Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend - 2009

As I was dodging lightning (no - really - four people hospitalized just 20 miles away) and getting a bit wet during an ASCA judging assignment in Lafayette, New Jersey, two Ebbtide dogs were busy garnering titles, points, and wins at the NorCal ASC show in Dixon, CA.

That perennial over-achiever, "Gotcha" (Ebbtide Gonna Getcha CD RA GSN JSN RSN) apparently saved her best performance EVER in Novice B Obedience when I wasn't there: a smokin' 198 for FIRST PLACE under judge Stephanie Gomez. All reports say she was right on the money...and very cute, too. Owner/trainer/handler Susan Gore reports that was her last chance to qualify for ASCA Obedience Invitational...we're hoping that did it! Don't they all look happy? Nice photo.

Oh. Wait. She also then trotted on over to the Altered Conformation competition where she was also quite cute enough for WINNERS BITCH and 2 more points! Thanks, Raine, for stepping in to handle Gotcha. Sunday brought an ALTERED RESERVE WINNERS BITCH for Miss G. So close...! Note to Trish (her newly-trained and very competent conformation handler): You wimp. That's right: No breaks here... ;-)

Another amazing Ebbtide Brains + Beauty winner! Thanks, Susan & Trish, for working so hard to let everyone see what Gotcha can do!

Not to be outdone, Gotcha's half-brother, "Fennel", Ebbtide Fennel Hill CD, and owner/trainer/handler Laurie Rubin were also working hard in Open B Obedience, where Fennel finished his CDX and won SECOND PLACE IN OPEN B, with a very respectable 195.5 score! Laurie reports Fennel has qualified in 18 performances in a row...but as soon as she said that, he then NQ'd. Don't you just love those incredibly smart Ebbtide dogs!?!? ;-) I'm not worried - stay tuned for many more wonderful things from this talented dog! Sadly, since Fennel's conformation handler (me) was out of state, he didn't get a chance to strut his stuff in the conformation ring...Laurie says ASCA Nationals will be his next conformation stop?! hmmmm...