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13.12.2009 - Nordic Championships 2009
The Nordic Championships 2009 started with the small dogs. Our team running order was Lillian with Mille, Hanne with Soffy, Jesper with Emsi and Susanne with Unique. The team championship is one jumpers course + one agility course, each team discards the worst result, i.e. only the best three results count towards the final result.
The individual Nordic Champion is found using each dogs two team results plus an additional agility course, i.e. the total result from three courses!
The first course was the jumpers course, which had an okay difficulty level.
Lillian and Mille started out and cleaned the course, Hanne and Soffy received a total of 10 faults and finally Susanne and Unique cleaned the course. Unfortunately Emsi was disqualified on this course . The start went really well, actually it was close to perfect, however, obstacle no. 14 was the tire jump, which was positioned in a large soft curve or circle of obstacles. This meant that the entry to the tire was not straight on and Emsi didn't pay enough attention and jumped between the frame and the tire. Before I could react Emsi was over the next jump...

Too bad and not the best start for our team competition, however, with 3 clean runs on the agility course we still had a chance. Unfortunately the chance for a good result in the individual competition is already wasted for Emsi and me .

Photo: Sissel Bagge (c) - Emsi & Jesper Next course was an agility course. This course had one of the challenges from the courses yesterday; the weaves had to be entered at a 90 degree angle and after the weaves you had to turn back more or less 180 degress (on the opposit side of the entry).
Today I tried sending Emsi so that I could stay on the out side / far side and be better positioned after the weaves. Emsi took the entry nicely, unfortunately she missed the second gate. I sent her to the weaves again and should, according to my own opinion, have had a refusal, but I'm pretty sure the judge didn't call that.
After the weaves the next obstacle was a hurdle followed by a U-shaped tunnel in more or less a straight line. I raced towards the far tunnel entry and Emsi entered it perfectly - however, as I hit the brakes the artificial grass / carpet gave way and I slid 30-40 cm and almost fell but managed to stay on my feet.
The last three obstacles was; dog walk (90 degree turn), wall jump, hurlde. I stopped at the down contact, probably too early because Emsi made a huge jump and was nowhere near the contact .
The result from Emsi's team run was another 10 faults, Hanne and Soffy was eliminated, Lillian and Susanne both cleaned the course which means that they have a good starting point for the third and final run which only counts towards the individual competition.
The small team ended as fourth and last in the team competition.

The third and final course was the individual agility course. The final result in the individual competition is the two team runs for each dog plus the third and final agility course, i.e. a total of three courses combined! This meant that Emsi and I, with our so far poor performance, were without a chance. But obviously we (I) wanted to end with a good run.
Previously it was only the 10 best from the first two runs that competed in an individual agility final. However, this year all competing dogs had a shot at the third and final course (and the combined title).
The course was okay and not particularely difficult. After the weaves the next hurdle was placed along the same axis as the weaves, but a bit to the side, so that the dog could (just) see the jumping side of the hurdle. Unfortunately Emsi is really "good" at going to the rear side of a jump. This means that I must not indicate even the slightes that that is what I want her to do, if it's not the case. I therefore called for her attention, to draw her to the correct side, resulting in her going straight past the jump, giving us a refusal .
All in all Sunday was a really "off day" for us compared to the two nice runs we had Saturday...
Fortunately both Unique and Mille defended the danish honor in small catagory with a first place and third place respectively!
Large team won gold, medium team (with Emsi's sister Zinnia and Gitte Hoffmeister) took the silver medals, Peter with Tempo won silver and Poul with Djinii took the bronze individually in large. All things considered the Danish national team had some really nice results!



12.12.2009 - Nordic Championships and "Hund 2009"
Friday morning we took the ferry from Frederikshavn to Gothenburg. Our final destination was the Nordic Championships in agility in Stockholm. The Nordic Championships was held during the international show "Hund 2009" (Dog 2009) with international show, obidience, agility, etc..
The programme for the weekend was jumping class 3 and agility class 3 (with CACIAG) on Saturday and the Nordic Championships on Sunday. On arrival in Gothenburg we spent a couple of hours Christmas shopping in the old streets and hundreds of shops in the center of the city.
We arrived at the hotel in Stockholm about half past seven in the evening. Nine o'clock there was a meeting for the national team where we received the latest information. Each team (size) also went over their goals and agreements, for instance we made the agreement to walk the first round of each course walk together, in order to make sure that each one of us had seen all the numbers.

Saturday started with a jumpers course, the starting order was large, medium, small. Saturday morning I went to the arena alone, without Henriette and Emsi, to set up Emsi's box and reserve some seats for us. I picked them up a little after 8 o'clock, at that time all the show dogs started coming to the arena! When we arrived the car park was full and we were guide on to the next car park on the other side of the arena. On the positive side this meant that Emsi and I entered the queue to the vetianary chack a bit "from the side", which meant we more or less started our own queue and went through to the vet quite quickly.

Emsi's first competition here in Stockholm was jumpers class 3. It was a clean run with a couple of "beauty errors" which didn't change the fact that Emsi came in second after Unique and Susanne Prier, third was Lillian Rose with Mille (3/4 of the small Danish National Team). Very promising for the team competition tomorrow .
Emsi won the certificate and thereby the title "Svensk Hopp Champion" (Swedish Jumpers Champion)!


Shetla's Emsi At Equinox - Swedish Jumpers Champion!


The start agility class 3 course was a bit tricky, under the A-frame was a S-shaped tunnel, which had to be entered straight after the A-frame. With Emsi's running contact (where I have to follow Emsi down / forward of the A-frame) this is not our favourite combination. Unfortunately we did loose a bit of time here.
Furthermore the collasible tunnel was pretty heavy and stiff, which meant that Emsi got more or less completely stock just as she was about to exit the tunnel, however, a number of our competitors suffered the same fate.
The end of the course was the dog walk with the ending hurdle straight ahead. Emsi's contact was a close call, but it was there .
All things considered an okay clean run, which resulted in a 5th place overall.



15.11.2009 - Local Club Championship
Our local club (DcH Stoevring) held the annual agility championship on Sunday the 15th of November. Due to the fact that Ribe Hundevenner was hosting an agility event on the day the the rest of the club was having their competitions, agility had to have theirs as a seperate event.

The competition was held as a two course event. The first course was an agility course and the second was a jumpers course. The results was then combined into a final result. The exception from this rule was our "basic training class" which ran the same jumpers course twice and then the best result was the one that counted.

Buggy and Henriette competed on basic training and came in second.

Henriette and GoGo is on our "competition class", unfortunately they got a couple of errors in both runs, which of course meant that they didn't place very well.

Jesper and Emsi also competed on the "competition class" level. The agility course was cleaned and on the jumpers course she got a refusal on a jump. However, it was still good enough for a combined first place!

The other club champions were:
"Skilled": Pernille with Obiwan
"Pilot": Mads with Laia
"Basic": Gerda with Nuser

In our Picasa album there are pictures of a lot of the dogs.
Photo: Jesper Kjær - GoGo
Photo: Jesper Kjær - GoGo




26-27.09.2009 - DcH Danish Championship
DcH holds their own annual championship, this year at Vejen Sports Center. The center has some really nice surroundings and areas for the competitions. We stayed at the hostel which is situated right next to the center. Furthermore the center had a swimming pool which Jesper and Nicolai used when we had to kill time after the competitions and before the price giving ceremoni.

The DcH championship is a spectacular event where all dogs and handlers make an entry onto the stadium behind flags and a marching band! After the entry the chairman of DcH and the local mayor gives speaches and after that the competitions start.
The winner of agility competitions were, as the last couple of years, determined by the best combined result of one agility class and one jumping class on saturday plus a final agility run on sunday. All three results are combined into one final score determining the champion, so you have to be farily consistent.

