The Chronicles of Z – Week 2

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Hi everybody!  It’s me, Z, again.  I’m checking in with everybody to let you know about my 2nd week in my new home. It was a fun week as I get more comfortable with all of my new siblings.  They’re all a lot of fun, but Luna is the most fun!  She plays with me all of the time.  Jane is starting to like me more and we’ve had a few play times that were […]

The Chronicles of Z – Week 1

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Hi all!  My name is Z.  I used to be called Black Widow, but my dad says I needed a name that was easier to say when we’re running really fast at something called agility.  I don’t know what agility is yet, but my dad says I’ll know soon enough. I’ve been with my new family for a week now.  When I left my old family said I was “going south” which they said would […]

Recap – 2017 Midwest Agility Open

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On October 14th, 2017 the 2nd annual Midwest Agility Open took place in Dixon, IL at the Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment Facility.  Last year the event was held outdoors at my house, but this year I wanted to move it inside because you don’t want to tempt mother nature too much.  And as it would happen, thankfully we went inside this year.  It was a gloomy and rainy all day long with periods of thunderstorms […]

Onyx and Running Dog Walk

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Running dog walks (RDW).  To do or not to do.  For those of us who have trained one it becomes addicting and we want to train all of our dogs to have one.  For those of us who have trained one it can be frustrating to train one because it can take a long time and sometimes that’s all we get with the dog.  We never get the additional behaviors one would like–turns, lateral distance, […]

Midwest Agility Open – Final Results

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Here’s everything from the Midwest Agility Open that was held on Oct. 22nd. Results and course map from Round 1 are here. Results and course map from Round 2 are here. Results and course map from Round 3 are here. Results and course map from Round 4 are here. Final, combined results are here. YouTube live stream recording #1 is here. YouTube live stream recording #2 is here. It was a fabulous day to do agility […]

MACH Luna

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Well, this finally happened. At 5.5 years old we finally achieved our MACH title under a Malinois judge no less!  We’ve been chipping away at it over the years, but due to not trialing in AKC a lot it’s been slow going.  This year, though, she’s been on fire.  A big cause for that is probably because I dropped her to 24″ this year instead of the 26″ that I had been jumping her at […]

Advancing Agility in America

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I’ve felt for quite a while now that it doesn’t feel like agility in America is advancing at a pace that other parts of the world seem to be advancing.  My experiences competing overseas just amplifies that feeling I have.  The courses, the atmosphere, the mentality all seem to be at a different level in this country compared to Europe.  There is nothing necessarily wrong with that as the demographics and audience in America are […]

European Open 2016 Recap

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The 2016 European Open that just concluded marked the 3rd time that Luna and I have traveled to Europe to compete at the event.  The event is probably the largest agility event being held currently.  While it is not the most prestigious event I believe it is by far the hardest event to compete at and actually medal in.  Just the sheer number of competitors means that anything can happen.  On top of that, all […]

WTT 2016 – Can AKC Do Better?

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On May 7th-9th, in San Jose, CA the American Kennel Club held their annual World Team Tryouts in order to select the 12 teams to represent the AKC and the USA at the Agility World Championship.  87 teams from around the country made the trek to California in order to try and be one of the teams selected for this prestigious team.  This will be the 20th year that the AKC has fielded a team to […]