I'm Jennifer living near Atlanta, Georgia. This blog is about my greyhound adventures. Thank you for letting me brag about my wonderful greyhounds and share our ups and downs as we train and compete in agility and obedience. We have also done a little dock jumping, tracking, swimming, and lots of hiking. No couch potatoes on this blog! My hounds still work and play for a living and they love every minute of it!
"Riley" (age 10 years) MACH3 Never A Doubt CD MXC MJC Always the Bridesmaid Precious, wonderful, content Ex-Racer #2 Agility Greyhound 67 QQs 4537 MACH Pts
"Seven" (Age 8 years) MACH4 Never Satisfied MXC MJB2 Drama Queen "Pain & Gain" Movie Star Ex-Racer #1 Agility Greyhound 80QQs 4652 MACH Pts The Best
"Maddie" (age 4) Kells Never Drink Mad Dog 20/20 MX MXJ MJB My First Puppy Coursing Bloodlines Clown Hound AMK9 Biathalon Finisher 12QQs ~950 MACH Pts
BEHIND THE SCENES
Reagan (age 9 years) "Never Swing Left OA NAJ" A Member of Wurzinger Family
Katie "MACH Never Had Braces UD" 05/17/1998 - 10/21/2010 1st MACH Greyhound 14th Utility Dog Greyhound #5 Greyhound in AKC Agility Retired Oct. 2007 1 Squirrel Catch Kong Excavator Extraordinaire Ex-Racer Heart Dog
Travis MACH2 Never Expected CDX 06/08/1998 - 07/26/2008 #1 Greyhound in AKC Agility 1st GH to earn 2 MACHs Junior Jumper Dock Dogs title A Stunning, Sexy Dog Ex-Racer Heart Dog
Jessie Never Make It FCh CD NA NAJ 08/03/92 - 05/12/04 2 Coursing Best of Breeds #19 ASFA GH out of 300+ in '97 Greatest Teacher My Screw Up Dog
"Teresa CD AX AXJ" 1994? - 11/17/06 #6 Greyhound in AKC Agility Most Humbling Excellent Hiking Companion Coursing Field "Chump" Safe, Slow, and Sweet
Riley, Seven, and Maddie recently celebrated a birthday. Riley and Seven turned 8 and 6 on June 28th and Maddie turned 2 on July 2nd. Time flies!
Riley gets zapped by the heat sometimes, but mostly she is as silly and precious as ever.
She is closing in on her second agility championship, but we have been stuck on needing two double qualifiers for a while now. We are just having an unlucky streak. Hopefully we will bounce out of it soon.
Riley is also about 141 points away from taking the #1 lifetime achiever from Travis. He is still the number one greyhound in AKC agility even though he has been gone for 6 years now. Overall, Riley is doing great!
Seven is also closing in on her second agility championship. She too needs two double qualifiers. She was quite a ways behind Riley, but because of Riley's unlucky streak, Seven has caught up. We have a four day agility trial this weekend....
Seven's carpal joint has done pretty well in agility. She did come up lame for a few minutes at an agility trial in May. So disappointing because she was just 3 jumps away from a Double Q. She came back and got one the next day. Such an odd, chronic problem. She just torques it, is sore for a few minutes, and then walks out of it. Kind of like a twisted ankle.
It seems like Seven has maybe figured out how to avoid tweaking her wrist in agility most of the time. She does some pretty hard, tight turns to the left without problems all of the time. However, when playing in the yard, chasing Maddie or a toy, you would think her life depended on it. She is way too intense and often will twist her wrist. I hate treating her like an expensive, fancy, show horse that has to be kept in the barn, but sometimes she does not give me an option.
Maddie is coming along. She is still quite a challenge at times, but I am pleased with how she is progressing. I still do not have a debut date in mind. There are several opportunities to practice her in matches this fall so I think that will be the focus. If she can do well in a match, then a trial should have similar results.
Right now, we are taking a weekly, group agility class that highlights how fantastic Maddie can be, but also exposes the weaknesses of working with more pressure and distractions.
Class will be a great way to fill in the holes and strengthen areas we need work. So no rush still. I honestly do not need to be competing three dogs at one time anyway.