Sunday, December 13, 2009

Utility Dog

I am extremely proud of Katie's Utility Dog title. Obedience competition has been around for over 70 years and Katie is only the 14th greyhound to ever earn a Utility Dog title. Utility is the highest level of obedience and I have said it before... it was the hardest thing I have ever done with a greyhound. Katie earned 3 qualifying legs in 25 attempts. This is the only video I have of one of three qualifying Utility legs. I am so happy to finally be able to post it to the blog.

12 comments:

Malika said...

You guys sure are fantastic to watch! Katie looks like she is having fun! :) Thanks for sharing

KarenTX said...

Congrats!!! That was an awesome exercise!

IHeartDogs said...

Glad to hear that Buspar might help her. Wonderful performance with you, her complete focus on you looked so sweet. <3

gyeong said...

I can't imagine the amount of work it takes to get a grey to Utility level. Glad she is feeling a bit better

Aragon greyhounds said...

Her attention to you is excellent. You should be so proud of her. Makes it so hard to know what she is going through now. Hope the Buspar helps some.

Carrie said...

It is great that the change in meds might be working. Katie is so amazing. Love the way she is so focused on you. I know a lot of work went into this and you should be very proud.

Anonymous said...

Jen,

That is a wonderful video. Isn't it great we have the technology today to capture those moments? I know it is hard to watch Katie going through these issues now, but Wow - what great times you have shared with her along the way.

Lisa S.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks everyone!

Marie said...

Love, Love, Love that video. Thanks for sharing!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I love it too! I keep watching it over and over :-).

Barb said...

What a wonderful performance!! You and Katie are an awesome team. I do have one video of one of Patience's Utility performances, it's on High 8 and I need to get it converted to digital.
Until someone has been through it, it's hard to understand the bond you have with a Utility dog. Probably it's sort of like the bond soldiers develop in battle :-) - certainly there is a level of trust and also a sense of achieving something that is very, very difficult.
Thanks for sharing the memories of your Utility days with Katie! Here's hoping she is with you for a long, long time to come... but also here's hoping she won't be your last UD dog either!! :-)

Samantha said...

I have no idea if you will ever find this comment, but major and belated congrats - I've watched my (owner of OTCH dog) experienced dog pal take her now-2-yr old golden thru CD and CDX in the last 6 mos. She's already ready for Utility - but... she does it to the exclusion of all else in life - ah well! Loved to watch a greyhound perform so well - Katie is amazing! Congratscongrats! Stars! And now agility for others in your pack? Will love coming back here! If you have anything going this weekend, good luck!
Sammie and Miche