A New Activity for Ziva

A New Activity for Ziva

Now that the Blog has worked out some of it’s bugs, I can publish some of these older posts.

Ziva has been such a hard, honest worker over the years in various dog sports. She has always loved using her nose and she is not ready to retire so it seemed natural to try our hand at some of the newer scenting venues. On May 17 we tried our hand at a Barn Hunt trial. We had taken several lessons and it seemed like a perfect match. She gets to hunt for vermin AND stay at a hotel, 2 of her favorite things 🙂

At the different levels, dogs must go through a tunnel, climb on bales of straw and find the rat all in a set amount of time. The time and number of rats varies based on the level. At Novice we had to find 1 rat in 2 minutes. There were 2 trials the first day and 2 trials the 2nd. You need 3 legs at a level in order to title and move up to the next level. Ziva qualified in Novice both days, placing 2nd and 3rd with times of 51 seconds and 1 minute 6 seconds. She had 2 minutes to complete all of the elements. On day 2 in her 1st run, she completed all of the elements in 12 seconds, placing 1st, earning her RATN title and was also High in Class!

The new RATN! Ha Ha, look at the little rat at the bottom of the photo

Multi- Performance Champion – – CT PACH Alta-Tollhaus Ziva!!!

Multi- Performance Champion – – CT PACH Alta-Tollhaus Ziva!!!

I am over the moon to announce the German Shepherd Dog Club of America’s newest Multi- Performance Champion – – Alta-Tollhaus Ziva!!!! Ziva is the 11th German Shepherd Dog to have been awarded this title from the parent club. This award is given for dogs achieving a Championship in two or more Performance Venues. Ziva is a Champion Tracker and most recently earned her agility championship. 
Ziva’s full name and her various titles: PACH CT VP MPCH PAM Alta-Tollhaus Ziva, VCD1, CD, TD, TDX, VST, BN, RN, RA, RE, FDC , MXP, MXP2, MXP3,MXPB, MJP, MJP2, MJP3, MJP4,MJPB, PAX, NFP, ACT1, SCN, SIN, TDN, TKI, TKA,TKP DN, CGC, HIT, TC, TDI, AKC ACHIEVER DOG

Alta-Tollhaus Gavin x Alta-Tollhaus Bailey

Ziva playing agility, tracking & her favorite-entertaining her friends!




Ziva is my Novice A dog so we were trying our hands for the first time in all of these sports. What a ride this girl has taken me on!

Earning her Multi-Performance Championship and PACH in 2019 was a ray of sunshine for me after a really rough 2018. We stated to run again at the end of 2018 after a 6 month break. She really stepped up, getting the last 7 double Q’s in 10 trials.

In 2018 in spite of only showing for 5 months of the annual qualifying period, she was one of the top 20 preferred German Shepherd agility dogs and we were invited to compete at the nationals in October. Unfortunately, I may have pushed myself too much and on the way down, ended up in the hospital for a week in Ohio. Luckily my nephew lived close by and he was able to take Ziva until we were able to get her home.

In 2018 Ziva also qualified for the AKC 2018 National Tracking Invitational. We entered, but sadly we were drawn 24th for the 12 available slots.
Tracking is the sport that really holds her heart.  We started tracking in June of 2013 & she certified and passed her TD several months later on the first try in October.  In 2014 she passed her TDX on the 2nd try – her first TDX 2 weeks prior was the first time she ever crittered while tracking-what a surprise that was!    In 2017 she passed her VST and became a tracking champion on the 2nd try.
Since her CT, Ziva is enjoying another nose sport.  She loves AKC scent work and in the spring of 2018 earned her SIN and SCN titles in a weekend trial..

In 2016 she was a German Shepherd Dog Club of America Performance Award of Merit recipient. This award, is given, by the GSDCA in recognition of dogs displaying the incredible versatility and intelligence of the breed by completing titles (one at the most advanced level of training) in three different performance areas; Obedience, Herding, Agility, Tracking, or Working Dog events.

