My Dogs

I’ve only ever had rescued Weimaraners. I’ve had a blast training them and I’m very proud of their accomplishments. My first dog Martika had a joy for life that was very special. Tika lead me down the path towards being a dog trainer. She was amazing and I will never forget her. Each one of my wonderful loving dogs has taught me many things.  Take a look at my photo gallery.

Cassie

Cassie

CT Cassiopeia, VCD2, RE, NF, JH, CGC, NSD, VX, NW2. The titles after her name are explained below.
She is currently training in K9 Nose Work. In September, 2011, she had the honor of being in the AKC National Tracking Invitational. Mom’s knees aren’t so good or we would still be doing agility! But, her most important accomplishment is helping me with my aggression cases. She is the best helper in the world. I don’t know what I would do without her!

  • CT: Champion Tracker
  • VCD2: Versatile Companion Dog is a combination title encompassing 4 accomplishments–Companion Dog Excellent, Tracking Dog, Open Agility, Open Agility Jumpers
  • RE: Rally Excellent
  • NF: Novice Fast (an agility title)
  • JH: Junior Hunter
  • CGC: Canine Good Citizen
  • NSD: Novice Shooting Dog (Weim Club of America)
  • VX: Versatile Excellent (Weim Club of America)
  • NW2: Nose Work 2 (National Association of Canine Scent Work)

Cassie needs one more Utility leg, but we are taking a break from competitive obedience to focus on sports she really enjoys.

Hope and Cassie

Hope and Cassie

Hope, a puppy mill rescue. Her owner was just starting a puppy mill when he was called up for Iraq. He gave the 12 dogs he had (3 Weims) to a shelter, who called the various rescue groups. Our group took the 3 Weims. She was completely unsocialized and is the most shy dog I have ever encountered. In spite of a bad first year, she has come a long way in her training to handle life. She deserves a braveness title!

She can do a couple tricks, like offer paw, touch her nose to your hand, jump on you if invited (we actually wanted her to learn to jump on us to encourage her to interact with us) and can file her own toenails by pawing a board covered with sand paper.

I have never been able to teach her any sports until Nose Work came along. She is now happily hunting for scent! She will probably never trial but is happily working scent in environments in which she feels safe.

Maverick Asleep Upside Down

Maverick Asleep Upside Down

Maverick, VCD1, TDX, OA, JH, V, NSD, CGC(gone but not forgotten, trained through utility)

  • VCD1: Versatile Companion Dog is a combination title encompassing 4 accomplishments–Companion Dog, Tracking Dog, Novice Agility, Novice Agility Jumpers
  • TDX: Tracking Dog Excellent
  • OA: Open Agility
  • JH: Junior Hunter
  • NSD: Novice Shooting Dog (Weim Club of America)
  • V: Versatile (Weim Club of America)
  • CGC: Canine Good Citizen

Martika, CDX, TD, JH, NA, SD, NRD, V, CGC (gone but not forgotten, trained through utility)

Tika sticking out her tongue

Tika sticking out her tongue

  • CDX: Companion Dog Excellent
  • TD: Tracking Dog
  • JH: Junior Hunter
  • NA: Novice Agility
  • SD: Shooting Dog
  • NRD: Novice Retrieving Dog (Weim Club of America)
  • V: Versatile (Weim Club of America)
  • CGC: Canine Good Citizen

In case you can’t find her on IMDB, here’s Cassie’s highlight reel.

She’s a star of TV commercials

Sometimes, Cassie and Hope go looking for chipmunks in all the wrong places