‘My Dogs’ Archive

Spark’s First Agility Trial: An Analysis November 15, 2013 Comments Off

As I mentioned in my post about Strata’s MACH, I entered Spark in his first couple of trials in the fall. He made his d├ębut at my club’s trial, Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club, just in Novice Jumpers with Weaves. He was a very good boy! His run on Saturday was adorable. His start line was […]

Finch Goes to the Agility Trial September 19, 2013 Comments Off

Finch has progressed by leaps and bounds. His reactivity toward people is almost non-existent at this point. Unless they have a strange object or do something very threatening, they won’t scare Finch. Recent “tests” in my neighborhood have included multiple kids riding one bicycle at the same time, joggers carrying umbrellas, and a sight-impaired man […]

MACH Strata: The Journey September 16, 2013 2 Comments

It’s been a busy month for all of us here at Spring Forth and I apologize for taking such an extended absence from blogging! I’ll jump right in with some good news. Strata finished his Master Agility Championship (MACH) on Sunday, August 25th at the Tri-State Shetland Sheepdog Club agility trial in Hamden, CT. We […]

Happy Birthday, Spark! June 27, 2013 Comments Off

Time flies! Spark turns one year old today. He has accomplished so much in such a short period. I meant to update more often with his show results, but between waiting for pictures and everything else I’ve got going on, it fell by the wayside. Here’s the cliffnotes version. In my last post about Spark, […]

2013 AKC Agility National Championship April 9, 2013 Comments Off

Strata, Dan, and I had a great time at our very first national competition. We traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 2013 AKC Agility National Championship. Thursday Our trip started on Thursday morning, long before the sun came up at Logan Airport. Driving to Tulsa would have meant too many days away from our dog […]

Finch Makes Progress February 25, 2013 Comments Off

It’s been quite awhile since I have written about little Finch, and I get asked about him often. When I last wrote about Finch (all the way back in April!), he had just begun going for leash walks in my neighborhood. I would take him for walks at a quiet time of the afternoon, and […]

Spark’s First Show January 17, 2013 2 Comments

This past weekend, Dan and I took Spark to his very first conformation show, held by the Greater Lowell Kennel Club in Fitchburg, MA. Going into this show I had zero expectations for Spark. Just six and a half months old, I wanted to make sure he had a good time and test his understanding […]

Spark: Six Months Old December 28, 2012 Comments Off

Spark turned six months old on the 27th. Time flies! Here is a stacked picture of him just a day before his “half-birthday”. I bathed him on Christmas Eve and adjusted my drying technique to get his coat straighter. I’m not used to working with soft puppy coats – with Strata I could blow dry […]

Show Dog Skills: An Overview December 12, 2012 Comments Off

Last night I took Spark to his first ever breed handling class. We’ve been practicing our ring routine daily at home, and I wanted an opportunity to work him in an unfamiliar environment and around strange dogs to see how his skills would hold up. A variety of skills are necessary for a dog to […]

Introducing Spark December 10, 2012 Comments Off

Back in October, we welcomed home Spark, a four-month-old Sheltie from the same breeders as Strata. In fact, Spark’s mother is Strata’s full-sister, Lace, making them uncle and nephew! Spark fit right in to our home. We were concerned about how he would do with Finch, who can be fear-aggressive towards other dogs, but we […]