Our real story is not about blue ribbons and new titles.  We (well me anyway) may not be flashy and fast, but Ziva & I are a solid, united team on and off the competition field.
Years ago I told Julie on my application for a puppy that I just wanted a nice, healthy pet. I got that and so much more! I got the best dog in the world!  You may know her as Ziva, but she also answers to Z, Zivy Weavy and Twerple Derple.  Ziva is very special in her work ethic, devotion and willingness to try anything as long as we play the game together. She was my rock during 2018 when I was diagnosed with cancer in March. Ziva had been telling me it was there for several months, but I did not understand what she was saying. During 2 months of radiation and the surgery that followed she was my devoted nurse. Her head always found its way to my lap when I needed it during this very rough patch in my life.  Throughout my illness, she was always close by my side for support during radiation treatments, surgery and rehabilitation as I slowly regained my strength and use of my arm.  She took over as my chief nurse,  making it clear to all that her current assignment was not playing ball, chasing squirrels or going on walks. She would not go out with fur sister Libby and my husband to play in the back yard.  She was now always there, watching me.  Friends that know her well commented on how serious she had become & this made me sad because she is normally such a happy, playful girl.  On my second week home after surgery, she brought me her favorite well worn ball and put it on my chest.  She was telling me it was time to start getting back to normal & I believed her because she is always right.

Ziva reminds me that no matter what we do it’s just a game I’m privileged to play with my best friend. Laugh when you don’t Q and cry when you do and you’ll be playing it for the right reasons. Thank you Ziva!

An Aiden and O’Connor update

An Aiden and O’Connor update

The weekend of December 7 – 9 Aiden was entered in the Yankee Golden Retriever Agility Trial in Amherst NH. 
On Thursday December 6th we met Mario for IPO training. Both boys did really well in all three phases.

Aiden in Protection
O’Connor in Protection

After training we headed up to NH. 

Over the weekend at the agility trial Aiden qualified in five classes including earning a Triple Q! Overall he earned four 1st places and one 2nd place.


Aiden with his Triple Q ribbons on Saturday


O’Connor got to have a mini puppy party with some other pups at the trial.
Jack and O’Connor hanging out at the trial

On December 19th O’Connor turned 11 months old.

O’Connor


On Saturday December 22nd Aiden and O’Connor met their friends, Lark and Hank, at Nickerson State Park in Brewster for a nice walk in the woods and around the pond.

Hank, Lark, O’Connor and Aiden

On December 23rd we found out that Aiden is featured on the cover of the January 2019 issue of Clean Run magazine. This is a national agility magazine.

Christmas Day

O’Connor, Dylan, Aiden and Lamont (the cat)

A walk at Bell’s Neck Conservation area in Harwich on Christmas Day

It has been our tradition for many years to spend our wedding anniversary on December 28th in New Hampshire at the 3 day Bearded Collie Club of America Agility trial. On Friday Aiden gave us a great Anniversary present…a Triple Q !!
After the trial on Saturday we went for a lovely walk with Aiden and Connor at the Joe English Reservation area at the Peabody Mill Environmental Center in Amherst. The boys had a great time running in the woods and splashing in the stream!

There are TWO GSDs in this picture

Overall Aiden qualified in 7 out of 11 runs with five 1st places, a 2nd and a 4th place and earned his Time to Beat Preferred (T2BP) Title. Not a bad way to end the year! It was a fun weekend, doing what Aiden and I both love…playing agility! Jack and Connor had a good time too!

Alta-Tollhaus Aiden and his son, Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor

A Double Q Weekend for Ziva!

A Double Q Weekend for Ziva!

Now that Ziva & I are getting back to the game after 5 months off for my illness, I entered her in the Flat Coat Retriever Agility Trial. What a great return to the game! Double Q’s and placements on Saturday and Sunday, an Open FAST leg and a Masters Standard Bronze title! What a good girl!


Saturdays JWW course-if only I could learn to keep my arm down when I run.  It really slows her down :(


Sundays Standard Course


She also had to check out the Grinch!