2017 news

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Nov 16 CT, USA. Very pleased for breeder Donna Miner, who welcomed 3 Weasel & Tristan puppies.Screen Shot 2017-11-17 at 9.17.18 AM Screen Shot 2017-11-17 at 9.18.32 AM

Nov 13 Madera Canyon KC, Tucson, AZ. CC was RWB the Specialty weekend, under Dr Daniel Dowling.

Nov 11/12 SDDA trial, BC. At 6 months and 6 days old, at her first Scent Work trial Aurora (Domino Wintergreen Dream) passed all 3 searches on her first try to earn her first title, SD-S (SP). She was 2nd in the interior search, 3rd in exterior and 2nd overall.

On the second day of, Aurora earned another started title. This time, with a 3rd in containers, 2nd in interiors and 2nd in exterior AND… FIRST place OVERALL with a perfect score 100/100. Way to go, girls!

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Nov 11 Framingham District KC, MA. At Pinky’s (Domino Tickle Me Pink) first show at 6 months and 6 days, ahe was WB/BOW/BOS/BOBOH for a 3 point major! Congratulations to breeder/owner/handler Donna Miner! Judge was Mr. Steve Reale.

Nov 5 United Kennel Club CKC shows, QC. Cee (Domino Neon Carrot) was WD/BOW/BOS over a Special for 2 points, on his 6 month birth date. Later at a second show, another WD. Way to go to owner/handler Kate!

Nov 4 Armstrong, BC. C-WAGS nose work – Mars went 2/2 for his first level 3 Qs, and was also the only dog to qualify in either of those rounds! Nicely done in the cold weather, Aaryn and Mars!!

Oct 28 UKC show, ON. Jack is WD for more points.

Oct 22 CWA, BC. Winston completes his TRP.

Oct 22 Panevežys, Lithuania, NT (CAC) show. Meta (Mafija Gracija Red Rose) at 13 months was Ex.1 in Junior class, Best Junior, BOB and BIG-2!
Judge Mihail Kremnev (Russia). Congratulations, Toma!

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Oct 22 We really enjoyed our second SDDA nosework trial weekend, held by K911 Dogsports, despite the cold, wind and rain.

Tristan earned his Advanced title SD-A! He qualified with a First place in Advanced Interior, First in Exterior, and Second place in Containers.

Oct 15 Idaho Capital City KC, ID. Thrilled that Karmen (Regalia Painted Heart) was WB for a 4 point major under judge Richard Miller, handled by Stephanie House. Over the moon!

Oct 15 Fast Cat trials, OR. Rikki earned her BCAT title.

Oct 14 Kelowna KC Rally trial.  Mars qualified in both his Novice trials, a first rally experience for both Mars and owner Aaryn Secker. Way to go!

Oct 14/15 Port Alberni show, Van Island. Grand daughter Zepha (Hilerica Zarina Zephira) had her show debut weekend. Under judge Roberto Alvarez Marquez, was WB / BOW / BOB over Specials and Group 3, handled by owner Carole Adley, for 4 points. Nicely done! Next day, Zepha was BOW for 2 more points.

Oct 1 VILCA lure coursing, BC. Watson was BOB at the trial.

Oct 1 Chintimini KC, OR. Karmen tied for second (ended third) for another coursing point. Rikki (Chelsea Andalusia) earned her junior coursing (JC) title.

Oct 1 UKC show, ON. Jack placed another Group 2.

Sep 30 VILCA lure coursing, BC. Babe was Second at the full stake trial.

Sept 24 Northwestern Connecticut Dog Club, CT, USA. Mack (Domino Macaroni and Cheese) was Best Baby Puppy and BBP Group 1. Good little man!

Sep 23/24 WCOBC coursing trial, BC. A smaller trial, but some nice results. Jasmine (Hilerica Miss Demeanour) was third, Mars (Jetstream Marsanne Veraison) was fourth, and Babe (Hilerica Jail Bait) was NBQ. Next day, Jasmine was BOB in trial, and Babe was fourth, Mars not entered. Nicely done, pocket rockets!

Sep 16 What a day! We entered our first SDDA Sporting Detection nosework trial, and came home with a lot more than expected. Many thanks to those who have helped us along the way.
Tristan was entered in the 3 Started events and qualified in them all:
Containers: qualified with a perfect score and Second place, in 13.5 seconds (3 minutes allowed). He beelined right to the correct box in 4 seconds, but I had to be convinced for several seconds as he was so quick.
Exterior: qualified with 29/30 points and Third place
Interior: qualified with 38/40 points

Not only that, but he was Third Place Overall in Started.

As he qualified in these events in one trial, his new title Sporting Detection Started has a ‘Special’ designation: SD-S (SP).
This really is a special title, as it is Tristan’s 30th title. He continues to amaze me

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Sep 16 Grand River Kennel Club, ON. Jack (Hilerica Legal Alien O’Kisharo) was Group 2 at the UKC dog show!

