out to dinner again.

Trying to choose just one puppy out of 5 males (and a lovely female) proved to be much more difficult than we expected. We agonized all week and decided that the Blue Camo collar boy would become the newest member of our family, Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor. We took Aiden and O’Connor for a nice “get to know each other” walk. Aiden was great with his son!

Jack with Alta-Tollhaus Aiden and Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor.3-16-18 Jack, Aiden and OConnor

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Future herding dog?3-16-18 Aiden and Connor watching the chickens

“I’ll show you how to do this when you are older son”3-16-18 This is how it is done son.

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On St. Patrick’s Day it was time for the “O” litter to go home with their new families. In keeping with the St. Patrick’s Day theme all of the puppies have names with an O’. Each of the puppies was given an Irish bandana to wear made by my friend Shay, of Love n Paws Company.

From left to right: Green monkey, blue/orange, pink, green, blue camo, light blue.

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We got to meet two of the families before we had to start our road trip home.

O’Zeke with his new family – Light Blue collar boy3-17-18 O'Zeke - Light Blue collar boy

O’Hearn (Shelby) with her new family – Pink girl3-17-18 Lisa, Bill and AT O'Hearn - Shelby - Pink girl

After we left two more families came to pick up their puppies.

Alta-Tollhaus O’Casey (Mick) with his new family – Blue/Orange collar boy
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Alta-Tollhaus O’Wilson (Willie)  with his new family-  Green Monkey collar boy3-17-18 Green Monkey collar boy

On Tuesday O’Reilly –  Green collar boy – went to his new home.3-20-18 Autumn and OReilly - Green collar boy

O’Connor with his mother, YoyoIMG_3303

We left Julie’s on Saturday afternoon. IMG_3345

O’Connor was a champ in the car and we made it to Batavia, NY where we stopped for the night.IMG_3354-2

We arrived home on Sunday afternoon. The boys were happy to get out of the car and run around the garden.

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It has been a very busy week getting O’Connor settled in and going back to work. Dylan, Aiden and Lamont have all accepted O’Connor into our pack and O’Connor seems to be adjusting well.

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On Tuesday I took Dylan, Aiden and O’Connor for a walk with my mother and the dog she looks after, Honey Bee.3-20-18 (2)

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Thank you so much Julie for giving us the opportunity to have an Aiden son and for all the time you were willing to spend with us during the week.

Julie, Lynda  and Jack with Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor and Seamus the Leprechaun3-17-18 Julie, Lynda and Jack with AT OConnor

Lynda with O’Connor and AidenIMG_3323

Looking forward to many new adventures with Connor…..IMG_3314

 

 

 

 

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