Terriers in Paradise – Hawaii Celebrates Ten Years of Earthdog

September 12-13, 2009 – Waimanalo, Hawaii

Terriers in Paradise – Hawaii is the only club in the state holding Earthdog tests. Their entries may not be huge by mainland standards, but their tests are every bit as rigorous as their counterparts across the ocean. They do have the advantage of a beautiful setting on the windward side of Oahu in Waimanalo. The club members exhibit the spirit of aloha in everything they do.

There had been another pair of tests in July so trenches were already dug yet many people were on hand Friday evening to help prepare for the two days ahead. This club has workers! They use one den for all three of the regular classes which means reconfiguring it between test levels. The manpower they had available made short work of it.

Saturday started with warm malasadas. They are a local delicacy – delicious Portuguese donuts. Judge Brenda Weintraub of Virginia had one brace in her master class. Kini, a Smooth Fox Terrier, finished his master title in July to become the first dog to complete his master title in Hawaii. His bracemate, Trixie, a standard wirehaired Dachshund, needs but one leg to finish her title. While there were no passing scores in master on the weekend, there was good effort put forth by both of these dogs. There were qualifiers in the other levels with a Dachshund getting her first senior leg, a Scottish Terrier getting her first junior leg, and a miniature smooth Dachshund finishing her Junior Earthdog title. Some promising newcomers took their turn in the Introduction to Quarry class.

Following the test, the club had lunch complete with an anniversary cake prior to starting the Earthdog Seminar with a good-sized group in attendance.

Sunday’s test ran just as smoothly as the previous day. The weather again cooperated with dry conditions. We were told how challenging it could get if rain fell because of the soil in this location. Everyone is warned that this soil does not wash out of clothing. But sunny skies and warm temperatures prevailed once again.

While it can be difficult to bring dogs to Hawaii, if you ever get the chance to attend one of their Earthdog events even without a dog, it will be an experience to enjoy and remember.

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