Monday, January 3, 2011

C-ATCH Tess!!!

Tess rounded out 2010 by earning her CPE Agility Trial Champion (C-ATCH) title on December 31 in Washingtonville, OH!! Below is the video from Tess' championship run. She had a fairly nice run, although Tess (and my heart) stopped just before the teeter to smile for the photographer who was seated in the ring right on the other side of the teeter! Fortunately, in CPE this is not a fault and Tess went on to finish the course nicely.

It's tradition to take a victory lap after a C-ATCH run, but Tess was totally confused as to why she had to run the course again and wasn't going back to our ex pen to get her treats!! We were fortunate to have many friends at the trial to cheer Tess on, and she earned her title under judge Susan Zimmerman, who is a fellow Dal owner and also a friend of ours.

Here's Jim, Tess, and Susan showing off her C-ATCH ribbon and the awesome bar that Aunt Mariann and Uncle Jim made for her.

To make the weekend even more special, our friends Mike and Einstein also got their C-ATCH and Mike earned his CPE Junior Handling Champion title, too!

As if this wasn't enough for one weekend, Tess and Einstein also finished with a Perfect Weekend, qualifying in all 8 of their runs on Saturday and Sunday. They are pictured above with the other dogs who earned Perfect Weekends.

We had an awesome New Year's weekend at the trial. We once again shared a lovely suite with Mariann, Jim, and Sammie and had the pleasure of spending the weekend with friends George, Lois, and CJ, and Dave, Jill, and Mike and their dogs. No better way to ring in the New Year!!

I am so proud of Jim and Tess for all they have accomplished. They are a great team and a joy to watch. While Jazz had several qualifying runs, this weekend was really all about Tess...just the way she likes it ;)


  1. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Awesome job Tess and Jim! So happy for you guys. Way to represent!! :)

  2. Shazam! What an accomplishment for a great team. Congrats Champion Tess and your wonderful handler Jim. So much work and so much fun. WoooHooo!


  3. FANTASTIC!! So excited for ALL of you!!