My Bess ( Nutmeg x Cinch litter of 2/2018). She is everything I have ever dreamed of. She is brilliant, athletic, sweet and gorgeous. I decided at 64 years old that I wanted an enthusiastic agility partner as my last puppy. Bess was shipped to Boston, moved to Nantucket for 1 month before I packed up and moved to the midwest. Throughout all of this, she remained confident and calm. She fit right into my household (3 other dogs) seamlessly and cheerfully. We have been training for agility since she came to me and is the most focused, confident dog that I could have ever hoped to have. She is simply put, AMAZING. I am so grateful to Suzy and Lee for breeding such wonderful pups. She will begin competing in earnest after she turns 2 and I know our future is bright.
Update on Bess, November 2020. Bess has earned almost all of her Intro and Novice titles in Nadac agility. She loves those distance challenges and is quite happy to work away from me but will just as easily work close as well. We didn't get to many trials because of the Covid 19 Pandemic, but the Nadac ones are all outdoors and lots of safe practices were implemented. This fall we decided to try some AKC agility and in two weekends she earned her Novice Standard and Jumpers titles, so when we return to competition it will be on to Open. Bess lives to play: agility, frisbee, ball, just about anything that can be made into a game, she will find a way. But once asked to work, she is all business. We are headed to Florida where she will try her hand at herding, and if there are trials that are outdoors and safe, we will begin working on our Open titles in AKC agility. Every day I look at her beautiful face and tell myself how lucky I am that Suzy trusted me to raise and love this wonderful dog.
Bess sticks to that table like glue! She is also SUCH a beautiful jumper. She's a torpedo! She jumps 22" in this venue pictured, USDAA, 20" in AKC and CPE. At 4 years old I can count the number of bars she's dropped on one hand. She is very efficient and makes it look effortless.
This is Bess at her 1st full day of USDAA agility in Jacksonville FL. I love this photo. She is SO honest and is making me a better handler. Serious about her "work" but playful, fun and relaxed when not working. She's 3 in this photo. She just turned 4 and our focus has been AKC and CPE agility.Although we waited quite a long time to start AKC agility, she, at 4, is in Masters Standard and JWW. We don't get to many trials here in Florida but we sure love them. Everyone loves her....she's a great dog. I couldn't ask for more.
Bess and I attended our 3rd weekend of AKC agility and this is what we did! Great time, perfect score. SCT is Standard course time in this case, Jumpers with Weaves, the judge allowed 40 seconds to complete the course. Bess did it in 26.41 and no faults. So proud and happy of my little redhead Bess.
Bess and I are getting close to our competition career and I couldn't be more excited to begin. We ran in some "Intro" in NADAC and that is really to practice, to see how we do in the trial atmosphere. Which, by the way, she rocked! I was allowed to take a toy in and I did that a bit, then found there was no difference in her attitude, toy or no toy....it was SO MUCH FUN! Now she's 2 1/2 and we are signed up for a USDAA trial next weekend and then a NADAC trial in September. My thoughts at this point are 1 per month, but I may squeeze in more. I do believe in giving working dogs a chance to recover...all that jumping, climbing, quick turning can result in very minor muscle pulls that might get worse if they don't have time to recover. I just had a private lesson with an agility coach and he said that Bess and I are the most talented Novice team he's ever coached. Of course I'm ecstatic over that comment, and I believe it's because I have not pushed her, I've given her time to mature and for us to become a team and really understand one another when we are out there in the heat of the moment. We adore one another and I am so looking forward to this wild ride with her.
Your Bess is just beautiful and so very talented! I love reading your updates about her adventures!!