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Scout (10 1/2 years old) photo by M. Nicole Fischer Photography                                         Scout PACH4 December 31, 2011      

Scout absolutely loved agility.  We started competing together when she was 2 years old and it's been a blast.  I loved running with Scout and we really became a team.  I'm incredibly proud of Scout and all of her achievements in agility.  One of my proudest accomplishments is that Scout was ranked the #3 all-breed PACH dog in 2011 and #8 lifetime as of 12/31/11.  Both rankings were of all heights.  Scout accomplished more than I could have ever imagined!

Scout earned her MACH on July 11, 2009 with a beautiful standard run to finish earning the 750 points needed for her MACH.  It was a great run!  She was the 4th IWS to earn a MACH and the first to earn agility trial championships in two different venues.  Scout finished 2009 as the #3 top IWS for the year.  At the 2010 national specialty, Scout was presented with the Mole End Agility Double Q Trophy.  It is beautiful.

Since Scout's MACH, i moved her to the preferred classes which allowed Scout to jump 20 inches as opposed to 24 inches.  She quickly earned her novice, open and excellent standard preferred titles and her novice, open and excellent preferred jumpers with weaves titles.  On February 27, 2010, Scout earned her Masters Excellent Standard Preferred (MXP) title and her Masters Excellent JWW Preferred (MJP) title.  Scout earned her PAX (Preferred Agility Excellent) title on August 15, 2010, at the same trial one year after starting back in novice preferred agility.  Scout earned her PAX2 title on January 14, 2011 and her PAX3 title on July 16, 2011.  The AKC introduced a new title for the preferred agility dogs that became effective July 1, 2011.  They grandfathered all dogs who had run agility at the preferred level since the start of the program in 2002.  The title is the PACH and it works just like the MACH requiring 750 speed points and 20 double Q's.  As of July 1, 2011, Scout had earned enough points and double Q's for the PACH and PACH2 titles.  On July 16, 2011 Scout earned her PACH3 at the Nebraska Kennel Club show.  Scout ended 2011 with a bang earning her PACH4 on December 31, 2011.  I decided to retire Scout from agility and her last run was on Sunday, June 24, 2012.  She wasn't hurt and she still could run and she always gave it her all but it was time.  The weave poles were getting more difficult and she had slowed down quite a bit since February 2012.  It was a very hard decision as Scout still always ran with such joy and heart but I was too afraid that she would get hurt.  I would much rather end her career so she can enjoy retirement as a healthy dog.  Besides, she had nothing left to prove.  She retired with 450 points and 9 double Qs for her PACH5. But most of all, she retired with dignity, joy and now she can spend more time being the Grand Queen she deserves to be.

Scout earned several new titles after her retirement.  Effective July 1, 2012, the AKC implemented a new titling program where dogs can achieve recognition for every 25 Excellent B Q's for both jumpers and standard.  It starts with a bronze, silver, gold and finally century.  Scout earned her MXS (excellent standard silver), MJS (excellent jumpers silver), MXPC (excellent standard preferred century) and MJPC (excellent jumpers preferred century) titles.

Here are some runs of Scout at the December 9-11, 2012 Oriole agility trial. She's 10 1/2 years old and still running great!

Scout - Standard December 9 2011

Scout - Standard December 10 2011

Scout - JWW December 10 2011

Scout - Standard December 11 2011

Scout - JWW December 11 2011

 

Scout has qualified for the 2011 AKC agility nationals.  Scout competed at the 2011 AKC agility nationals in Lexington, VA April 2-3, 2011.  She got 3rd place in her first round but unfortunately I couldn't get my act together to get any more clean runs with her but she ran great and we had a blast.  Scout qualified for the 2012 AKC nationals on January 12, 2011.  Here are Scout's runs from the 2011 AKC Nationals.  The 1st round, Jumpers With Weaves, was a 3rd place finish.

2011 AKC Agility Nationals - Round 1 JWW

2011 AKC Agility Nationals - Round 2 Standard

2011 AKC Agility Nationals - Round 3 Hybrid

Scout was ranked #1 IWS for the 2009 AKC agility invitational held in Long Beach, California in December, 2009.  Scout and I competed at the invitational in 2009 for the second year in a row.  As she was the only IWS to compete, she ended up earning the top IWS at the competition.  She had some great runs and ended up with 2 clean rounds out of 4. Scout was invited to the AKC Agility Invitational in Long Beach, California on December 13 & 14, 2008.  We went and had a blast.  Scout ended up 2nd out of the 3 IWS that were competing there and she was 42nd out of a class of over 90 dogs in the 24 inch height class.  She ran great and we would have done better if not for my handling mistake (as usual) but it was a blast.  Scout was also invited to the AKC Agility Invitational in California for 2007 and she was ranked 5th IWS for AKC agility in 2007 and 2008.  Scout was ranked 8th IWS for the 2010 agility invitational with limited trials at the 24 inch jump height. 

Here are videos from Scout at the 2009 AKC Agility Invitational.  She ran well but got called on a contact in the 2nd round and I messed up her weaves in the 3rd round but overall she ran great.

2009 AKC Agility Invitational - Round 1 JWW

2009 AKC Agility Invitational Round 2 - Standard

2009 AKC Agility Invitational Round 3 - JWW

2009 AKC Agility Invitational Round 4 - Hybrid

Scout completed her Excellent Standard title (AX) at the Springfield, Massachusetts shows in November, 2004 which is a huge, four day event.  Scout earned third place both times she qualified.  She also completed her Excellent Jumpers with Weaves title (AXJ) at the Cleveland four day cluster in December 2004.  Again, this is a huge show.  She placed first in her 24 inch height class.  After a long break (about 18 months) from AKC agility, we started to run trials in the venue again.  Scout completed her MXJ on October 28, 2007 and completed her MX on December 8, 2007.  Scout has earned her Novice FAST, Open FAST titles and Excellent FAST titles.  Scout earned her Preferred Novice Fast title on March 17, 2012.  I didn't realize I had two legs on this from back in 2009 so the title was a nice suprise.

I took a break from AKC agility during 2005 and most of 2006.  During that time, we focused on NADAC Agility (North American Dog Agility Council).  Scout has earned many, many titles in NADAC.  She is the first IWS to achieve the title of NATCH (NADAC Agility Trial Champion).  She earned this title on December 10, 2006.  She was the top ranked IWS in NADAC in 2006 and 2007.  Her other NADAC titles include:

  • Novice Triple Superior Title (Superior levels in Regular, Chances, Jumpers)

  • Novice Superior Versatility Title (Superior levels in Regular, Chances, Jumpers, Tunnelers, Touch & Go, Weavers)

  • Open Triple Superior Title (Superior levels in Regular, Chances, Jumpers)

  • Open Superior Versatility Title (Superior levels in Regular, Chances, Jumpers, Tunnelers, Touch & Go, Weavers)

  • Elite Outstanding Regular Title

  • Elite Outstanding Jumpers Title

  • Elite Superior Chances Title

  • Elite Superior Tunnelers Title

  • Elite Weavers Title

  • Elite Touch & Go Title

  • 2500 Points Lifetime Award

Scout qualified for the 2005 NADAC Championships in St. Louis and we competed in the very competitive 20+ Elite class taking two top ten placements. We also competed in teams taking a 4th place finish.

12/24/2014                                                                                                     

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