None due to Christmas Holidays.
No meeting this month. See you all at the Christmas Party December 16th. RSVP to Teresa Janssen by December 9th.
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!
Our annual November Agility trials went well and a big thank you goes out to all that helped make it another success!
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:
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!
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!
At the March, 2012 meeting, the following Awards were presented, in recognition of those members’special achievements or contributions to the club during calendar year 2012: Congratulations to all recipients!
Ben Lumpkins Award for the top Novice A team: Jodi Pritchard and Lizzy
Service Award for the person who contributes behind the scenes: Sherell Guichard-Thomas
Good Sportsmanship Award: Vernon Brown
Joann Neal Award for the Instructor of the Year: Rita Harris
Joann Neal Award for Assistant Instructor of the Year: Marcia Bishoff
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!
A huge thanks goes to each and every one of you who contributed to the success of our recent Obedience and Rally trials in February at the South Plains Fairgrounds.You helped in so many important ways, and your assistance and participation in this event were essential and very welcome. Thank you.
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!!!
This year’s party was a tremendous success, thanks in no small measure to the incredible costumes worn by both dogs and humans. Here's the winners of the costume voting were:
Funniest: Gidget as the “Biker Babe”
Cutest: Leah and Brew as “Beauty and the Beast”
Scariest: Rita Harris’ Cattle dogs as “Devil and Angel”
Most Original: Kathleen and Oliver’s “Chick Fil-A”
Group: James Hodgins and crew as “Super Mario Brothers”
Best Costume: Spartacus Olthoff as “Marlon Brando, Biker Dude”
Best Trick: Dobe Visitor “Koi”
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!
Teresa Janssen tells us all about this special accomplishment and more: At the Belton trial Radar Q'd all six of his runs and completed his MACH7. We went to Cloudcroft two weekends in a row for 7 days of agility and Radar Q'd 12 of 14 despite the rain and slick grass." Sounds like he's well on his way to a MACH 8!
BIG news from AKC: The final tabulations are complete for the 2012 Agility Invitationals. Radar ended up the #5 Miniature Schnauzer in the nation, so he will be going to complete in Orlando in December!
Critterfest 2012 brought record numbers again. We had large crowds at our demonstrations and had a lot of fun. After 4 days, handlers and dogs were pretty tired. A big thank you goes out to all the members and member applicants that kept things going smooth. Heres a photo of Phil and Bonnie wowing the crowd:
Club members had a great time with the kids and adults at the Hero's Health and Safety Day/Healthy Day Lubbock. The kids had a great time with the dogs and enjoyed the AKC dog care coloring books and safety sheets. A big thank you goes out to all that attended. Here's a few photos of the event:
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!!!
The Club members were a big hit with the kids at the Science Spectrum Pets-A-Palooza event. Kids ages 5 years and below loved meeting the dogs and watching agility demonstrations. Each child left with a fun coloring book about dog care and dog safety flyers. See some of the fun:
Club members had a great time with the kids at the LISD Rompin' Stompin' Roundup for their Early Learning program. The kids had a great time with the dogs and enjoyed the AKC dog care coloring books and safety sheets. A big thank you goes out to all that attended. Here's a few photos of the event provided by BJ:
Tiffany Roberts had a great time at the recent Houston conformation shows. Her silver Miniature Poodle triumphed over the best dogs there and earn a Best in Show. We are sure Tiffany floated on air on her way home to Lubbock. Congrats to a great team!
The Club held their annual Awards Dinner at the March meeting. During 2011, Club members earned at least 70 separate titles and honors. Special Club awards were:
Ben Lumpkins Award for the top Novice A team: Tim Sampson and Tiger
Service Award for the person who contributes behind the scenes: Gary Carter
Good Sportsmanship Award: JoAnn Phillips
Joann Neal Award for the Instructor of the Year: JoAnn Phillips
Assistant Instructor: Margaret Freeman
Congrats to everyone!
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.
Teresa Janssen and Radar, her Mini Schnauzer did it again. At the MFebruary McKinney trial Radar earned his MACH 6 in fine style on the first day of the trial. Radar is also the #5 Miniature Schnauzer in the country.Onward to a to a MACH 7. Congrats!
Susan Boyd and Teresa Janssen's Toy Poodle, Taz, did it again. While Teresa was out of pocket, Susan filled in nicely and brought home the gold and earned Taz'z MACH 5 title at our recent fall agility trials. Congrats to Teresa, Taz and Susan! Onward to a MACH 6!
Club members had a great time at the 1st annual Lubbock Children's Health Clinic Kid's Fest and so did the kids. Thank you to all the volunteers that help the even become a success.
Teresa Janssen and Radar, her Mini Schnauzer did it again. At the Midland trial Radar Q’d 4 of his 6 runs and Taz Q’d 5 of her 6 runs. The next weekend we went to Albuquerque and Radar Q’d 5 of his 6 runs. This gave him his 19th and 20th QQ for his MACH5. Onward to a to a MACH 6. Congrats!
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.
Jack, Paula Perry's Chinese Shar Pei, is still the #1 agility Shar Pei in the history of the breed. Paula Perry still has a lot to smile about. Jack double Q’d all three days at the AOTC trial with 3 First places, 2 Second places, and a Third place! He also got his MXP4 title on Saturday. He needs one more leg for his MJP5!Congrats Paula and Jack, we are so proud of you both!
Make sure to take a look at the April 2011 issue of the AKC Gazette since we are featured in their “Paws Up” section related to our 40th Anniversary celebration back in November 2010.
Check out our smiling faces and our story when you click on this link: SPOTC Ruby Anniversary - Paws Up AKC Gazette Article - April 2011
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!
Teresa Janssen and her Toy Poodle, Taz, and Miniature Schnauzer, Radar, have been burning up the agility ring this year. Taz is the #7 poodle in the country and Radar is the #10 Mini Schnauzer. Congrats and good luck at the Nationals!
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.