Dachshund Club of Saint Louis Earthdog Tests
September 6-7, 2008

By Barbara Teigen

The Dachshund Club of Saint Louis hosted two Earthdog tests at the Purina Farms site this past weekend. They drew a nice entry of over 70 on Saturday and just a few less on Sunday. Despite the area receiving several inches of rain leftover from Hurricane Gustav just before the tests, the dens were dry and the grounds were in great condition. Club members had done a lot of work getting things ready in the weeks and days leading up to the test including evicting a family of opossums from the master den with the help of their eager Earthdogs.

Test Secretary Joan Seipp had all the paperwork well in order and Test Chair Shawn Nies seemed to be everywhere doing everything. Lots of club members and exhibitors filled the worker slots, but it seemed every time you turned around it was Patsy Leonberger stewarding somewhere. Judges Susan Chapman and Carol Luetkens covered all the judging assignments for the weekend, each doing two classes per day.

There were some happy exhibitors with some successes to celebrate. Some examples: Club President David Brown's 8 year old standard longhaired Dachshund, Katy, earned her Junior Earthdog title which, along with her previous accomplishments, qualified her for the Dachshund Club of America's Versatility Certificate. Patsy's miniature smooth Dachshund, Solomon, also completed a Junior Earthdog title - with four legs. The first three were all under Carol so he needed a leg under another judge to finish the title. One new Master Earthdog was crowned: Judy Warling's Wire Fox Terrier Liebshen. A great working Border Terrier, Boromir, finished his Junior title.

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