COBY started the new year off by competing in obedience and Rally in January. He earned a score of 192.5 to win 1st place in AKC Beginner Novice obedience, which was his third leg and completed his BN title! He also earned a score of 96 his first time in the Rally Intermediate class. We'll plan to try to complete that title in the spring- winter in NY state isn't a great time to plan to go anywhere out of our immediate town.
In 2017, Coby has now accomplished his Excellent A AKC Agility titles and is working toward his Masters level titles. He dipped his toes back into the obedience ring, earning a wonderful score of 198 ! in Beginner Novice. One more Q to go to complete that title, we will hopefully get that done in 2018. At our AMCA National Speicalty in October, Kacey pulled around 995 pounds to earn her second Working Weight pull dog leg. Teega tried out weight pull for the first time and pulled around 828 pounds- not bad for her first attempt, and she seemed to enjoy this sport! We had a fun day in early summer testing for the new AKC Trick Dog titles. Coby demonstrated 25 different tricks and skills to earn not only his Trick Dog Novice title, but also his Intermediate and Advanced level (TKA) titles! Tassi, Kacey, and even Teega all successfully showed off 10 tricks each to earn their Novice titles (TKN). We hope to get into the agility ring once more this year yet, and then on to 2018 to chase down some obedience and keep working toward agility success!
2016 was mostly consumed with breeding and raising our singleton puppy out of Kacey, "Teega". She is a pistol, this one! We did however make it to a few agility trials and one show... Coby completed his Open Agility titles and now competes in the Excellent level in both Standard and Jumpers. Kacey completed her Novice Jumpers AND Novice FAST titles, as well as completing her AKC Championship with a 3rd major. We also learned that Kacey's sister Phoebe, under the expert guidance of her owner, Jackie, earned her Beginner Novice obedience title!
I guess since most of us these days share our accomplishments on Facebook, we just don't always keep our website news as up to date as we should!
So, let's see... since 2013..
Coby finished his AKC Championship with 5 point and 3 point majors late in 2014, and is nearly finished with his Grand Championship now. He also completed some agility titles in 2014 and 2015 and now competes in the Open level in both Standard and Jumpers, (he is partway to completing those titles as well) and recently earned his first Beginner Novice obedience leg with a score of 191 (out of 200) and a 1st place, at the 2015 AMCA Nationals!
Kacey has dabbled in a few events- she needs just 1 point to finish her AKC Championship, she needs 1 more Q to finish her Novice Jumpers agility title, and has earned her first Qs toward both her Novice FAST agility and her Rally Advanced titles, as well as pulling her way to her 1st Working Weight pull leg at the AMCA nationals, pulling 970 pounds!
Kacey's sister Phoebe and her owner Jackie have made me so proud- in late 2014 they have come out and earned 2 legs each toward both their Rally Novice AND Beginner Novice obedience titles! 1 more of each and Phoebe will have her first AKC titles!
We went off the the alaskan malamute club of America nationals again in October, this time held in beautiful Wisconsin. KACEY placed in most if her classes, despite shedding all her coat in the weeks leading up to the event. She also qualified both days in the Rally Novice B obedience class, earning her first two legs toward that title. TASSI did not disappoint, making the cut for Best of Breed for the third year in a row! COBY is getting the hang of harness work, and pulled his was to the first leg toward his Working Weight Pull Dog title.
The weekend after nationals, KACEY and COBY competed in Rally Novice B (Coby needs the practice) at the DOTCORNY trials, where Coby placed well and Kacey qualified as well, to finish her Rally Novice title!
In November, the AMCA held another fun and successful all breed agility trial in PA. COBY qualified in Novice Jumpers Preferred both days for his first two Qs toward his NJP title- clean runs both days!
We are hoping to get out to a few more agility trials this winter and hope to earn more Qs..
TASSI's father, Stryder, has been tested CLEAR of the polyneuropathy gene! This means that Tassi is genetically clear by parentage. Also, Kasaan kennels' Phoenix has tested clear. So Kacey and her litter mates are also all genetically clear! I may have to do the test at some point to make it official, as OFA only accepts one generation of clear by parentage. But I am satisfied that with none of the immediate ancestors carrying the gene we are safe from ever producing this horrible disease.
Off to Harrisburg last month...COBY earned placements in the Novice weight pull, pulling up to 1000#. He has been in harness very little but is starting to get the hang of it in his new custom harness from Jen at Powderhounds Malamutes. He also got official word that he finished 2012 as the #1 AKC Rally Novice malamute (by the AMCA system). We are trying to gear up to move into Advanced work later this year, though we have planned a couple forays still in Novice to sort of "brush up" on competition skills.
On the health news front, RHYA has tested clear (non-carrier) of the gene causing Alaskan Malamute Polyneuropathy. As Istari kennels' Emrys also has tested clear, that means COBY is clear by parentage. More results to come soon..
Wow, we have not updated in a long time... Let's see... spring/summer of 2012 Tassi welcomed her litter of puppies, and that kept us very busy! COBY won a couple more points toward his championship, including winning best of breed...RHYA completed her Open Standard (Preferred) Agility title, and TASSI earned her first Qs toward her Novice Jumpers title. We went all the way to Chattanooga Tennessee for our National Specialty in October 2012- fun times!! RHYA placed in her veterans class and won an agility class, COBY made the cut in a big Bred-by Exhibitor class (he just missed..the invisible "5th" place), won his Rally Obedience class, and TASSI again made the cut for Best of Breed. (we were busy!) KACEY learned how to ride on a golf cart, as did her grandma RHYA....they both loved it! COBY finished 2012 as the #1 Rally Novice Malamute* in the US! RHYA was the #4 ranked Malamute in Open Standard Agility! (*AMCA system)
So far in 2013, KACEY has earned her first championship points, RHYA a Q toward her Excellent Standard preferred title and more legs toward her Masters Jumpers preferred. COBY was invited to compete in the very first AKC National Rally Championships! We could not attend, but how cool to be invited amongst the very top competitors in the sport and breed.
Sadly, we lost our ASHLAR.. more than 13-1/2 years with him is still not enough...I love and miss you my sweet boy...
RHYA had a chance to run AKC Agility this past weekend, where she earned her second "leg" (qualifying score) toward her Excellent Jumpers Preferred title! She had a clean run (perfect score) and won a squeaky toy and a pretty blue first place ribbon for her effort- she likes the toy best, of course. GOOD GIRL!!
We made a quick trip to Syracuse NY to participate in the Alaskan Malamute Club supported entry shows in conjunction with Onandaga Kennel Club. COBY was not a winner in the breed class...but he still made me proud! He was overexcited and unfocused most of the day, but still pulled off a qualifying score in Rally Novice B, AND did it well enough to be awarded Highest Scoring Alaskan Malamute in Rally! THAT made our day trip worthwhile for sure- plus we got to enjoy the company of friends we have not seen in many months through the morning and over a delicious lunch- what a fun day!
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