Sep 10 Cascade Whippet Club coursing. Alaska’s and Mars’ first coursing trial. Alaska was in a 3 way tie for third and the coin flip gave him NBQ. They both did very well against some very large whippets.Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 9.38.33 AM Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 8.37.27 AM

Sep 3 We welcome the Freytans – 4 handsome boys and 3 lovely girls born in BC, bred by Carole Adley.

Sep 2 Capital Area Sighthound Specialty. Cee is BBPISS under Rafael Malo Alcrudo of Zaragoza, Spain.

Aug 30 We welcome grandpups – 2 handsome boys born in Georgia, USA. TJ x Bea, bred by Chris Durance-Watkins and Crystal McNulty.

Aug 27 Ontario Sighthound Association Specialty, ON. Cee (Domino Neon Carrot) had his show debut at just under 4 months of age, and went Best Baby Puppy in Specialty (BBPISS)! Judge Ramon Podesta of Chile. Congrats to owner/handler Kate Darbyshire.
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Aug 18 CWA National, Langley. National Fun Match – although Tristan wasn’t entered, some offspring had a great time and were in the ribbons, under judge Donna Miner, with a showing of nearly 70 whippets.

Zepha (Hilerica Zarina Zephira) [Zarina/Loimu] had her show debut at 11 months, and was BOS Puppy at the match.

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Evie (Jetstream Tryst at Stormhold, RATN, CGC) [Cheeky/Tristan] was Best Altered bitch, and we were so pleased to move on to the final show cut of 5 whippets ( ! ) Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 1.26.16 PM

Winston (CanCH Hilerica Tigh Na Mara, ARX, DPCX, TRP) [Padme/Tristan] was third in the Champion Dog class, in stellar company. He also made the cut in the meet match the following day, under judge Deborah Bahm. Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 1.28.12 PM

Much to her dismay, and on her 11th birthday, I showed Tanzy in 10+ Veteran, where she placed second in class. She was such a good girl, if a little naughty on the table. Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 1.30.00 PM

Thank you to Kellee Livingston and Sydney Bouwman for picking up my camera for me while I was in the ring, very much appreciated!

Aug 18 Happy 11th birthday to Tanzy and Smoke!

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Aug 11 Tristan qualified as one of the first whippets for his AKC Performer Trick Dog title TKP.

Aug 6  CRDFA, Van Island. Congrats to breeder/handler Carole Adley on New Canadian Champion Judge (Hilerica Double Jeopardy), who finished with BOW. Tristan’s 10th Canadian Champion!

Jul 29  Cook Inlet KC, AK. Congratulations to Saga’s owners Stephanie Sheaffer and Caleb Welch on their New American Champion (Am CH)! Saga (Ortona Hidden Stories), finished with WB, BOS over a Special for a 5 point major! Saga was handled beautifully by Brittney Barber to finish.Screen Shot 2017-07-29 at 8.22.20 PMScreen Shot 2017-08-03 at 12.05.27 PM

Saga followed up with BOS at her next show under Eugene Blake, for a 5 point major toward her GCh.

Jul 17-24 Tristan earned his Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert Trick Dog titles (NTD, IDT, ATD, ETD) over the past week. Such a clever boy!
He is the 4th whippet to earn the Expert title in the original Do More With Your Dog trick program. A great opportunity to brush up on some previous training techniques and learn some new ones. Thank you Lisa Petterson for your support and for being our official Certified Trick Dog Instructor witness.
The AKC recognizes these titles as comparative to their program, which should make him eligible for their highest level title – Performer Trick Dog (TKP).

Jul 15/16 Coos KC, OR. Karmen was WB/BOW both days and Owner handler Group 3.

Jul 15 AWC supported entry, OH, USA. TJ was 2nd in Bred By, handled by Cindy.

Jul 12 Marsanne earned his Intermediate Trick Dog title IDT, handled by owner Aaryn.

Jun 30 Mt Bachelor show, OR. Karmen was WB, owner handled by D’Gaye Findlay. You go girls!

Jun 24 AKKC, Alaska. Saga was BOW/BOB and Group 2 under Paula Hartinger, handled by Katelyn Paige.
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Jun 17 Mars completed his Chase Ability title (CA) at the Foothills Gazehound trial in AB, as well as certified in coursing.
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Jun 16 OK, USA. We congratulate Donna Bennett on the birth of three beautiful puppies out of her Etta (AmCH Andauer Liberty At Last). Tristan is the proud sire of these beauties.

