On Sunday, November 12 a small
group of PASA members
and guests converged on Susan and Kraig Paulsen's Workin' Paws Ranch
for an educational day. We covered three areas - agility, rally
obedience and grooming. The day was gorgeous. It was
sunny and just a nip of cool and the mountains just leaped out at you,
it was so clear. In fact, it was hard getting things going since
people were enjoying themselves so much just playing with their dogs
and soaking up the ambiance of the place. Susan Paulsen, in
spite of recovering from the flu, opened her kitchen to
Mona Nichols, Debee Cox and Jean Danver arrived early to set
there wasn't a whole lot to do. The field was already filled with
agility equipment. Kraig brought out a low teeter, we lowered the
a-frame and put out Jean's fabric chute. Jean and Mona ran
the agility session with help from Marcia Hodes, which, admittedly, got
a little chaotic at times. All of the dogs, even
the rank beginners, learned to run through tunnels, go through the
chute, hit a treat target at the end of an a-frame and even go over the
It was pretty much an Aussie
party, except for a fox
terrier named Tula, who did really well and a border collie mix called
Truffles. At the end of the agility session we set up the electronic
equipment for those who wanted to learn a little about timing.
Around 11:30 AM Debee Cox set out a rally course and we
gears. Watching her demo with Butch was pretty amazing.
that, just about everyone tried the course with their dogs while Susan
and Jean cooked the pizza.
Here are a couple of Aussie's showing off for their handlers and the
The last item on the program was the grooming session given by Patty
Mona's dog, Jackson, was the volunteer dog.
The grooming sesssion was very
interesting and informative. Several people showed up
just for that part of the program. As soon as we can get all the
product recommendations people asked for, they will be posted here.
At around 3 pm. the event was over. A couple of
us stayed around and ran our dogs in
Susan's neighbors. It was a very nice day.
Special thanks to Mona Nichols, Jean Danver, Debee Cox, Kraig
Susan Paulsen, Marcia Hodes and Maralise Howze for making this event
happen and to Glen & Blanche Stimpson who hauled the agility
trailer to Gilroy afterwards.
is a link to Jean Danver's Pictures