Monday, August 28, 2006

Thank You!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that helped make our first CPE Agility Trial a success!

Special thanks to judges Valorie Duff and Jean McKenzie, as well as Denielle Stasa who directed each course setup. Thank you also to all the dedicated course setters, ring crew, gate stewards, scribes, assistant scribes, timers, leash and scorecard runners, vendors, photographers, results-counters, packup crew, and of course all exhibitors and their speedy dogs!

We had some great weather Saturday and some not-so great weather Sunday, but we managed to get through over 300 runs a day! Wow! We'll be posting the results online once we figure out how!

Raffle Winners

  • Canine massage: Laurel Flax
  • Treat jar with toy or bag of treats: Mimi Englander, Gail Colls, Dolly D'Orazio, Melinda and Peabody
  • Bone-shaped bowl with toy or bag of treats: Laurel Flax, Denise Corley, A. Getchell and Maddy
  • Fish-shaped bowl and salmon treats: Linus & Tricia
  • Two photos from Chris Otte Photography: Michelle Dubois
  • Two photos from Jo-Annn Gerde Photography: Denielle Stasa
Be sure to check out each photographer's website for photos of your dog in action in the upcoming weeks:
Thanks for coming and we hope to see you next time!

Here are a few blurry pictures that I took. If you squint really hard you can tell what's going on! :) PS. Click each photo to see a bigger version. More photos are here.





Thursday, August 24, 2006

CPE Agility Trial Running Order

The dogs will be running low to high in the follow order and is subject to change. Good luck everyone!

Saturday (Aug. 26)

Fullhouse 12345SC
Standard 1
Standard 23S
Standard 45C
Wildcard 12
Wildcard 345SC
Snooker 12
Snooker 345SC


Sunday (Aug. 27)

Jackpot 12345SC
Standard 1
Standard 2
Standard 3S
Standard 45C
Colors 12
Colors 3S45C
Jumpers 12
Jumpers 3S
Jumpers 45C

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Say cheese!

Don't worry about the man lurking around the ring with the camera this weekend. He's with us! Chris Otte will be photographing as many of the competitors as possible and will have the prints available for sale on his website later in the week (chrisotte.com). He will also have some samples on display at the event. Be sure to check him out!

Here are a few test shots he took yesterday of Nancy and Coleby. Nice!








Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Watch the Dogs Run and Jump This Weekend!

Be sure to stop by this Saturday and Sunday and watch over 100 doggies run around and have fun! Gemini Dogs is happy to be hosting a two-day outdoor agility trial starting at 8AM in the field to the right of the building (the side closest to 495).

If you've never seen dog agility in person, this is your perfect chance to get up close and personal with tommorrow's future agility all-stars! It's free too!

What is "Dog Agility"?

Dog agility is a competitive sport that tests a person's skills in training and handling of dogs over a timed obstacle course. Competitors race against the clock as they direct their dogs to jump hurdles, scale ramps, burst through tunnels, traverse a see-saw and weave through a line of poles in an obstacle course configuration designed to challenge a handler's competitive and training skills. With scoring based on faults similar to equestrian show jumping, dog agility has become an exciting spectator event.

Visit this website to learn more.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Working Like A Dog!

Nancy Basley and her new Aussie puppy, Deja Blue, put in long hours in the Gemini Dogs office. Looks like we caught somebody sleeping on the job!

Zzzzzz

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Sassy, It's Time To Brag!


Gemini Dog Sassy (Foxwell's Rebuttal NA, NAJ, JE, CGC, CL1, CL2-H; owner Bonnie Bartlett) finished her Junior Earthdog Title (JE) at the Greater Boston Area Earthdog Club test on August 12. Yippee!



Sunday, August 13, 2006

It's A New Logo!


In case you haven't noticed, our friend Marianne Rogers created our awesome new logo. Thank you Marianne! Be sure to check out her incredible artwork (and buy a print or two!)

Art and Gifts by Marianne Rodgers

And here is some of Marianne's work. Nice!

Visit her website to see more.










Thursday, August 10, 2006

CPE Games Seminar Pix and Video


Gemini Dogs trainer Denielle Stasa held a CPE Games seminar last Monday in our outdoor agility ring. She explained the rules of three of the more popular games held at agility trials and offered some helpful tips and tricks on scoring and course running.

After each explanation, each handler got to walk the course as if it were a real trial and then run their dog. And of course all the dog had a blast! Check out the pictures and videos below!

Denielle walks the class through the course




Tyne, Lily, and Ben (l-r) say, "Enough walking! Let's run!"




Faith and Cassie say, "We're ready too!"




Faith says, "This looks easy enough!"





Concy runs Tyne




Heather runs Junior




Monday, August 07, 2006

Michelle says: "My Dogs Are Tired!"

If you see Michelle hobbling around Gemini Dogs the next few days it's because she just completed the 60-mile Breast Cancer 3-Day walk from Framingham to Boston this weekend! After training all Spring and Summer, Michelle walked the 20 miles a day and happily reports that she didn't get any blisters!

So the next time you see Michelle, give her an "Atta Girl!" (and maybe a quick backrub too!) Good job, Michelle!

  • If you'd like to help Michelle reach her fundraising goal, please donate here. She's so close!