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Age: 14 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Clover Bug Hunter (said like Crocodile Hunter) A Roll in the Clover (AKC)

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

Sitting on her parents lap giving them hugs and kisses after they've been gone all day, being chased, laying in sunbeams, running in circles when someone she likes comes to visit, watching the baby eat (and drop food), chasing and eating bugs

Being left alone outside in the dark; animals invading her yard (especially cats); when the baby tackle hugs her (we've almost broken him of this luckily); being caught doing something naughty, sprayed with Bitter Apple and put in the bad puppy room

Favorite Toy:
Papa, her tug rope, her cockapoo friend Holly's fuzzy neck, bones (nyla or cow) any stuffed toy whose cottony innards she can remove and eat

Favorite Food:
This would be a tossup between Natural Balance, Freschetta pizza crusts, anything the baby feeds her (including spitup) Kleenex (preferably used) and horse byproducts (hooves/poo)

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere with smells of deer or bunnies. Fort Funston would be a favorite because she can walk offleash, except the seagulls kept tricking her into chasing them into seeming shallow puddles that go well over her head.

Best Tricks:
Clover recently made the front page of the Daily News at the Pet Parade for doing her circus trick! Picture from the paper is her doing the trick

Arrival Story:
After losing our first beagle puppy Hazel to Parvo, we waited the 8 months it takes for Parvo to die out of the soil and began to search for a reputable breeder. After doing some research we narrowed it down to two places. The second, in Chowchilla, impressed us with his thoroughness and breeding practices, so it only remained to choose one of the 9 week old puppies. Clover was very curious and independent and wasn't mouthy like the other puppies. She had orignally been adopted out to an older woman, but after 3 days she returned her because she was too high energy. She still has the puppy bed that the woman returned with her.

Clover won best trick dog in the Pets in Need pet training class, and is currently competing in agilty as a novice and has already won 2 blue ribbons and 1 red ribbon in her first competition. She is the tallest (17 in.) and fastest beagle I've ever seen.

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Clover's Agility Diary

First Competition

February 15th 2005 1:21 pm
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Clover entered the Santa Clara Dog Training Club's agility trial in Pleasanton this weekend.

For those of you not familiar with agility, it involves putting your dog over a series of obstacles as quickly as possible without incurring penalties. There are two main categories, Jumpers and Standard. Jumpers tends to comprised primarily of jumps, with an occasional tunnel and 1 set of weave poles (the dog has to slalom through a series of poles alternating direction every other pole). Winning times tend to be in the 30 second range. Standard replaces many of the jumps with other obstacles. An A-Frame which is a 6 foot tall climbing obstacle. A dog walk which is a long narrow walk that is 4 feet in the air. A pause table where the dog must complete a sit or down for the count of 5. A chute which is a tunnel where 1 end has a collapsed soft fabric opening. A tire jump; and a broad jump. Clover is currently entered as a novice dog, which means the courses are a bit easier and rules more lenient.

Day 1

Clover was excited to see all the other dogs and watched the early runs attentively. When I went to go walk the first course and had to put Clover in her crate, Clover began to whine and bay (she has seperation anxiety in new places and is afraid of the dark). I felt so bad, I cut short my review of the first course

Clover and I started the day in Jumpers with what looked to be a fairly easy course. Clover was fast and attentive (not an automatic thing for a beagle) and knocked down no bars. Time: 31 seconds, good enough for a blue ribbon on our first ever run.

Everyone remarked how amazing it was that I was running a beagle in agility and actually doing well at it. For those not blessed with hounds of their own, beagles are very smart and athletic, but extremely stubborn. When their nose goes to the ground I am convinced their oversized ears are switched off.

Our second run was on the standard course. We started out well (through a tire, over the dog walk and into the tunnel). Coming out of the tunnel Clover went wide around the broad jump and her nose went to the ground. She was wandering out of bounds and I desperately tried to get her back on course. No such luck, she squatted to pee and the judge whistled us disqualified as she lingered out of bounds too long. The sad part is if she had peed on the course, she wouldn't have been disqualified; pooping however is grounds for disqualification (strange sport, huh?).

Day 2

Clover was skittish at the line of the slighly more difficult jumpers course, so I took off earlier than I planned to get her to follow me. The course was a more difficult crossing pattern with a challenging wrong side weave entry. Again Clover took off very fast and we were perfect up to the weaves. I crowded to close to her so she entered on the wrong side of the first pole. I pulled her back out and we finished the course without incident. Time: 28 seconds! Good for our second blue ribbon.

Today, my wife and 21 mo. old son were their so Clover wasn't as anxious especially when crated. I carefully showed Clover where they were before each run so she wouldn't get anxious or want to go to them in the middle of the course.

On our second standard run Clover was in super speed mode. I had to cross behind her after almost every jump so that she would have to look over her opposite shoulder and not pull away from the obstacles. We cleared the first obstacles (tire, jump, jump, tunnel) with this alternating strategy. Another jump, chute, dog walk and into the weave poles without incident. At the A-Frame Clover was going so fast that she went over the top of the frame by 2 feet and landed in the yellow contact zone on the far side. The audience gasped, but Clover was okay and kept running to the pause table. She sniffed the table, and bowed (I think she was hamming it up after her daredevil move) instead of going down right away. After waiting for applause she finally lay down and the 5 second countdown began. We made the next jump all right but Clover got too far ahead and went wide on the teeter (a 5 point deduction). She came back and we completed the teeter and the last 4 jumps without incident. After all that drama with got our first qualification in standard and second place!

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