Club Report Summer 2005
now in May welcomed Doug Deacon to Thunder Bay. As he flew over the city and saw the ground covered in the “white stuff”, he was probably saying “Oh my God, what have I gotten myself into”.
We had it all on the May 13th, 14th and 15th including rain and lots of wind. Our Trial Secretary, Sherrel Legacy was advised that under no circumstances was she to get down wind and shoot another judge with a hot wad from the starting pistol. Once was enough, right Trish?
Congratulations to Trish McGonigal and Kassie for achieving their SchH 1. Kassie recently had a litter and just before the trial she was under the weather (or maybe it was the weather) so we were all very impressed when she worked through all that to pass all three phases. Trish tells us that we can all stop bugging her now but she kept one of Kassie’s puppies, “Lola” who looks like a really fun dog to work, Soooooo……..
Congratulations also to Marly Desjardins and Tucson for successfully completing an FH. These two had only done a few tracks in preparation for the Trial and entered to support the club and make up the fourth entry. Well, when Doug Deacon told Marly they had passed, Marly’s reaction was priceless. She was so thrilled and we were all so happy for her that I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place.
Now for the other two competitors. Yep you guessed it, the two loseros, Jacki and Claire. “No out” and “out of control”. I thing she’s bad luck, or is it me. Who knows but I see a disturbing pattern developing here. We have to have a trial in the fall so she can try for her SchH 2 once more. I think I’ll try for an FH. They seem to be good luck.
Thanks so much to Doug Deacon for taking time away from his family to judge our trial and work our dogs. On Sunday we were treated to a whole day of tracking. Luckily we have all levels of tracking in the club so we were schooled in techniques for puppies right up to our older more experienced dogs. It was great to see the transition from beginning to end. Everybody got to track a couple of times and the improvement was evident at the end of the day.
It seems the whole club has a starting problem. Could it be those Canadian Flags everyone uses? The dogs love them. They drag us to them every time!
Hmmmmm. Perhaps we’re taking our patriotism just a little too far.
Thanks to John Carvalho for doing the helper work and laying the SchH 2 track and to Bob McGonigal for laying the SchH 3 track and the FH.
As usual, the food was great thanks to all the cooks, especially Lol who never fails to serve up plenty of delicious fare.
It was a great weekend even though we stood around in our snow suits holding umbrellas.
We can’t thank Doug Deacon enough for staying a whole extra day to share his knowledge with us. We hope to get him back real soon.
Good luck to all Regional and National competitors and all those making Team Canada.