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Hey guys! What an exhausting three days! I could have posted this in pictures or sports, but really wanted to brag on the boys (especially Frag!) so I just decided to post here!

We are finally done with UKC Premier showing. We had a fantastic time. Got sunburnt, met a handful of internet friends, ate a lot of fast food, and got very wet. The result? One new title, two new personal best jumps, and three happy, tired dogs!

Frag ran two lure courses, one of which earned him his first ever title (other than the CGC) - his CA! And his second course earned a qualifying leg towards his CAX. It is slightly amusing and slightly annoying waiting to course with him; as do most of the dogs while waiting, he is just an amped up, screaming mess the entire time. But at least he didn't drag me to the ground like I saw another GSD do to his owner, while waiting the hour to course during a busy afternoon yesterday. He may have barked/screamed himself hoarse at one point and was absolutely foaming at the mouth; but it made for a great run!

We were there from beginning to end Thursday and Friday jumping and swimming while shopping/vending when we had time. Each boy jumped twice over the three days; Sir and Recon Thursday, all three Friday, and Frag today. During the first two jumps my boyfriend held Sir and Recon for me on the dock, and Sir jumped his personal best of 9' 6" (I think). Recon was consistently jumping to match his personal best of 9' 8" until yesterday afternoon- without Brian holding him, he drove much better and jumped 13' 2"! I was so proud, fantastic personal best for a 40lb 10 month old pup! He had a lot of "relatives" out there jumping and made them all proud, including his breeder and ME! Frag was very tired after coursing yesterday and was barely jumping 13' - his personal best is 16' 7"... I was bummed, but today a friend rode with me to skip parking fees and help me out on the dock... Being held back by someone he likes (my co-worker) made a world of difference! She was able to amp him up and hold him long enough to get into it and drive even more, and he jumped 16' 3" this afternoon in the rain! Closest he's come since his first competition to jumping his personal best! So I was very elated and proud of him, and he's finally back to jumping in "his" division. Recon now has two legs towards his Novice title and one towards his Junior title. Sir has two towards his Junior title but will probably be jumping out of that division soon. Frag has one towards his Junior and two towards his senior. We'll be lucky to title by the end of the year at this rate! lol

And my last ramble is a brag on Frag! As some of you know, in the past we battled with some aggression issues likely stemming from adolescents/poor nerves and allergies combined. He would growl at people trying to pet him or hovering over him while he was leashed, specifically. For the last almost two years now we've had it under control and have come a long way, including getting our CGC! He's been measured by judges, squeezed by the disabled, xrayed, chiro'd, etc. and has been doing marvelously and he made me extremely happy out there this weekend. Words can't describe just how happy, but numerous people who know him from the internet and IRL were commenting on how awesome he was. He was pronged for the event to keep control since we were coursing and dock diving and he could easily bring me to my knees if he wanted, so he was great on leash already, met a few dogs/puppies of people I knew, crated fantastically. But the best parts were Saturday. A little boy came up and asked if he could pet Frag and I knew Frag was in the mood to meet some people; I OK'd it and of course kept a close eye. I have been doing nothing but watching this dog and setting him up to succeed for the last year and he hasn't been able to meet too many non - dog people. Kid loved him, pet him a few times and walked away. Frag showed no calming signs, no whale eyes, no worries whatsoever. My co-worker (trainer who has followed Frag's progress) was elated with me. Then, we went to watch some lure coursing and were approached by a woman who asked if she could get some measurements from Frag for some SAR equipment her friend was making as a general size for GSDs- I said sure hesitantly and asked if I could measure most of them as he wasn't comfortable having strangers grabbing on him and such.. Well the next part astounded me. Co-worker still helping/supervising, I had started measuring but because we were so close to the lure coursing he was screaming and wouldn't hold a stay for me, so I ended up holding him WITH my co-worker, while stranger took NINE measurements around his face, butt, chest, etc. Not once did Mr. Perfect look like he was getting uncomfortable with it. I have a feeling the complete "OK" feeling from the woman who was very used to dogs and aloof dogs just set the mood perfectly along with my confidence to go with it. The distractions probably helped, too.. No growls, no backing up, no whale eyes... My co-worker was literally stunned and all we could say was that this would never be possible 2 years ago, or even a year ago to this degree! Pulled out my bait bag afterwards and gave him two handfuls of treats, followed by a handful of treats from said woman. Just... makes my heart melt. He is finally becoming the dog I always wanted and he is PERFECT. He is about as close to bombproof as I will probably ever get with a dog.

So if you've made it this far, thank you! You are now rewarded with pictures! I have TOOOOONS, so I am going to post my favorites/the best here, and you can always check out the links below to my flickr album for sequences, etc. I only got a few shots of Recon from the photographer on site via facebook and some of Sir during warm ups, but will be buying the digital copies of more jumps from the photographer once he uploads them.

Nash! The UAD Mascot was on site Thurs/Friday having fun with everyone.

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Before getting amped up watching the other dogs, Sir wasn't too sure about THIS dock... And the water was cold.

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So he laid down and acted like I beat him. He's never refused a jump like this before!

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Then he decided it was ok...

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How is this pleasant, though?

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Silly ears.

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Nikon!

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Labradoodle

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Lots of air on this jump!

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Pimg!

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Cash; awesome Dutchie... top in the US for conformation, I believe?

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Everyone gets vocal while waiting their turn to jump

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Colt; 7 month old Dutchie!

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American Eskimo Dog? I'm not sure what this was...

