The next Board meeting will be April 19th at 6:30 p.m. at the training facility. Members are welcome.
The next Club meeting will be April 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the training facility. This will be our annual Awards Potluck. Make sure to bring a dish to share. If you are interested in training, dog sports or pet therapy, you are welcome to visit.
At the March 15th, 2016 meeting, the following Awards were presented, in recognition of those members’special achievements or contributions to the club during calendar year 2014. Congratulations to all recipients!
Ben Lumpkins Award for the top Novice A team: Ken Williams and Bo
Service Award for the person who contributes behind the scenes: Ken Williams
Good Sportsmanship Award: Mary Lou Vardy
Joann Neal Award for the Instructor of the Year: Cheryl Nichols
Assistant Instructor: Ruth Ann Parsley
High in Trials Award: Joann Neal and Speedy
Our annual May Agility trials will be held at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center from Friday, May 6th through Sunday, May 8th, 2016. Loading equipment will begin at the Club building at 8:00 a.m. on Friday,May 6th. Pickups and trailers and willing hands are always welcome.
Volunteers will be needed for loading and unloading equipment, serving as ring crew, course building, and other fun activities. Experience is not required; training will be provided. Because the date is so early in May, a few Ring Crew tips are included at the end of this Newsletter. Contact Ronda Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know what jobs you may be available to do and on which days and hours.
Raffle donations are always needed. New or gently used items for dogs or their two-legged companions are very welcome. Our raffles have earned an excellent reputation among competitors both at home and from other areas. Raffle donations may be given to Sherell Guichard-Thomas; contact her at email@example.com for more information or bring your donation to the meeting or on loading day.
Thanks to all the club members who helped to make our obedience trial a great success. Biggest kudos to Cheryl Nichols, trial secretary, who did the premium list, took entries and lunch orders, made the trial catalog, judges books, running orders, then kept her nose down in the computer all weekend getting everything recorded and sent to AKC. A huge job! AND to her sidekick Jody Pritchard. Thanks to head ring steward Vernon Brown for keeping the rings manned and running smoothly. Margaret Freeman kept our West Texas hospitality flowing with coffee, donuts, drinks, and dispensing lunches. The match crew of JoAnn Phillips, Cheryl Birdwell, Coye McCleskey, Ruth Ann Parsley, Laura Smith, and Sarah Wilson kept the match rings going. Laura also got all the equipment organ-ized and ready to go, and helped with ribbons and prizes. Sherell Guichard-Thomas did a wonderful job (as usual) with the raffle. Cheryl Birdwell kept the bills paid. And more thanks to everyone who came up to ring steward, set up the show and haul equipment, keep the ribbons and prizes flowing, donate to the raffle, provide transportation to the judges, and anything I haven't remembered to mention!
Congratulations to members who showed their dogs--whether you brought a ribbon home or not, an entry results from a lot of work, and the bond you have with your dog is better for it!
Our annual November Agility trials are done and they were a big success. A big thank you goes out to all that helped make it a success.
Great food, great fun, and fantastic, innovative, imaginative costumes were the orders of the evening... and the Winners are :
Cutest - JoAnn Phillips and Wile-E “Olympic Racing Champion”
Funniest - Natha Jo Arnold and Shadow “Scuba Diver”
Scariest - Tim and Mary Jane Sampson, Kodi and Tiger, “Dangers of the Deep”
Most Original - Sarah Wilson and Cotton, “Cotton Boll”
Best Group - Sharaya Baier with Ryder and Rumor, “The Cat in the Hat”
Best in Show - Dana Brown and Smooch, “Runway Diva Smooch”
Best Trick - Sharaya Baier and Ryder
Hot Dog Retrieval Contest -Joann Neal and Speedy
Our four-day Agility event in Levelland, TX, co-sponsored with the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club was a great success. A big thank you goes out to everyone that made it a success.
The exhibit will be available for viewing at the International Cultural Center of Texas Tech University on Indiana Avenue, across from the Health Sciences Center (and UMC), until August 25th, 2015. To reach the ICC, it is necessary to go south on Indiana from 4th St. and turn left (east) at the first light, across from UMC, The Center then will be immediately on your right.
