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Welcome Red Thang!

May 29, 2017

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In January tragedy struck and we lost our little Sienna.  This weekend a new face arrived!  Welcome Sunny!  She is fitting right in and she and Cali are already play buddies and Bailey is so happy to have a little Griffy friend again.   She comes from Cherwyn Brussels Griffons in Florida.  We are leaning towards Cherwyn Walking on Sunshine (her breeder Cheryl likes to use song titles).

Happy Days are here again!

It was a major

May 7, 2017

I haven’t posted this photo because I think it is an awful photo but it does commemorate not only Cali’s first points but her 1st major.  I am awfully proud of this little girl.

This show was in mid April in Columbiana, AL.  Cali was awarded Winner’s Bitch/Best of Winners by Corgi specialist Judge Amy Caple.  Thank you Judge Caple!

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I am bring her out very slowly, we are only doing a couple of show days a month.  She is grown up nicely and we aren’t in any hurry.  It will be lots of fun.  Her littermates are doing great too.

I love my little “Hot Tamale”!

Congratulation Team Charlie!!

May 6, 2017

I’ve bragged about Cody and Charlie before but I never get tired of doing it again.  I am very proud to announce that Charlie is now Solstice Flying Ace, CDX, GN, RAE.

They are a fantastic Team and I can’t wait to see what they do next time.  Well done team, well done.

May 1st is National Purebred Dog Day

May 1, 2017

Did you know that May 1st is National Purebred Dog Day?  It is and now you know.


It seems lots of dogs have their own day, honoring Pets, Puppies, Rescues, Mutts but nothing honoring a the diversity and heritage of the purebred/purpose bred dog.   One day, Susi Szeremy, a Colorado Puli fancier realized Purebred dogs didn’t have a day so she put up a Facebook page naming May 1st as National Purebred Dog Day.  20,000 likes later National Purebred Dog Day was on a roll.


Why does it matter?  The Purebred dog is a living historical treasurer.  Purebred dogs offer diversity, predictability and the heritage of different cultures.  It also honors the work they have done for the human race.  Think about how herding dogs have helped farmers, ranchers take care of their stock.  Also those guarding breeds who keep the stock safe.  The sporting and hound breeds helped keep food on the table.  Terriers kept farms free of vermin.  Working dogs protect and serve.  Our companion dogs bringing joy to our homes.


National Purebred Dog Day honors and spotlights breeds and their heritage. Remember that it is your choice about the dog that lives in your home. Buy a purebred dog from a Preservation breeder, rescue a Purebred from a breed rescue or shelter, adopt a mix breed from a rescue, it is your choice.  There should never be any guilt associated with your dog or where you got your dog.  National Purebred Dog Day helps start and change the conversation about dog ownership.


I am very, very proud of the State of Georgia, Georgia joined Colorado and made May 1st Georgia Purebred Dog Day.  Honoring the unique role purpose bred dogs has played throughout history.



So today, enjoy your dogs and celebrate all that they are and to borrow a phrase from Susi celebrate that “museum piece with a pulse” that sleeps at your feet.



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The Nose Knows

March 20, 2017

Bailey and I have been doing Nosework training since last summer.  We had a couple of fun sessions at Atlanta Obedience club and I took a couple of virtual classes through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy (  Our dining room, deck and driveway have been our training grounds.

Nosework is a sport that mimics working search dogs.  The dogs are looking for a particular scent.  We are currently working with the National Association of Canine Scentwork (NACSW) scents and trials.  The AKC is just starting their own scentwork program.  NACSW uses 3 scents Birch, Anise and Clove.  The beginner scent is birch.

The way it works is the dog has to pass an Odor Recognition Test (ORT) on each scent and then they can begin to work towards Nosework titles.   There are 4 searches in the NACSW, Interior, Exterior, Vehicle and Containers.

The ORT is the beginning of it all, the ORT consists 12 identical boxes laid out in two rows.  The scent is in one of them and the dog needs to let the handler know which box the scent is located.  Each scent has its own ORT.

