Monday, July 6, 2015

July 4th Barn Hunt 2015 “Jake”

After competing in only one weekend trial since last October, Jake didn't forget what his job was!  He was a machine on Saturday after a day in the sun on Friday at Cabela's in Green Bay to participate in the Dog Diving event. His 4 rat run was 1:49 and his 5 rat run was 1:58 winning him High in Class for each run.  He even tried to help me out by delivering the tube directly to the rat wrangler who was ready to take it until I told Jake to give it to me first!! (I'm not kidding! - videos don’t lie!)  Sunday he was a bit sluggish in the morning and I wondered if it was because he was tired but do believe now it was because he only had ONE rat and felt that it was barely worth his time on the course.  He did however pull out a second place with a 2:05 run and his RATCHX3 title.  

As many of you know when I reached RATCHX2 I declared I was now going for speed because I didn't feel like we were improving but rather just collecting Q's.  So,  I set the goal of averaging 2 minute runs (Master allows 4.5 min.) and am happy to say that in the last 10 legs we came close to that with an average time of 2 min. 6 sec.  when previously our average was about 2 min. 46 sec.!!  However, the last 7 trials our average was 1 min, 57 sec.!!   So now what?  Well I told Jake the only thing to shoot for is averaging 1 1/2 min. runs between now and his RATCHX4!   I figure it will take us until at least next summer since I've chosen to only participate in local events (2-3 per year) from now on.  

This was posted on the Great Lakes Barn Hunt Facebook page!  thanks Brenda!  Brenda Coffield at Winnegamie Dog Club

IT'S RATCHX3 JAKE. Jake von der Alte Baum "Jake", a German Shepherd Dog owned and handled by Laurel Stone of Larsen, WI, picked up his 45th Master Q today at Winnegamie Dog Club in Menasha, WI to claim his new title RATCHX3. Jake hasn't lost his barn hunt touch, even though he has been spending a lot of his time dock diving. Jake also has the distinction of having earned the first RATCHX in barn hunt history.

Brenda Coffield's photo.

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