Viewing hours are on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Approximately 64 photographers are represented, including our own Philip Marshall and Margaret Freeman (this year our own dogs are also on view). This may be the best showing of dog photography in the six years that this event has been held. If you’re able to make it during viewing hours, you’ll find that the exhibit is well worth seeing.
Critterfest this year was a four-day event held at the Science Spectrum. Several SPOTC members participated, both in Obedience and Agility demonstrations, and in the “Meet the Breeds” presentations and interaction with spectators. We had loads of fun! Many thanks to all those who took part, and very special thanks to Sherell Guichard-Thomas, who arranged and coordinated this event so perfectly (as always), as well as participated in the events.
President: Rita Harris
Vice-President: Dana Brown
Secretary: Jodi Pritchard
Treasurer: Cheryl Birdwell
Thank you to all the club members and the spouses and friends that they brought along to help with all the work that goes into a successful Agility trial. A special thank you to all the "heavy lifters," course builders, Head Ring Steward Teresa, trailer-haulers Marcia and Gary, and the many people who were not even entered in the trial, but came out and worked hard all three days. We had a great entry and fun courses to run.
At the March 17th, 2015 meeting, the following Awards were presented, in recognition of those members’special achievements or contributions to the club during calendar year 2014. Congratulations to all recipients!
Ben Lumpkins Award for the top Novice A team: Marcia Bishoff and Rain
Service Award for the person who contributes behind the scenes: Larry Birdwell
Good Sportsmanship Award: Laura Smith
Joann Neal Award for the Instructor of the Year: Cheryl Birdwell and Assistant Instructor: Sharaya Baier
Our Winter Obedience and Rally trials was great. Congrats to all the winners. Thanks to all who helped make it a success!
Mary Lou Vardy and her Mini Schnauzer, Brew, recently earned their MACH 2 title at the recent Clovis, NM trials! Congrats to this dynamic duo!
Ronda Clark and her Aussie, Gretchen, recently earned their MACH 2 title at the recent Belton shows! Congrats to this great team!
A big thank you goes out to everyone who helped with the trial. It takes all of us to it it such a success!
Joann Neal has a lot to be proud of again this year. At the end of the 2014 reporting year for AKC’s Owner-Handled Series in breed competition, Shaq ranked #1 Miniature Poodle at this time in ALL-BREED competition in the U.S. An addition brag for Joann too. Tush was the #5! Congrats to this dynamic duo!
Our annual August Agility trials went well and a big thank you goes out to all that helped make it another success!
Members and area friends had a very productive obedience practice day August 5th. Thanks to everyone that helped out. Here's a few photos:
Thanks to everyone that made Critterfest 2013 a roaring success! Looking forward to 2014!
Elections were held at the May meeting and we have new officers for the upcoming year: President - Cheryl Nichols
Vice President - Rita Harris
Secretary - Jodi Pritchard
Treasure - Cheryl Birdwell
Board Members - Sherell Guichard-Thomas, Laura Smith, Joann Neal, JoAnn Phillips and Dana Brown.
Teresa Janssen and Radar have not wasted any time since their MACH 9 in January. On Saturday, June 1st in Canby, Oregon, Radar got his MACH10. What a fantastic team. Congrats!
Our annual May Agility trials went well and a big thank you goes out to all that helped make it another success!
Joann Neal and Saki had their winning run in front of the home crowd at our recent May agility trials. MACH 7! What a dynamic duo! Congrats!
JoAnn Phillips and her Australian Cattle Dog, Wile E. had a wonderful day in Clovis on March 1st when they earned their 20th QQ and earned their MACH. Hard to believe this dog was once afraid of the banging sound of a teeter! Great job JoAnn. What a great duo. Way to go!!!!
Teresa Janssen and Radar have been busy since their October MACH 8. They recently earned their MACH 9 in January! This MACH was accomplished with 20 QQ's in a row! Way to go!!!!
Mary Lou and Britta had a great time at the january Belton trials. They earned a MACH 2. Congrats on all your hard work!
The club has added another pair to their ranks of MACH titleholders. Gretchen (Aussie) and Ronda Clark finished their MACH in Belton on Oct 18th, making her MACH Rainyday's Here For The Party UD RN MX MXJ.Hooray!!!!!!
