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Huge congratulations go out to Grace Freeman, whose standard schnauzer Sketchbook Smarty Jones, co-owned with Liz Hansen, went BEST IN SHOW on Saturday at the United Kennel Club Premier in Kalamazoo Michigan. The Premier is an annual show that is the UKC’s biggest event on their calendar, sort of like Westminster but with performance events

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This weekend the AKC Agility National takes place in Tulsa, OK. We have a lot of locals going. I hope I don’t leave anyone out here: Moni and Desi, Poodles, owned by Judy Harris Zara, GSD, owned by Vicki Miller Fly, Sheltie, owned by Jennifer Sullivan Jet, Kegger, (Border Collies) and Jesse, (Cocker Spaniel) run

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Judy Harris has just been certified as an Associate Nose Work Instructor (ANWI). Next step will be Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) and I’m sure Judy will be there soon.  

Kip, owned by Kathy Echols

Kip, a Border Terrier owned by Kathy Echols, earned his Tracking Championship yesterday, in the rain down in St. Robert, MO. This is an incredibly difficult title to attain, and something like 8% of dogs who even try it actually pass. The CT involves passing the TD, the TDX, and the VST. Kip, who turns

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Okay, not all the same dog. But in case it hasn’t been bragged on yet, Aiden, a Springer owned by Ginger Huxley, finished his AKC Championship with a 3rd Major a couple of weeks ago, and today finished his Junior Hunter title. Today in Smithville, Cindy Jansen finished a TD on her Wheaten Rio, and

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Another new BIG title for our group; I just heard that Desi, a Standard Poodle owned by instructor Judy Harris, completed his VST (Variable Surface Tracking) test and became a Champion Tracker. He is now: CT MACH2 Macie’s High Steppin’ Desire VCD2 RA MXC MJC UCD There are very, very few CT dogs. If I’m

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MACH Intizara Aus Dem Traumblick “Zara” RN MXB MJB OF T2B, owned by instructor Vicki Miller, finished her MACH last weekend in Harriman Tennessee where Vicki was visiting family. Her Mom got to see her finish the Championship! Zara is still young and has a huge career ahead of her; congratulations to Zara and Vicki.

Dori & Bob, owned by Deb Christoff. Photo by Deb Christoff

Debbie Christoff has been busy taking Christmas photos. I love this one of Bob and Dori, Deb’s dogs.

Aiden, Junior Hunter leg

Ginger Huxley (Quesst) had a great weekend last weekend. Ailsa, (Berkenbar Arabella BN RN NAP NJP), got her second Major and only needs 3 points to finish. Colin (Esquire’s Celtic Quest), a Jura (Multi CH Berkenbar Bysanze RE NA NAJ TD CD [VCD1] BN) son owned by Patti Meisser DVM, was Winner’s Dog taking him

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The January ORT Premium has been posted. You can find it by linking to it on the event calendar, or at the link below http://www.columbiak9sportscenter.com/forms/2013_jan_ort_premium.pdf

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If you watch this video you should see some familiar faces. The Show Me Canines Club ran the obedience rings, and there were also local dogs and people showing! See if you can pick out the locals as you look through it. If you haven’t ever been to a UKC show, they are a lot

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The Shelter Pets and Vets program was featured in a Missourian article today and there are some great shots of CCSC including a really good one of instructor Judy Steiner.   http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/155532/veterans-train-shelter-dogs-from-humane-society-in-study-about-ptsd/

The Training Clinic flyer for the Barn Hunt training clinic on January 6 has just been loaded. Working slots are very limited! Barn Hunt Training Clinic

Information and registration for the December 8 Tracking seminar with Carol Clark is now available. Seminar Flyer and Registration

We had shocking and sad news from instructor Vicki Miller today. It is with such great sadness that I share the passing of Xander. I am still in shock over what has occurred in just 24 hours. After having a wonderful weekend at home, doing some yard work, relaxing and playing with the dogs, Xander

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Desi, a poodle owned by CCSC instructor Judy Harris, just completed his Nosework 1 title today. Congratulations to Desi and Judy, they’ve worked really hard!

Banjo, owned by Kathy Echols, sees the rat; assisted by Jennifer Riess

Over the weekend, the new sport of Barn Hunt, founded by our own Robin Nuttall, had a Judges’ Workshop, Training Seminar and Fun Match. CCSC was the perfect location, allowing for meeting room space for the workshop, and the Northwest Corner of the building was perfect for our Barn Hunt bales. Participants traveled from Ohio,

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In addition to Leo’s TD today, we have two other pieces of wonderful news. Nancy Ripperger and Broddie completed their Utility Dog Excellent title today, and Debbie Heifner and Spur got their MACH. For Debbie, that’s two major accomplishments in a week!

Beth Ahner and Leo

Huge congratulations to Beth Ahner and Leo (GSD) for completing their TD Title today at our first Tracking Dog event.  Weather was cool, ground was wet and Leo worked his track like a champ. (photo copyright Debbie Christoff, 2012)

Zara, a German Shepherd belonging to instructor Vicki Miller, won the Agility Top 20 Standard and Top 20 Jumpers Invitational event at the German Shepherd National in Colorado. She also Qd in Time 2 Beat, Standard and Jumpers in regular competition on the same day. She took first place in Jumpers and T2B, and second

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Josie, our local lab owned by instructor Judy Steiner and run by instructor Deb Heifner, has just won High in Trial (agility) at the Labrador Retriever National Specialty at Purina Farms. There are a lot of really nice labs out there, so this is a huge accomplishment; even more so with Josie just now coming

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Zipper had a great weekend last weekend at the Show Me Agility Club of Central MO AKC Obedience and Rally trials. He finished his Rally Excellent title and got two Beginner Novice legs.

Faith and I earned two legs (and a third place on Sunday) in Beginner Novice Obedience at the Show-Me Agility Obedience and Rally Trial the weekend of September 22th 2012 held at Columbia Canine Sports Center.

Blackie, Lance son

Lance’s “first born” son, Blackie, finished his MACH this past weekend.  Blackie is loved, owned and handled by Bob Jeffers, an AKC Agility judge, near Tampa Bay, FL.  Blackie was the youngest GSD to earn the Performance Award of Merit (versatility award) from the GSDCA at just over 2 years of age with his titles of CD, RN, PT,

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