The Northeast Regional Qualifier for the National Obedience Invitational was held in Bloomsburg, PA the weekend of July 27-29, 2018. All of the top teams travel to attend the Regional events and the competition is fierce.
Karl and Bailey Bloksberg competed in the AKC National Championship in Orlando, Florida. He competed in the prestigious Owner Handled class. Only the top 10 Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the country are invited to compete.
The National Obedience Championship was held March 25 and 26 in Perry, Georgia. The top obedience dogs in the country must qualify to receive an invitation to compete in this prestigious event. It is a grueling competition. Saturday starts with 140 dogs. Each dog competes in 8 rings. The top 50 teams move on to the second round on Sunday morning.
Marino and Kari are both retired Seeing Eye dogs. These dogs work hard providing an invaluable service to those in need. Marino was getting ready to retire. His owner took him to the vet for a check-up only to discover he had a large tumor in his mouth. They removed the tumor but the prognosis was grim. They only gave him three to six months to live.
Alphie is a six-month old Labrador Retriever puppy in the Puppies Behind Bars Program. Over the years I have given multiple in-services on puppy and adult conditioning and have donated conditioning equipment to the program. The staff and puppy raisers are always incredibly receptive and work hard to ensure the puppies are successful.
After seeing several veterinarians, doctors found Bruno suffered from severe malnutrition and was likely paralyzed from being kept in a small crate with no bedding. Bruno eventually ended up at Aqua Dog Rehabilitation where the team agreed to work on him pro-bono.
“Honestly, we looked at each other and were not sure if we could really help him,” Petra Ford said.
The 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show goes down today and tomorrow in New York City. In lieu of a preview, Deadspin arranged an exclusive sit-down with a 5-year-old black Labrador retriever named Zeal—one of the favorites in the obedience competition—and his owner, Petra Ford.
Someone recently asked me “Why would you train a pig?”
Good question. My immediate response was, “because it’s fun”. Then I thought about it some more. And realized it’s primarily because I love animals, I love a challenge and I love to learn. Which is why, after 14 plus years, I still love training my dogs.