Here Comes The Spring!

17 Jan 2017 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

We are heading into our busy season, but I want to look back at 2016 for a moment. At the meeting two weeks or so ago, I went through the 2016 list of priorities to demonstrate how much we had accomplished.  It was impressive.  I am not going to repeat the list here, but I’d like to emphasize just two of the items I found the most exciting.  We held our first UKI agility trial, and we held our first C-Wags trial.  I am particularly excited that Shadow Dog Sports has successfully run events from other organizations.  We have heard from the club, and this is a direction you want us to continue to pursue.  That brings me to a main point of emphasis for this blog.  We need volunteer participation to pull all these events off.  The good news is that so many of you have been responding to our requests. At the same time, there are numerous members who have not discovered how much we need and appreciate their participation.

I just Saturday at a wonderful Fun Match at our building. It was good to see so many of our members entered and helping as judges, stewards and stepping up to do, well, everything.  We also had participants from nearly all over the state.  It was very successful, profitable, and easily repeatable, with your help. Thank you to those who were there, and we will look forward to more matches in the future.

This coming weekend is our AKC Obedience and Rally Trial.  I have been extraordinarily pleased with the response to the request for stewards.  Thank you!  The schedule has been sent out to the stewards. Whew! One big worry gone.  My only wish at this point would be to lighten the load on a few people whose names are on the chart quite frequently.  So if anyone hasn’t already volunteered and would like to offer your services as a steward, no experience is necessary.  Send me an e-mail at,   and I will add you to the schedule.

In February, we have a Novice Only trial at our building!  If you have not entered, there’s still time.  Entries close on February 2.  We have wanted to do this for quite some time, and I am thrilled that we are going to pull it off.  We have seen just a bit of confusion in our registration system.  You can do the whole process the traditional way.  Fill out the registration and mail it with your check.  OR, you can  take care of it electronically but it is in two steps.  E-mail your completed registration form to the trial secretary AND go online, select the events, see your total fee, then pay online.  Sorry for any confusion, but we are novices at this particular methodology.  We’ll work on it!

March will bring our second C-Wags trial, tentatively, on March 11 and 12.  The fall C-Wags trial was a resounding success, and this one is perfect as a precursor to our May AKC Obedience and Rally Trial.  If you haven’t tried C-Wags yet, check it out.   You can reward and talk to your dog in the ring, have fun with your dog, work on building duration with no rewards, practice exercises that are very similar to AKC, and get TITLES!

April is chock full of Agility.  We are not certain yet if we will be doing another UKI trial, but we still have two AKC Agility trials on the agenda.  This is where we can really use some help.  Two of the hardest tasks for the trial occur in setting rings up prior to the first runs and taking rings down after the last run is completed.  Mark your calendars now.   We will be doing the first set up on April 5 and tearing down on April 9. The second set up will be April 26 and tear down on the 30th.  Please send me an e-mail if you can assist with the set up or tear down.

We are still not done for the spring.  In May, we have our second AKC Obedience and Rally Trial.  Again, we need a host of volunteers to steward at the trial, bring food, help set up and tear down.  The May trial is scheduled for May 6 and 7.

Please put the dates on your calendars.  Make a commitment to join us for as many of them as you can.  We appreciate your assistance.  Keep up the fantastic work! 

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