Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I cannot thank Lenny enough for the amazing journey we shared over 6 1/2 very short years ~ we truly had a blast! Thanks to this big black dog, I met & made some of my best friends and went places, in Canada & the U.S., that I would have otherwise never visited.
Lenny always, always gave 150% in whatever he did - dock diving, agility, chasing squirrels in the woods, or chilling on the couch watching tv with me.
There isn't a day goes by I don't think of him and miss him.
Jump big and run free buddy ~ you have lots of good company at the Bridge.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
When Lenny is not participating in DockDogs, he is playing agility! Lenny & his Mom love agility. We began training, once/week, about a year and half ago, with a very knowledgeable and fun trainer, Cindy Boht. Lenny loves his Auntie Cindy and he loves to train.
We started trialing just about a year ago, and we have both improved nicely in that time. We have earned our Agility Dog of Canada title - Sep 10/11 at a K9 Klubhouse trial in Pickering - very exciting!
The aim of agility is to get a qualifying run, or Q, which means the dog & handler ran the course with no faults and within the time limit. A team needs to achieve 3 Q's in Starter Standard in order to earn their Agility Dog of Canada title. Here is Lenny's 3rd Q at the K9 Klubhouse trial in Sept which earned us our ADC:
I'm very, very proud of my boy!! He tries 150% every time!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Lenny & I are just after the 6:25 min mark! (right after the German Shepherd) We didn't know we would be on till I watched the tv show when it aired!! How exciting is that??!!!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
with her two flat-coated retrievers - a first time DockDogger!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Lenny placed 1st in Semi-Pro Finals with a new personal best jump (and longest jump of the weekend) of 23'4"!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBtVakOQHMI Please click on this link
Lenny's jumps for the weekend were:
Semi-Pro Finals: 21'6", 23'4"
Waves: 19'11", 20'10", 19'5", 18', 19'1", 20', 20'7", 20'8", 20'2", 20'3", 20'3", 21'3"
Speed Retrieve - 7.375secs, 7.610secs - didn't make it into SR Finals
EV - caught 5'6" placing 1st in Cadet
Lenny reaching for the bumper
One of Melissa Vig's dogs getting Big Air!
The Wildman, Cosmos, flying high - beautiful form
Hard working DD staff
Setting up the EV rig for practice
Me & my kid having fun!
Major Tom's got his eye on that duck in the Speed Retrieve competition!
Lenny did very well at this event, placing 2nd in the Semi-Pro Finals. It was a very exciting competition as Lenny's first jump in the Finals was just 1 inch shorter, at 21' 1", than the leading team of Tom Dropik & Rocky at 21' 2". On our second jump, Lenny came back with a very respectable 21' 5", but Tom & Rocky won it with a 22' 5" jump. They sure gave us a run for the money!! We had a great time!! The weather was actually pretty decent as well - we had sunny skies on Sat & Sun while there were wicked storms, including hail, at home. We picked a good weekend to leave town!
Lenny's distances for the weekend were:
Semi-Pro Finals 21' 1" and 21' 5"
Waves 21' 8", 21' 8", 21' 1", 19' 11", 20' 11", 21' 3", 21' 9", 21' 9"
Speed Retrieve qualifying round 9.28 secs, 8.138 secs. Finals 8.005 secs, 7.621 secs placed 6th in Finals
EV grabbed 5' 8" . . . . . woohooooo!!!
Last 4 images courtesy of Jim Zelasko
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Huge thanks have to go out to Karen Larocque who made the dream to have a 2nd DD club in Eastern ON a reality. Huge thanks also to her husband, Mark, who has been involved every step of the way and been a very, very big support to Karen. All of the board members have worked very, very hard to make 1000 Islands DD a thriving new club and our first event a resounding success!!! Woohooooooooooo!!! Brockville, Kingston, and Ottawa loved us!!!! And, they want us back next year . . . .so mark you calendars . . . . . Riverfest 2010 . . . Jul 1-4 !!
Also pictured: Larry (DD Nat'l Rep), Rachel (Stephanie's Mom), Riley (Kelly's son)
I think Blockhouse Island in downtown Brockville has been one of the MOST beautiful & picturesque venues for a DD event ever!! The St Lawrence river on one side and a stunning yacht club harbour on the other . . . what better place for a DD event than to be surrounded by water!!
You can see the St. Lawrence River in the background
We had a huge crowd on Canada Day - the first day of our event! The clear water in the pool came right out of the St. Lawrence!
Huge freighter going by on the St. Lawrence River
I'm sure I speak for the other board members when I say that we were fairly nervous about our first event being 5 days, but it went better than expected and we all had sooooo much fun!!! From the huge crowds on Wed, Canada Day, and Sun, the Finals, to the rain in the days in between and even a micro-burst, which was as close to a tornado as we would want to be, everything ran very smoothly. Participants had lots of practice time; they were able to have one-on-one instruction with Heather McLeod, our DD certified Sportmutt trainer, and there were lots & lots of personal bests achieved over the course of the event.
Roo went off the dock for the fist time on the first day of our event. We tried to coax her off after her toy, but then decided she might better jump off after Lenny. So, we brought Lenny up on the dock, threw the toy for him, then for Roo, and on the third try . . . .off she leapt!! She was positively hooked after that - you couldn't keep her away from the dock - she LOVES dock diving!! She achieved a personal best jump of 9' 4" and placed 2nd in the Novice Finals as well as earning her Novice Title.
Roo leaping off the dock in her first-ever competition
Chic achieved a new personal best jump of 13' 10" and placed 6th in the Junior Finals.
Air - borne Chic!!
This was our third event of the season and Lenny had a very good week. He placed first in Masters Finals with a 22' jump. His BA jumps for the week were:
18' 7", 22' 6", 20' 6", 19' 3", 20' 8", 20' 4", 19' 9", 22' 10", 21' 1", 21' 8", 20' 8", 22' 1", 21' 4", 22'1"
Speed Retrieve: 7.75 secs & 7.14 secs in Heat #2; Finals - 6.89 secs & 7.62 secs for a second place finish
In Extreme Vertical: Lenny grabbed 5'2" for a 3rd place finish
Here are some pics from the week:
Registration, Information, Raffle tent - courtesy of Riverfest management
Riley & Garrett squeeging the dock in the pouring rain - this was shortly before the micro-burst
After the micro-burst . . . . . that was our announcer/judging tent
Some of the banners from the dock nearly landed in the St. Lawrence River!
Some of the competitors:
Mark & Bond . . . . . yea, Bond jumped!!!
Paul & Rudder
This shot is during tear down - with a beautiful full moon reflecting off the St. Lawrence River