Club Report Fall 2002
acki (The Prez) informed me that since I am the OFFICIAL secretary for the Thunder Bay Schutzhund Club, that I had better get off my butt and write the next article for submission to Shepherd Sports. I am taking away the whip (when she isn’t looking of course). So here goes…
Members from our club traveled west to Edmonton and east to Toronto to compete in the Regionals for these areas. Bob hooked up with Mike Bauer of the Winnipeg Working Dog Club for the competition in the west and Jacki and Lol traveled east.
None of our articles would be complete without some reference to Rockie and her fondness for getting into trouble due to her intense food drive, but on this particular occasion, she actually behaved herself. Both Bob and Rockie did our club proud with their accomplishments in competing for a SchH3.
OK, Jacki here. Did you actually think I could let someone write a whole article without my input? While Lol and I were in Orangeville we had a great time and gained tons of experience. Aro excelled in Tracking and Obedience and yes we are working hard on the protection phase. Hopefully I will still have a voice box when we are done. Lol and Gorby had success in tracking and protection, and at the time of this article, her obedience is looking promising for a SchH 2.
Hey West Coast, we introduced the Tuti Fruiti to the Saugeen Club. Sandra and the gang liked them so much that they ran out of grapefruit pop the first night. Lol and I only got one drink. Sandra put in a fresh supply for us the next day.
Saugeen is the first and perhaps the only club that has to do Bunny patrol before a trial. When it was all over, there they were hopping around doing bunny blind searches, and fast too.
Surprise, surprise, we got lost on our way back to the Airport and ended up in downtown Hamilton. Did you know that all of their streets are one way? GRRRR.
Bob Claire and I traveled to Edmonton to take in the Nationals. Bob arrived a couple of days early and called to tell us to bring long underwear. Thank God because it was freezing. It was a great event and the dinner and après dinner entertainment were wonderful. Nothing shy about our Schutzhund men.
Back to you Trish.
All of our new puppies and their eager handlers are doing very well. It’s really interesting and encouraging to watch these young ones (dogs that is) on the tracking fields, doing tug work or just hanging out with the crowd.
One again this year our club provided the food for the K9 Agility Studio Agility Trials. This is a two day event that allows us the opportunity to do some fund-raising. The second event we will host is the Temperament Test. This is a bi-annual event that allows us to provide a benefit to the community for all dogs. All monies raised will be put towards providing electricity to our clubhouse. So when all of you come to visit, the noise of the generator may be a thing of the past.
Word was received that Lawrence Anonychuk (Winnipeg) was seriously injured in a riding accident. Apparently, he will be hospitalized for at least six weeks and will need to be wheelchair bound for 3 or 4 months afterward. Our heartfelt best wishes for a complete recovery L.A.
On a final note, congratulations to all that braved the elements to compete in the Canadian Nationals and Sieger Show. One never knows what Mother Nature will provide in the way of weather in this country.
Congratulations to everyone who made Team Canada and good luck at the World’s.
Trish McGonigal and Jacki Barnes