December 31, 2012

What a splendid way to end the year!  Anne Kowalczyk and Holmes (GCh C-Myste The Game’s Afoot At Elyan CD RA CGC TDI) went to a small obedience/rally trial this past weekend.  Holmes had his BN (Beginner Novice) with one leg toward his CD (Companion Dog) title, and his RN (Rally Novice) titles going in, but coming out — WOW!  On Saturday, the Club held two trials back to back.  Holmes’ entry for his Novice Obedience did not make it for the morning trial so he only competed in Rally Advanced — and qualified.  In the afternoon, he earned a second qualifying Rally Advanced leg.  After 6:00 pm, he finally got in the ring for Novice and he qualified.  On Sunday morning, he made it three for three and three for three, completing his Rally Advanced Title and his Companion Dog Title.  The icing on the cake is that the CD title completed his mom’s requirements for her ROMb.  (She is “Phoebe” CH Windshyre Stormy Weather).  There were owners of another Cardi competing and they took photos for Anne and she video’ed their dog’s run.  Here are some of my favorites:

New Rally Advanced Title

Figure 8

Off Lead Heeling

Stand For Exam (The Most Difficult Exercise for Every Cardi I’ve Trained)

Now That’s a Recall

Blue and Green — a new title ribbon yet to come because they ran out

During the Long Down, another dog in line stood up and wandered over to sniff at Holmes.  What a well-trained boy to stay down.  Do you think Anne was holding her breath?

How proud I am of this pair.  Holmes flew to Chicago last February.  A month later he earned his first Rally Novice leg.  In April at our National Specialty he completed his Rally Novice title and earned the second leg of his Beginner Novice title (BN).  Last summer he completed the BN and earned his CGC.  This Fall he completed requirements for his TDI so he can go with Anne to volunteer at Northwestern Children’s Hospital.  And then — this past weekend . . .

Wonder what they will wow me with in 2013?  No pressure . . .


  1. Wahooo! GO, team Holmes, GO!!!!!! 🙂

  2. Jean from NM says:

    Looks like those two are a real team. Huge congrats to both Anne and Holmes!