Crofter's Dream.......working Cairn Terriers
May 2007 -- Whidbey Island
September 2007 -- Turner Oregon
October 2007 -- Crosswicks New Jersey
October 2007 -- Moses Lake
On Saturday, Kona's run was flawless. His hunt up was as good as I've seen him do. He's alert, yet very quiet now in his honoring. His den work was perfect. Saturday's qualification left him one leg short of his title and our goal. Sunday, however was a different story. He was very excited to go out. Just as soon as I released him, he bolted toward the den area! This was the first time he failed a hunt up. The release point was high above the den. I think he saw the den area and rat wranglers and decided that's where the rats were! Unfortunately he failed Sunday and we're left to think about earthdog now over the winter.
May 2008 -- Whidbey Island
As he is now a Master Earthdog, he has the right go back to the Senior dens. When an earthdog qualifies in both the Master den and the Senior Den, he "Double Q's" or wins an Iron Dog leg. Iron Dog is not an official title, but more of a fun thing we do with our dogs. Later in the afternoon, we went back to the Senior den for the first time since his title. Upon release, he went straight down the tunnel, started work immediately and worked the entire 90 seconds. I was most proud of his recall. Upon instructions to recall him, I very slowly made my way to the den entrance, called his name once and within 15 seconds of the judges instructions appeared at the tunnel opening where I picked him up. Kona completed a perfect Senior Leg to complete his first Double Q.
May 2008 -- Turner Oregon
Of the 8 dogs who ran in Masters at Turner, 6 of them were Cairn Terriers!
May 2008 -- Whidbey Island, Washington
On Sunday, May 18, both Kona and Stiller were stymied in the Masters Den, however they both aced their Senior Den test later in the afternoon. Greg completed his apprentice Earthdog judge requirements for Junior Earthdog.
June 2008 -- Abbotsford BC
We made our first earthdog trip to Canada. The week prior rained hard for 5 days. I was worried about driving the motorhome into the field venue due to soggy ground conditions. I had good reason to be concerned! On the way into the field the ground by a pond gave way and I sunk the right wheels of the motorhome to the axels. We have AAA plus RV towing. It took the tow operator 3 hours to pull me out. We just about lost the motorhome a couple of times. About 2am I finally parked to get some sleep.
I figured that Kona would be a slam dunk for a couple of Canadian ED titles as each day had 2 trials. Boy was I wrong! We started in the junior den and the little poop-stain left the quarry. I tried again in the evening and he did the same thing! I found out that because he was a Master Earthdog, that we really didn't need to start in Jr. I moved him up to Senior and he worked good for 80 seconds (he needed 90) and left again! Sunday evening we were down to our last attempt and he had a perfect Senior run. His recall was only 5 seconds! At least we got a Canadian Senior leg. I have a goal to have the first US born Cairn Terrier with the title AM/CAN ME!
I loved ED in Canada despite our challenges. I hope to go back in September.
In the Saturday trial, Kona earns the first ever Greater Portland Dachshund Club's Iron Dog award by qualifying in both Master and Senior. Griffon, another Cairn Terrier also earned an Iron Dog. On Sunday, the judge felt his indication was a weak and failed that part of his Master's test, however he aced the Senior den!
After earthdog was over in the afternoon, the dogs had the opportunity to run a lure coarse. The terriers and dachshunds chased a mechanical lure around a set course. Kona was a natural! Here are some pics of the fun.
Kona was extremely agitated and prey driven as he was waiting for his turn. In the second photo, he's completely airborne! In the last picture, his front feet are behind his back feet as he's flying down the straight away!
Click Here to see video of Kona Lure Coursing!
Abbotsford, BC: Kona passed two tests to earn his Canadian Senior Earthdog title! Kona is the first cairn terrier to hold a Senior Earthdog title in both the US and Canada! His stats for his title run: 9 seconds to quarry, started working immediately, recall 7 seconds. All in all, it was a perfect weekend with blue skies and temps in the low 80's.
Judges Jill Petersen and Sil Sanders awarding Kona his Canadian Senior Legs to complete is title. Of course, Kona always sucks up to the judge with a big kiss!
Turner Oregon: Hattie earns her first Junior Earthdog leg. She finally worked the rats the entire 60 seconds. She's on her way! Greg and Kona stayed home, and Val handled Hattie.
We journeyed to Turner Or. for our first earthdog test of the year. The was OTEEC's 10th anniversary. We took 8 cairns with us in the motorhome. We had our 4, plus our puppies Lou and Tipsy. In addition we took Kona's pop, Stiller and a cairn we were watching for a friend. Greg was the Sunday intro judge and apprentices in both Senior and Masters. Because Greg did so much in the way judging activity, Kona got only one senior earthdog run for the entire weekend. He passed it! Off to a great start in 2009. The puppies were introduced to the rats and the dens. They had a typical start for young ones. Hattie easily made it to the quarry on time in her junior earthodg test, but didn't start working in time. Kona's sire Stiller, earned "Iron Dog" double Q's both days.
The next week we were off to Whidlbey Island's PSEC test. Kona had a fabulous weekend earning Double Q's on both days. Hattie's 2nd JE leg continues to elude her. On the first day, she go the quarry quickly, but didn't work. Day 2 she worked like a devil dog, but was late to the quarry. Puppy Merl made it all the way to the quarry and worked the rats a little. He's going to be a fine earthdog.
June 2009 Abbotsford, BC
The CKC master den as two quarry ends and there are 3 (AKC has 2) obstacles
for the dog to negotiate. The three obstacles are a root, a height restriction
and side restrictions. The den arrangement is also much more complex.
Three cairn terriers earned titles over the weekend. Sandra Millin's
cairn terrier, Serge, became the 3rd ever Canadian ME. Both Stiller and
Gazza earned Senior titles.
This was one of my favorite earthdog outings!