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.
A short clip of her on hard surface at the startline finding the track direction
Ziva is helping Momma get rid of all that nasty snow so we can play more outside.
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!
Ziva’s shiny new title certificates
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 then drove to Marshall, Michigan.
On Monday we went to see Julie and meet the “O” litter puppies in person.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
We got to meet two of the families before we had to start our road trip home.
After we left two more families came to pick up their puppies.
We arrived home on Sunday afternoon. The boys were happy to get out of the car and run around the garden.
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.
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.