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Brian got to hold one, though!

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He got to hold Colt, too. I was a little jealous.

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Cash was jumping 24-25' all weekend!

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Lol Ears

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Recon's uncle Blurr!

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Spirit! Honorary "Red Dog"

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Look at that take off footing!

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Cash, again!

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A cute spectator!

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Toller! Lots of them out there this weekend!

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Blurr coming in for a landing

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Ears!

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And an Alaskan Klee Kai for good measure! This little dude was hilarious and had his eye on me while shopping; gorgeous!

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Thank you for looking! :)
 

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Wow, fantastic photos!! :) Sounds like a super awesome day! :D
 

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Thank you! I can't edit my post anymore, but I realized because I copied this from another forum where I posted it, I have words like "today" in there... lol. Which should really be Saturday.
 

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Way to go on the jumps! A new personal best, and jumps close to- awesome! I was surprised at just how draining the coursing was and how it affected jump lengths. It was nice to meet you- and thanks again for the photos!

(Oh- and I'm glad you got a photo of Nash. I'm surprised at how much Jinks looks like him!)
 

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Way to go on the jumps! A new personal best, and jumps close to- awesome! I was surprised at just how draining the coursing was and how it affected jump lengths. It was nice to meet you- and thanks again for the photos!

(Oh- and I'm glad you got a photo of Nash. I'm surprised at how much Jinks looks like him!)
Thanks! Yes, I coursed Frag on Friday before his first jump and I think he MIGHT have jumped like 13' 6"... lol. But unfortunately with the other dogs jumping we had no other time to course! :(

It was definitely great meeting you, and yes, Jinks does look a lot like Nash! I was really surprised that they just let him wander around the way they do, but he seemed pretty polite and bombproof to me.
 

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I was really surprised that they just let him wander around the way they do, but he seemed pretty polite and bombproof to me.
I was super shocked by that as well, but agree on the bombproof part. I actually watched another dog very aggressively lung at Nash, and he had no real reaction. Just strutted away. Pretty amazing actually...
 

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I was super shocked by that as well, but agree on the bombproof part. I actually watched another dog very aggressively lung at Nash, and he had no real reaction. Just strutted away. Pretty amazing actually...
Yeah, really interesting. I wonder what his breeding is and how old he is. haha.
 

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@DJEtzel - Great photos! Thanks for sharing. Looks like everyone had fun. I love the photos (and story) of Sir. Very funny.

And, the photos of the dog named Spirit are AMAZING! How long was that jump? Also, what does "Honorary Red Dog" mean?

@Wildo, I think you must win the contest for actually having met the most forum members in person : )

Your dogs look great! Pimg looks like she can jump! And, the lure coursing videos were a lot of fun to watch.
 

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AWESOME ... CONGRATS ON EVERYTHING!!!

Those pictures are really great ... amazing shots!!!
 

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It was nice seeing you and your dogs! I wish I could have hung out more but I feel like 80% of my time was spent dashing between dock diving and lure coursing.

I have some pics of Frag and Sir I'll get up eventually.
 

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Thank you guys!

@LifeofRiley, I think Spirit was jumping in the 24' range! We call him an honorary Red Dog because he is the only dog in the family that isn't a "Red Dog" - From Red Dog Kennels/Border Collies. All of the rest of the dogs handled and/or owned by his owners are Red Dogs. :) My Border Collie is a Red Dog, as well.
 

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It was nice seeing you and your dogs! I wish I could have hung out more but I feel like 80% of my time was spent dashing between dock diving and lure coursing.

I have some pics of Frag and Sir I'll get up eventually.
Ooooh! I know, haha you were all over the place and then weren't feeling too well, no worries! I didn't have half as much stuff going on and I was stressed and worried about making it to things on time half of the time!

I'm very excited for Frag pictures, because I wasn't able to get any! I was going to wait for Rog (or is it Rob? I always forget) to upload pictures from the event to smug mug and hope that there were some of Frag in there. :)
 

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Oh yeah do you know that guy's web site? You mean the big dude with the UAD hat?
 

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Oh yeah do you know that guy's web site? You mean the big dude with the UAD hat?
Yes! At the right moment

He's got some Premier pictures up now, too! :D

eta; He got some awesome shots of Recon, but holy crap why does my arm always have to look like I'm dancing and my mouth open?
 

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Wow looks like an absolutely great day of fun!
 

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@Wildo, I think you must win the contest for actually having met the most forum members in person : )
Ha! I guess I have met quite a few- I can count 8 people off the top of my head. And some of them have become very good friends indeed! I still have a short list of a couple people I want to meet in person but haven't yet...
 

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Big congrats for all your hard work with Frag paying off! Awesome pics too - I love Sir's dock diving form. :rofl: What a great event, with so many fun activities all at the same place.
 

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@Wildo, I think you must win the contest for actually having met the most forum members in person : )
Actually, I think that might be me. :D I added it up once and if I remember correctly the total was 23, counting couples as one forum member. Part of that is because I've been a member here for a long time, and also because we've had a few Bay Area GS.com meets over the years.
 

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Great weekend/great photo's! I almost went again Saturday after training, but it was raining.
Congrats on the titles to all!
The Premier should be very proud of the turnout of competitors, vendors, celebs and everyone else that came out. I hope they keep it in the Zoo from now on.

Nash has been in that atmosphere his whole life, though I'd hate to see the day some aggressive dog decided to go off on him, even if he is neutral. He is a great representation to his breeding for sure.
 
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