Thanks much to Ifan Griffiths for the fantastic photos from KC Fest.
Zae and I will travel to Germany this August to compete at the Berger Agility Sommer Event in Borkin, DE and then the travel to England by caravan for the next weekend at the Kennel Clubs International Agility Festival. B.A.S.E. is an international all pyrshep competition. Many of Zae’s relatives will be there along with tons of other amazing pyrsheps! I am looking forward to seeing friends old and new. 🙂 KC Fest is a huge four day event outdoors.
Recently we had competed outdoors one day and there was a chance it could rain. Everyone was hoping the weather held off while I was secretely hoping that it rained for practice for Zae. :o) He had only competed outdoors once before many months ago so and much to my approval it did rain for our first run in the morning quite steadily. The surface was safe just a wet hazey rainy morning. Zae was completely unphased and ran great. Good dog. Sometimes he’s just too easy and perfect in his own way. That being said, little princess Mayhem who does NOT like the rain actually did run (I completely expected nothing out of him…but you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take right, ha!) and Q’d!
I am looking forward to traveling, spending some extra time and going on extra adventures with my little skipskap. Regardless of how he may or may not do at any of these competitions the trip will be a wonderful time. At B.A.S.E. we are going for the fun and novelty of it (and cool that we are coming from the USA for it as I’m sure not many are) but I do not expect anything out of Zae’s level at the event. He is a young dog and has come a long way and I look forward to continuing to grow as a team with him over time. What is most important are the little beautiful moments…they are building blocks. And KC Fest is just a bonus for fun. My intentions are to just have fun and take it all in stride with Zae. It will be good practice and a fun first ‘international’ or large event for him. I am thinking of it as a like a training boot camp and not as a competition. See what skills we do have, see where we can improve and train better.
As for now we are mostly on an agility break. Mayhem recently earned QQ #10 putting him halfway to his championship!! And Zae passed the CGC test (a temperament test). I really do adore these PyrWild doggies. 🙂
(also, I gotta say my entry fee for KC fest 12 runs could maybe get me 3 runs in the USA :o) sooo lucky over there! ha)
Zae recently earned his AX putting him into masters standard. Our competition after that he earned his first double QQ with a third and fourth place 😀
Mayhem has been doing super too and running very fast in competition. He is such an amazing dog and it feels great to be pushed as a handler in the ring with him. The Bad Dog Agility power rankings are out for the beginning of the year and Mayhem is the 3rd fastest boston this year so far…I intend to keep pushing to be the best we can be 🙂
Next several competitions are all in different locations and on different surfaces–excited for a change ! 🙂
We have been competing a sunday here and there and the dogs have been doing super and having great results. Since my last update, Mayhem has gotten 2 QQ’s, four first places, a third place and Zae has gotten several execellent Q’s with great times several times faster than the master dogs 🙂 He gets more confident each run and we are having a lot of fun.
Mayhem was #3 on 2016’s Bad Dog Agility’s breed power scores This was after just beginning to compete again and some runs with a stressed out Mayhem. He has been running beautifully at trials since then. After many years and trying countless things twice over to combat Mayhem’s ring stress I might have finally found a solution. I have a food bowl game I quickly work on with the dogs several times a week and Mayhem struggles through it but has really helped him work through stress. I do include this method in my Winter Games class and the next session will begin March 1st. Registration is open now. For more info click here.
Today marks 2 years since I brought Zae home from Germany. He has taught me so much and helped push me even further to be the trainer that I am today. Excited for many more years with my little skipskap !