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September 21st, 2017 by Julie K.

Mika is 13 weeks old

A big milestone for Mika 😊

Her ears are still standing, she loves to play, follow her humans around and will do anything for freeze dried lamb!

I post all her pictures on Instagram @stevetopdog – these are some of my recent favorites. She is truly a joy!

Mika is Alta-Tollhaus Michigan from the M litter. Tenno vom Bellissimo and Alta Tollhaus Juno.


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September 18th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden at the PVKC Agility Trial – Day 2

Yesterday was day two of the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club Agility Trial and it was not a good day for Aiden.

It was a very foggy morning during the walk thru for Premier Standard.



Aiden’s first class was Premier Standard. He got off to a good start but missed the correct entry to the weave poles. Then he had a slight hesitation at a jump and the judge called a refusal. Overall it was not a bad run.

Next was Masters Standard Preferred. Aiden was wound! He did the first three obstacles and then kept going straight when he should have turned to a jump. I got him back on course but then he knocked a jump on a turn. As Aiden was on the table Jack went to zoom in with the video but hit the wrong button and the video stopped.

The sun came out and it started to get hot. Aiden and Dylan relaxing in the tent.


…and waiting for a treat


Aiden’s next class was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. This did not go well either. Aiden knocked a jump, went in the wrong side of a tunnel and got a refusal for spinning at a jump!

It is a 3 hour trip home so we decided to start taking the tent down and packing up the car. By the time we had everything ready to go it was just about time for the Time to Beat class to start. As Aiden was entered in it we decided to stay. Aiden had a great run and set the Time to Beat. He won the class and earned 10 points.


September 16th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden at the PVKC Agility Trial

This weekend Aiden is entered in the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club Agility Trial in Westfield, MA. As this is an outdoor trial at a fairgrounds we decided to bring Dylan along with us.

Aiden and Dylan on the road on FridayIMG_1498

We stopped for lunch and the boys got a burger!IMG_1501

Aiden’s first class this morning was Masters FAST Preferred. Aiden got the tough bonus, which involved taking the tunnel entrances furthest from the handler with a jump in-between. He knocked one jump as I was being greedy and trying to get an extra 3 points but the angle to the jump was not good and the bar came down! (In FAST you can knock jumps without being disqualified but you do not get the points for the jump). Aiden scored 74 points for 1st place.

Aiden’s second class of the day was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. This was a difficult course with a very tricky tunnel entrance. Aiden had a clean run and placed 1st. He earned 21 PACH points.

It had been fairly warm but overcast earlier in the day but then the sun came out and it got hot. We took the boys to cool their feet in the very small pool!


Then Dylan and Aiden rested in the tent.IMG_0886

Our friend Jamie came by to visit with Caper. Dylan and Caper are ab0ut the same age (12+ years old) and did agility back in the day!IMG_1579

By the time it was Aiden’s turn to run in Masters Standard Preferred it was 87 degrees. It did not slow Aiden down in any way! Aiden got through the difficult beginning of the course but took an off-course jump near the end. It was a great run.

We had a great day. Back to the trial tomorrow.IMG_1607



September 7th, 2017 by Julie K.

Mika’s board and train


Update on Mika (Alta-Tollhaus Michigan) Mika is now ten weeks old and weighs 15lbs. We love her so much. She truly is a wonderful puppy. We do a lot of little training sessions throughout the day, and Mika has been working for most of her food. She LOVES playing ball and chasing her toys around! The following pictures are from the week we went out of town and boarded her with our friends at Valor k9 in Spokane. The following photos are all taken by Valor k9 Academy, captions as well. See their Facebook or Instagram for more.




“Took Mika on a field trip today! This little girl is a peach. Such a fun, confident pup. She handled all the new people, places, sights, sounds and surfaces beautifully. A testament to great genetics and breeding!”


“Mika exploring”




“A little focus work”


“Hey, why didn’t that hooman stop and say hi to me?” 😂 About 5 people after this stopped to say hi. She loves everyone! 😜


“Confident on an elevated surface”




“She saw her reflection and didn’t mind one bit. She knows she’s cute!”


“Mika’s mom got the best patch ever for her harness!”


“All done. 20 minutes. So much great exposure. Success!!”

September 5th, 2017 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Ziva at the Alaskan Malamute Agility trial

We were having company over labor day weekend, but I managed to sneak a day in on Friday to play agility.  Ziva had a Q and 3rd placement in Master Standard behind 2 MACH dogs that are now showing in preferred and a GREAT Jumpers run.  Unfortunately I sent her over the wrong jump, so no double Q 🙁  She is always so consistent, but my nerves get in the way, so I need to get my act together to complement her good work.


Sent her over the wrong jump so no Q