Saturday started with the jumpers class, which had a really tight entry into the weaves. There was a hurdle placed REALLY close to the entry. Unfortunately Emsi go a refusal on the weaves, but other than that she had a really nice run. It was a course which gave quite a few dogs / handlers their share of difficulties. The agility course started with a bit of tight handling. After that the dogs had to enter a tunnel next to the dog walk. The tunnel was placed more or less straight and under the dog walk. After the tunnel there was a long jump followed by a U-tunnel with a hurdle next to it. The dogs had to enter the tunnel which had the tunnel exit to the left and the jump to the right, i.e. "the middle" obstacle. This gave quite a long straight stretch, where the handler on top of that had navigate around the dog walk. This meant that for some handlers this resulted in a bit of luck / coincidence concerning the dogs choice of obstacle after the long jump. Emsi did that part alright. However, bad handling away from the dog walk, where I wanted to "back" Emsi, resulted in a refusal on the wall and yet another refusal on the weaves which came after that .

All thing considered, it's my oppinion that the courses on Saturday was a bit too difficult. This ruined some of the suspense for the final agility run on Sunday. Too many dogs came to the third run with an elimination from the previous two courses;
Small: 4 and 11 of a total of 27 dogs were eliminated in jumpers and agility respectively.
Medium: 4 and 8 of a total of 19 dogs were eliminated.
Large: 11 and 9 of a total of 27 dogs were eliminated.

Sunday was the final agility run. The course was somewhat easier than the course on Saturday and 8, 4, and 5 dogs were eliminated in small, medium, and large respectively.

Emsi ended nicely with a clean run, only beaten by Susanne Proer with the sheltie unique. Susanne and Uniqued cleaned all three courses and were the combined winners of the 2009 DcH Championships in small. Emsi ended on an 8th place with 15 points of errors, 4 small dogs cleaned all three courses.
Medium was won by Ann-Brit Krat with the koikerhondje Duddi with a total of 10 error points(!) Large was won by Lene Poulsen with the golden retriever Aika, they were the only ones in large to clean all three courses.



17-18.09.2009 - Qualification for the Nordic Championships
The Nordic Championships are this year held in Stockholm, Sweden. The national team was finally selected during the weekend of the 17th and 18th of October. The teams competing at the Nordic championships consist of four dogs where only the three best results count, additionally there is a reserve, so 5 dogs had to be selected for each size.
The national team camp was at Vallensbæk Idrætscenter, where we had been before. So all courses were indoor on carpet.
Before this weekend all candidates had participated in selected competitions during the year where the results from class 3 agility and jumping had priority when it came to comparing the dogs. Secondarily the result in the open classes could be a deciding or helping factor if there was any doubts choosing between two equal dogs / handlers.
Additionally the results from courses run during previous national team camps also counted on an equal basis. Lastly the team management could also use some subjective criteria when choosing the final team.

The first day of the camp was pure training, where the dogs could try out the carpet and the obstacles. The courses we trained were desined by Mr. Kees Stoel (The Netherlands) who is going the judge the Nordic Championships.
One last qualifying criteria (or chance if you like) was the fact the combined winner and runner up (in each size) in the 3 courses we had to run on Sunday were automatically qualified, although it might only be as the reserve. The rest of the team would be selected depeding on their result from previous qualifying competitions, plus results from previous and this weeks team camps.
The first course was an agility course, the next was a jumping course, and the third and last was another agility course. The level of difficulty wasn't too high and for the most part the courses had a nice flow - let's hope this is the standard of Kees Stoel .

At the end of the day Emsi had cleared all three courses and was the combined winner. Lillian Rose with Mille and Poul Leche with Angel also cleared all three courses, and came second and third respectively. Additionally Poul secured himself and Djinii (large dog) a place on the large team.
The following were selected for the Danish National Team for the Nordic Championships:

Small team 
Jesper / Emsi (sheltie)
Susanne / Unique (sheltie)
Hanne / Soffy (sheltie)
Lillian / Mille (poodle)
Reserve: Julie / Chilli (sheltie)
Medium team 
Gitte / Zinnia (sheltie)
Dorthe / Djohs (danish/swedish farmdog)
Tommy / Olsen (sheltie)
Natasha / Doobi (sheltie)
Reserve: Lene / Toxy (sheltie)
Large team 
Peter / Tempo (border collie)
Lis / Frøken (border collie)
Poul / Djinii (groenendael)
Sarah / Simic (border collie)
Reserve:  Birthe / Sammie (border collie)




20.09.2009 - World Championships 2009
Sunday was the day for the final individual agility competitions. Small dogs started the day, then medium and finally large.
Susanne and Unique were the first Danes on the course, as they had one fault from jumping on Saturday. Susanne made an excellent run which resulted in a 3rd place in agility and a combined result as number 15.
Next Danish dog on the course was Emsi, who had a 25th place from jumping Saturday. Emsi's agility run was close to perfect, if looking closely there is always one or two turns which could have been thighter or faster, and Emsi didn't reach her maximum speed in the weaves, however all in all a really nice clean run. The course really suited me and Emsi perfectly. The difficult combinations were all something that I felt comfortable with and was confident that we could do it without too many problems. All things considered; it was a course that suited us much better than the jumping course from Saturday.
Emsi finished the course in a combined time 3 seconds faster than the previous number one. The time was sufficient for a final place on the agility course as number 11, which can only be catagorized "approved" . Last Dane on the course was Lillian with Mille. They had a 19th place from jumping Saturday. Mille ran a really nice agility run, combined (jumping and agility) her time was 28/100 of a second faster than Emsi's.
All we could do now was wait for the last dogs, so that the final result of all our efforts could be determined.
Lillian and Mille ran only five dogs Emsi and me, so I waited and saw their run. Afterwards we went outside to cool down our dogs. As we returned we could see on the big screen in the waiting area that we were placed 4th and 6th with only 3 dogs to go - so we congratulated each other on a sure top 10 position!
We went into the arena and as we approached the danish supporters they cheered like crazy, we looked up onto the scoreboard and saw that it was all over and Mille was still number 4 and Emsi was still number 6!
The top 3 in small came from respectively 8th, 16th, and 14th place in the jumping. That speaks volumes concerning the pressure on the best dogs / handlers! Only 12 dogs cleaned both the jumping and agility course and 11 and 12 had time faults (however, that can not be seen in the official results?)

In conclusion I think it's safe to say that Emsi's debut at the World Championships was really good, in any case we did our very best. However, there is no room for even the slightes mistake at the WC. The competition is really tough and you have to perform at your very best if you want to end in the top! The difficulty of the courses were okay, although there were too many combinations were you had to have "too much" control which did spoil a bit of the fast and fluid agility that afterall is more fun to watch.

Our small team ended up in 25th place of 27 teams - a bit below our goal...

On a personal note I'm glad to say that I was no more nervous than when competing in any other competition of significance. As I walked up the the starting hurdle on the first course (team jumping) I did think to myself "okay - this is the world championships". However, it didn't make me nervous, I just thought "yeah, this is agility and I'm just going to have fun with my dog" - and it worked, at no time while running did I "stop" to think that it was the World Championships. I did notice the spectators when we were eliminated on the second obstacle in team agility, but I composed myself and wanted to finish the course and didn't really notice that people clapped their hands for the duration of our run.
Best Dane in medium was Natasha Gjerulff Jensen with the sheltie Doobie, they placed 16th.
Best Dane in large was Sarah Lorentzen with the border collie Simic, they placed 10th.

Emsi - individual agility World Championship 2009.


Emsi's private supporter - Nicolai


The final results - individuel small.



