Keri Daun resides in Calgary Alberta, Canada with her Border Collies, Hurry and Johnny Five
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Keri is available to teach classes, private lessons and Agility Clinics. She can be reached in person by e-mail ... Keri@adeptagility.com or through... Its A Dogs World
Wow it is June already!!
June started out with a trip down memory lane at the 4Paws Rule trial in Otis Orchards WA. It has been many years since I have spent any time in the Spokane area but everyone at the trial was so wonderful it was as if I had never been away. The trial was small and very laid back and everyone seemed to have a great time. There are only 4 members and they all work so hard to make their trials enjoyable for everyone. There could not possibly be more or better food available all day long and including the Sat BBQ. Congratulations to Jackie Loeser and Risk for their V NATCH 5!!!
I had a blast judging for Carol Scranton and all the Glacier Chasers in Kalispell Montana. The trial was so much fun and packed full of accomplishments including three NATCHs!! Congratulations to Mary Hyatt & Backup, Craig Coonrad & Kestrel and Jeannie Biggers & Paisley!!!!
Johnny Five's toe is healed and we are looking forward to playing in Red Deer.
The Red Deer trial was fun. We had some stellar runs, some near misses and some total BOMBS. The near misses and BOMBS were all my fault although on one run Candice said Johnny Five was a BAD boy LOL.
April is a bit of a blur, mostly spent seeing the Dr. about my back injury. We had to miss the local trial because Johnny Five sliced his toe at the river. BUT we attended in support of the trial and my friends and students. My good friend Kathleen entered her Mini Aussie, Wink. It was Wink's first trial ever and Kathleen's first trial in ten years. They were both AWESOME and even came away with 4 Qs!!! Good job girls!!!!
More news from New Mexico...
Adept And Striking added to his titles. He finished his APDT Rally Level 2 with a perfect score of 200! Way to go Steve and Striking!!! Striking has now begun his training for Human Remains Detection.
In like a lamb....
Carol and Reg arrived home from their US tour and it was time for me to relinquish their lovely home. It was such a nice comfortable house sitting stint but time for another move. The south east of the city is so very different from the north west!
Johnny Five and I had a FUN FUN trial at the Fez Dome at the Dog's World trial. We had some awesome runs and had 3 Qs including one 20 pt bonus in Tunnelers.
I had a nice trip to Madera CA to teach a seminar. The folks there were so much fun. Johnny Five was a very good boy and had fun being the demo dog for some skills.
Out like a lion...
Unfortunately for me I managed to do some REAL damage to my back during the build of the first course for the trial in Madera. Thankfully Murelette was there to help build all weekend. She was a life saver!!! Despite being in severe pain all weekend I thoroughly enjoyed the trial. It was a small laid back trial reminiscent of the "old days". There were many wonderful accomplishments celebrated!!!
Happy Valentines Day
and Happy Birthday to my brother Kelly!!
Hurry never does anything in a small way!
First she comes in heat and is VERY brazen about it, then she decides she MUST be bred. I had a different thought about that so she wasn't but she decided that she must have been. She showed almost every sign. She was nesting like crazy and desperate to make her nest outside under a ramp. She was insistent enough to make me question the possibility of pregnancy even though I knew it was not possible. Her body shape changed and she even produced milk for a couple of days. She never went into labor of course but she adopted a plush toy raccoon for her baby. She seems to be in the process of gradually weaning her baby now. BUT REALLY ???? Does she HAVE to drop her hair totally. At the rate it is going she will be totally naked!!!!
As I have said in the past; agility is a very small part of my life with my
dogs. I have had dogs for many years - long before there was agility and I
have always enjoyed teaching them many different things. I love teaching
them silly tricks just for the sake of teaching them something and seeing
the light bulb moment. Mostly the tricks have been great for entertaining at
schools and seniors homes, but the other day it helped at agility training
Our last training day was somewhat of a challenge. Two of the dogs in the
session were in standing heat. My turn to train with Johnny Five happened to
be right after those dogs each time. That in itself is not so bad, Johnny
Five has been around females in heat often and is usually able to work
anyway. But this time as we were waiting our first turn one of the dogs left
her handler, came running over and flung herself right under Johnny Five's
nose. He thought that was AWESOME!!! Needless to say he was very interested
in her. She was gathered up quickly and of course Johnny Five stayed with me
for our turn. As I got up from my chair, he came along nicely and was paying
attention to me nicely but I didn't feel he was with me 100%. It was not
anything he was or wasn't doing - it was a gut feeling and the look in his
eye. A twinkle - you might say ;~). We made our way to the start line of the
sequence I wanted to work and I had him take his position, then I stepped
away. He stayed but I just did not "feel" it was a good time to send him to
any piece of equipment at all. So I asked him to "roll over". Watching him
go from ready at the start line to looking at me as though I had 3 heads, to
fully understanding what I was asking for and then doing it was priceless. I
LOVED the change in his expression and the relaxation in his body. It
brought us to the right place and we were together. We did a very short
sequence with a couple of directional and then some more tricks.
