JUNE 2014

BOARD MEETING NOTICE

June 16th, 6:30 p.m. at our training facility. Members are welcome to attend.


MEMBERSHIP MEETING

June 16th, 7:30 p.m. at our training facility. Individuals interested in dog sports, pet therapy and training are welcome to attend.


ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MAY AGILITY TRIAL

Our annual May Agility trials went well and the entries were much higher than usual. Thanks to everyone who made our trial a success. Also congrats to all the winners, especially Mary Lou Vardy, Teresa Jannsen and Brew on earning their MACH.


OFFICERS 2014-2015

Here's our new officers for the upcoming year:

President: Cheryl Nichols

Vice-President: Rita Harris

Secretary: Jodi Pritchard

Treasurer: Cheryl Birdwell

Board of Directors: Joann Neal, JoAnn Phillips, Laura Smith, Sherell Guichard-Thomas and Dana Brown

WINTER OBEDIENCE AND RALLY TRIALS - GREAT!

Our Winter Obedience and Rally trials were held at the South Plains Fairgrounds in the Merchants Building, Saturday and Sunday, February 22nd and 23rd, 2014. As always, it was a great! Congrats to all the members that came out winners.


TUSH IS #1!

Joann Neal has a lot to be proud of this year. At the end of the 2013 reporting year for AKC’s Owner-Handled Series in breed competition, Tush ranked #1 Poodle (all varieties) and #8 in ALL-BREED competition in the U.S. Congrats to this dynamic duo!


NOVEMBER AGILITY TRIAL - GREAT!

Our annual November Agility trials went well and a big thank you goes out to all that helped make it another success!


2013 KID'S ART SHOW AT THE DOG SHOW WINNERS!

The 16th annual Kid's Art Show at the Dog Show was another success. Thanks goes to all the kids at Southcrest Christian School for all the hard work. Below are the winners:

Grand Prize

Reserve Grand Prize


SPECIAL DAY - MACH FOR LUCY THE LAB AND SUSAN!

The first day of our August trial was real special for Susan Boyd and her Lab, Lucy. They earned their MACH in fine style. Susan Says "I am so happy to say that Lucy received her MACH at our Levelland, TX trial. This MACH represents a true labor of love and persistence. Thank you to those special friends who encouraged me the entire way and helped me make my dream come true. Thank you my dear friends, thank you!." Congrats to this great team!


AUGUST AGILITY TRIAL - GREAT!

Our annual August Agility trials went well and a big thank you goes out to all that helped make it another success!


FUN AT THE OBEDIENCE PRACTICE DAY 2013!

Members and area friends had a very productive obedience practice day August 5th. Thanks to everyone that helped out. Here's a few photos:


ANOTHER GREAT CRITTERFEST 2013!

Thanks to everyone that made Critterfest 2013 a roaring success! Looking forward to 2014!


NEW OFFICERS FOR THE CLUB 2013-2014

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.


ANOTHER MACH FOR RADAR AND TERESA - MACH 10!

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!


MAY AGILITY TRIAL - GREAT!

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 ARE ON FIRE - SAKI MACH 7!

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!

Saki Weaving

WILE E. AND JOANN REACH THEIR GOAL - MACH!

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!!!!


RADAR AND TERESA DO IT AGAIN, PERFECTLY - MACH 9!

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 EARN THEIR MACH 2 TITLE!

Mary Lou and Britta had a great time at the january Belton trials. They earned a MACH 2. Congrats on all your hard work!

(Photo by Mary Lou Vardy)

RONDA AND GRETCHEN HAVE THE MACH FEVER!

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!!!!!!


NANCY LEWIS AND QUEST DID IT - A MACH!

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!!!!!


RADAR AND TERESA DO IT AGAIN - MACH 8!

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!!!!


TAZ AND TERESA DO IT AGAIN - MACH 7!

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!!!


DAISY NOMINATION FOR KATRINA MAY, BSN - MEDICAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

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 AND PAULA EARN THEIR PACH!

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 EARN THEIR MACH!

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 AND HER POODLES ARE ON FIRE - SAKI MACH 6 AND CHICK MACH 3!

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!

Saki Weaving

Chick during her conformation show days

RONDA CLARK AND SKID DO IT AGAIN - MACH 2!

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!!!


SPARKY AND SUSAN REACHED THEIR GOAL - A MACH!

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.

Photo by Margaret Freeman

MARY LOU AND BRITTA EARN THEIR MACH TITLE!

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!

(Photo by Mary Lou Vardy)

SHELLA AND TOM EARN THEIR PACH TITLE!

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.


JOANN NEAL AND SAKI COMPETE IN TRACKING AND GAINS MORE HONORS - VDC3!

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 AND SAKI GARNER BIG WIN IN CLOVIS - MACH 5!

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 AND LIZZIE'S HARD WORK PAID OFF - MACH TITLE!

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 SAKI GARNER BIG WINS - #1 AGILITY POODLE AND MACH 4!

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 - SPOTC FIRST HERDING CHAMPION

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!

Esti guiding stock across a road

MEMBERS ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME WITH THE WHEELOCK ELEMENTARY READING PROGRAM - NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR WOLFFARTH ELEMENTARY READING PROGRAM

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.


MEMBERS FEATURED ON FOX 34 TV STATION WEEKLY DOG TRAINING SEGMENT

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.


SPOTC AGILITY DEMO ON YOUTUBE WEBSITE

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:

SPOTC Ropes Agility Demo

CLUB MEMBERS WALL OF TITLE HOLDERS

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.


GET YOUR "ANIMAL FRIENDLY" TEXAS LICENSE PLATES

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.