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Jun 10 Barn Hunt, WA. We just had Smoke entered in 3 trials in Barn Hunt this weekend, and at 10.5 years, he had a grand time jumping on the bales and searching for the rats. First he qualified in Novice with a 4th in division, to complete his RATN in 3 trials. He placed in the ribbons each time, with two 2nd and a 4th. We moved him up and he qualified in both Open attempts, with a 3rd placement, and his last one with a 1st and High in Class (overall fastest Open dog). That makes 5 Qs and placements in 5 trials.

A fun little story.. in our first Open run, I was waiting on some very clear signals before calling rat. Smoke found them both and just had the tunnel to do. It was the first time he had seen the 90 degree tunnel turn, so was a little unsure and backed out. I could feel time ticking by very quickly and knew our time was close. He went back in to complete it, along with a gasp from the judge, who said he had heart palpitations hoping he would make time. With a maximum time of 2:30, his time was 2:29.88. I’m sure that his long nose gave him the advantage lol.

With his RATN as title #37, we couldn’t be prouder of Mr Smoke.

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Marsanne passed his RATI test, then qualified in his Novice run, with a 2nd in his division, and 2nd fastest Novice time overall.

Jun 3 CWAGS nosework trial, Kelowna. Mars finished his Level 2 for his SD Level 2 Scent Detective (CW-SD) title.

May 28 CWAGS nosework trial, Langley. We just started some nose work classes this spring, and entered a scent work trial today. Level 1 includes either birch or cypress scent, and you have two minutes to indicate which vessel is hiding the scent. Great effort by Tristan, qualifying in 4 of 4 trials, to earn his SD Level 1 Scent Patrol (CW-SP) title.

May 26 Van Island DFA. Senior puppy Judge (Hilerica Double Jeopardy) was WD/BOW/BP/BOB over Specials and Group 4 the one day only entered, for 4 more points. Nicely done Carole! Sister Babe (Hilerica Jail Bait) was WB.

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May 22 Kelowna KC. Mars (Jetstream Marsanne Veraison) was WD and BOB over a Special to finish his Can CH under Mrs Denise Cornelssen. Great job to first time show dog and whippet owner Aaryn Secker!

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May 19/21/22 Bell Vernon/Mt Baker shows, WA. It has been 2 years since Tristan was entered in his first and last all-breed show. We decided to enter 3 days just for fun. He was Select for a 3 point major toward his Grand the first day, and BOS his next two shows for a 4 and 3 point major, for a total of 10 Grand Ch points in 3 days.

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May 20 K-W KC show, ON. Jack was BOW/BOS/BP for 2 more points. Congrats to owner handler Nancy Rose.

Coursing trial, OR. Karmen was first in Open for another 2 points.

May 14 Rio Grande KC, Albuquerque, NM, supported entry. Under breed specialist Judy Lowther, Katniss (Regalia Where The Heart Is) was WB/BOW/BOB over 9 Specials and BOBOH for a 5 point major and New Am CH! Well done breeder/owner/handler Rhonda Gifford!

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May 13 Rio Grande KC, Albuquerque, NM. Under breed specialist Dr. Todd Miller, Katniss was WB/BOW for a 5 point major!

May 5 We are pleased to announce the Domino Whippets litter in Connecticut, USA. Bred by Donna Miner, Loon proudly presented 9 beautiful puppies (4M / 5F).Screen Shot 2017-05-06 at 8.51.16 AM

Apr 29 – 30 WCOBC Lure Coursing, Lavington. Watson (Hilerica Tofino) finished his Can FCH with a second placement. Very happy for owners Brenda, Randy and breeders Carole Adley and Darien Adley. Photo by Shirley Blatchford.

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Apr 15 – 22 AWC National Specialty, Denver, CO. Back home after 12 days of travelling and attending the events.

It started off with the usual conversation with the border crossing attendant: “You’re driving ALL the way to Denver with just ONE dog??”

Starting from BC, we travelled through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming to Colorado. Wildlife enroute included antelope, deer, elk, magpies, (and a pickup truck with the decal ‘Elkaholic’), several hares, but the jackalope was still elusive.

Our roommates included Tristan’s daughter Karmen, who decided that the timing would be right to come into season for the national. He therefore lost his appetite soon after.

(Out of interest, these were the attempted-and-rejected food items:
kibble, canned food, roast chicken, roast turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing, canned tripe, lunch meat, macaroni and cheese, hamburger, pancakes (with or without syrup), lamb lung. Perhaps-a-bite-or-two: bacon and cheese omelet.  And these were the ‘tempting-enough-to-be-acceptable’ food items: cheese curds, peanut butter cookies, provolone cheese)

Our first event was Barn Hunt. Owner D’Gaye and myself were very disappointed that Karmen (Regalia Painted Heart) was unable to participate in the Triathlon, so she tried her very first Barn Hunt experience and ended up indicating the rat in both Instinct tests, for her first BH title RATI. Tristan qualified in Crazy 8s, an event we tried for the first time. I was pleased with their focus, as they both knew there was coursing going on not too far away, and it was the first outdoor BH event we had done.

