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.
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.
On December 19th O’Connor turned 11 months old.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Each year at Thanksgiving we head out to Springfield, MA to the “Greatest Show on Dirt”, the Thanksgiving Agility Cluster.
This year was O’Connor’s first Cluster (not as a competitor), he tagged along to support his dad, Aiden! This is a very large, busy, noisy four ring agility trial, with over 500 dogs entered, going on at the same time as an AKC conformation, obedience and rally trial.
Great exposure for a young dog.
As usual we drove out on Thanksgiving Day and set up our crates and chairs at the Eastern States Exposition Fairground and then had dinner at the Storrowton Tavern.
On Friday we woke up to this…
Aiden’s first class of the day was Time to Beat Preferred. He had a clean run and qualified coming in 2nd for 9 points.
The second class was Premier Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. Aiden had a good run but knocked one bar down.
Next up was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. Aiden had a great run on a tough course but unfortunately got a refusal when I did a rear cross.
In between classes we took the boys out for a nice long walk despite the frigid temperature.
Connor found a Styrofoam ring that he thought was great fun to play with
The 4th class was Premier Standard Preferred. Aiden qualified in 1st place.
Aiden’s 5th and final class of the day was Masters Standard Preferred and Aiden was still raring to go! He qualified in 2nd place and earned 23 PACH points.
Aiden’s first day ribbons
On Saturday Aiden’s first class was Premier Standard Preferred. This was a very hard course with the second jump being a “backside”. Bad handling on my part caused Aiden to crash into the first jump as I was so concerned about getting him to the backside of the next jump I called him to soon.
The second class was Masters Standard Preferred. Aiden had another good run but one bar came down.
During an agility trial this large there is always “down time”. We took advantage and brought Connor to the AKC Trick Dog testing area. Each dog is required to pass 10 tricks for the Trick Novice Title. Since Connor has already passed the Canine Good Citizen Test, that counts as 5 “tricks” so he only had to do 5 more.
Walk across balance beam
“Get on” to a table or step with four paws
Jump a low bar
“Touch it” hand or target
Connor passed the Trick Novice test and earned his Trick Novice Title (TKN)
Back to agility…Aiden’s 3rd class was Premier JWW Preferred. This was another challenging course. Aiden had a nice run but took an off-course tunnel.
Aiden’s 4th class was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. He qualified in 3rd place with 19 PACH points. This was his 25th Masters JWW leg and he earned his Masters Jumpers Preferred Bronze Title.
The final class was Time to Beat Preferred. Aiden had a clean run and qualified in 1st place for 10 points.
My cousin and his family flew from England to New York City. His son was running in the NY Marathon. After a few days in NYC my cousin and his wife took the train to Boston. They then came to the Cape for a quick visit with us.
On Saturday morning we were up early and took the dogs for a romp in the Bell’s Neck Conservation area in Harwich.
Later in the day I took the visitors sightseeing. We stopped at the historic Brewster Store.
On our way to Chatham we swung in to BPD for a quick visit
Then to the Chatham Fish Pier where we saw seals.
and to Chatham Light
On Sunday we went to Crosby Landing. There is a Crosby Beach in England that is close to where my cousin lives and they wanted to see our Crosby Beach. Of course the dogs came too!
In late morning Jack and I took our visitors down Cape for more sightseeing. Our first stop was at the site of Marconi’s first transatlantic wireless radio transmission in Wellfleet.
The three of us on the actual site.
We continued on to Provincetown. We went to the Pilgrim Monument and climbed to the top. What a magnificent way to see the Cape.
That’s us at the bottom of the tower! There are 116 steps and 60 ramps to the top.
Me inside the tower
The view from the top
On Commercial Street heading for lunch.
Sadly this morning it was time to say goodbye as our visitors head home to England.