It is that time of year again. I am getting the trophy donation letter ready to send out to North Central Washington area businesses. Keeping with our policy we are letting members have the first choice in donating to a breed or group of their choice. The cost will be close to last year but the exact amount has not been established yet. This year we will not bill for trophies until after the show. This will help in book keeping if the breed you donated to has no entries. You will not be billed in that case. This keeps us from having to carry trophies donations over several years which make tracking quite the chore.
If you wish to donate a Best of Breed or Best Opposite award for your favorite breed, please let me know right away. Also some group trophies have already been donated but quite a few are still open if you wish to donate at that level. Don’t forget the Obedience and Rally awards. Please respond by June 30th. Donations can be reserved by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 509-664-6857.
I am involved in many dog sports and I’ve been a member of WKC since I first got “into” dogs. I’ve served on the WKC Board, I’ve volunteered at the Tracking Test, the Agility Trials, the Obedience Show, the Rally Show, and a few other events. I currently teach tracking and I’m the Tracking Secretary for the WKC test. I have trained and shown in Obedience, Rally, Tracking, Therapy Dog and Agility. What I’ve found is that each of these activities takes many people to organize and operate.
A huge bonus from volunteering I discovered was how it increased my knowledge about training and showing, because I was exposed to different aspects of the sport. It placed me in the perfect position to observe, ask some questions, look at the equipment needed and get a different view of events. You learn who and how you want to be (or not) as a trainer. Sometimes while working the events, the judges “think out loud” and they may answer your questions, if tastefully asked. Clarification from judge’s viewpoints can help you while involved with any activity. The best part of all of this is becoming a member of the WKC community. You can travel to places you never imagined and you will have a community there for you. You will always find a friend with a common interest. Volunteering at dog events has led to some of the best learning experiences in my life.
To learn about the different dog sports, it really helps to volunteer at different events, maybe develop mentors in the club to help you learn more.
I love how our club members are always looking out for each other. Linda Harbury recommended an online recallers course by Susan Garrett to me, and I am really enjoying it. This course would be terrific for any kind of training! It’s really focused on building a great relationship between the dog and the handler. In the three weeks since I started, my connection with Ginger has really improved – it’s pretty amazing (that said, I still think squirrels will be our biggest challenge). What’s even more special is seeing how much she really enjoys the individualized attention – she’s having a ball. And, it’s having a direct impact on my teaching Agility 1 and 2. I’m rolling over what I’m learning into those classes each week so our students can benefit too! Linda, Emily Harbury and I will also attend a Tw eeners weekend at Argus Ranch offered by Gillian Crawford in Se ptember which was recommended to us by Betsy Metcalf. Can’t wait!
Your The PawPrint Editor: Jan Flatten
Vicky Anderson shares that Hotshot (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever) took Select Dog in Scottsdale Arizona on Friday February 28, with Locket taking Win ner’s Bitch and Best of Show the same day. Hotshot then took Best of Bitches on Saturday March 1, and Locket took Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and Best of Show the same day. Two weeks later Hotshot finished his AKC Grand Championship the weekend of Mar ch 15 - 16 at Del Sur Kennel Club, taking Best of Winners each day. Locket took Winner’s Bitch, and Best of Winners each day for her first points toward her Championship.
Lynne Wasson reports that she and Trip (English Shepherd) earned their Excellent Standard title at the Chuckanut Agility Trial in Lynden, WA on 2/22/2014.
Membership Meetings are the last Monday of the month at 7:00PM, with the exception of December and January.
- June 24: “Working” Instructors’ Meeting, 6:30-7:30. Mary Bean, Linda Harbury & Gail Roberts will share what they learned at Ian Dunbar’s seminar “Teaching Reliability Through Games.” This will be a ‘hands-on’ session, not a pizza party, so eat dinner at home, then bring your dog & come play with us! RSVP to Mary at email@example.com
- June 24: Agility Trial Committee Planning Meeting. 7:45-8:45 at the Club. Come join the fun!
- June 30: Membership Meeting. Nosework, Vicki Hobbs. Club picnic at Walla Walla Park. Refreshments: Everyone!
- July 19: Therapy dog test at Margie Clarks: 2108 NE Marge Lane, East Wenatchee
- July 28: Membership Meeting. Pet Photography, Jeff Koski. Refreshments: Jan Flatten, second volunteer needed.
- August 9: Eastmont Park Wag’N Tails Dog Days, 9AM-12PM
- August 25: Membership Meeting. Lure Coursing at the Metcalf’s. Refreshments: Cheryle Whisenhunt, second volunteer needed
- September 13-14: WKC Dog Show and Rally and Obedience Trials, Chelan County Fairgrounds, Cashmere
- September 29: Membership Meeting. TBA. Refreshments: Judy Johnson, second volunteer needed
- October 10-12: WKC Agility Trials, Confluence Park, Wenatchee
- October 27: Membership Meeting. Halloween Party. Refreshments: Everyone!
- November 24: Membership Meeting. TBA. Refreshments: Louise Day, Judy Paris
Membership Meetings: Last Monday every month. Karen Hall has some GREAT programs lined up.
Photos and videos are a welcome part of the clubs website. Here are some of the ways in which you can get us your photos/videos.
Skydrive (7GB Free Space): http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/skydrive/download
Google Drive (15GB Free Space): http://www.google.com/drive/
I can add video to the web site. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to add a video. Or if it's on YouTube, sent me the YouTube link and I'll put the video up on the site.
I will have my agility field open for practice and/or play, 7/26/14 at 8:30am. I will plan on practice this Saturday, snow or no snow. If possible, please let me know if you think you might be able to make it, if you plan to come. I don't want to set up a course if no one shows. Plus, I don't want to waste firewood........ If you want to contact me, please phone or text me at 771-1892, please do not email me, as I only am able to access the Internet at my neighbors house once or twice a week. Hope I see you, playing in the snow can be fun! The dogs don't care! Cindy T and the determined dobermans
We will be joining in with the Ephrata/Moses Lake members. Hope some of you can come. If any one has anything specific they want to do, they can email me (email@example.com) and I can try to set something up. My address is 5703 Mae Valley Rd. NE. If anyone needs directions let me know and I can post them again. A small fee of $5.00/dog is appreciated to help with the maintenance of the field and agility equipment.
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