Christmas came early for Nancy and her Golden Retriever, Quest. They earned their MACH at our trials on November 10th. What a great accomplishment for this dynamic duo. Their hard work paid off in a big way. Congrats and enjoy!!!!!
Teresa Janssen had a busy and rewarding October. Radar had another perfect weekend in Andrews. He got his MACH8 on the first day and then finished up the weekend with two more QQ's. He placed 2nd in each class. Way to go!!!!
At the McKinney trial, Taz got her MACH7 the first day with two First places. She kept it up the rest of the weekend with two more double Qs. All of those would have been first places too except on one JWW run she set off the timer as I was leading out, and consequently added over 7 seconds to her time!! Woohoo!!!
Katrina May was the nurse assigned to an acutely ill patient in the MICU. Knowing that the patient had a pet at home, Katrina thought that the patient may benefit from “pet therapy”. As a “pet therapy handler” herself, Katrina knew all too well the benefits of “pet therapy” in the hospital environment. You see, Katrina was hopeful that by introducing “pet ther-apy” to the patient, it may be physically and emotionally beneficial in the patient’s recovery. She contacted her father who is also a “pet therapy handler”, to ask if he could make a visit to this special patient. Her father agreed.
Because “pet therapy” is not normally performed in the ICU, Katrina coordinated moving the patient to another unit within the hospital so the patient could experience “pet therapy”. This of course took coordination of Nursing staff, Charge Nurses from two different nursing units, Respiratory Therapy, Physicians, Nursing Leadership and ultimately family support and approval. Once the patient was moved and “Violet”, the therapy dog, entered the room, the patient spoke his first words; “I have a dog”. Those words were the first words that the patient’s parents had heard since the patient became acutely ill.
Because of Katrina’s compassion, she was able to assist this patient on the road to recovery. The patient and the family were grateful for Katrina’s compassion and thoughtfulness. This is an outstanding example of how “Service is Our Passion” is exemplified by our August DAISY Award Recipient, Katrina May, BSN. Congratulations!
Jack, Paula Perry's Chinese Shar Pei, is still making breed history. He recently earned his PACH at the Midland agility trials over the Labor Day Weekend. Congrats Paula, all your hard work paid off!
Shella and Sara earned their long awaited MACH at the Midland agility trials on the Labor Day Weekend. Shella was all smiles; no more 19 1/2 trials. Congrats to this dynamic duo!
Joann Neal had a wonderful back to back weekends. Saki earner her MACH 6 at the OPAC trials at the end of April and Chick earned her MACH 3 at our May agility trials. What a great spring for the Neal Poodles. Congrats!
Ronda Clark had lots to brag about at our May agility trials. She and her mini poodle earned their MACH 2. Congrats to this dynamic duo!!!
In Denver, Sparky, Susan Boyd's Chocolate Lab, earned her MACH title. Susan said "I am so proud of my Novice A girl! As for Lucy, the only Q she got was when Teresa ran her. Good grief !!" Congrats! All your hard work paid off in a big way.
Mary Lou and Britta's 3 years of hard work paid off on August 7th at the Ft. Worth trials. They earned their MACH title while several club members cheered them on. Surprisingly enough, these were the same trials they started their agility career at. Congrats on all your hard work!
Shella Barclay has a lot to be proud of these days. As of July 1st, the AKC has officially recognized her Corgi, Tom, as earning the new PACH title (Preferred Agility Champion). He is now PACH Rhapsodi's Are Ewe Up To It CDX RAE PT MX MXJ MXP3 MJP4 PAX XF. Way to go! Congrats on all your hard work.
Sake passed her TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent) test 2-20-11 with flying colors in a test put on by the Tracking Club of El Paso. She got her feet full of stickers 3 different times. It took her 21 minutes to do 825 yards, 5 turns, with cross-tracks and road-crossings and stickers and sand mountains. She found and retrieved the 3 articles left by the tracklayer (after “killing” each one—a sock, a wash-cloth, and a glove). She just kept trucking, and even got stronger toward the end, when she had to wend her way through a trash dump by a country road.