On Saturday we entered our 1st Nosework event, a Birch ORT.  Bailey was more than ready. We walked in and I asked Bailey to search and she went to work.  She checked the 1st line of boxes very quickly and then started on the 2nd row.  She searched the first 3 and then gave me the alert on the 4th box, I called it and we passed!  She worked like pro, I was so proud of her.

Now we will start working on Nosework titles.


Is it our turn yet?

All dressed and ready to go!

Making the turn to check the second line of boxes

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We had a fun, fast run and I even got a compliment on my handling skills.

The little club that could and Does!

March 6, 2017

The little club that could and does!

In 1950 the Atlanta Obedience Club was formed and 67 years later AOC is still providing Atlanta great training and competition opportunities. 

I joined the club in 2013 and quickly realized that this club “had it going on”!  At any given time there are around 60 members on AOC who contribute much time and energy into making AOC successful.

AOC has a wonderful club building that provides a safe and comfortable place to train and compete.  We recently had all new sports flooring put into the building to provide an even better experience.  We use our building a lot!

When I say a lot I do mean a lot!  AOC holds training classes at a minimum 3 days a week about 9 months a year.  These classes are managed by our wonderful training director and taught by our talented members.  We hold STAR puppy
and CGC classes, Beginner Obedience classes, all levels of competition classes, Beginning agility classes, conformation classes and others when needed. 

Our classes are just a small part of what AOC does.  We often refer to it as the AOC death march, its starts in September when AOC hosts a Responsible Dog Owners Day, October we hold a 3 day Agility trial, November is Obedience,
where we hold a Novice only trial on Friday night followed by 2 Full Obedience trials.  December belongs to Rally and Tracking in addition to the Holiday happenings.  AOC holds stand-alone Rally trails, holding 2 trials a day on the weekend for four Q opportunities. 
Tracking is not a big number sport but we hold TD, TDU or TDX test in December. 

As the calendar turns to a new year, AOC just keeps rolling, January has another 3 day Obedience trial followed in February by another weekend of 4 Rally trials and another tracking opportunity.   We aren’t done yet, in March
we again hold 3 days of Obedience starting with the Novice only trial and the 2 Full trials.  April brings another 3 day Agility trial and a Seminar weekend for members and non-members alike.   Some years like this one we add additional events and seminars. 
This past September we added a Rally trial to give regional competitors the opportunity to qualify for the Rally Nationals which is being held in Georgia in 2017.  We are also adding an obedience trial to the end of the “March” in April to give regional competitors
one more opportunity to at the big “Perry” weekend.  We are also holding our 2nd Matthew Twitty Seminar

Once the weather turns warm we spend the summer highlighting AOC at local “fests” and dog events spreading the word about dog training and responsible dog ownership, hosting Canine Good Citizen (CGC) events and enjoying the summer.

I bet you can tell I am mighty proud of AOC and the members who make all of this work.  It is amazing to me how many times Atlanta Obedience Club or its members are featured on the AKC website or Facebook Page.  We are well known
for our wonderful hospitality, well run events and good attitude.   We welcome both the seasoned competitor and the enthusiastic new comer to our events and classes.  Big dogs, small dogs, Purebred or All American AOC is always happy to talk DOG.  With new
events on the horizon, who knows what the future holds but I know AOC and its membership will be involved.

Just a disclaimer, these crazy AOC people elected me as their Club President not once but twice! What are they thinking!

I love my dog club!





Oh Rats!

March 5, 2017

Cali had a new adventure today.  We went to a Barnhunt clinic at our favorite Barnhunt venue Family Pet Obedience School.   Tammy held a clinic for new/novice dogs and we took advantage of the opportunity.

Cali wasn’t sure about that big ol’ rat in the cage and but once it was in the tube and she had a good time looking for it.   It took a couple of tries but in the end she jumped on a bale and barked at the rat tube.  I’ll take that as an indication!