BRITMOR HIGH FLYER, RAE, was a 13-3/4" Black and Silver son of our Britmor Fly Boy, ME RA MX MXJ, Novice Versatility, 1000 Point Award, S-NJC, NGC, NGC-v, O-OAC, S-OJC, WV-O, TG-O, EAC, O-EAC-v, EJC-v, O-TN-E, CGC. When I started to get an itch to start training a dog again in 2005 and decided to make my efforts a program for one of the meetings of our local schnauzer club, Ace was the "chosen child". I wanted to see how far I could take a dog in one month's time using clicker training, and then demonstrate our efforts at our next club meeting. Ace proved to be a wonderful subject for this, as he has a true working-dog attitude. He really bugs me each morning until we go and train. Please read the journal I kept of the first few weeks of our training.
Update: Ace finished his Rally Novice title on May 11, 2006, the same day father Peter and sister Terra finished theirs! The Rally Advanced title was achieved on Sept. 22, 2006.... finished in grand style with a First Place, and Ace finished his Rally Excellent title one month later on Oct. 22, 2006, with two Firsts and one Third Place! YEHAWWW!!!! Onward and upwards as we begin working on his Rally Advanced Excellent title!
Ace earned his first RAE leg on Nov. 3, 2006.... and we slowly chipped away at it; Ace finished his Rally Advanced Excellent title in grand style on May 11, 2007, with a Fourth Place!
A couple years have now passed, my health has gone down and now up again, and my weight went up and now down once again.... mostly in conjunction with my health issues. Ace, and most of the dogs here have been patient couch potatoes as I went through another, mostly depressing, phase of my life.
On Sept. 12 and 13, 2009, our local schnauzer club was represented by four of us at a "Pet Fest" at our local Renaissance Festival... talking about the breed, handing out pamphlets, giving grooming demos. After 40 years of living in the Twin Cities area, this was my first time at the Renaissance Festival. Lots of people in period costumes, and some with costumed dogs, too. There were several demos with Disc Dogs, a mini agility course of 17 obstacles that made a large circle around the ring, and a high jump (I mean a *really* HIGH jump! A Dalmatian cleared 52" on Saturday!). It was somewhat boring that first morning, but then I spent some of it scissoring on Ace.
Late in the morning on Saturday, one of the announcers from one of the demos stopped by and talked to me, and invited me to go over and try out the agility course with Cruise when she found out he did a bit of agility, but I said my daughter would kill me if something untoward happened with Cruise (he is entered in his first trial in a few weeks).... so being the bored person that I was, and in the mood to make an ass out of myself, I went over with Ace. We got one practice run so that he could be introduced to the equipment, and the course started on a table that looked like a guillotine, went to two jumps, a wooden box that "resembled a tunnel", two jumps, a cannon (tunnel) whose far end dropped down a bit much like a teeter, an A-frame with a dragon on the top, two jumps, a bone-shaped tunnel, and eight jumps ending in the table. All jumps were set at 8".
Ace and I have left the table and start running.
Coming out of the cannon, with me in my knight "costume".
Ace starts up the A-frame.
Racing to the top of the A-frame.
Ace going down the A-frame, and this was probably the only time I was really ahead of him.
Ace doing a lovely running contact.
Ace is through the next jump, and I'm working harder.
Leaving the bone-shaped tunnel.
I encourage Ace on as he reaches the castle.
Ace is leaving the castle and is about to round the corner of the ring.
Ace heading for the finish... the Guillotine Table, as I struggle to keep up. At this point, the crowd was going wild and cheering madly for Ace. This was the finish of our final (7th) run that weekend, and Ace was MOVING.
Someone asked me that Saturday how long Ace and I had been doing agility. Well, several years ago we got to practice on a course at Dick Van Keuren's place in Wisconsin at a schnauzer shin-dig, and, as of this person's inquiry Saturday, it made three times that Ace had played on agility equipment at all!*GGGG* Ace and I participated in the 2 & 4 o'clock shows Saturday, and the 11, 2, & 4 o'clock shows Sunday... running this course for a total of seven times in the two days. On our last timed run Sunday, this ol' broad... who is not at ALL athletic and cannot run... and her untrained 8-year-old (not really an) "agility dog" did the course in 28 seconds, which included a second try at the A-frame when he initially ran by it. I was so proud of that dog! Ace really does try when asked.
After watching us on Sunday, my daughter Katie now thinks I should come to the agility foundation class she is teaching.*G* As Katie said, "WHAT are you doing with your arms?!" Well, my right hand was holding the kibble reward he would get after reaching the finish at the table, and at one point I think I was cheering Ace on with my left.*G* He got plenty of audience response when he would clear that last curve and head down the straight-away toward that table; I really had to "book it"... old-lady style... as I tried to keep up. What a smart little dog! (Well, Ace *is* a Peter son and a Witch grandson... and just look who he has for a sister.*G*)
Did I say how proud I was of him? (Ya, I know I did... but I am sitting here STILL grinning from ear-to-ear as I remember it.) Well, I am struggling unsuccessfully to lose those last five pounds since my surgery.... maybe that would do it.*G*
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