Monday, January 24, 2011

Marge Gets ARCH'd

Yes, that's right.  The dog formerly known as Marge is now ARCH Marge!

We had a long two days of APDT Rally trialing this weekend.  On both Saturday and Sunday, Marge had four runs.  That makes for a total of EIGHT runs for the weekend - the most Marge has ever done in a span of two days.

We accumulated two double qualifying scores (QQ's) on Saturday.  Here is one of our runs.

Her effort in this run and an earlier run led to our designation as being the Highest Scoring Dog in Levels 1 and 2 for the morning trials, an honor known as "High Combined."

The excitement didn't stop there.  After four more successful runs on Sunday, Marge earned her APDT Rally Champion title.  Here is the final run.

Though Marge was less precise than normal with her heeling, her fronts and her finishes, she did show great control.  Our transitions in to the ring are getting steadily better and better.  And, normally the Level 2 jump (as shown in the video above) puts her in to crazy agility mode; however, she remained collected throughout the entire course... for all eight runs.

I knew Marge would get her ARCH, but had no idea it would happen this soon.  We did a lot of APDT Rally this January and it all paid off.  I think the trials were great experiences for Marge to get in the ring and have lots of fun.  I think it's clear in the videos that she's enjoying herself. APDT Rally has got to be one of the most welcoming, upbeat organizations I've ever been a part of.  I'm glad to have these opportunities to show with Marge.

Now: on to the ARCHX and Level 3.


P.S. - Please pay a visit to Sara's blog today, she had to set her beautiful Misty girl free early this morning after a battle with bladder issues and congestive heart failure.  Run free at the bridge, sweet girl.  We'll miss you dearly - we feel as though we've come to know you so well after reading about you for all of this time. 


LauraK January 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM  

Beautiful runs! You gals are such a fun team to watch- you've definitely inspired me to do rally with my pups :) Congrats on the title and the High Combined honor! Just goes to show that those awesome rescue dogs can go very far with a little love and patience :) Congrats again on your fantastic weekend!

Tucker The Crestie January 24, 2011 at 6:51 PM  


Diana January 24, 2011 at 7:16 PM  

Congrats!!! Way to go!

Wyatt January 24, 2011 at 7:18 PM  

Go Marge Go!! Great job pal!
We took some fun pics at the agility events at the Rose City Classic this weekend!


andrea January 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM  


It was a pleasure watching those videos ... you gotta know I'll be holding you to the same happy engaged standard in agility now ;)

Raegan January 24, 2011 at 7:50 PM  

Go Margedog, GO! I had no idea she was so close! Congratulations to both of you.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ January 24, 2011 at 7:51 PM  

We were very sad to hear about Misty too. Too many wonderful pups leaving us.

We were very impressed with how attentive Marge is in those videos and how well she performed. Congrats again to both of you. The Momster is amazed that you can remember the route around the course so well, it all seems so complicated.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! January 24, 2011 at 7:55 PM  


That is surely an accomplishment to be very very proud of!

Kathy Mocharnuk January 24, 2011 at 8:08 PM  

WOW FANTASTIC, what super stars you both are! You should be so proud!

Sara January 24, 2011 at 8:14 PM  

Thanks for your kind words for Misty, I am so touched by the outpouring of love & sympathy.

Wow! Those are some impressive accomplishments. Big congratulations to you and superstar Marge. This post makes me so excited to start our adpt rally class in Feb.

KB January 24, 2011 at 9:03 PM  

You two did great! I thought that Marge looked super focused and so did you. Way to go - what a victory!

You asked about R's OCD - we seem to have it under better control. I'm doing a lot of his training outdoors now because K is allowed to hike and run more. So, I have fewer silly games etc to report. But, I love that the outdoor training (recalls, heeling, etc, in the face of big distractions) seems to quiet his OCD as much as the silly games.

Congrats to you. You and Marge have come so far!

Sue January 24, 2011 at 9:11 PM  

Great job. We knew you could do it.

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You go girl!
Benny & Lily

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Anonymous January 24, 2011 at 9:57 PM  

YIPPEE!!!! WOOOHOOOO! Oh, Miss Sam and Marge, I'm ever so happy and proud of you! That's just the bestest news I've heard all day! I can tell by watching those movies that you have both worked super duper hard. You're our roll models!

Wiggles & Wags,

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart January 24, 2011 at 10:07 PM  

You stinkers! So happy to hear the news.

Amy / Layla the Malamute January 24, 2011 at 10:36 PM  

Congratulations!! That's so amazing. I don't know much about APDT Rally, but any Champion title is an incredible achievement. Thanks for posting the videos - you guys looked great!

Kari in Alaska January 24, 2011 at 10:40 PM  

Way to go!


Unknown January 24, 2011 at 10:55 PM  

Those were wonderful runs!!! You both are such a great team and it's so amazing to see how attentive Marge is. Well done!!!

We're all so sad that Misty has left us : (

Lorenza January 24, 2011 at 11:28 PM  

I am very proud of you two!
Kisses and hugs

ForPetsSake January 24, 2011 at 11:35 PM  

So impressive - the most amazing part of these clips is how connected she is to you. Such beauty. She's enjoying herself too, with that tail high and light. Nicely done. Now will you come work with my poor Nyxie?

Lindsay January 25, 2011 at 12:21 AM  

Congratulations!!! Very nicely done.:)

Dawn January 25, 2011 at 6:52 AM  

That was wonderful to watch! She's such a good girl! And the courses seemed really long to me, so much to remember! Great job!

Crystal (Thompson) Barrera January 25, 2011 at 10:06 AM  

Congrats!!! She did look so happy! Those runs were lovely!

Kristine January 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

Fantastic! Congratulations! You both looked like part of a solid team out there. You must be so proud!

I gotta say, that ribbon looks like it was made for her.

Lavinia January 25, 2011 at 6:32 PM  

Congratulations for the ARCH! I watched the videos and to my amateur opinion, you were great! I wish I could teach my dog to do all that, or at least walk next to me. Good luck on future runs!

BRUTUS January 26, 2011 at 10:56 AM  

Huge CONGRATS!! Excellent job! Marge is such a happy & attentive working dog, such a pleasure to watch you gals work! Had to laugh when you needed to step OVER the sign after your sidestep right :)

Big hugs to ARCH Marge!


hornblower January 26, 2011 at 4:30 PM  

Yay!!!!! Fabulous!

Stella January 27, 2011 at 12:33 AM  

I love watching Marge because she Always looks like besides doing the runs, that she is Having FUN!
Congrats on your super training, Sam!

Stella and Jo

Muttsandaklutz January 27, 2011 at 7:56 PM  

Wicked!!! Way to go -- what an accomplishment, and to do it so quickly and with such style -- awesome.

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