Jim Murphy and Kie

GCH CH MACH Karlshof Kiedrow Sky MXB MJS NF T2B FGDCH40K CGC TKN

When Dr. Karl Barth (Karlshof), respected miniature schnauzer breeder, retired UT animal nutrition profession, mentor and good friend, decided my wife, Marie, and I were ready for a “show dog”, we picked out Kie from a litter of “his best breeding”.   It was the year the AKC began the Grand Championship title, so we were determined to make Karl proud by showing Kie to his breed Grand Championship.  While Dr. Barth had bred over 50 champions, when he died recently, Kie was his only Grand Champion.   Kie beat the top ranked miniature schnauzer three times on the way to his Championship and won the breed with an entry of more than 30 dogs to finish his Grand.  As he was showing, he began learning Flyball, and he came home on Friday after finishing his Grand in conformation and got his Flyball Champion title with the Music City Road Dogs that same weekend. 

 

Kie began agility training following in the footsteps of our MACH Karlshof Kaiserin Isabella BN RA MXB MJB MXP2 MXPB MJP ONYX TKN.  He learned to weave by the unorthodox method of following Belle tandem in the yard.  Kie is an example of a dog bred for function and temperament.  He exemplifies the hard working, sturdy breed carefully chosen for temperament.  He loves to compete and will do his job for anyone who will reward him and sometimes travels and runs for the Music City Road Dogs without his owners. 

 

A special thank you to Kristy for her tireless and patient efforts to train us.  The most difficult part was training me so I won’t embarrass Kie. 

Carol Whaling and Busy B

ADCH MACH Shazaam's Busy B 

USDAA titles: ADCH, Cynosports Steeplechase Finalist 

AKC titles:     MACH

 

Busy B and I met each other at exactly the right time. We were both at loose ends. I was between jobs, feeling discouraged and invisible. Busy B was looking for a job, too. She'd perfected the art of running underneath the big dogs, shooting out the door, not coming back until dinner time.  When it was time to eat, her little face would pop up and down in the window. Kristy was getting tired of the shenanigans. Because Kristy has amazing intuition, she suggested that I bring Busy B to class; she thought we might enjoy learning together.

 

Busy was completely self-centered and utterly charming. She didn't care if I was happy, made no effort to please me, just wanted to do her own thing. Sometimes this was grabbing my pant legs, untying my shoes, running out of the barn to find cat poop. But I could tell, deep down, Busy loved learning, as long as the goal was fun, nothing too serious. So I sat down next to her in the grass and told her, "If you are willing to work with me, I will help you show off how smart you are. I will help you get a Novice Jumpers Leg." She looked me straight in the eye which I took to mean "OK."  We watched clouds for a minute, sniffed the air, felt the sun. And from that day forward, she watched out the window for me. I started making extra trips to Happy Dog Ranch to get in a little more training, noticed I missed her funny little soft body, when she wasn't around. After a bit of marital struggle, and working through some guilty feelings for my elderly cat and my easily intimidated, gentle sheltie, Busy B moved in.  She was five years old.

 

My gentle, good-citizen sheltie, Ditto, took on more than his fair share of responsibility for being "right" on course so I was in for a shock when Busy B raced around the ring, doing whatever was in her path or caught her fancy. In the beginning, we had an equal number of off-course obstacles as we did on-course obstacles. I assumed she was a "bad dog" until Kristy explained that there was nothing wrong with Busy B; it was me. I was slow, late, vague and flapping my arms. She said, "If you tell her where to go, she will do it." That is what I've been working on these last few years. Busy B's fast reaction has pushed me to react more quickly, too.

 

In the last year or two, Busy B started to care about what I want. She is still a party gal, looking to have fun. But part of her idea of fun now includes being on my team. This is one of the best feelings! I am proud of the fact that I earned her cooperation. Thank you Kristy for realizing we would have so much fun and for teaching us how to become a team.