19.09.2009 - WC 2009
Saturday started with small individual jumping.
The course wasn't too difficult, however, there was a couple of places where the dog had to take a jump at a very steep angle. Especiually after the weaves (no.3) the dogs had to turn 90 degrees to the right, where they went straight at the end of the jump (no.4), which had to be negotiated from the side where they had entered the weaves, i.e. dogs with too large a turn after the weaves would see the back of the jump
Emsi pretty slow towards the weaves and also slow through them. After the weaves I barely managed to keep her on the correct side of jump no.4, I had call one more time.
My handling and the rest of the course never really picked up its pace, and the result was a mediocre time (32.14) and we placed no. 25 in jumping.
Lillian and Mille had a nice clean run (time app. 31.4). Susanne and Unique unfortunately got a refusal as Susanne slipped and feel when trying to pull Unique between two jumps, resulting in a time of app. 31.4.


Emsi jumping WC 2009.

The small team ended the day running team agility.
Our agility runs didn't go very well - to say the least, Lillian and Mille started out with a refusal.
The start was one jump and going straight forward the dog had to go get the next jump "from behind". I tried to send Emsi to the back and change sides myself, however, as I drew back a bit Emsi went back with me and took the jump from the wrong side - elimination...
After the elimination emsi had a really nice run with full power and speed.
Susanne and Unique was also eliminated on the second jump - Susanne was standing behind jump no. 2, showing Unique around the side of the jump, but he went straight for the wrong side og the jump.



18.09.2009 - WC 2009
Friday was team jumping for the small team.
Please note that all the danes can be watched at:
www.youtube.com/user/Bukinaporsche - which will be updated as quickly as it is possible - good job Sofie!
Lillian and Mille started with a nice and clean run, a couple of places the had some "tight" handling, but the course was VERY clustered and tight. We saw the drawing of the course before walking it, and the drawing and real life wasn't quite the same
It was an okay course for Emsi, although there was a couple of places where we had to keep it together.
Unfortunately Emsi got a refusal on the weaves, which was more or less 90 degrees from the right hand side. I over compensated and Emsi went past the first pole.
On the home strech I tried to get in front of the chute, resulting in Emsi running past it on the oppsite side. Maybe she didn't want the chute to slow her down, seeing that I was in such a hurry .
Otherwise Emsi had a nice run, and didn't pay too much attention to the noise.
Unfortunately our team run ended with an elimination for Susanne and Unique, because Unique went to hte back of a jump which was positioned at a pretty steep angle. We have promised each other that tomorrow is pay back time!



17.09.2009 - WC 2009
Thursday the dogs were checked by the vet and there was training on the course, furthermore all small and medium dogs which had not previously been measured by the FCI had to be measured. Emsi was measured and after initially being a little bit "tense" and not standing properly she relaxed and was quickly catagorized as "small". Lene with the Sheltie Toxy (medium team reserve) was a bit nervous as Toxy is pretty close to being large / standard. However, he went straight through the measuring within 30 seconds. Tommy with the Sheltie Olsen (small team reserve) had been measured all through the year at each national team training, in order to accustom the dogs to the measuring. Olsen was measured several times and the final verdict was that Olsen is a medium dog.
The check up at the vet went OK, although I had to ask the vet to take a new tissue when checking to see if Emsi was in heat. He had been reusing the same tissue, just folding it up before using it on the next dog.
For the training the course was divided into three sections, each section with one of the contact obstacles. Additionally the table was on the same section as the see saw and the weave together with the dog walk.
Under the dog walk there was a TOTALLY transparent tunnel with a black bottom. Emsi have tried semi-transparent tunnels with no problems at all. Unfortunately emsi was very aware that she was able to see me from inside the tunnel. This caused some problems as she tried to run "through" the wall of the tunnel . I hope to turn this to my advantage, as Emsi normally comes shooting out of the tunnels and then visually checking where to go next, she does listen too much when inside the tunnels.
Otherwise the training went okay, the artificial turf was fine, both Emsi and my shoes had good traction. The turf was bulging a bit here and there, however, that should be fixed before the competitions friday.



13.09.2009 - Agility Dog of the Year
The competition "Agility Dog of the Year" was finalized on the 12th and 13th of September in Albertslund. Susanne and Unique had maximum points and Emsi had taken all the second places throughout the year, so chances of changes in the top were slim.
Emsi was eliminated in the first agility open and took another second place after Unique in the second agility open. This meant that before the finals (where the points are added to the 6 best results fom the whole season) nothing could change in the top 3. Susanne / Unique was no. 1, Jesper / Emsi was second, and Lillian / Mille was no. 3.
The course for the final was an OK mixture of thight handling and stretches for running. Emsi had a really nice run, with only one turn which could have been a little bit better.
Emsi placed second only 7/100 of a second after Susanne / Unique, who then won with maximum points - actually they had won ALL the agility runs during the year!
Allround Dog of the Year was alos Susanne / Unique, with Lillian / Mille placing second, and Jesper / Emsi placing third.



10.09.2009 - Video Danish Championships 2009
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Jesper and Emsi - jumping + agility, Danish Championship 2009.



07.09.2009 - Danish Championships
2009 is the first year with the new Danish Championships (replacing the old FUFA Danish Championships). These championships are a partnership between the Danish Kennel Club (DKK) and DcH. Previously it was only possible to qualify for the Danish Championships (DC) through selected events held by DKK, however qualifying events for the new DC is held by both DKK and DcH.
The new Danish Championships is great initiative and a step in the right direction for a more united Danish agility scene.

Team competitions are held Saturday and individual competitions are held Sunday.

Saturday
Initially Emsi didn't have a team, however, we did manage to find three team mates;
The team "Den der har da ikke kip-ører?" ("That one does have tipped ears?") consisted of;
Berit Bilde with Diva (sheltie)
Susanne Prier with Spirit (sheltie)
Jesper Kjær with Emsi (sheltie)
Anne Mette Hemdrup with Tyson (schipperke)

The team event was held like the old FUFA Championships, i.e. 4 dogs on each tema, where the top three results on each course counts. Three results from jumping and three results from agility is combined into one final result for the team.
The team came of to a bad start as Jesper and Emsi (mostly Jesper) made a really tight turn, resulting in Emsi being pushed to the back of the next hurdle - elimination. Susanne and Spirit couldn't quite agree on which tunnel entry to use, Susanne called (loudly) and Spirit kept on going straight ahead. Anne Mette and Tyson had a nice clean run just like Berit and Diva - however, one elimination counted towards the end result.
In agility our team did a little bit better, Emsi and Jesoer cleaned the course, as well as Anne Mette and Tyson, Susanne and Spirit used a lot of time on the down contact on the dogwalk, but otherwise they cleaned the course. Berit and Diva lost the contact on the dogwalk.
All iin all not a shining performance...

Sunday
The individual competitions were held on Sunday, in running order; standard, medium, small.
The first course was a jumping course with 3 tunnels, one straight tunnel and two U-shaped ones "back to back" next to the straight one. The tunnels were positioned so that there were three tunnel entrances next to each other when approching from either side. The tunnels had to be negotianed 6 times, and on top of that there was the chute. Not really a course to Emsi's and mine liking. A lot of the handling was along and past the tunnel entrances, not in itself a problem, however, Emsi tends to run straight after exiting the tunnel if she can't see the direction of my feet. And that was virtually impossible in all instances. But all in all Emsi had a nice clean run. Top 4 results from the jumping course:
No.1 Susanne Prier Unique 31,88
No.2 Tommy Tell Olsen 32,24
No.3 Jesper Kjær Emsi 33,39
No.4 Lillian Rose Mille 35,20

Top 4 = the Danish national team for the world championships "coincidence"?

