Monday, October 15, 2007

Me and My Dawg

One of the PNWWSSC members took photos at last weekend's agility trials. She caught Clifford and I getting ready for one of our runs:


...and wild-eyed coming out of the ring!

Agility really gets the blood running in both human and canine!
- Franna
...and Clifford - AKC and Int Ch. Briarbanc Brych Red Dog, RE, OA, NAJ

5 comments:

Beth & Dennis said...

Wow - look at all the titles on Clifford! Did you put them all on him yourself?

Beth

Franna said...

Beth,
All by myself. ;-)
Actually, my daughter showed him to about half of his AKC points, and put the Int. Ch. on him. He was the first WSS to earn the RE title. It's been slow, compared to the Labradors. A Spaniel is not a Labrador! It's an overachiever family - his sire is a BIS/BISS winner with his MX, MXJ, RN, and his dam is a Westminster BB winner with her UD.
- Franna

Franna said...

...apologies for all the alphabet soup!
BIS = Best In Show
BISS = Best In Specialty Show (in this case the Welsh Springer Spaniel National Specialty)
RE = Rally Excellent - an AKC obedience title, the top level of Rally
RN = Rally Novice - another AKC obedience title, the first level of Rally Obedience
UD = Utility Dog - the highest level of AKC obedience
OA = Open Agility - the second level of "Standard" agility
NAJ = Novice Agility Jumpers - the first level of "Jumpers with Weaves" agility
MX = Master Agility - 10 additional qualifications beyond the highest "Standard" agility title
MXJ = Master Agility Jumpers - 10 additional qualifications beyond the highest "Jumpers with Weaves" agility title.
Did I get them all??? It's a whole 'nother language, eh?
- Franna

oh... Int Ch. - three "V1" or "Excellent" ratings from dog show judges representing at least 2 countries at IABCA shows.

Beth & Dennis said...

That is quite an accomplished family that Clifford is from :-)
It has always been a dream of mine to take a dog through to a UD title. There is talk of setting up an agility course in 100 Mile next year. Have you ever seen a Newf compete in agility?

Beth

Franna said...

Beth,
Newfies do relatively well in agility for big dogs. As I remember the New National had Agility as well as many other performance events, and was well attended. I heard tales of Newf's launching down the A-Frame - touching the top and the contact zone.
I got 2 UD titles many years ago on Labradors, and haven't been in the obedience ring in a while. Maybe again, someday. Rally and agility are a lot more fun.
- Franna