Laura Novick and May-tal

ADCH Cascade Rescue’s Drops of Dew 

USDAA titles: ADCH, TMB, SAM, GM, JM, RM, SM, MAD

AKC titles:      AX AXJ OF CGC

 

Early in 2014 I decided to look for a second agility dog, a border collie, because I was having so much fun with Yossa. I contacted West TN Border Collie Rescue, and a few weeks later they sent me a picture of a little B&W border collie with heavy ticking in all her white parts that had been turned in to Bedford County Animal Control (supposedly as a stray, but I think by her former owners). She looked straight into the camera with her bright eyes and into my heart. I named her May-tal (an Israeli name that means drops of dew) because of all her spots. She was roughly 5 months old when I got her. I don’t know why she ended up at Bedford County Animal Control, but I’m guessing she was someone’s adorable spotted 8-week-old Christmas puppy who promptly turned into a normal BC puppy. She was smart and needed a job, and I gave her one.

 

She loves agility (she often squeals in pleasure as we drive down Kristy’s driveway toward the arena for class) and has been a great agility (and dog training) teacher for me because she is the opposite of Yossa in pretty much every respect: She is handler-focused, fast, and soft, and she turns on a dime. While running an agility course, she screeches at me if I don’t tell her soon enough where she’s supposed to go. There was LOTS of high-pitched screeching in the beginning! Slowly, though, we’ve figured things out together, and two trials and three weeks before earning our ADCH everything clicked into place. In the three USDAA trials leading up to and including the one in which we earned our ADCH, we had a Q rate of 86% (25 Qs in 29 runs).

 

May-tal was just a few weeks shy of 3.5 years old when she earned her ADCH, so we’re looking forward to a bright (and hopefully long and injury-free) agility future. In March 2017, we earned our final Qs for the 2017 Cynosport World Games in Murfreesboro in October and are looking forward to competing at two regional competitions this summer (in Michigan and Georgia) before playing at Cynosports. We’re also looking forward to making some progress toward earning our MACH this year.

Linda Gower and Nike

CH MACH Barclay Gameon Just Do It

RN, MXB, MJB, OF, T2B, CGC, TKA

Nike is a first for me in several regards. My first girl ever to train and show. My first breed/conformation champion. And she blessed me with my first litter of puppies. I always said I'd never have a girl, my boys are my heart. She has certainly shown me that girls can do it with the same gusto as boys! And take up a piece of my heart just like my boys. 

 

As with every dog we get, they teach us in their own way. She's teaching me softness as her feelings get hurt easily and she's teaching me how fun a girl can be in her playful ways. She's teaching me new ways to handle in agility. I'm loving learning with her. We're just getting started really and I look forward to so many more roads to explore. 

Jean Lavalley and Cheer

ADCH MACH2 Taylormade Cheer For Me

XF, JM, SM

 

 

2012 IFCS World Championships
Gold in Individual Standard
Gold in Biathlon
Gold in Team Triathlon with Ares, Rumble, Sweet and Crackers
Silver in All Around
Silver in Individual Snooker
First in Biathlon Jumping
First in Biathlon Standard
First in Team Standard with Ares and Rumble
First in Team Relay with Ares and Rumble
Second in Individual Jumping

WOW what an AMAZING accomplishment!!!

 

Cheer was born at Crystal Ferraiuolo‘s house because I hoped if the litter was raised there I could prevent myself from wanting one of the pups. We named the litter Christmas names, and I thought she was such a pretty little thing I decided she would be “Cheer”. I thought it was a perfect name for a pup in a repeat litter of my 18 month old Spec who is such a happy girl herself. Maybe I was doomed from that moment.

I spent most of her early days talking myself out of keeping her, but in the end she spoke to me in a way I was unable to ignore. Then I “decided” she would be Joel’s next dog once I could talk him into another dog and get her started in her training. Joel decided that she was the most talented dog to join our family since our beloved Taz, and that there was no way he would take her from me. Sometime around 2 years old, I just couldn’t hold back anymore and I allowed myself to fall in love with her.