With a gap of 1 sec and 1½ sec to Olsen and Unique we really needed to give it all on the agility course! The agility course was fairly straight forward. The worst combination for Emsi was a tight 90 degree turn STRAIGHT after the A-frame. Her running contact approach on the A-frame means that we need to have a certain momentum forward, if I turn too soon she may jump above the contact.
I handled Emsi from the "far side" on the A-frame so that I had to use a "back" command towards the jump placed straight to the left of the A-frame. She got the contact but her approach towards the hurdle was not the best, but she corrected her line towards it nicely.
The last three obstacles were an U-shaped tunnel after which the dog had to turn 180 degrees in order to go through the tire, positioned next to the tunnel and one hurdle straight home. I had walked the course and wanted to hadle between the tunnel and the tire when going for the last hurdle, however, in the end I ended up on the outside, which luckily worked just fine.
Resultats for agility:
No.1 Jesper Kjær Emsi 33,51
No.2 Kevin Byskov Laban 34,68
No.3 Anne Mette Hemdrup Tyson 34,83
No.4 Tommy Tell Olsen 34,99
No.5 Lillian Rose Mille 35,25
? Susanne Prier Unique 5 faults

The combined winner of the Danish Championships 2009 (small) was Emsi
The combined results, top 3, small::
No. 1 Jesper Kjær Emsi 66,90
No. 2 Tommy Tell Olsen 67,23
No. 3 Lillian Rose Mille 70,45

Photo: Henriette Kjær
Danish Champions 2009:
Small: Jesper Kjær w/ Emsi
Midi: Janni Nielsen w/ Cody
Standard: Regin Reinhard w/ Nike

Photo: Henriette Kjær
Top 3 Danish Championships 2009, small:
No. 1: Jesper Kjær w/ Emsi
No. 2: Tommy Tell w/ Olsen
No. 3: Lillian Rose w/ Mille

Photo: Henriette Kjær
Jesper and Emsi - Danish Champions 2009!



02.09.2009 - National Team Training
On August 29th and 30th Emsi and Jesper attended the fourth and final national team training before the World Championships. This training was solely for the national team and was held in Viby, Århus, hosted by DKK Viby. So this time I had the opportunity to go home and sleep in my own bed .
The training consisted of running some WC judge courses and different team building excersices (communication coorporation etc.), Dorthe Kjerulf was responsible for this part and everybody thought that it had been a good process and experience for the team.
Some of the courses we ran had been used at previous trainings, but that didn't matter too much. Emsi cleaned the first course (jumping) and did so with the fastest time of all sizes! Next course was an agility course, which we also cleared this time with a time only beaten with a few tenths of a second by Sarah with Simic. Emsi is really in top condition! The third course was also an agility course. Bad handling meant that Emsi misunderstood my command to send her to the back of a hurdle, instead she continued forward into a tunnel.
Sunday we trained on the same course, during the training the local television station (TV2 Østjylland) filmed and it was on the local news in the evening.



24.08.2009 - Frisjenborg Explorer Cup
In the weekend August 22rd and 23rd the Frijsenborg Explorer Cup was held at the Frijsenborg Castle. A huge outdoor event about hunting, fishing, horses and dogs. New events this year was fly ball and agility.

The Frisjenborg Explorer Cup, arranged by DcH Risskov wants this competition to becomne an annual event. The surroundings were fantastic, the agility courses were directly below the castle next to the moat. It was close to the entrance and the audience had to walk past the agility courses in order to get to the other events and activities.

The grass / course was pretty soft and "heavy", but not any worse than what we may normally experience. As several thousand visitors were expected during the weekend, tents were not allowed next to the courses. Instead we had to camp 100-150 meters away in the shade of some trees.
A good move as there were a lot of spectators wathing the agility competitions

Saturday the two open classes were qualification for a jumping final, and sunday they were qualification for an agility final. Emsi really excelled saturday, clearing 5 of 5 races (new personal record for one day) - winning every single one of them, including the final obviously!
GoGo got her third and last result in jumping grade 2 and advance to grade 3 in jumping in DcH. Which meant that she ran in grade 3 sunday, where she unfortunately was eliminated.

Sunday continued her streak by winning the two open classes, thereby qualifying for the agility finals. A huge handling blunder, which almost resulted in an wrong course / elimination, meant that I had to put pressure on Emsi to catch lost time. Unfortunately she jumped the down contact on the dog walk as I had to pull a little bit to the side to get the next obstacles right. This error stopped Emsi's streak of 12 clean runs in a row (new record) .
Sunday ended with another victory in agility gr. 3 - which gave a total of 8 clean runs, with 8 wins out of a total of 10 races during that weekend!

We said hello to both Buggys puppies Bolt (Sims Saints Bolt Lightning) and Eddie (Sims Saints Buzz Lightyear) as well as Emsi's puppy Enter (Sims Saints Enter First). Nice to have puppy buyers who are also interested in agility, then we get to see "our" puppies on a regular basis.

Nicolai riding a huge horse.


Emsi's certificate from the finals saturday.



Sims Saints Enter First - Enter
10 months old.

Sims Saints Buzz Lightyear - Eddie (left)
Sims Saints Bolt Lightning - Bolt (right)

Bolt and Eddie playing.
4½ months old.



17.08.2009 - DKK International in Hillerød
On the 15th and 16th of August we attended the Danish Kennel Club International event in Hillerød. The open classes counted towards the titel of "Dog of the Year" and the graded classes counted towards the national team for the Nordic Championships.
Emsi stared with an elimination in jumpinmg open, but then she cleared jumping grade 3 and agility open, and came in second in both after Susanne Prier with Unique. Sunday she continued with two clean runs in the open classes again second after Unique. And she ended the day with a clean win in agility gr. 3.

Sims Saints Exit First - Photo: Henriette Kjær GoGo got her last result in agilit ygrade 1 and advanced to gr. 2 in agility in DKK (Danish Kennel Club).

This means that Emsi has cleaned all her agility open runs at the International Events. Unique has done the same, winning every single time while Emsi has taken the second place every time. This means that unique more or less has secured the first place, while Emsi sit relatively comfortable on the second place, but she can be beaten by Lillian Rose with Mille, who is third at the moment. In other word the small national team is dominating the "Dog of the Year" competition.

Saturday Emsi's puppy Exit (Sims Saints Exit First) came to visit at the competition
It had rained cats and dogs all day, so we were pretty soaked and gladly accepted the invitation from Exit's family to come to dinner and have our clothes dried. We had a really great time and a fantastic dinner!
The dogs enjoyed being able to run freely in the garden. This meant that we also had the opportunity to say hello to Emsi's brother Elliot, who lives with Exit. Thank you and greetings to Exit's family for a great time and first class serving!.



06.08.2009 - Agility DKK Viby
The winner of the Maxi Zoo Cup 2009 (relay) was determined on Saturday August 1st. DKK Viby repeated their successfull agility team relay from last year.
The first prize was a gift certificate for Maxi Zoo, which is a chain of pet shops, for DKK 1500.- (EUR 200.-), for each of the three dogs on the winning team. Maxi Zoo had also sponsored a lot of the other prizes.

The course was devided into three parts. The first two dogs ended their part of the course on an electronic table, The five second beep signal was then the starting cue for the 2nd and 3rd dog respectively. The first dog started the time on jump no. 1. The third and last dog then stopped the timed on the final jump.

In the normal rules each error (or refusal) results in 5 points in error. In this Cup each refusal was ignored (you just wasted some time) and each error was "awarded" an extra round in a U-shaped tunnel at the end of the course, which meant that errors where converted into a longer course!

Our team "Trip Trap Støvring", was, as last year; Laila / Louie, Jesper / Indi, and Jesper / Emsi.

The first part of the Cup was held in May month and our team had won with a relatively small margin to the second team. The second part of the Cup was really "interesting" as one of the competing teams had to run again as the timing had failed totally! Another team had to run again as the judge did not see that one dog ran a wrong course! The point being that the judge had to make the call "wrong course" as there were also no elimination in the competition, a wrong course would just result in lost time (as refusals). However, it was somewhat understandable that the judge forgot the course as it consisted of more than 50 obstacles, compared to the normal 20!

