It has been a very busy month here. On Saturday June 4th we had a Chessie Fun Day and on Sunday June 5th we did a Working Dog Stake. These were organized and offered by myself and my good friend Michelle, we are both the ACC Regional Directors for Michigan.
The Fun Day was a huge success, we had 27 people in attendance. We offered field training that was organized and run by Michelle’s husband Dave who is also our trainer. The dogs had a blast! When I looked around everyone was talking and laughing, I am sure sharing stories of their dogs.
We also had agility equipment set up for everyone to play with. I noticed that even the kids had a great time jumping through hoops and running through the tunnels.
The weather was fantastic! We had several businesses donate items for our door prizes. I want to take a moment to recognize them here. First a big thank you to Kappen Tree Service for allowing us the use of their land for our Working Dog Stake. A big shout out to JoAnn Stancer from Sand Spring Chesapeakes for donating a hand made slip lead, lanyard and collar tab set and several sets of her Norman Kisses. Gun Dog Supply and Doctors Foster and Smith donated gift certificates. Chewy.com donated Kong Zoom Grooms. Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets donated a Super Absorbent Microfiber Towel. Bird Dog and Retriever News donated issues of their magazine.
Sunday the weather was not as cooperative as Saturday as half way through the day it poured but the dogs didn’t mind. But all in all everyone had a good time running their dogs in the test. Our judges set up a nice challenging test for all the dogs and it was great watching the handlers and their dogs working as a team. We had 10 entrants, 2 had to scratch so 8 dogs ran. We had two dogs pass their WD and one dog pass the WDQ.
Titan was the test dog for the WD and I was so proud of him he smashed the test on land and water! Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of him and didn’t think to ask someone to take some for me. The test dog is a dog that does the test so the handlers can watch and see how it will be done. The dogs entered can not watch this and that is why we also use blinds for the dogs as they make their way up to the line…no cheating
Even though we were rained on everyone had a good day. I want to give a shout out to all the great helpers we had for putting the test on. It takes people to throw birds, gunners, set up each test and tear down, a marshal to keep everyone moving in turn and any other thing that might need to be done. Without their help this would not have been possible. They worked hard and all their efforts were greatly appreciated!!
By the end of the weekend we were all tired including the dogs but I can’t wait to do it all again next year!
Tina and the Brown Dogs