It's been nearly a month since we were in California visiting Casper's litter with Emmi (Waterbound Endearing Emmi). They've been in their new homes and doing well. We absolutely loved seeing their different personalities and Susanne and helpers have done such a lovely job with them - we wish them the best in their future … Continue reading Casper x Emmi Litter 7 weeks (+ Braam RBIS!)
We are excited to announce Casper's first litter, born April 22nd, 2019 at Golden Gate Kooikerhondjes in California. Seven girls and one boy were born to Emmi (Waterbound Endearing Emmi) and all are doing well. In other news, Casper finished his Flyball Master Excellent title this last weekend in Canada after finishing his 10,000th point … Continue reading Casper x Emmi Litter!
Well, we had a quiet winter which burst into spring with a couple major events. First, in March we attended the Kooikerhondje National Specialty in Louisville, KY. (We aren't allowed to call it a Specialty due to AKC rules about club sanctioning, but functionally that's what it was!) I took Casper and flew with him … Continue reading Spring 2018
Today we got some very welcome mail - Casper's Certificate of Merit arrived from AKC! A CM is the rare breeds' (breeds in FSS and Miscellaneous classes) equivalent of a Championship, and is a suffix title instead of a prefix. Since Kooikers will be fully recognized in January 2018, before Casper even turns 2 (and … Continue reading Certificate of Merit!
Seattle Kennel Club was the very first show I ever entered, with Braam in 2014 in the Pumi Club's Open Show when we were still in FSS. That year I also decided we should start a Meet The Breed booth at the event, so in addition to never having shown a dog in my life, … Continue reading Seattle Kennel Club 2017
Casper is continuing his success in 2017 by beginning to compete in new performance events. At the end of January, we entered two UKC rally trials, despite knowing nothing about UKC rally - and after I had taken two rally classes with Braam, not Casper. We practiced a bit at home and once in the … Continue reading Recent adventures in rally and nosework
Three days ago, I hung a cowbell on the back door with the intent to train the dogs to ring it to go outside. I asked them to touch it a grand total of twice, and they cautiously nudged it, barely making any noise. I figured I would leave it until the novel object became … Continue reading Crazy Clever Casper and the Cowbell
Three days, six dog sports. On Sunday, we attended a Fun Run event and did a few runs each of agility and rally. Both boys did very well but were a bit too fast to photograph at agility! Braam ran agility with my friend Jackie and aced the obstacles. Casper invented a new way of … Continue reading A busy three days
A little background Kooikers were (and some still are) used to lure ducks down a covered canal into a trap (called a kooi - thus their name!). The canal (called a pijp = pipe) is dug off the side of a duck pond, and is curved so the end is not visible to the ducks. … Continue reading Building a practice eendenkooi