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November 5th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden – Day 2 of the CCKC Agility Trial

Today Jack, Aiden and I were back at the Cape Cod Kennel Club Agility Trial. We had a very successful day.

Aiden’s first class of the day was Masters Standard Preferred. Aiden always seems to be amped up in the first class. Although he was his usual energetic, enthusiastic and loud self, together we managed to get around a tricky course keeping all the bars up and hitting all the contacts. Aiden qualified in 1st place and earned 23 PACH points.

The next class was Time to Beat Preferred. This was a great, flowing course and Aiden set the Time to Beat, qualifying 1st and earning 10 points.

Last up was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. After two days of agility, and 5 previous classes, Aiden was STILL raring to go. He bolted off the start line and unfortunately knocked the bar on the first jump but went on to have a nice run.

No Double Q’s again for us this weekend but we qualified in 4 out of 6 classes, all with 1st places. The most important thing is, and you can see in the videos, Aiden REALLY loves this sport! We had a great time.

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November 4th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden at the CCKC Agility Trial

This weekend the Cape Cod Kennel Club is holding their fall agility trial in Westborough, MA. Jack and I drove up yesterday afternoon to help with the set-up. It was 74 degrees…. on November 3rd…T-shirt weather!!


This morning we were at the trial site at 6:45am. AKC rules require 4 club members to be present before competitors are allowed in the building. Since we are both club members we agreed to be there early and assist.

Aiden’s first class of the day was Masters Jumpers with Weaves preferred. He had a great run and qualified in 1st place and earned 15 PACH points. Another GSD placed 2nd and Aiden’s GSD friend Yasha was 4th. Go GSDs!

The next class for Aiden was Masters FAST. Aiden got the bonus and racked up 78 out of the possible 80 points and qualified in 1st place.

Aiden’s last class was Masters Standard Preferred. He was having a nice run but unfortunately missed a jump. I got him back on track but after that he also had an off-course at the see saw!

The good news is that Aiden did not knock any jumps today!! We were having a spell where Aiden always seemed to knock just one bar.

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October 8th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden – Day 2 at Agility Trial

Today was day 2 of the Western Massachusetts Shetland Sheepdog Agility Trial. Unfortunately for EVERYBODY the day started with rain.

Aiden’s first class of the day was Time to Beat Preferred . He misjudged the entry to the weave poles after a jump. In T2B are not able to knock any bars down or go off course to qualify, but refusals and missed entries to the poles are okay as long as you complete the obstacle. When I called Aiden back to restart the poles he unfortunately took an off course jump which disqualified him. Other than that it was a good run.

Aiden next class was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. It was pouring. Aiden tried hard but ended up knocking three bars.

Trying our best to stay out of the rain


One thing about outdoor trials you are always at the mercy of Mother Nature.


The judge wheeling the course in the rain!


It started to clear up a little by the afternoon and Aiden’s next class was Masters Standard Preferred. He had a really good run…..but nearly went off course. I screamed his name and called him off the wrong jump.  As he came back to me you can hear the reaction from the crowd. The rest of the run went smoothly and Aiden qualified with 1st place and earned 29 PACH points.

The last class of the day was Premier Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. It was a difficult course with backside jumps, wraps and 270 degree turns. Aiden knocked the first jump but otherwise had a good run.

We don’t often trial in the western part of the state. All weekend long people that we don’t know came up to us to compliment Aiden. They all commented on his looks, drive, temperament and said he is what all German Shepherds should be like and asked where he came from. There was a UKC conformation trial at the same site. Several of the conformation competitors came over to watch the agility. A few stopped by and commented on what a great dog Aiden is. Of course we feel that way but it is nice when other people say it. We all know A-T GSDs are the best.





October 7th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden at another agility trial

This weekend Aiden is entered in the Western Massachusetts Shetland Sheepdog Agility Trial at the Fairgrounds in Westfield, MA. We brought Dylan along with us again.

We drove out on Friday and stopped for a quick “pit stop” on the Massachusetts Turnpike and shared a slice of pizza with the boys.


Then we went to the Robinson State Park in Feeding Hills, MA. We walked along the Westfield River and Dylan and Aiden went swimming. Then the dogs played in a big field while they dried off. We had a great time.











This morning unfortunately Aiden’s first class of the day was Masters Standard Preferred. I much prefer when there is a class like FAST or Time to Beat first as Aiden is always so excited in his first run of the day that he needs a class to burn off some of his energy. Because of his over enthusiasm he did not wait at the bottom for the dog walk and took the panel jump at a bad angle knocking it down.

His next class was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. He had a great run and qualified in 1st place. He earned 22 PACH points.

Dylan and Aiden hanging out between Aiden’s classes.


The last class of the day was Masters FAST Preferred. Aiden got the Send Bonus (jump, A-Frame and tunnel with me at a distance of 15′ away) and racked up all the points EXCEPT that he knocked that same darn panel jump which was worth 7 points. Therefore he qualified with a score of 73 out of a possible 80 and placed 1st.



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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