She had to go up the steep side of 3 building-sized sand dunes that were so steep Joann had to turn loose the tracking line and crawl up on my hands and knees, but she just flew over them. So Sake got 2 new titles by virtue of this, the TDX and the VCD3 (Versatile Companion Dog 3). She’s now CH OTCH MACH 5 Songbird Sandstorm Saketumi UDX2 OM1 RE TDX VCD3 OF. What a great weekend! Congrats!
Joann Neal had a fabulous time at the recent February Clovis agility trials. Joann guided Saki to their MACH 5 title on Friday! What a great weekend! Congrats!
Ronda Clark recently saw all of her hard work pay off in a big way. She and her Aussie, Lizzie, earned their MACH title at the recent Midland trials on the Labor Day weekend. Now Lizzie can rest on her laurels for a while. Congrats to a great team!!!
Joann Neal and her miniature poodles have been on fire! “Sake” is ranked NUMBER 1 poodle in the country for the 2010 AKC Agility Invitational, which will be held in Long Beach, CA in December. She accumulated 3,094 MACH points and 400 points for “Double Q’s” (they are credited with 10 points for each Double Q) during the year-long qualification period, which ended June 30th. A bitch that she bred, one of Skirt’s puppies, is # 3 poodle for the Agility Invitational. For AKC’s purposes, all 3 varieties (toy, miniature, and standard) of poodles are counted as one breed for the Invitational. Sake also finished her MACH 4 in Albuquerque on June 27th.
At the Houston KC event at the Reliant Center in Houston: Chick Q’d 7 of her 8 runs and Sake Q’d 6 of her 8 runs, both in Agility.
Young Casey was a busy boy: On Sunday, July 25th, Casey got his third leg for a CD title in Obedience, finished his MX title in Agility, got a Double Q, and won the Excellent B 16” JWW class.Congrats!
June Marble and Esti, her German Shepherd have so much to be proud of. At the Trinity Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club Herding Trials held at Endgate Ranch in Ferris, Texas, over the weekend of March 6th & 7th, 2010, Esti achieved another 3 point major and a HIT on Saturday then finished her Herding Championship (HC) on Sunday.
In order to earn an AKC Herding Championship, 15 points are needed, based on the number of advanced dogs entered in the trial & 1 major (first place & having at least 3 points) & 2 first places under two different judges. Read more about Esti's road to an HC on the Dog in the Spotlight page for May. Congrats on all your hard work!
Several Club members have volunteered for the Wheelock Elementary Reading Program. They have been working with the kids for a month now and are really enjoying it. The kids love the dogs and wish they could be there every day. If you want to help with this program, make sure you have a dog that is calm and does well with kids. Contact Sherell thomas for more info.
Wolffarth Elementary (3202 Erskine) also needs volunteers for their reading program on Wednesdays from 10 - 11a.m. Contact Sherell Thomas for more info.
Fox 34 TV has asked our club to provide weekly Dog training tips during their Good Day Lubbock morning show. Each Monday at 7:30 a.m. our members have provided a dog training tip and fielded dog questions from the morning audience. Check out the "Good Day" link at www.myfoxlubbock.com then click on the Good Day Lubbock Pets link to the right hand side of the page. You will be able to see the video of previous segements. A big thank you goes out to Joann Phillips, Shella Barclay and Teresa Janssen, who have kept this program going. If you have ideas for future topics for the show, please contact Shella, ASAP.
Make sure to catch our club's debut on YouTube.com. Club members recently performed an agility demo at halftime for the Ropes High School football game on November 2nd. The club got rave reviews from the crowd. The demo was video taped and placed on the website YouTube.com thanks to Paula Perry. To take a look, just go to this direct link:
All members are encouraged to show their pride and hang an 8x10 photo of their titled dog on the wall in the meeting room. If you do not have an extra copy of your precious color photos, you can frame a color copy. Also keep in mind that the club has voted to hang photos of dogs that earn an MX or UDX in an honored place on the wall with our OTCH dogs.
Honk if you love animals! Better yet, purchase a special Animal Friendly license plate for an additional $25. Proceeds will provide free or reduced-cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats across Texas. Call the Texas Department of Transportation for more information at 512-374-5010 or contact your local animal shelter.