Gem City Agility Club Utilizes A Different Type of Tunnel: Earthdog in Ohio

Gem City Agility Club Saturday and Sunday, June 4/5, terriers and Dachshunds invaded the Gem City Agility Club grounds in Dayton, Ohio for Earthdog Tests. A different type of tunnel than the Agility club is used to. But the various GCAC members: Linda and Curt Givens, Annie and Russ Milliron, Marty Koole, Chris and Jeannette Burger and Paula Northway, offered their hospitality to the earthdogs. Paula, Annie and Russ do not have earthdogs but they enjoyed chatting with the exhibitors and seeing the dogs enjoy their grounds. It is always a treat to attend an event hosted by an all breed organization that supports the interests of all their members.

The day opened on Saturday with Chairman, Curt Givens, pulling the braces for the Master Earthdog class judged by Chris Burger. There were some good performances put forth by a variety of breeds but Master is like Utility obedience...there are a lot of ways to fail. This day only one dog qualified and it was for her first leg. Tom McCarthy's Border Terrier, Lizzie, earned her first ME leg, much to Tom's pleasure. On Sunday there were two qualifiers including the little Cairn, Spring, who is a dynamite little hunter on the walk up.

Click on image for caption and larger view.

In the Senior Earthdog class on Saturday judge Carol Wainwright only had one qualifier. But it was a doozy! Westie, Molly, owned by B. Widdows finished her Senior title and became a new SE Westie. On Sunday there were no qualifiers under judge Jean Callens but I think the heat had a lot to do with it.

In the Junior Class under judge Carol Wainwright on Saturday and judge Jean Callens on Sunday, B. England's two Standard longhair Dachshunds, Pippin and Ruthy qualifed to finish their JE titles in one weekend. The heat obviously didn't faze them.

The Introduction to Quarry class was judged by Jean Callens on Saturday and Carol Wainwright on Sunday. IQ had one qualifier under Jean and three qualifiers under Carol. But with these two judges all the dogs and exhibitors walked away feeling good about their work. They know how to handle the novice dogs and offered some good advice.

Some titles were earned; all the dogs had a great time in the dens and the pool, and the exhibitors were well taken care of with shade, water, and a delicious lunch. Gem City Agility Club may not have Earthdog in the name of their club, but it is obvious that they have a place for it in their hearts. If you get a chance to visit the Dayton, Ohio area, be sure to plan your trip when the GCAC has their Earthdog tests. They will make you feel at home.

For more information on the club, please visit their website.