Posted Date: November 2, 2015
Haute Dawgs Agilty celebrates their 25th Anniversary with the USDAA.
Haute Dawgs of northern California celebrated their 25th
anniversary in October. Founded in July 1990, Haute Dawgs
played a principal role in USDAAs growth throughout the 1990's in Northern
California. The club took extra steps to make this two-day event in
Dixon, California special.
As part of their celebration, they honored veteran dogs in a
parade ceremony, and the club displayed a board mounted engraved plates identifying
club members dogs dating back to their beginnings.
They also brought out two of their original hurdles, being a
pair of hand-painted wings showing eight of the original members own dogs, and
another being a cat jump. The jumps appeared as good as they were in the early
days, but couldnt be used in competition because jump heights in the early
days were 12, 18, 24 and 30. The club presented a pair of beautifully
decorated cakes for all to enjoy.
USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch presented the club with an etched
crystal plaque and highlighted some facts regarding the clubs earliest days,
noting their first event was a one-day event with Starters Standard Agility and
some games (noting that USDAAs titling program had just begun the previous May
and only included Standard Agility).The Haute Dawgs event was the first USDAA
titling event in northern California. Also of interest, no Border Collies
qualified that day; qualifying and earning the Agility Dog® title were Sandy
Rogers with her Border Terrier Rasta, Clydine Crowder and her Cocker Spaniel
Amanda, Susan King and her Golden Retriever Duffy, and Kathy Lofthouse and her
English Shepherd Rufus.
This was all before there were games classes and at a
time when only one qualification was required to move to the Advanced level.
Haute Dawgs went on to hold two events annually, including Grand Prix
qualifying events and serving as host for a USDAA sponsored training camp and