Acadia's Perpetual Motion, AX,AXJ,NF- an aspiring Champion

This past week I have been watching the Olympics.  Proctor and Gamble is running the an ad,
"Before the world saw them as Olympians, Mom saw their potential. This winter, as we celebrate the world's Olympic athletes, let's not forget the person whose encouragement got them there. Mom. “

And so it is with our canine athletes as well.

I got this message from Janet (mom) about Robbie:

“From the time I brought him home (it's hard to believe it's been over 2 years!), he has been a fearless bundle of attitude, game for anything. He's smart, eager, and always happy. He loves everyone and everything. He is also a snuggle bug - when he settles down, he's either on my feet or in my lap in the chair. If the cat happens to be in my lap and Robbie wants that spot, he just jumps up and lays on top of her - she moves out and he settles in.

 Robbie's agility career is going well. His first trial was one year ago (Feb 1-3, 2013 - he wasn't quite ready), and the last weekend in October, Robbie completed both his AX and AXJ titles and earned his first 15 MACH points. He currently has 3 legs each toward MX and MXJ, and we had our first Double Q February 1st, exactly 1 year from his first trial.”

I am inclined to end her message right there, but alas she goes on to say,

“I've had trouble staying patient while he grows up! He learns quickly, but has a mind of his own (his primary nickname is "brat"). During his early days of competition, he was as likely to go under jumps as over them, and he loves to fly off the A-frame and dogwalk (perfect two-on/two off contacts at practice, but will launch off during competition and hit the ground running.) We had a long stretch of "perfect runs except for incomplete weave poles" - he didn't want to slow down enough to do them! He has now figured out that he gets to move on to the "fun part" more quickly if he just does them. He's beginning to settle in and become a bit more reliable, and I am thrilled with him!

Thank you for providing me with this goofy, sassy, motivated boy! He's lots of fun (when I'm not ready to wring his bratty little neck!) and I expect, with a bit more maturity, that he will go far!”

And then Janet, when Robbie is finally completing in the Agility Nationals, the world will see Robbie as the Agility Champion you know he can be.


Sisters Teagan and Joy had a successful January and a New *CD*

The "sisters" are both owned by Amys- and in January, they both had success, but on opposite sides of the country.
Teagan= Acadia Teagan Rose (pictured)

Dr. Amy (Maryland) wrote: "Teagan had an awesome day at the Oriole Dog Training Club's AKC agility trial at the Maryland State Fairgrounds yesterday! She was only entered in Jumpers (still needs some work on her A-Frame contacts before she's ready for Standard), but she rocked the course--1st Q, 1st clean run, and 1st place in the Novice B JWW 12" class! In fact, her course time was a blazing fast 23 seconds (I blinked and it was over!), but Standard Course Time was 43 seconds. This trial is held in conjunction with a huge pet expo, so there are lots of spectators and lots of noise and distractions--it's known to be a challenging venue for the dogs. The weave poles on Teagan's novice course were practically right up against the gate/bleachers where many spectators gather to watch. Teagan nailed them, no problem."

Meanwhile, in California, Amy and Acadia Essence of Joy, RAE, *CD* (aka Joy)said:
"Joy had a good weekend on January 18th and the 19th. San Mateo DTC AM trial Joy took 4th place (20 competing) lst and 2nd were taken by the two high scoring handlers that always do well and goes onto taking high in trials. The PM trial San Francisco DTC Joy came in 3rd. lst and 2nd were the same two that took earlier . These two legs were for Joy's Novice title. The next day Sunday at the Santa Clara DTC's Open A trial - Joy took first with 194 - 1/2 out of the 22 competing. There were only three of us that qualified. I have her entered at the Santa Clara KC trial on Feb. 15th going for her 2nd Open leg. We are working on her articles (Utility training). Joy is a joy to train. Hope to have another good news soon. By the way Joy came in lst for her lst leg in Novice. That was sometime ago. "

These two successful girls are Cassia daughters.


GCh. Acadia Serenity is moving to Florida

Congratulations to Hector and Meredith Hector of Enclave shelties. Serena will be joining them this year and I think she has a lot to offer. I am super excited to see what sort of an impact she has on their successful breeding program. Both Hector and Meredith are licensed judges, and I am proud that they thought of me when looking for a special addition to their breeding program. Serena leaves her son, Mason, at Acadia to continue her influence here in Pennsylvania.