Jane Kline and Marty

Imagineer Dream It Do It

RATCHX CZ8S
FM MBDCH
ACT II RI NA NAJ NF CGC TKA
GS-N JS-N RS-N
SPJ RL1

 

My husband had just retired and was ready to get his own companion dog. We had completely different reasons, but we agreed on Marty. She is as comfortable and happy in his lap as she is at Happy Dog Ranch learning new skills. Marty likes variety, her week often includes barn hunt, flyball, agility, rally, and chasing squirrels. She is a great training partner for me and an even better companion for my husband.

Sheri Willis and Madigan

Mad About Madigan

RATCHX6, REX3  

 

Madigan is a super-fun performance dog because she is so enthusiastic and energetic!  Her first sport was Agility but soon after she started competing in Agility we discovered that she LOVES hunting rats.  We are continually introducing her to new sports and she is always happy to try anything.

 

Madigan has well over 100 performance titles - including 9 Championship Titles.  It's no surprise that all 9 of her Championships are in her favorite sport - Rat Hunting!  She has earned 6 Barn Hunt Championships ('RATCHX6') and 2 Hide 'n Seek Championships ('REX3') and she is close to earning her first Agility Championship (hopefully in 2021).  She currently competes in Agility (NADAC & CPE), Rat Hunting (Barn Hunt & Hide 'n Seek), FastCAT and Lure Coursing.

Elaine Nichols and Clay

Lookaway Live, Laugh, Love

RN, CA, DCAT, CGC, TKA, RATCH, FGDCh, MBM

 

Clay is a very active Australian Shepherd.  He loves his sports, at any time he may be doing Flyball, Rally, Coursing, Fast Cat, Tricks, Barn Hunt or playing at home with the Chuck-It.  Anytime he is off lead at home, you'll find him standing where the Chuck-It lives watching it, trying desperately to show you what he wants to be doing next.  

As active as he is, if my lap is available, he's curled up in it.  Basically, if there is something fun happening, Clay wants to be a part of it.  When he goes to visit the farm, he has even dabbled with his herding instincts, trained in tracking and has learned agility skills as well.  Just not enough time to make it all happen.  Although, he's willing to work with his other humans, if Mom is not available.

Lee Holzemer and Gordie

RATCHX Meadowlake Hat Trick CAA FDX

 

 

Gordie is our second Border Terrier; and while a fine specimen of the breed, Gordie has never heard that the Border Terrier is supposed to be one of the more “laid-back” terriers. His breeder told us, “Well, he's not the 'spawn of the devil' of the litter, but he runs a close second!” In general, unless Gordie is asleep, he is running. And he loves Barn Hunt! Not only does he get to do the “terrier thing” of hunting vermin, but he can run, jump, and tunnel through the hay bales. And when I say “tunnel through the hay bales”, I am not just referring to the course tunnel. Gordie has been known to make his own tunnels through the bales in search of the rats! He does know how to put on a show.

Gordie simply loves whatever is happening around him at any given moment. He screams to go coursing or play flyball. He hopes to soon make his debut in the Agility ring. And, in his quieter moments, he loves to snuggle so he may even become a Therapy Dog one day. His enthusiasm makes me smile wherever we may be, whatever we might be doing.

Mary Stevenson and Roo

RATCH A2M Baby Ruth, NA

 

Roo is a very outgoing, GOOFY, pleasant natured dog who loves everyone.  She also is a very tough, pushy dog who will walk all over you if she thinks she can.  This makes training a real challenge at times!

When I picked Roo out of the litter as a 4 week old puppy her breeder said that she should become a nice, middle of the road type of dog.  One of the reasons I picked her was because she had a white stripe on her left flank that looked like a lightning bolt.  Well, anyone that has seen her work knows the lightning bolt was a dead giveaway to her true nature!  She was a natural in Barn Hunt, progressing from never having seen a rat to RATCH in less than a year.  Some runs were so fast that the wranglers had to hustle to keep up with removing the tubes.

Roo is currently trialing in agility at the Novice/Open level, and due to her speed I have asked Kristy to run her.  Sometimes it is still a train wreck, but oh my when her brain can keep up with her body she is truly awesome to watch. 

We are also training to work stock, and if I can get her on the same page that I'm on, I believe she will make an amazing stock dog.  We hope to start trialing next year.

Cathy Naef and Kandu

RATCH9 Contact Points We Kandu It Naef

2015 BHA Nationals - High In Class Round 1

 Kandu is a wonderful companion and I think, one of the most beautiful dogs alive!  She's has a great work ethic and loves to do whatever sport she tries.  She play agility and has dabbled at herding.  But her main love is Barn Hunt.  She just quivers when she's in the blind, waiting for her turn.  She absolutely loves it when the onlookers clap when she has cleared the course.

 

At 10 years old, she is still going strong in Barn Hunt and we are looking forward to the 2016 BHA Nationals.  

 

Kandu's newest adventure, or sport, is Rally.  We hope to start competing in Rally next year.

