Yes, once again, it is that time of year!
This is an ODO tradition for me to start a thread where everyone can list their goals for their dogs for the coming year. It can be show/performance, training or health ... anything you plan to achieve with your dogs next year!!
And for those that forgot, here's what we said we'd do in 2014: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=30764
Our 2014 Goals:
Spud - next step, Steeples Grand Champion title, and we will dabble in the the AKC conformation ring, as the breed goes into the Miscellaneous group 1/1/14. She's kind of lost interest in Lure Coursing, so it will probably just be racing, focusing on staying in the Top 10 (All Stars) for another year.
OE - still want those USGRCH or UFGRCH titles, so with the up and comers, this should be doable in 2014. OE will also be pursuing her AKC CAA and CAX lure coursing titles, as she is really loving this venue! She will also be putting her paws in the AKC conformation ring, working on getting a CM (Certificate of Merit, the equivalent of CH for Miscellaneous class breeds).
Grytz - hoping for, at a minimum, her beginning Terrier Racing titles (UFR and USR), plus first level lure coursing (CA) if she'll decide it's fun to finish a course instead of just doing half then running back to me all wiggly and proud.
What we ended up doing:
Spud - due to a minor lure coursing injury, Spud was pulled from all performance events, just for my peace of mind. She made one trip to the AKC conformation ring and reminded me that she did not like being a show dog, so no more shows for her. She has been doing an awesome job as my Emotional Support Dog and homebound Medical Alert Dog. (She cannot work in a public capacity because she has decided that all strangers should maintain a 6 foot perimeter around me, and is very aggressive about it. Alas, she means well ....
OE - We attended the 2014 Patterdale Terrier Club of American Conformation and Performance Challenge Nationals, entered in the "Non-Patterdale" class. OE did a great job, coming home with 2014 National Reserve Racing Champion. We did one AKC show, but lately she gets so excited in the ring that she just flattens her ears and wiggles her butt the whole time. Very happy and cute, but not conducive to winning, so I have retired her as well. We continued in UKC racing and finally in October, OE earned her UFGRCH title!. She is also ranked in the Terrier Racing All Stars in Steeples, so we're happy with that.
Grytz - The little Gumby Puppy has done all that I wanted and sooo much more! She earned her beginning racing titles (UFR and USR) as I had hoped, and is only a few more shows away from the required points for her UFCH and USCH titles as well. She is presently ranked #1 in Terrier Racing All Stars for Steeples and #3 in Flats, although we are waiting for UKC to tabulate the year end scores, so she may have made it to #2 in Flats. Grytz also attended the 2014 Patterdale Terrier Club of American Conformation and Performance Challenge Nationals in the non-Patterdale classes and she came home with a first place in conformation, plus the 2014 National Racing Champion and 2014 National Performance Challenge Champion honors! Then, after that, she was tested and passed her American Temperament Test Society's TT certificate with flying colors. She is only the fourth dog of her breed (with Spud and OE being the first and second) to have this certification. And for conformation, she did a bang up job there too, with several Best of Breed wins in UKC, several Winners Bitch/Best Opposite Sex wins in AKC (earning points towards her CM), and in then November, we were the proud recipients of a UKC Best in Show!!! This little dog can do it all!
So, now let's see what YOU'RE gonna do!!!
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