Karl & Heather Sather
Fringe (14), Mazikeen (3), Philo (6 months), and Vignette (6 months)
2019 has been yet another year of changes at our house. We don’t grow moss around here.
Letty competed in the AKC Agility Invitational in Orlando last December and went clean in 3 rounds out of 4. This year she ended up ranked the #3 Dutch Shepherd. She earned a few big titles this year too: her AKC Agility Championship (MACH), her AKC Time to Beat (T2B), her 2nd CPE Agility Championship (C-ATCH2), her Open (2nd level) title (CDX-C) in CDSP obedience, and her Novice Containers title in AKC Scentwork. She was in her prime and did a lot in the first 3.5 months of this year. Sadly, in February she was diagnosed with bladder cancer. We tried our very best to fight it. She was so brave at her appointments at the U of MN. But in April the cancer won and spread to her bones and we had to say goodbye to her. She was only 8. I miss her sweet eager face every single day.
Fringe wrapped up her agility career with another Agility Championship in CPE – her CT-ATCH2. She has also retired from nosework and rally. She prefers to hang out at home and chase Mazi around the yard. At 14.5 years old she can do whatever she wants. Or doesn’t want. She loves going on walks around the property and exploring all the wildlife.
Mazi and I are keeping busy with training and trialing. Letty loved the outdoors so my plan for the summer was to be outside as much as possible. So Mazi and I stuck to the plan in her honor. We entered outdoor agility trials, we went hiking, and we went camping. Her training is starting to come together now too. She earned 2 CDSP obedience titles and a UKC rally obedience title. I think 2020 is going to be an exciting year for us. I can’t wait to see what it brings.
Karl and I celebrated our 12th anniversary this year! Karl has been enjoying playing his basses at jam sessions with his friends in WI. They held their annual big party in October this year at his sister Mary’s house. It was well attended and everyone had a great time. He went and saw a Rush tribute band too.
This spring I attended Fenzi Dog Sport Training Academy camp again. This year it was in Pennsylvania. It was a beautiful drive. On the way home I stopped in Ohio to audit a mondioring seminar with a great trainer from Norway. I went back to Ohio in August to attended another mondioring seminar with a trainer from Belgium. It’s always a great time with friends in Ohio. I made 2 trips to Canada this year. In June I went to an agility trial held at a campground in Thunder Bay. I rented a cute cabin and Mom came along for the trip. It was so much fun! We went to Kakabecka Falls in Thunder Bay and then the Splitrock Lighthouse in Duluth on the way home. We did a lot of hiking. I went tent camping in Winnipeg again in August. The park is on 8,300 acres! Mazi and I did a ton of hiking and some agility. I was lucky enough to be able to attend a lot of great training and behavior seminars locally – Shade Whitesel (twice!) on training with toys, Ken Ramirez on animal behavior, Amy Cook (twice!) on training sensitive dogs using play, Jessica Hekman on genetics, and our annual agility handling seminar with Tracy Sklenar.
In September we brought home 2 kittens. Philo and Vignette. They brought much needed joy to our house. He’s big and pretty chill. She’s little and a firecracker that zips around the house fake attacking us and the dogs.
We wish you all peace and joy for 2020!