January 7, 2020
It was such a pleasure to meet you at the show last Sunday!
Nicki has got her C-ATCH (CPE Agility Trial Champion) title last fall. She has got Excellent titles in Standard, JWW and FAST in AKC agility and works on the Master titles. She continues competing in the Scent Work in CPE and AKC. Last year she earned the Novice titles in Containers, Interior and Exterior in AKC. She has also passed the ORT tests for all required scents in the NACSW and we hope to get her in some NACSW trials this year.
Nicki is a very busy girl these days. She has agility, scent work or obedience classes every evening on weekdays. And she has heaps of fun with all of it (well, maybe not necessarily the obedience 😊).
As we have mentioned, Nicki has qualified for this year’s CPE Agility Nationals (in Ohio) and we are seriously considering entering her into it.
When we’ve got Nicki from you in January 2017, you have asked us if we are going to “show” her. We replied that we are just getting a pet dog, that’s all. That was an honest replay – we have never seriously trained a dog before and did not have plans to do it. Yet, here we are three years later, taking Nicki to classes and practices most weekday’s evenings and spending half weekends in agility or scent work trials. Not to mention that once in two-three months Nicki has an adjustment appointments with the vet chiropractor to make sure she is in good shape.
It is crazy. Good crazy.
We are happy to have Nicki as our family member and hope that she is happy with us.
Alex, Elvira and Nicki
August 22, 2019
We wanted to let you know that Nicki has completed her third leg and has got an Open JWW title in AKC agility at the trial last weekend. Also, not sure if you are following the CPE (Canine Performance Events) much. Until recently the CPE was holding only agility trials. This year CPE added “Canine Scent Sport” (CSS) to their events. It is very similar to the “Scent Work” sport in AKC. Last month there was the very first CPE CSS trial in Minnesota. Nicki has qualified in all her 12 runs at a two day trial. By qualifying in 6 runs on the first day (two Containers, two Interiors, one Exteriors and one Vehicles searches) she earned her Level 1 title (CCSS-L1). It’s not clear at this time if the CPE scent sport events will get solid continuation and become as popular as the CPE agility events. However, it is a fact that Nicki has become the very first Miniature American Shepherd in Minnesota to get a CPE CSS title! 😊
Here is Nicki next to her ribbons from that CPE CSS trial:
Here is the link to the video of Nicki running Containers level 2 search (on the second day of the trial): https://youtu.be/6L1625fiJsE
As we have mentioned before, Nicki has earned AKC Scent Work Novice Containers title. Here is Nicki next to her ribbons from the AKC Scent Work trials:
Nicki also participates in the CPE agility trials. She’s working on her C-ATCH (CPE Agility Trial Champion) title and has already advanced to the highest possible level in four classes out of seven. We will have to think about the way to picture her with the CPE agility ribbons as there is way too many of them. Just from the beginning of this year she has had about 45 qualifying runs in the CPE agility, with many resulting in the placements. Below is the link to the video of Nicki running Snooker course at one of the recent trials. She was one of very few dogs (just six or so) to qualify with the highest possible score (51) on this course. https://youtu.be/nVtl_CmgQiE
We hope you and your family are doing well!
Alex, Elvira and Nicki
November 25, 2017
Sandy Creek’s Nicki with her AKC Canine Good Citizen and her Trick Dog Novice titles.