Ziva’s Mail from the German Shepherd Dog Club America

Ziva got some mail on March 17th (trying to catch up on my posts). She received 2 silver medallions and certificates of achievement from the German Shepherd Dog Club of America. The medallions are given for achieving the highest level of a training venue or a Championship. One was for her Variable Service Tracking title and the other was for her Champion Tracker title earned in October of last year.
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A short clip of her on hard surface at the startline finding the track direction

 

 

Ziva is Back on Track

This weekend we were able to attend the Lake Country Lure Coursers Scent Work trial in Tonawanda. We had entered this trial prior to her surgery & were lucky enough to get into most of the classes we entered.   Ziva was cleared for takeoff Wednesday, (at least for scentwork trials).  This is a new sport for us and since she loves to use  her nose I thought it would be a good fit – – she loves it!  We (I) made plenty of novice mistakes, but she was great. Apparently, THE NOSE KNOWS!  She earned 3 legs in Novice Containers and Novice Interiors completing those titles (SIN & SCN). She also earned 1 Novice handler discrimination leg with a first place and 1 advanced containers leg.  The rooms for the interior searches were too crowded to allow someone in to video, so we don’t have any of those runs.  This was a very challenging environment as it is a training/doggy day care center, so there were interesting smells everywhere.   The other test we entered and had to withdraw from was a school and I think the smells may not have been as distracting, so  I was really pleased with her work in this challenging environment.  Hoping the weather co-operates & we can get into a trial that can offer exterior searches 🙂

 

Ziva Novice A containers – !st place

Ziva Novice A containers – 2nd place

Ziva Novice Handler Discrimination – 1st place

 

Z-Evil loot photo!

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Ziva’s shiny new title certificates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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