Earthdog

Cascade Dachshund Club

Cascade Dachshund Club Earthdog Tests
May 5-6, 2007 - Clinton, Wash.

By Barbara Teigen, AKC Field Representative

Beautiful Hathor Farm in Clinton, Wash., on scenic Whidbey Island north of Seattle was the site of the 15th and 16th Earthdog Tests hosted by Cascade Dachshund Club. Dachshund and Terrier enthusiasts kicked off the weekend on Friday evening with a weenie roast and s'mores. The weekend itself was the kickoff for a three-weekend circuit of Earthdog events in the Pacific Northwest.

Saturday's test drew an entry of 98. The six Master braces got rolling just after 9 a.m. and had a phenomenal success rate with 11 of 12 dogs qualifying under Judge Kathi Ogawa. The lone non-qualifier just would not leave the den. A 10-year-old Dachshund, Jean Dieden's Buster, achieved his 30th qualifying leg in Master. The terrain these dogs covered on their approach to the den was varied and challenging. The same den was modified for the Senior test in the afternoon.

Junior and Intro tests were run in separate areas closer to the barns and parking. Both were impressively natural looking den areas and provided the dogs with a good test of their abilities.

Even after running 98 entries, the day was far from over. The club staged an afternoon "Ratting for Ratings" training session in which 36 dogs participated.

Sunday's tests drew an even 100 and featured a different Master/Senior den and a different Junior den. This day's weather provided just a few light sprinkles but not enough to make it unpleasant. The club held a raffle at the noon lunch break, and several lucky ticket holders went home with some lovely items.

This Earthdog event in a wonderful setting is well worth attending. The Cascade Dachshund Club's members put on a terrific event.

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