At the host hotel, one cute memory was Tristan poking his nose under each and every doorway along the hallway, and sniffing deeply.

We were pleased with the Tristan/Adele son Toro (Chelsea Madrid) making the cut in the largest class in Futurity, owner handled, under Crystal McNulty.

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Rikki (Chelsea Andrusia)

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Tristan/Harper daughter Katniss (Regalia Where the Heart Is) made the cut in Bred By, the largest class in the show.
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Salem (Ortona Bubble Witch)

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I dusted Tristan (and myself) off for the first time in the show ring in a long while, first for Stud Dog class. We were very happy to make the cut in that class under Mrs. Denise Tatro.

Next was showing Karmen in Am Bred class, where we were thrilled to place first in class under Mr. Red Tatro. “American bred bitches was very good class of about a dozen or so girls. First, Regalia Painted Heart, is a lovely black masked red brindle girl. She has a very nice head with strong jaw. A moderate girl with nice deep chest and strong curvy body. She moved so soundly and with ease & power. I very much appreciated her level of fitness and condition.”

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It was our first AWC National to show in the BOB class. Could not be more pleased, honoured and humbled for Tristan to make the cut twice in this class, owner handled, to be considered in such spectacular company. While a professional handler would have really made him shine, I couldn’t have asked for more from our attentive boy after his eventful week. After all, there were many, many good looking girls out there..  Huge congratulations to the well deserving whippets and their handlers.

A huge Thank You and kudos to the show committee and volunteers for putting on another fabulous event. We are so glad we were part of another historical National.

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Apr 15 Renaissance Dog Association, Chwk. Mars WD for two points, and was RWM at the Aristocrat Hound Specialty, owner handled by Aaryn.

Apr 8 RFF CWA, Abbotford. First meet of the year, and Winston was third in the meet to finish his ARX and DPCX titles in tough northwest competition. This is a first for Hilerica Whippets (Congratulations Carole Adley and Darien Adley!), owner Deborah Bouwman, dam Padme and sire Tristan.

Apr 1 LNB agility, Abbotsford. Tristan finished his AAC Advanced Jumpers. The course ended with a series of jumps, then a tunnel. After the last jump, he noticed that someone had hung a jacket over the fence, right before the tunnel. Jacket = pockets = delicious treats. Despite his detour to check out the pocket, he ended up completing the tunnel to earn his last Q. Keeping me on my toes.

Mar 26 CWAGS nosework. Marsanne completed 2 advanced Nosework legs.

Mar 18 Kenai Kennel Club, AK. Saga took Group 2, handled by Brittney Barber. Congrats to Saga’s people! Warren Cook photo.

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Mar 12 CWAGS nosework, Langley. Marsanne has his first try in starters Nosework, and qualifies in all 4 tests for his CW-SP.

Mar 3/4 Victoria City show. Judge (Hilerica Double Jeopardy) is WD both days entered for 4 points. Way to go owner/handler Carole Adley and Judge!

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Feb 25 Barn Hunt, Monroe, WA. Tristan – Barn Hunt Master RATM !

A chilly day, but fantastic hunting for Tristan. He found 5 rats to complete his 5th Master Q. 9 placements in his 14 Qs.

Tristan is the third Whippet ever to achieve this title, and the first Canadian Whippet.

Thank you to the great clubs we have had the pleasure of trialing under, and all the great support in the sport. Thank you Aaryn Secker for the photos.

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We pulled 10.5 year old Smoke out of retirement. He went to just one Barn Hunt practice, so I wasn’t sure he had caught on. But he picked up rat hunting fast, and passed his RATI and both Novice runs with a Second in class. He was one of 6 to qualify out of about 45 Novice dogs.
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Feb 25 Albany, OR, Cindy Frederick’s Rikki (Chelsea Andalusia) was BOB Baby Puppy (4-6 months), and littermate Toro (Chelsea Madrid), owned and bred by Kim Newell, was BOS Baby Puppy.

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Feb 6 Lost Dutchman, AZ. CC follows up her big day with WB and 2 more points under breeder judge Connie Alexander, handled by Shawna Swanson. She was only entered in these 2 shows.

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Feb 5 Lost Dutchman KC, AZ. Thrilled to hear the news – CC (Ortona Candy Crush at Runners) was WB/BOW for her second major (18 bitches) under breeder judge Kerrie Kuper at the Arizona Specialty weekend, handled by Shawna Swanson.

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Jan 1 CWA, Tacoma. A great start to the year – we attended the inaugural Seattle Club Barn Hunt event and Tristan qualified in another Masters level, with a High-in-Class in Master level!