In the end Team Jutlandia Cup won the second part of the Maxi Zoo Cup app. 14 seconds ahead of Trip Trap Støvring, however, our lead from the first part of the cup was about 20 seconds, so the combined victory was ours, although it got pretty close in the end!

Apart from the Maxi Zoo Cup there was "double up" on the graded classes, jumping and agility class 1 through 3 both in the morning and in the afternoon. Emsi only ran in the morning as we were actually attending a huge family party that entire weekend.
As a warm up for the Maxi Zoo Cup Emsi and Jesper ran the jumping gr. 3 and agility gr. 3 - and won both of them. In both classes Laila and Louie took the second place and and Jesper with Indi also won both classes in Midi. All in all a pretty stable warm up for the Maxi Zoo Cup - although it didn't quite show in our Cup runs .


Maxi Zoo Cup - Laila/Louie, Jesper/Indi, Jesper/Emsi


The winning team - Trip Trap Støvring.


Emsi - jumping gr. 3, 1st place

Emsi - agility gr. 3, 1 st place



Juli 2009 - Summerholidays
Three weeks of summerholidays were spent on various activities, trips with family and friends and alsmost no agility. We did get to see a couple of "our" puppies again, Asja (Sims Saints Beautiful Belle) and Bolt (Sims Saints Bolt Lightning).

28.07.2009
Bolt came to visit with his famility. He and Emilie wanted some help with their training. They had made som video which we watched and then talked a bit about how they had trained so far - it's great with such enthusiastic puppy buyers! Later we went outside and trained a little bit of "baby agility" so that they had some excersices they could go home and train.

Sims Saints Bolt Lightning (Bolt) - 16 weeks old.

21.07.2009
Tuesday the 21st of July we drove to a farm shop called "Vasen" outside of Frederikshavn, where we had lunch and bought some fruits and vegetables. Afterwards we drove to Tversted where we meet with Karina and Emil and Asja.
We went for a walk along the beach. There was a really strong wind and sometimes the sand came flying as a virtual sand storm making the dogs all white in their heads! Afterwards we found some shelter from the wind between the sand dunes where we had an ice cream before we went to Karina and Emils place for a cup of coffee and tea. They have an old farm house with plenty of room Asja to run around.

Sims Saints Beautiful Belle (Asja) - 15 weeks old.



06.08.2009 - Agility DKK Viby
The winner of the Maxi Zoo Cup 2009 (relay) was determined on Saturday August 1st. DKK Viby repeated their successfull agility team relay from last year.
The first prize was a gift certificate for Maxi Zoo, which is a chain of pet shops, for DKK 1500.- (EUR 200.-), for each of the three dogs on the winning team. Maxi Zoo had also sponsored a lot of the other prizes.

The course was devided into three parts. The first two dogs ended their part of the course on an electronic table, The five second beep signal was then the starting cue for the 2nd and 3rd dog respectively. The first dog started the time on jump no. 1. The third and last dog then stopped the timed on the final jump.

In the normal rules each error (or refusal) results in 5 points in error. In this Cup each refusal was ignored (you just wasted some time) and each error was "awarded" an extra round in a U-shaped tunnel at the end of the course, which meant that errors where converted into a longer course!

Our team "Trip Trap Støvring", was, as last year; Laila / Louie, Jesper / Indi, and Jesper / Emsi.

The first part of the Cup was held in May month and our team had won with a relatively small margin to the second team. The second part of the Cup was really "interesting" as one of the competing teams had to run again as the timing had failed totally! Another team had to run again as the judge did not see that one dog ran a wrong course! The point being that the judge had to make the call "wrong course" as there were also no elimination in the competition, a wrong course would just result in lost time (as refusals). However, it was somewhat understandable that the judge forgot the course as it consisted of more than 50 obstacles, compared to the normal 20!

In the end Team Jutlandia Cup won the second part of the Maxi Zoo Cup app. 14 seconds ahead of Trip Trap Støvring, however, our lead from the first part of the cup was about 20 seconds, so the combined victory was ours, although it got pretty close in the end!

Apart from the Maxi Zoo Cup there was "double up" on the graded classes, jumping and agility class 1 through 3 both in the morning and in the afternoon. Emsi only ran in the morning as we were actually attending a huge family party that entire weekend.
As a warm up for the Maxi Zoo Cup Emsi and Jesper ran the jumping gr. 3 and agility gr. 3 - and won both of them. In both classes Laila and Louie took the second place and and Jesper with Indi also won both classes in Midi. All in all a pretty stable warm up for the Maxi Zoo Cup - although it didn't quite show in our Cup runs .


Maxi Zoo Cup - Laila/Louie, Jesper/Indi, Jesper/Emsi


The winning team - Trip Trap Støvring.


Emsi - jumping gr. 3, 1st place

Emsi - agility gr. 3, 1 st place



Juli 2009 - Summerholidays
Three weeks of summerholidays were spent on various activities, trips with family and friends and alsmost no agility. We did get to see a couple of "our" puppies again, Asja (Sims Saints Beautiful Belle) and Bolt (Sims Saints Bolt Lightning).

28.07.2009
Bolt came to visit with his famility. He and Emilie wanted some help with their training. They had made som video which we watched and then talked a bit about how they had trained so far - it's great with such enthusiastic puppy buyers! Later we went outside and trained a little bit of "baby agility" so that they had some excersices they could go home and train.

Sims Saints Bolt Lightning (Bolt) - 16 weeks old.

21.07.2009
Tuesday the 21st of July we drove to a farm shop called "Vasen" outside of Frederikshavn, where we had lunch and bought some fruits and vegetables. Afterwards we drove to Tversted where we meet with Karina and Emil and Asja.
We went for a walk along the beach. There was a really strong wind and sometimes the sand came flying as a virtual sand storm making the dogs all white in their heads! Afterwards we found some shelter from the wind between the sand dunes where we had an ice cream before we went to Karina and Emils place for a cup of coffee and tea. They have an old farm house with plenty of room Asja to run around.

Sims Saints Beautiful Belle (Asja) - 15 weeks old.



29.06.2009 - Emsi on the National Team for the World Championships!
Sunday June 28th the danish National Team for the World Championships in agility in Dornbirn, Austria was selected (check out the official webpage for more information) and Emsi and Jesper were among the choosen few! Emsi qualified for both the team and individual trials (small catagory).

The third national team qualification was held in Vallensbæk and was solely for the candidates for the World Championships (i.e. not the candidates for the Nordic Championships). The qualification was held indoor on carpet. Saturday was spent training, in order for the dogs to familiarize themselves with the carpet and the contact obstacles, which were the same light weight type as will be used at the World Championships.
Furthermore the timing was done electronically, for the greatest accuracy in the races on Sunday.

On Sunday we had to run three courses, which was judged and timed. First course was an agility course which we were told to consider part of the team competition (i.e. do our utmost to keep clean). The second and third courses were jumping and agility. These two courses should be considered as the two individual courses at the World Championships - i.e. full throttle (and clean ).

On the first course Emsi was the very first dog. The course was cleaned although it was a bit shaky and not very fast.
The next course was jumping and it was a course more to our liking, long stretches for running followed by "fence" and 180 degree turns. It was another clean run at a fair speed.
The final course was another agility course. The central part of the course was a semi circle with: straight tunnel, see saw, dog walk, long jump ("back side"). Opposite this semi circle were two jumps, more or less creating a perfect circle about 6 meters in diameter. It was pretty challenging guiding the dog to the correct obstacles, especially the "see saw / dog walk" combo! Emsi glanced at see saw when we were going for the dog walk, so I had to apply the emergency brake a little bit.
At the opposite end of the course was the A frame with a perfect U-tunnel ending and starting on each side of the "up side" of the A frame. The A frame pointed straight out into nothing - a bit of a challenge for Emsi, who needs a bit of inertia in order to be 100% sure on the down contact (running contact). I choose to handle from the "far side", so that I had to really push forward and "back" Emsi away from me into a 180 degree turn towards the next hurdle. She didn't quite get that so we lost a bit of time (but kept it clean). Not a perfect run, but OK.
Emsis efforts were quite satisfactory, only three of the seven small dogs cleaned all three courses.