I’ve been breeding Shelties a long time, and I believe Cheer is everything I was breeding toward all along. She is lovely, athletic, happy, smart and has drive to spare. Spaying her at 2 ½ was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done because she is so nearly perfect, but it meant that she and I could move forward and focus on her career without the worry of seasons/breedings/puppies. 

Cheer achieved her ADCH before her 3rd birthday at PAWS in Holly Springs, MS on Nov 14, 2010. I almost couldn’t believe it myself because I had been telling myself and others how much slower to mature than Spec she was. Those words didn’t taste too bad though!

Kristy Netzer played a vital role in helping me *believe* Cheer could be a gambling dog to achieve that hardest part of the ADCH for me.

Jean Lavalley and Spec

MACH5 Taylormade Spectacular Light

XF, APD, 2009 USDAA Performance GP Champion

When Spec was born she was the "runt" of the litter. *She* was not what I had envisioned when I did the breeding for my next dog. I like a Sheltie to look like a Sheltie is "supposed" to look, and since Spec looked like a cross between a Sheltie and an Italian Greyhound, she wasn't ideal in my mind. As time came for the pups to go to their new homes, I realized that since she was the puppy I was comparing all the others too, then maybe my heart had already chosen. Throughout her puppy hood she had several health issues including a heart murmur that led to me jokingly giving her the label “my practically perfect puppy.”

When I started introducing her to agility, she seemed content to do the exercises very methodically. I kept the training light and positive, and put a TON of my own energy into every session. When I started sequencing with her my little agility dog awoke. She just "understood" the idea of a course as the goal, and now saw more point in running fast. At the trials she was so easy. She went as fast as she could go and still succeed. I was a little worried she wouldn't ever really be fast, but the more confident she grew and the more skills she learned, the faster she ran. She started showing in September and she qualified for AKC world team tryouts in April just 7 months later! Before 4 years old she had acquired 2 MACHs, her USDAA APD, and was the 12" USDAA Performance Grand Prix Champion in 2009. She was also in the middle of a streak of QQs in AKC that ended with 14 QQs in a row. She put a new spin on my "Practically Perfect Puppy" joke....and the joke was on me!

Samantha Saldana and Sadie 

AKC

PACH RA MX AXJ MXP3 MXPB MJP5 MJPS PAX OF OFP T2B T2BP CGCA - #10 PACH Labrador Retriever 2015

 

USDAA/Cynosport

 MPD APK APS SPR ARCHX ARCH RL3-AOE RL2X RL2-AOE RL1X RL1-AOE - #6 ARCH dog 2013

UKI

IWAC IAC 

ASCA

RS-O JS-O GS-N

Sadie is the first dog for both my husband and me, adopted from animal control at one year old after being found as a stray. She came to us with a love of people, an appetite for shoes, and a complete inability to interact appropriately with other dogs. Instead of getting an easy pet, we ended up with the best teacher a future agility handler could ask for.

 

Sadie's training started late, when she was about four, and I didn't initially seriously consider trying to compete with her. But as she grew more confident, and I learned how to help her cope with other dogs, we truly turned into a team. Our first day of competition, we took home Q's and a hunger for more. A fist-full of treats at the end of each run certainly helped incentivize the typically food-driven Labrador!

 

Now, Sadie is my rock. She was ranked the 2013 #6 ARCH dog nationally in World Cynosport Rally, ran in the first ever Westminster Agility Championship in 2014, played in the 2014 USDAA NE Regionals, ranked the 2015 #10 PACH Labrador Retriever by the AKC, and competed at our first National Agility Championship in 2016 at the tender age of 10. Along the way she has joyfully jumped, weaved, and climbed her way to her PACH, IWACs, and IACs.

 

Our journey has not been easy, but it has certainly been immensely gratifying!