I don't own any agility equipment or space in which to set even a couple of
hoops. If I want to play agility, I, along with a group of others, rent an
arena with equipment. It is fairly expensive and I could easily fall into
the trap of "getting the most bang for my buck" by doing as much as possible
while we are there. I could easily have sent Johnny Five toward equipment in
the mind set he was in. He would probably have done as I asked but possibly
not in a manner that would be the best for us. We had a few short turns that
day and each time we worked on our teamwork around the equipment and I think
we did "get the most bang for my buck".
Thank you RAT!!!!
What an incredibly emotional weekend, from beginning to end!!! There was not
a dry eye in the building by the end of the briefing and as I said to Dixie
it was not fair to have us in tears so early in the morning. But the tears
quickly turned to cheers and applause as the first run I judged was awarded
a NATCH! How exciting is that????
I am so glad I was able to be there for Wazzu's retirement run. Deb, Wazzu
and Mike have been one of my favorite teams of all time. I have had the
pleasure of playing with my dogs at trials with them as well as judging them
many times and I can honestly say they have ALWAYS had a blast in the ring.
I remember how Wazzu would get a huge grin and lengthen her stride when she
heard clapping and cheering so it was fitting for the trial to come to a
standstill, so we could all watch and cheer her on for her retirement run.
It started with chanting.. WAZZU WAZZU WAZZU ,the clapping followed and as
she ran the stomping in the stands joined in. Mike and Wazzu finished the
ru to a well-deserved standing ovation.
The RAT club has been around a long time and has been a NADAC supporter from
the beginning. I have always enjoyed entering their trials in the past and
have enjoyed judging for them several times. The atmosphere at the RAT
trials is always that of camaraderie, support and sheer FUN. RAT is one of
the many reasons I love NADAC!!!
This Sweetheart trial pays tribute to dogs who have passed including dogs
who were lost to cancer. I was touched by the invitation to add some photos
of the dogs of my past and honored to have them included in the video. I
only wish I had been able to watch the whole video. I am sure I would have
needed more tissues than were there by the end though. Thank you Dixie for
including Sassy, Fancy, Tate and Power and especially for adding the pink
paw print to Sassy's and Power's photo to show they had been taken by that
Along with the video there was a fundraiser to benefit the Morris Animal
Foundation. It was INCREDIBLE!!!! There was an entire room FILLED with
donations for a raffle as well as silent auctions. On top of that pledges
were made, such as a $ amount for every bonus line attempt - or every non
elimination for a deaf dog - or every Q for a "real" Collie, etc. You name
it - there was a pledge for it!
I am in awe of the folks who made it all happen. Thank you all for allowing
me to be a small part of it!!!!!
Happy New Year!!!!
Woo Hoo ROAD TRIP... Gro and I headed out from Calgary on the 26th of Dec. We were southbound for Bozeman . The weather was perfect and the roads were dry. We shared so many laughs that the hours passed incredibly quickly. We arrived in Bozeman early in the evening and had a terrific visit with Jeannie and Corey. The next day Gro, Jeannie and Jean took me out to lunch for a late birthday celebration. Thanks ladies!! Then Gro and I did some shopping. :) Afterwards, the four of us met at Jeannie's training barn and played a bit of agility.
The next stage of our trip started the next day and we headed to Red Lodge to visit with Elaine and check out her new facility, Yellowstone Dog Sports. All I can say is WOW WOW WOW! I am in awe of the courage Elaine has had in the undertaking of this endeavor. The building is wonderful with a large climate controlled, turf covered arena. There is plenty of crating area, nice indoor bathrooms, a conference room and a full kitchen. The facility offers a number of rooms available for over night stays. ( The room I stayed in is now the Border Collie room and has two of my drawings on the walls.) It will soon have an RV parking area with hook ups. Check out Yellowstone Dog Sports for upcoming activities.
Elaine hosted a NADAC fun Raiser New Year's Eve and New Years day. Gro and I along with Lark, Chris and Amanda shared the judging duties. Johnny Five and I had a terrific time. New Year's eve was fun. It was a pleasure to spend it with my dogs and good friends, new and old. We had a pot luck dinner and rang in the New Year several times, toasting at many time zones. New Years day brought more fun runs. We hung out in Red Lodge one more day then headed back to Bozeman for another short visit with Jeannie.