Emsis cool sister Zinnia (Shetla's Ezinnia At Equinox) who is a midi dog, also qualified for both team and individual trials. SHETLA-POWER!

The Danish National Team 2009:

Small Team Individual
Jesper / Emsi Jesper / Emsi
Susanne / Unique Susanne / Unique
Lillian / Mille Lillian / Mille
Reserve: Tommy / Olsen Tommy / Olsen
Midi Team Individual
Gitte / Zinnia Gitte / Zinnia
Dorthe / Djohs Dorthe / Djohs
Natasha / Doobi Natasha / Doobi
Reserve: Lene / Toxy *) Lene / Toxy *)
Standard Team Individual
Lone / Panik Peter / Tempo
Søren / Happy Søren / Happy
Sarah / Simic Sarah / Simic
Reserve: Poul / Djinni Birthe / Sammie

*) Edited Juli 5th 2009 - Betina with Dio has resigned and Lene with Toxy has taken their place.



22.06.2009 - Emsi Danish Agility Champion
During the weekend we split up, Nicolai went to his aunt and uncle, Henriette went to Herning for a DcH agility competition with GoGo (and Mille and Buggy), and Jesper went to Hillerød with Emsi, which was a competition which was part of the qualification the national team.

GoGo cleaned jumping class 2, won the class and thereby earned her second result in jumping class 2 in DcH. With the victory came a bag with 15kg of dog food.

Emsi had an amazing day and cleaned four out of four courses!
Agility open: 2nd
Jumping open: 3rd
Jumping class 3: 1st
Agility class 3: 2nd
In AG3 Emsi won her 3rd certificate and thereby the title "Danish Agility Champion" (DKAGCH).
Among her prices were: 3 Rosendahl bowls and 4 glasses (the glasses were her champion gift), 3 bottles of red wine, 6kg of dog food, a T-shirt, a tea mug, and two 1½ meter long banners with the movie dog Bolt - obviously I had to take these (prices were winners tickets which were used to purchase the price of your choice at the "price store") as Buggy has just had a puppy named Bolt!

In Herning the above mentioned Bolt (who lives in Herning) came by to visit Henriette, as well as his brother Eddie (Buzz). The puppies were really excited and really please to se both Henriette and the other dogs, especially their mother of course! Below is is a couple of pictures of the guys.

On the left it is Sims Saints Buzz Lightyear (Eddie) and on the right it is Sims Saints Bolt Lightning (Bolt).



Sims Saints Exit First (Exit) - 21.06.2009, 8 months old.
In Hillerød Emsi and Jesper also had a puppy visiting, Sims Saints Exit First (Exit) from Emsi's litter in 2008. However, there wasn't much love between the two of them - mostly because Emsi immediately tried to bite his head of! She obviously only looked at him as an annoying young male .

Exit was happy to see Jesper and the feeling was mutual. Normally Exit trains obedience in Hillerød, so actually he was on his own turf, although agility is not something he has ever tried. Maybe he can convince Jane that they should try it out some time in the future? ;-)




18.06.2009 - International DKK Agility Competition in Vejen
Last weekend in Vejen we participated at the Danish Kennel Club International Agility Competition. This was also one of the competitions which counts for qualification for the Danish national team.
Henriette and GoGo started with a win in agility class 1, with a margin of almost 30 seconds to number 2! There were 6 dogs in the class and 3 of them completed the course. GoGo contnued and cleaned jumping class open, however, from then on her standard dropped and she didn't clean any more runs that weekend.
Emsi's results were more or less the opposite, as she started with eliminations in agility class 3 and jumping open, however agility open was a clean run and a second place. However, Sunday Jesper and Emsi came back with a vengeance and cleaned 3 out of 3 runs! All three runs (agility open, jumping open, and jumping class 3) resulted in second places.



07.06.2009 - Agility seminar in Ribe
After the competition at Ribe hundevenner we had one day off,which we spent in Legoland where Nicolai met Bob the Builder, buildt in Lego. We tried more or less all the attractions in Legoland, it was a really fun experience, especially for Nicolai!

Wednesday the agility seminar started. The seminar was planned along the same lines as the previous years. That meant that there was two days with training, one day for resting, and then another two days with training. During a days of training there is scheduled three classes with each instructor, morning, afternoon and evening. In order to preserve the dogs' energy and drive you onyl training morning + evening on day one and then afternoon on the next day.

The instruktors this year was Peter Crone (Denmark) and Lee Gibson (United Kingdom). You can read more about Lee Gibson on his homepage or his blog, where he also has an update from Ribe including training plans.

Apart from Peter and Lee the instructors this year were Ann-Britt Holmegaard Krat (Denmark) og Jenny Damm (Sweden), but Emsi and I did not have the pleasure of their teaching this year.

The training by Peter consisted of fairly complex courses, where we either ran the whole course or broke it down into smaller segments. All the courses had some pretty hard handling, and in many instances we had to make a decision to send the dog one or the other way around the sides of the hurdle. We tested both solutions and timed with a stopwatch to check which was the faster solution. A couple of times we were surprised by which way was the fastest. As a really positive thing Emsi was consistently faster using one of the solutions, which is a really usefull knowledge out on the courses!

In the picture on the right we are all gathered for a group photo, including the instructors.

On Lee's courses we trained handling at a distance, getting "back in touch" with your dog at a distance, and "sending" the dog, in a way where the handler doesn't necessarily move very much and finally we trained obstacle discrimination. Pretty much NOT the way Emsi is normally handled! However, you should not be intimidated by new things.
As mentioned above the courses can be found on Lee's blog.
One course was a U-tunnel, with a semi-circle of hurdles. Each time the dog exited the tunnel we would send it to the next hurdle, make a pull through, send it to the tunnel and so on.
The handler would only move a couple of meters when sending the dog between the obstacle. The trick was to teach the dog to take contact to the handler when the handler stops and drops his arms and calls the dog. When the dog looks at the handler you send it with a soft arm movement (only) and a verbal command to support the dog.
This method can actually give the handler a pretty good control of the dog at a fairly large distance, and still be able to pull the dog betwenn to obstacles for instance. Or to "get in touch" with the dog before showing it to the next obstacle, maybe where two obstacles are placed really close to each other.
For instance Emsi made vast improvements in her run (without my supporting movement) towards the weaves. And we also trained the combination with a tunnel right next to and under the dog walk.
The training with Lee was really inspirational and opened a lot of new options and possibilities in the handling of Emsi. We really learned a lot!

Big cudos to the instructors, Peter and Lee, and also to Ribe Hundevenner for arranging the whole seminar in the first place - and of course greetings to all the other handlers, as always it was great fun sharing the week with you!



05.06.2009 - The B-litter has left
Today the last two puppies left n order to go and live with their new families Buzz (Eddie) already left Wednesday. The house is now (relatively>) quiet.
Read more about the puppies and their new homes on the pages "Buggy's B-litter" on the href="hvalpe_uk.php">puppies page.



02.06.2009 - 2nd Agility Certificate
During the weekend Jesper and Emsi competed at Ribe Hundevenner, in a three day event. For some reason Emsi never excels when Ribe Hundevenner is hosting a competition, more things tend to go wrong. This competition was no exception, and there was only two clean runs.
However, one of the clean runs resulted in a first place in agility class 3 earning her the second agility certificate!
She also got a victory in jumping open. Otherwise the rest of the runs suffered from stupid mistakes and bad handling - which of course gets punished immediatedly!