Jeanine and Gaia

PDCH Giftnell's Blue Moon 

Gaia came to the U.S. at age 6, having been bred in South Africa and competing primarily in Germany during her years.   She was my first border collie puppy, and taught me all sorts of things --puppies can jump on kitchen counters, a four jump leadout is not impossible, and running contacts can be fun -- except when there's an off course tunnel at the end of the dogwalk.....Running Gaia in agility is pretty much like wearing your most comfortable set of shoes -- she knows it all and we always have a good time.    Love my little blue border girl.  

Billy and Miss E

MACH2 Miss-E

MXB2, MJC, OF, T2B3

Miss-E is a seven year old border collie that I got from breeder Trey
Hunter. She comes from a line of border collies that include five
championships. Her heritage includes Bill ABC 95965 who was two-time
USBCHA Finals Champion, Nan ABC 77943 who was one-time USBCHA Finals
Champion and one-time G.B. International Champion, and Ben ABC 77944
who was one-time USBCHA Finals Champion.

Miss-E had her debut in agility at fifteen months old in Evansville,
Indiana and started her career with four 1st place finishes. After
that trial Bonnie Drabek, one of the judges told me that I had a
special little girl and she has been proven to be exceptional. She
currently has a qualifying rate of 59.7% and has been documented
running at 7.2 yards per second. In her four years of competition she
has qualified for AKC Nationals each year.

She was named “Miss E” in memory of a dear friend, Elizabeth
Bumbalough, who was taken from here with cancer.

Miss E is working on MACH3, loves herding, and is a loving companion.
I love agility for the competition and the comradery, but Miss E adds
an extra component of enthusiasm and speed that is wonderful to
experience.

Laura and Yossa

MACH Yossa

MX MXB MXJ MJB OF T2B CGCA

 

In October 2011, I visited local shelters to find a new puppy because my old dog had just died. A little spotted girl born at Metro Nashville’s Animal Control eight weeks earlier stole my heart. I named her Yossa (Josie in Hebrew). When Yossa was about 4 months old, I decided it might be fun to try agility. When she was 10 months old, we finished obedience training and started learning how to play the agility game. What fun! Eight months later (1/27/13), we entered our first trial. Yossa was having trouble staying in her crate, so I entered the January NDTC trial for the standard class on Sunday only, as the price of admission for a weekend of crate training in a trial environment. Fortunately, Yossa’s crate behavior was appropriate, so we got to experience our very first competition run. Not only did Yossa have a qualifying run, but she got first place (a legitimate first as another dog Qed as well). I was hooked! The blue ribbons disappeared when we got out of excellent, but by that time I was truly addicted to agility. Yossa may not be fast enough to compete for placement ribbons, but she wants to get things right and she’s incredibly consistent. Two years to the day after we started competing in agility (Sunday of the January 2015 NDTC trial, in the standard class), Yossa earned her MACH (with 34 double Qs and 752 points). We also compete in USDAA and UKI and are working toward our championships in those venues.

 

Yossa entered my life when I needed a companion. She’s sweet and gentle and loves people and other dogs. She’s a wonderful big sister and mentor to my BC puppy and a 53 pound lap dog. Congratulations, Yossa, my heart dog!

Linda and Tag

MACH3 Jility Gotcha Game On

BN, RE, MXC, MJC, XF, T2B

 

Tag has been my challenging boy, but as usual, with challenges come broadened knowledge. I've learned a lot with him and he continues to teach me. He's a very soft boy and loves his fans. The socializing at trials is his favorite part, but he's come to finally realize the fun in the runs. I continue to try to find his speed buttons, and figure out how to bring out his best performance. 

