If you have or know of a Frenchie who excels at activities not generally associated with our breed, please contact Pat Kosinar or Jan Grebe.
We are looking for dogs who have extraordinary achievements in companion events or outstanding service in activities such as Therapy work. Conformation wins are not what this section is about as those are recognized in other ways. Here’s to the unsung Frenchie heroes who do something remarkable and unexpected!
SOREN, also known as MACH ARCHX UAGII UAGI UCD Daulokke’s Une Valliant Grosse CD CD-H RAE FFX-AG FFX-AP NF C-ISA C-ISLA C-BAA RL3-AOE RL2X-AOE RL1X-AOE UAG-HIT CGC TDI on JULY 4, 2009 became the first Frenchie ever to reach the pinnacle of achievement in AKC Agility: MASTER AGILITY CHAMPION!! (photo at right courtesy of Rich Knecht)
What did Soren and his handler Deb Stevenson have to do for his MACH? Earn 20 double Q’s (qualify with perfect scores in both Jumpers and Standard Excellent B agility classes on the same day on 20 different occasions; and earn 750 speed points (one point for each second under the sstandard course time). You can see his final MACH-winning trial here!
AS if that weren’t enough, Soren is the FIRST FRENCHIE ever to earn Gold and Platinum Front and Finish Awards of Excellence (FFX Awards) in AKC Agility by completing all 6 agility titles (Novice through Excellent) in under a year, and for achieving all 8 agility titles (through Masters level) in under 24 months. He has won an Agility High in Trial (runner-up was a border collie!) in UKC Agility, and has 34 performance titles to date in agility, rally, and obedience.
Soren was ranked as the #9 Non Sporting Dog in AKC Agility in the US for 2009, and is also the first Frenchie ever to qualify for the AKC Agility National Championship, for 2010. This event assembles the top agility dogs of all breeds from all over the country for a championship competition. Dogs are eligible to enter this event if they earn at least 6 Double Qs and 400 MACH points from the Regular Excellent B Standard and Jumpers with Weaves classes during the qualifying period. With four months still to go in the qualifying period, Soren already had 25 Double Qs and more than the required 400 points.
Owned by Suzanne and Ron Readmond, handled by Deb Stevenson, and bred by Tove Rasmussen, Soren was born on 3/12/2005. To read more about Soren and see a slide show of his action-packed life to date, go here.
Photos © M. Nicole Fischer Photography
Ever see a Frenchie competing in Flyball? Now you can!!!!
Libellule Beautiful Lady, known as Jubilee to those near and dear to her heart, resides with Sarah Stoodley in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is the North American Flyball Association’s #1 French Bulldog.
Jubilee races with 4 Dog Night, a group of people and dogs she adores. She also does obedience and freestyle and appeared in an Animal Planet Special on freestyle in December 2008. She’s a busy girl, but still makes time for snuggles and snorts.
(To see Jubilee competing in flyball, click here. Then in this video, Jubilee runs second, but gets “bad-passed” by the dog after her who has to run again because of the flag. That is why there are “5″ dogs on what should be a 4 dog relay!)
Thanks to David Harwell for the photos of Jubilee.
DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW … WITH A 40 LB. OPEN SLEIGH
Look at Cooper! A remarkable boy belonging to Sunny Lewis, Cooper was the host for the weight-pulling competition (the Monster Dog Pull) at the 2009 Winter Festival in Red Lodge, Montana on February 21, 2009.
In 2009, he took second place overall with a time of just 4.2 seconds!!!! The photo to the left shows his prize-winning gait, which apparently involves having, at most, only one foot on the ground at any given time.
Attadog, Cooper! Next stop: THE IDITAROD!
[Editor's Note: sadly, Cooper is no longer with us. His achievements are unlikely to be surpassed anytime soon, as he was truly a remarkable dog.]
CERTIFIED THERAPY DOGS!
Read the adventures of three Therapy Dogs, followed by information of how to get start the process of making your dog a certified Therapy Dog.