Lee and Rafe

RATCH Mystik Archangel Raphael

MXB MJS CAX3 THDD FDCH CGC

 

 

Rafe is our first Border Terrier. When we first spoke with his breeder, we told her we were looking for a family companion, although we were thinking about Therapy Dog work. I never dreamed of all the places Rafe would take us. We started puppy classes and had so much fun that one class lead to another and another. Rafe has taken us to Earthdog Tests, Agility Trials, Flyball Tournaments and Coursing Tests.

Our first exposure to Barn Hunt was in May of 2014 in Hendersonville, TN. Rafe thought hunting rats in the hay bales was too much fun, and he picked up his Instinct and Novice titles. While Rafe enjoyed his hunting, I was primarily focused on Agility at the time...until a fall in 2016 when I broke my femur. Fortunately, Barn Hunt doesn't require a handler to run, and Rafe was happy to get back to rat hunting. Rafe is a serious hunter; perhaps not as fast or flamboyant as some, he is steady and dependable. It is a joy to be his partner on the hunt. And both of us are grateful to all of our Barn Hunt friends who have supported us through some rough times.

Oh...Rafe also became a Therapy Dog. Visiting Alive Hospice and an Alzheimer's unit each week, he has over 500 Therapy Dog visits to his credit.

 

Jeanine Collins and Kinetic

RATCH Kinetic de Haute Volee, MAD 

 

Kinetic was bought to be an agility dog (which is he, and a fine one too!), but he's up to play just about any game I want.   We'd been competing in agility for about a year or so, when 1) Kristy started offering barn hunt and 2) my hip replacement decided to come apart. So we added barn hunt to our sports, and had a bunch of fun.   Barn hunt  is very accommodating to mobility challenged handlers -- I went to trials on crutches after I got my hip replacement replaced, with helpers retrieving rat tubes for me and judges being extraordinarily kind. Barn hunt showed me I had a dog who could ignore a crate full of kittens next to the barn hunt ring and keep working, as well as one with smarts -- Kin tends to give an all clear by pointing at standing and pointing his nose at the bin in which the rat tubes are kept.  Want me to find more ratties?  Bring'em back in here!  

Kristy Netzer and Diggity

RATCH3 A2M Hot Diggity Dawg

AD, AXJ, OF, TD3

 Diggity has been such a fun and enjoyable companion and competitor.  It took a while for her to turn on to training.  At first, she would rather run around the agility arena and throw her toys and pounce on them than play with me.  But with a lot of patience, she learned to love working and training.

 

We went to the 2015 Barn Hunt Nationals and I didn't expect much from her.  She didn't seem to love Barn Hunt but I thought it would be fun to go.

 

Boy way I wrong!  It's like she knew we were at a National event.  I couldn't believe my little dog!  She was a rock star and ended up winning the Silver medal.  She was only a year and a half old.  

 

She has just started competing in agility and we are going to start Rally training soon.  I'm so excited about the future with Dig.  Not only is she a lot of fun to train, but she's an awesome dog, too!

 

Kristy and Batman

RATCH2, ADCH Contact Point's Caped Crusader

Batman is a once in a lifetime dog.  He is my heart, my friend, my companion, and part of my family.

 

It doesn't matter what sport we try, he loves them all.  He loves agility, barn hunt, herding, and rally.  If there were other sports I wanted to try, he would be right there, ready to go.

 

But more than anything, Batman loves to be with me.  He is everywhere that I am, watching to be sure I don't do anything without him, and that I'm OK.

Deborah Lannigan-Macara and Rosa
Mary Stevenson and Kess

HC RATCH Lookaway Kess OA, AXJ

 

Roo is a very outgoing, GOOFY, pleasant natured dog who loves everyone.  She also is a very tough, pushy dog who will walk all over you if she thinks she can.  This makes training a real challenge at times!

When I picked Roo out of the litter as a 4 week old puppy her breeder said that she should become a nice, middle of the road type of dog.  One of the reasons I picked her was because she had a white stripe on her left flank that looked like a lightning bolt.  Well, anyone that has seen her work knows the lightning bolt was a dead giveaway to her true nature!  She was a natural in Barn Hunt, progressing from never having seen a rat to RATCH in less than a year.  Some runs were so fast that the wranglers had to hustle to keep up with removing the tubes.

Roo is currently trialing in agility at the Novice/Open level, and due to her speed I have asked Kristy to run her.  Sometimes it is still a train wreck, but oh my when her brain can keep up with her body she is truly awesome to watch. 

We are also training to work stock, and if I can get her on the same page that I'm on, I believe she will make an amazing stock dog.  We hope to start trialing next year.

Kristy and Dabbie

ADCH Red Dawn's Yabba Dabba Dawg

Dabbie is now a senior citizen and earned her RATCH title when she was 13 years old!  And she absolutely loves it!  

Dabbie has been a lont time competitor of agility and is one of the funniest dogs I've ever had.  She loves to stare at the cats who live on our property.  Her indication in Barn Hunt is to find the rats and stare at them.  She doesn't pounce on them, paw at them, or bark.  She just freezes.  Then I know she's found one!

Her knick name is "Officer Dab" because if we every tell another dog to "Knock It Off", she comes running and gives the dog what-for!

I am hopeful that she will be with us for a really really long time.

Boarding, Agility, Barn Hunt!

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