Linda Gower and Chase

MACH5 Barclay Piece of the Action

BN, RE, MXS2, MJS2, MXF

Chase and I have had a special bond right from the start! I had just euthanized my first poodle, Duncan and wasn't quite ready for a new dog. I contacted the breeder I wanted my next puppy from, thinking it would be a while before she had one available. To my surprise, she had a littler of puppies that was ready to go to their new homes. The kicker was that they had been born on the same day I’d lost Duncan. Well, that sealed the deal! Chase came to live with me on that good karma note in the fall of 2004. We started playing agility from the day he came home and he loved it from the start. He’s a very outgoing and drivey little boy who is the apple of my eye. His only question is how far and how high?

We've earned many first places in our agility career together. With this wonderful boy, we earned our first MACH and qualified to compete at the AKC Agility Nationals. We earned our MACH on June 28, 2009. At our first AKC Agility Nationals in 2009, Chase was #33 in a very competitive 12” class. At the 2010 Nationals he was ranked 24th out of 168 in the 12” height. 


I couldn’t have asked for a better teammate, pet or companion. He’s with me every second I’m home and always looking for a game.

Nora and Bailey

MACH Bailey CGC

In March, 2006, I came home from work one day and this little “stray” was sitting on my front porch. I had no clue what breed he was, and he had no collar or other type of identification on him. At the time I thought he was some sort of weird-looking Jack Russell terrier. My vet told me he is a “rat terrier”, and I knew nothing at all about this breed. Turns out he was owned by a neighbor who lives a mile down the road from us who does not believe in keeping her dogs “up”. He is from Indiana and was born on October 1, 2005. I returned him to his rightful owners on five different occasions… he kept returning to our house, so eventually the owner gave him to us, stating that we had “ruined him” by allowing him to be inside our house. At that time he was six months old and was SO hyper…he obviously needed a job to do. So the world of agility opened its doors to us in October, 2006 when we began training.

My background was in schutzhund with german shepherds, so this little 9 lb, skinny, long-legged pup was quite a challenge for me. I had never seen a clicker, and my training methods were hardly of an operant nature. I struggled with trying to UNtrain me…REtrain me… and train this little four-legged dog using methods I had never used before. From the very beginning, Bailey has been my heart dog as no other dog has ever been. He often accompanied me to the nursing home where my mom resided for six years until her passing in May, 2010. He delighted in interacting with the patients there. Although we never pursued obtaining his therapy dog certification, there is no doubt in my mind he would make an excellent therapy dog, as comforting the elderly seems to be his primary gift.

I’ve often heard that we get the dogs we need and not necessarily the dogs we want. Such is the case with Bailey. He has been my comforter, my companion, and definitely my canine soul mate.

Our journey to Bailey’s MACH has been somewhat of a struggle for us both. But as so often the case, the more difficult the journey…the sweeter the destination. I love all of my dogs, but this little furboy has a special place in my heart, and always will.

Sandra and Luke

MACH 4 Sancrest Luckenbach

UD, RE, MXF, AD, VER

 

 

Luke is an apricot standard poodle born April 17, 2001. He is currently working on UDX in obedience, and learning to track. Luke is the happiest and most willing of workers and a true joy each day!

Gretchen and Boston

MACH2 Boston

 

 

Wanda and Streak

MACH Regen’s Bismarck Lemans Streak

VCD3, RA, TDX, JH, MXF, SD, RD, VX3, NAVHDA, NA, Prize I

 

 Five year old Streak is owned and handled by Wanda Gunter from Portland, TN. He earned his MACH on June 3, 2011 in Buckner KY in fine style with four 1st place finishes. Streak has a heart larger than life, his work ethic is outstanding and shows in all he does. Before the age of 2 Streak had earned his RN,RA,CD,CDX,TD,TDX,NA,NAJ,OA,VCD1 and V, he continues training and showing in the various events showing just how versatile he is.

He was ranked #4 agility weimaraner for 2010 and is also ranked #4 so far for 2011. Streak was invited to and competed at the AKC Agility Invitational in 2009 and 2010, the #4 ranking also earned him an invitation to the 2011 event with plans of attending.

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