New CDX* U-Ch. Linden Acadia Stacked Deck, CDX, HSds, HTAD1s, HRD1s

Show Low completed the necessary 3 legs under 3 different judges to gain the CDX title. In Obedience, the dog and handler has to preform a series of exercises and is scored during the performance of each exercise. To earn an obedience leg a dog can not lose more than 50% of the points allotted for each exercise and when the total score for all of the exercises is tallied, the total must be greater than 170 points. Each dog walks into the ring with a full 200 possible points, and deductions are made for each "mistake" the dog and handler team makes. This is true regardless of what title the dog is competing for in obedience.

To achieve the Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title, the dog must heal off leash- including a figure 8 pattern; handler calls the dog to them, then commands lie-down while the dog is about 10 feet from the handler, then calls the dog again to come back all the way to the handler; retrieve an object that the handler has thrown; retrieve this object (again) while jumping a jump to get it, and jumping the jump again on the way back to the handler; jumping another jump on command; then finally sitting for 3 minutes while the handler is not in view of the dog, and then lie down for 5 minutes while the handler is not in view of the dog. These last two exercises are called "group exercises" and are preformed by all of the dogs competing in this class at the same time- the dogs in a line- the handlers out of sight.

Congratulations to Penny and Show Low for 3 consecutive successful attempts. That demonstrates consistency and full understanding on Show Low's part, and very through training and clarity on Penny's part.


MACH 4 Acadia Color of Passion, HSsd & Pam Hetrick

I knew it was close- Friday I post that "is so close to a MACH4 that I am really tempted just to write her name that way already" and Saturday- I CAN. YEAH MOLLY!

Pam Hetrick, Molly's owner, had an even MORE exciting weekend than I originally reported. Pam completed the MACH title on another sheltie that same weekend. MACH Penelanes Little Princess Maya (Maya) is handled by Pam, but owned by Inga Skinner. Pam only gets Maya on agility weekends, and this may be the first MACH who was never owner, trainer, handled. Congratulations Pam- you are obviously a very talented handler.
The pictures are of the dogs, owners, and judges, and then Inga and Maya and Pam and Molly- showing off those Lovely, Big ribbons and traditional "MACH bars"


MACH3 Acadia Color of Passion, HSsd- a valuable contribution to a breeding program

Linden Brita HSA's, RN -(pictured left) is currently working towards her CD. Brita is the littermate to U-Ch. Linden Acadia Stacked Deck, HSds, HTAD1s, HRD1s, CD (almost CDX- pictured right). Their mom, MACH3 Acadia Color of Passion, HSsd, was leased to Sherry Lee (Linden shelties) to have a litter of puppies while Mike and I moved from Arizona to Pennsylvania. I am so pleased that Sherry thought enough of Molly to lease her. Molly produced 3 puppies for Sherry- Show Low, Brita, and a male that was sold to a pet home. Once Mike and I were somewhat settled, Molly came home and produced a second litter of only 2 puppies sired by Payson (Ch. Acadia's Bright Idea, RA, NA, NAJ) which included MACH, NATCH, ADCH Acadia's Candidate, HSs and a lovely girl, Sadie, who was sold to a pet home.
As you can see, Molly herself did enough herding to acquire a herding Started title on both sheep and ducks, and each of her children that went to competition homes also competed in herding enough to acquire the herding started title- and more in Show Low's case. While the father of Show Low and Brita is Sherry Lee's Duel Champion (being both a herding champion and a conformation champion), DC. Linden Danbie The Blacksmith, NA, VCX, Kaibab (Acadia's Candidate) was sired by my Payson.

Following Molly's litter at Acadia, she went to her new permanent home with Pam and Jessica Hetrick. There she was given the opportunity to compete in agility and continue her herding. Under the guidance of Pam, Molly has earned the MACH title 3 times over, and is so close to a MACH4 that I am really tempted just to write her name that way already.

Molly had a lot to offer, and although she only produced a total of 5 puppies, 3 of them have had very successful careers and 1 of them (Show Low) continues to contribute to the success of Acadia. Show Low is the father of Belle (Acadia's Sweet Necessity, HT, RN) who is the mother of Rincon (Acadia's Sweet Home Arizona)- the young male I am currently training in herding. This past summer Belle was leased to Peggy Crawford (Peggin Shelties) and produced a nice litter for her, thus increasing Molly's contribution to other kennels across the country.

Linden Brita, HSAs, RN- currently owned, loved and trained by Matthew Twitty in FL
U-Ch. Linden Acadia Stacked Deck, HSsd, HTAD1s, HRD1s, CD- currently loved, trained, and co-owned with Penny Brcich in IL
MACH, NATCH, ADCH Acadia's Candidate, HSs- loved, trained, and owned by Morene Brown in AZ

MACH3 Acadia Color of Passion, HSsd- currently loved, trained and owned by Pam Hetrick in CA


Show Low earns 2nd (out of 3) CDX leg

U-Ch. Linden Acadia Stacked Deck, HSds, CD earned his second CDX leg with a score of 190 and a 4th place. His heeling was ALMOST PERFECT and he got 39 out of 40 points during the heeling exercise. This dog has always had amazing attention. We are very proud of Show Low and Penny Brcich who loves, owns, and trains him.


Jane has found her new family

Jane has moved to NJ where she will have 3 energetic grandchildren to play with in her fully fenced yard. She will also get to go to the beach for vacation and play with other dogs owned by various children in the family. Jane is looking forward to her new adventure.
Jane's new mom tells me that Jane will now be eating lamb, as that is what she has feed her past 2 dogs with much success. Jane says, "Good. I never did get to eat enough lamb while living on a sheep farm." Her new mom did buy lamb from us for Jane. I know she will enjoy her new home.