26.05.2009 - Emsi qualified for the Danish National Championship(s)
Photo: Lene Wöhliche - Emsi 2008 Ribe On Sunday 24th of May Emsi participated in a DcH agility competition in Fredericia (Madsby) and excelled by cleaning four out of four possible runs! This 4 of 4 was a first for her.

The results were one 2nd place in agility open and three 1st places in jumping open, agility class 3 and jumping class 3! She also won "best in two open combined" and on top of that she did it with the fastest combined time of all three sizes! Our club DcH Støvring had a really good weekend as Helle Jensen with Aya (standard) was also best in two open sonday and Laila Carstensen with Louie (mini) was best in four open (saturday and sunday conbined)!

With the clean run in agility open Emsi got the last result in order to qualify for the DcH Danish Championships (DcH has an annual championship for DcH members only). Emsi has also qualified for the Fælles DM (Open Danish National Championships), which are open for all dogs whether they compete in DcH or the Danish Kennel Club competitions (or both). Actually she qualified for this in Fredericia 3 weeks earlier...



04.05.2009 - Emsis first agility certificate
In the weekend Jesper and Emsi participated at the DKK Internationalt agility competition in Fredericia.
Saturday Emsi won her first certificate in agility. It was pretty exciting as Emsi jumped the down contact on the dog walk, however, she hit the contact at the bottom. While Jesper was listening to the judge and contact judge discussing this Emsi made a long jump across the next hurdle which should have been a thight U-turn. On top of that she almost took it on her return as she turned the wrong way. Not pretty or efficient - but it was clean and resulted in a second place behind Lillian Rose with Mille, who already was an agility champion, hence Emsi got the certificate.
Agility ope was also a clean run and also a 2nd place behind Susanne Prier with Unique.
Unfortunately Emsi made a refusal at the weaves in the jumping open.
Sunday Emsi won jumping class 3. Unfortunately it would appear that the jumping through the frame of the tire, but the judge did not see that. Different people had different oppinions, however several people thought she had done so... Pretty annoying as it is an error Emsi has been making at intervals, looks like we have somthing we need to train.
On the positive side (if there is a positive side to such a mistake) this error meant that Emsi had her time registered. And that was very important as jumping class 3 and agility class 3 this weekend is part of the qualification for the Danish National Team for the World Championships!
Agility open was clean and yet another 2nd place.
Jumping open was also clean and resulted in a 1st place.



28.04.2009 - GoGo at DKK-agility in Ribe
Sunday GoGo and Henriette was attending a class 1 agility competition at Ribe Hundevenner. This competition only had classes for class 1 dog, and "fun classes" which were open for all dogs.
The first class was "power and speed" - a course where the first part has contact obstacles. That part of the course must be negotiated without any faults or refusals, otherwise you are eliminated! If the agility part is clean, the time is started and the last part of the course is a "normal" jumping course where the winner is the one with the fewest errors and fastest time, just as normal.
GoGo started really good and won power and speed for the small dogs!
The results in the class 1 agility runs was unfortunately an elimination in the first race and 5 faults in the second race.
GoGo cleaned the two jumping class 1 runs, with a first and a second place to show for it. She has now advanced to class 2 in jumping.
The final run of the day was "tunnels only" where only the first and the last obstacles are jumps, otherwise it was purely tunnels. GoGo finished third in this class.



21-04-2009 - Mille 11 years old
Mille (DKSPCH Thorsøe's Easter Sensible Dream) is 11 years old today. Mille is our oldest dog and "top dog" and leader. Mille has always a bit goofy, "puppy-like" and not so serious. But when it is needed she is always ready to get into character. For instance she was the one who told the cat to get lost when the cat had chased Simone into hiding below the heater.

Mille was choosen as leader by Emsi and GoGo when Buggy moved in with us. Before Buggy arrived Mille was not a very clear leader. However, when Buggy arrived Emsi and GoGo clearly showed that Mile was the leader. The licked her in the mouth and really looked sa if they wanted to suck up to her as if to say; "We now that you are the boss, and we now it's not the new one".

And speaking of Buggy, it is now one year ago she moved in with us. Buggy accepted that Mille was the leader without any fuss. It really nice to be able to put a grown dog in with the others and feel one year later that she has always been there!
Mille, 11 - Photo: Jesper Kjær



13.04.2009 - Gåsahoppet agility in Sweden
Emsi and Jesper are trying to qualify for the Danish national team for the World Championships in agilty. In order to qualify you need to participate in a to day agility competition abroad.
There was not many competition to choose from. It is not easy when you must coordinate with the domestic competitions and the national team assemblies and at he same time find a competition abroad not too far away from Denmark. We choose to go to Gåsahoppet in Malmø, Sweden in the Easter holidays Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of April. It was "only" 450 km and two bridges away...

Gåsahoppet agility is held in an indoor soccer arena with some really nice artificial grass. That surface was another reason to chosse this particular competition, as Emsi has never tried artifical grass before. The surface turned out to be no problem at all - it felt just like a nice firm lawn, with good traction for both humans and dogs.

Both days there was class 3 jumping and agility, Friday also had jumping open class and saturday there was agility open. Open classes was not as well attended as they normally are in Denmark, this could be seen from the fact that the open classes small consisted of about 70-80 small dogs which was about the same number of entries as in class 3!
Unfortunately Emsi and I made errors in all the class 3 courses, which resulted in either refusals og eliminations. There was a couple of stupid mistakes which should have been avoided, hindsight is a wonderfull thing...
If you ignore that one "little" error in each run, we had some pretty good runs that were otherwise more or less flawless.
In both the open class runs we cleaned the course and with a second place in both instances, so that was very satisfactory! Both runs can be seen in the videos below.
Unfortunately there was no price the "best in the two open combined" as that would have been Emsi with her two second places. And super cool sister Zinnia would also have won "best in the two open combined" for the medium dogs with her 2nd place in jumping open and 3rd place in agility open! Zinnia also won a Certificate in jumping class 3, this means that when she gets the title Danish Jumping Champion she will become Swedish Jumping Champion as well .


Jesper and Emsi, jumping open, Oxie, 2nd <+-/td>

Jesper and Emsi, agility open, Oxie, 2nd



09.04.2009 - Buggy's B-litter
Buggy's B-litter, three puppies, has now been born. They were born on April 8th at about 4 o'clock in the morning.
Henriette spent the night in the puppies room with Buggy. Buggy kept her awake most of the night as she was very restless. Eventually she settled down and Henriette finally fell asleep. Suddenly she woke op at the sound of Buggy licking puppy no. 2! Buggy was licking the amnion away and biting the umbilical cord. At the same time no. 1 was laying next to Buggy. This was 3:45 AM and at 4.00 AM puppy no. 3 arrived. All in all everything went pretty fast and smooth.

The litter consists of:

No. 1
Born 3:30 AM(?)
Tricolour male with white collar
Birth weight: 180 g

No. 2
Born 3:45 AM
Tricolour female with white collar
Birth weight: 190 g

No. 3
Born 4:00 AM
Sable male with white collar
Birth weight: 110 g

No. 3 is somewhat smaller than the other two and didn't really want to eat initially. Henriette went out to buy some formular to get him started and ensure that he got something to eat. However, when she returned home he was laying with Buggy sucking milk. For now it appears that he is OK. We will keep an eye on him and regularely offer him formular in order to ensure that he gets enough to eat / to check that he gets enough from Buggy.


The B-litter in the milk bar, just over one day old.

No. 1, 30 hours old.

No. 2, 30 hours old.

No. 3, 30 hours old.



04.04.2009 - Ready for puppies!
Everybody are now ready for the puppies
Buggy's due date is April 9th, which means that we are beginning to be really exicted and we almost can't wait any longer.

We check Buggy's temparature in the morning and in the evening in order to see if it falls. When the temperature falls 1 degree Celcius it means that the puppies are coming within 24 hours.