Our drive home was easy untill we got to Lethbridge where the winds were phenomenal. There were Semi Trailers blown off the roads in many places and two huge grass fires between Lethbridge and Calgary. That portion of the trip was a "white knuckle" one.
Thanks to It's a Dog's World for a terrific agility trial. Johnny Five was in good form and we had some stellar runs including one of those "run of a lifetime" Regular 20 pt Bonus runs. We shared laughs and had a nice dinner brought in on Sat. More fun was had on Sunday.
More Congratulations to Striking, this time for earning his AKC CD.
Merry Christmas everyone!!!!
The annual NADAC Fun Raiser was great fun. The weather was unbelievable and Johnny Five and I had a blast!!!
Christmas day was wonderful. Hurry and Johnny Five enjoyed their HUGE meaty bones while I chatted with family over the phone. Then we drove out to Wet Creek to meet friends and play some agility. Back home for a bath for me and more bone chewing for the dogs. Then we headed out to Toni's for turkey dinner and all the trimmings. It was scrumptious!!! After dinner there was just enough time for a walk in the park. What a LOVELY day. I hope everyone else enjoyed their Christmas day as much as I did!
Hurry would like to congratulate her first born son, Striking, for earning his NATCH and his Rally Novice as well as being newly certified as a Search and Rescue dog. Way to go Baby Boy!!!
is for Rememberance! I am thankful to all the men and women who have offered their service in order to keep the rest of us safe and free.
This past weekend was the PACE trial in Stoney Plain. I really did not have big expectations for this trial. Johnny Five has had his hormones racing because Hurry is in heat. To make matters worse she managed to be VERY receptive during the trial . I made MANY dumb handling errors all weekend and Johnny Five was in overdrive... not the best combination. Even so Johnny Five managed to get a 20 pt bonus in Weavers and a Jumpers Q that was SOOOOOOOO close to a bonus. What a good boy!
The CCC trial was a lot of fun. Johnny Five had his hormones back under control and was totally focused on me. We managed to come away with 4 Qs in total. One Hoopers Q, one Weavers 20 pt Q, one 20 pt TNG Q and another TNG Q from bonus line distance (no bonus offered). All the other courses had errors caused by me. :) I am so fortunate to have a team mate who tries so hard and forgives me for my errors. He doesn't make up for them, but that is ok with me :).
To all NADAC Championship participants. Wonderful job everyone!
Franceen Dubreuil & Jessie, Audrey Bloxham & Impulse and Candice Malvin & Skid for their 2011 and Lifetime Bonus Line awards.
Also to Catherine LeCours & Terra, Jeannie Biggers & Saige and Jackie Loeser & Risk for placing 1st 2nd & 3rd respectively in Silver Stakes. WELL DONE!!!
October started out very well. We made our first trip to the Glacier Chaser's trial and had a blast. Johnny Five was awesome. He earned one 20 pt bonus run in Regular and came VERY close to earning another in Regular, Touch N Go and Jumpers. All that after having only 2 training sessions since mid July. Classes have started and once again I have a great group of students.
Next weekend Johnny Five and I will go to Red Deer for the Hot Diggity Dogs trial. whatever happens he will try his best and we will have a blast!
The weekend is over and my prediction was correct; Johnny Fave and I had a BLAST at the Hot Diggity Dogs trial in Red Deer. His skills are amazing and I need to step up my game to keep up with him!!!! I did come away with a new skill to teach him so we will work on that soon. I am sure he will learn his new skill long before I get my timing down pat, poor boy.
September is Shaping up.
Although September came all to soon and began with some unwanted surprises it is beginning to shape up. The "old house" is empty and I am settling into my temporary digs nicely. Hurry and Johnny Five are happy here. Plans are in the works for upcoming classes and clinics. I am excited.
August is Awesome!
The drive to Red Lodge was very nice; it was a pleasant change to have a chauffeur. The private lessons and Clinic days were a lot of fun. It was inspiring to meet so many new agility enthusiasts and I look forward to watching them continue to enjoy their dogs and the new journey they are embarking on in the sport of agility. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay; Red Lodge is another little piece of Heaven in Montana and Elaine's hospitality is second to none. I only wish I had known she had been serious about the opportunity to go white water rafting!
Thanks so much to my friend Gro who suggested we return to Bozeman through the upper part of Yellowstone park. The drive along the Beartooth Highway is incredible. The sheer magnitude of ingenuity it must have taken to engineer that road is mind boggling. The scenery between Red Lodge and Bozeman during that drive was ever changing and always beautiful Thanks Gro!
I am looking forward to another Mini Fun Raiser tonight. This time Touch N Go. What ever happens I know Johnny Five will try his hardest and we will both have fun!