All the practicalities are over. This means that the small room has been transfered into a puppy nursery. We have build a fence in order to keep the puppies under control when they leave the basket (and to prevent the other dogs from entering too soon). The basket has been lined with papers and a blanket and the "door" has been mounted so that the puppies can't leave the basket the first couple of weeks.

Buggy are cheking out the facilities in the pictures on the right. She immediately began digging and "nesting" in the blanket. Nicolai finds the project with the puppies very interesting and he also wanted to be in the basket with Buggy.

Lately we have been able to feel the puppies inside Buggy's Stomach. It is pretty exciting as we have even been able to feel them moving around!
The mother to be does not seem too bothered by her condition. She still chase down through the garden when we let the dogs out - although she is not quite as fast as she used to be
Buggy - Photo: Jesper Kjær
Nicolai & Buggy - Photo: Jesper Kjær



23.03.2009 - Agility and show
Saturday 21st of March 2009 we went to the island of Fyn. There was a show in Ørbæk held by The shetland sheepdog club. At the same time there was an agility competition in Tommerup, only about 50 kilometres apart.
As "our puppy" Sims Saints Exit First (Exit) was to be showed, Henriette went to Fyn to meet him and his familiy. Exit is growing really nicely and was awarded "excellent" and was placed third in the baby class.
Intially Exit didn't recognize Henriette and Nicolai, but suddenly he realized who they were and greated them really enthusiastically .
Shetla's Ergo At Equinox (Ergo) - who is the father of the litter Buggy is expecting at the moment - won the males open class and was runner up male. Ergo is owned by Tina Mette Jørgensen - Kennel Shaquana.

As mentioned there was agility in Tommeruphallerne, so Jesper og Emsi went there to get some competition practice. In the invitation it was mentioned that we would be running on a special "rubber carpet", however the surface had turned out to be too slippery so the competition was held on a normal carpet. The courses were relatively easy with long straight stretches, as it can be seen in the video to the right.
Emsi missed the down contact on the dog walk in both agility runs, but she won both the jumping open and jumping "skilled" (hardest level at this competition).

Last weekend in Vilhelmsborg we also meet Sims Saints Enter First (Enter) and took a few pictures of him also. Enter is doing really well with his new familiy and he loves to train and work. It will be very intereting to follow him when he starts real agility training - right now he looks at the competing dogs with great interest - and maybe a little envy!


Jesper and Emsi winning jumping open.


Sims Saints Enter First, 15.03.2009, at Vilhelmsborg.

Sims Saints Exit First, 21.03.2009, show in Ørbæk.



22.03.2009 - While waiting...
Buggy is pretty upset that she can't train agility at the moment because she is expecting. When we leave the house to train the other dogs in the barn she tries to sneak out of the door. "Stay" is working really poorly and if we try to hold her back with a hand on her forehead she just crouches down lower and lower until she is practically crawling on her belly
Well - when you are not allowed to train you might as well relax in the chair or on the couch with a friend...




16.03.2009 - Agility competition at Vilhelmsborg
In the weekend of 14th and 15th March DcH Risskov held a competition at Vilhelmsborg (who has an equestrian hall large enough for two agility course). It is the largest indoor agility event in Denmark!

GoGo og Henriette started the day with a clean run and a victory in agility class 1. This meant that they advanced to class 2 (in DcH). GoGo had some nice runs with a faster weave than last weekend with Jesper handling her
GoGo and Henriette also had a clean run in jumping open class, this only resulted in an 11th place. However, open class had 46 entries and 19 of them had a clean run!

Emsi won agility class 3 on Saturday and during the weekend she cleaned 3 out of 4 open class runs (2nd, 3rd, and 4th places) which qualified her for the finals as number three. A total of 19 small dogs had qualified for / started in the small catagory finals. The starting order at the finals was the reversed qualifying order, i.e. after Emsi's run there were only two more dogs.
The course for the finals was a fairly difficult jumping course. Emsi had a really nice run and finished in the fastest time so far. None of the last two dogs had a clean run and victory was ours!
Both the standard dogs and the medium dogs had finished their finals prior to the finals in the small catagory. The medium catagory was won by Emsi's super sister Shetla's Ezinnia At Equinox (Zinnia), owned and handled by Gitte Hoffmeister. Watch Gitte and Zinnia's run here. We both sent a text message to Emsi and Zinnia's breeder, Nanna who was really exited and happy - Shetla-Power!
Photo: Henriette Kjær
Gitte Hoffmeiser with Zinnia and Jesper Kjær with Emsi

Emsi and Jesper, agility open saturday.

Emsi and Jesper's victory at the finals.



11.03.2009 - The agility season has started!
Emsi delivered the first litter for Kennel Sims Saints on October 13th 2008. The story about the litter can be read on the page Emsi's E-litter. We are really please with the homes we have found for them all.

After the christmas hollidays it was time to hit the agility courses again. Emsi had not trained or competed in agility for 5 months, however Emsi's training in January went really well. The initial performance at the competition in Ribe February 8th was a bit shaky. However, one clean run was acomplished, no. 1 in jumping class 3.

Saturday March 7th, DcH Sydthy held an agility competition. Unfortunately the day started with a disqualification in jumping class 3. Probably due to lack of concentration on Jesper's behalf, as Emsi knocked down one of the hurdles which she rarely does.
However, jumping open and agility open went really well and Emsi won both. The two open runs were combined and with a total time of 65,96 secs Emsi won with a margin of about 11 seconds to number two.
Emsi ended the day with another clean run and another win in agility class 3.

GoGo started her 2009 season in Sydthy, also with Jesper as handler. GoGo still has some problems with the speed in the weaves and with Jesper as handler it only got worse! The weaves went REALLY slow, which resulted in about 2 seconds time faults in an otherwise clean run in agility open and a 9th place (of 23).
Agility class 1 was clean and resulted in a 2nd place (of 13 dogs).



04.03.2009 - Buggy scanned
Buggy was scanned today at Hobro Dyrehospital. It was really exciting because Nicolai (at age 3 years and 4 months) announced that he could feel three puppies inside Buggy's stomach!
This afternoon it was time to get the oppinion from a professional, and the vet thinks that there are four puppies.
Now it only remains to be seen who is correct!
Buggy's due date is Thursday 9th April, which means that it will be easter puppies!



06.02.2009 - Buggy has been mated
Buggy is visiting Ergo from January 31st to February 8th, and things are going really well.
Buggy is behaving as if she always has been living with Tina and Kim and the dogs Ergo, Chester, and Genie.
Buggy and Ergo has mated on February 5th and 6th. Initially Tina tried to assist by holding Buggy's collar, but it didn't work out. In the end Tina just let them out into the garden and then they managed all on their own. Read the whole story and see the pictures on Tina's blog.

Below; Buggy on the left, Ergo on the right.



The plan is that Tina takes Buggy to Ribe on sonday, February 8th. where there is an agility competition. This means that we will save a lot of driving, as Jesper and Emsi is competing there for the first time since Emsi's mating.



03.02.2009 - DKK's breeder education
During the weekend of Januar 31st and Februar 1st Henriette took the breeders education offered by the Danish Kennel Club (DKK). Now we are waiting for a visit from the DKK kennel contact, so that our kennel can get the final approval. When we have been approved we may use the DKK logo "har gennemgået DKK's opdrætteruddannelse" ("have taken the DKK bereeders education") on our website.



27.01.2009 - Agility and Buggy in heat
The new agility season is now a few weeks old and Emsi has now been training a couple of times since her E-litter left us. We have additionally been holding a break from training during the Christmas Holidays and just started up again in the new year. The first training sessions with Emsi have been exceeding all expectations! She has been working with focus and concentration and with high speed. It is just as if her last training was just 14 days ago and not over 4 months ago!
Buggy has now come into heat a few months earlier than expected. We have now been planning the mating, news concerning this can be found on our puppies pages within a few days time.



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