Thanks Jeannie for hosting another Mini Fun Raiser. It was well attended and great fun was had by all. Johnny Five was a very good boy and even helped me Q in both rounds. That puts him into Elite in all classes. OH MY!
WOW, what a fun weekend. Johnny Five and I left Bozeman late Thursday afternoon and headed toward Maybell Colorado. We stopped in Riverside Wyoming for the night and continued to Maybell Friday morning. After settling in at the park the EGC fun and games began. We ran dogs Friday evening in the nice cool weather. Saturday dawned and we built more courses and ran more dogs. When it became hot in the afternoon we all took a break and had a nice meal at the restaurant, then resumed running in the evening. Sunday brought cool weather, in fact it even rained but that did not stop us from playing and learning. It was so much fun I had to extend my stay slightly longer than planned so I could continue the experience Sunday evening and Monday morning. Finally after having Pizza and a couple of hours chatting, story telling and reminiscing, I had to drag myself away. The return trip was uneventful and I was thankful my van had no trouble with the big hills. Thanks Sharon for the invitation to Maybell to learn more about EGC and thanks for all the great information. Thanks also to Gary for passing on more knowlege and EGC experience. And thanks to everyone there for the camaraderie. Johnny Five and I had a blast !
This past weekend was sure a mixture of emotions. The Got Dog? trial was a so much fun; everyone there was in fine form and having a great time. Johnny Five was brilliant and tried very hard to do everything I asked him to do. We even managed to Q a few times; one of those was a bonus in Tunnelers and another was a bonus in his FIRST Elite Weavers run. He continues to amaze me each time we play agility together. Ron Young was our wonderful Judge and a very good sport.
On the flip side we all had a bad scare this weekend. Jeannie's husband Corey had a bad crash on his mountain bike and had to be hospitalized - TWICE. After CAT scans and MRIs he was sent home in a big back and neck brace. Spinal fractures will definitely put a damper on the next few months but hopefully the brace will avert surgery. Corey is in much better spirits than I would be in his position but I do hope he LISTENS to his DRs orders.
August has come to a close. I decided it was better to drive back to Calgary, then fly to and from Winnipeg rather than drive over 1000 miles to get there then almost that many to get home again. That decision saved me time, energy, gas and wear and tear on my van but more importantly it gave me more time to spend with my family. The wedding was very nice and I had a good visit with many family members as well as touched base with some long time friends. It is a shame the visit had to be so short but the 1st of September is tomorrow and children will need a ride to and from school.
Thanks to each and every one of you who helped make my summer wonderful and one to remember!.
July is Just Dandy!
It all began with a beautiful drive from Calgary to Stevensville Montana for a trial hosted by RAD. Johnny Five was awesome and worked hard to do all I asked of him. Hurry was able to play in the ring for the first time in almost two years. She had a blast in TNG!
Next came a day of teaching private lessons and 2 days of seminars hosted by Jackie Loeser. Thank you so much for your hospitality, I enjoyed connecting with people from last year and meeting new NADAC enthusiasts.
After a white knuckle drive from Stevi to Bozeman I quickly packed and had a flight to Maryland to judge the Tailwaggers trial. It was lovely to see so many long time friends and make new friends while judging.
The end of the weekend brought another flight. This time back to Bozeman and a quick turnaround drive to Helena for four days of seminars and private lessons.Thank you so much Catherine for inviting me and offering your hospitality. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at your home and loved every moment of my time there.
I drove back to Bozeman and then had a flight to Seattle where I was picked up by Richard Kaye and transported by car and FERRY to Sequim Washington. It was my first Ferry ride ever and I really loved it. Pam was a superb hostess and I had a BLAST teaching a distance clinic and a BIG distance clinic as well as some private lessons. It was also like old home week with Sheila and Cindy Cordray as well as Susan Perry and Sandra Katzen in attendance. It was so nice to be in their company again as well as meet so many new folks. We all shared so many laughs and I had a wonderful time.
Next was a flight back to Bozeman and same day drive to Helena where Johnny Five and I played one day at the Arf and Running trial. Nadia Barrett was the judge and did a terrific job, it was wonderful to see her.
As of now I am back in Bozeman getting ready for a Handling / Timing seminar and an advanced agility seminar. Looking forward to more fun! Johnny Five and I enjoyed a Mini Fun Raiser with 2 rounds of Weavers. It was his first attempt at Elite weavers. We did not Q in either run but he did some brilliant work.
The Bozeman seminars were a lot of fun. A terrific mix of handlers and dogs, all very enthusiastic and with a huge zest for agility.
Bar Dot Agility
A Rover Runs Through It
Arf And Running
Galloping Dog Agility Club
Riverbend Dog Sports
A Rover Runs Through It
Arf And Running
Galloping Dog Agility Club
Riverbend Dog Sports