We had an amazing weekend watching Nancy Malone and her two RRK9’s, Jasmine Hope & Isabel Rose compete at NAC - Nationals AKC Championships.
I am so incredibly proud of Nancy and her dogs. Both dogs had 3 runs over the weekend: a Standard run, JWW (jumpers with weaves) and a Hybrid run.
🎥 Video includes snippets from Nancy’s 6 total runs.
In talking with Nancy she mentioned it is quite the change from running a faster and higher energy run with Isabel and then switching to Jasmine.
While Isabel runs much faster, her excitement with some mistakes cost her some points from placing.
Jasmine ran 3 for 3 with clean runs which allowed her to place 14th out of 108 dogs competing in her height class.
What an honor to be on that level competing and as everyone in dog sports knows …
Trial day can be a challenge in and of itself with long wait times and all the hype that goes with it.
I think what I enjoyed most was hearing all of the dog bios and their favorite loves and quirks within their families.
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So much fun!! ❤️ It was so awesome To get to watch!
this was so wonderful. Thank you for putting this together. You did a great job. Loved seeing all of you
That was awesome Nancy
How awesome!!! Thanks for sharing these videos. It just flat out did my heart good watching this!!! A job well done.
Way to go!!! So much fun to see.
🛫 Axel began his journey very early this morning. He has a very excited new RRK9 family awaiting him.
Our family will miss this little (big) guy.
“YOU'RE OFF TO GREAT PLACES!
TODAY IS YOUR DAY!
YOUR MOUNTAIN IS WAITING.
SO GET ON YOUR WAY!” - Dr. Seuss
We ❤️ you Axel. 😭🥲 ... See MoreSee Less
Nala and her family made it back to their home in Canada 🇨🇦 a couple hours ago. She was a great traveler for them and is currently enjoying all of the snow as she is getting acquainted with her new home.
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What a cutie!!! Brody Taliaferro
Aww I remember when Haddies ears looked like that
Congratulations to Team Nala!
We are so excited to watch Nala’s journey begin in Canada 🇨🇦 with her amazing new family.
Something I don’t usually talk about is the extensive amount of time I spend interviewing families and making certain that it’s a good fit for both sides.
I began speaking with this family many months ago and learned of their love and devotion to their dogs.
They had recently dealt with the loss of their beloved family dog and I could hear the heartbreak with every loving story I heard about past adventures with their crew.
I remember it well that they weren’t quite certain of being ready to proceed forward with a new canine companion just yet but knew that RRK9 would be the place of choice.
I remember when checking back in with the family that a new litter had arrived they were literally in the middle of an extensive hike up a mountain they had traveled many times with their past crew to spread the remembrance of their late pet companions.
Their story of heartache on that journey up the mountain came with a serendipitous phone call that would be the welcoming sign that the time was right.
As we met for the first time and exchanged stories of our recent dog Rocco passing also, I could see the love as well as pain in their eyes of how well they connected to the emotions that were both so raw and real for both of us.
The feelings of excitement and gratitude for Nala’s start with us were felt and appreciated. It is so nice at the end of a very arduous task of training and raising pups past the norm when it is so appreciated and recognized by the new RRK9 family.
So thank you. Thank you for being exactly the dog handlers and loving family we strive to find.
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Best of luck to Nala. Her new family must be so special! That placement is beautiful! 🏆☘️
Thank you for everything Sam! We are so happy to be part of the RRK9 families 💕🐾💕
RRK9 puppies are special, thanks to a ton of time, love, and expertise invested in them starting even before birth. It's so nice to see all the wonderful families they end up joining, now including our neighbors to the north! 🇨🇦🐕🦺🐾
Nala is going to love Canada
Makes my heart happy 😍
Axel and Nala have been getting accustomed to the drag line.
Dragline advantages for young pups:
✅ Allows for safe recalls in new places
✅ Differentiates “heeling” leash practices when you know you won’t be asking for it.
✅ Gives handler advantage with young pups during “Follow me” outings in new places (elevates your value).
✅ Makes travel trips for “bathroom” breaks easier.
For our pups making long journeys by car 🚙 we like to make sure the pups are very used to the drag line.
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Great pictures and information.
Today’s RRK9 Puppy departures.
We have kept them safe, made thoughtful decisions at every new turn, started a strong training foundation, and ultimately set them up for the most successful start that we know how.
The first year is so important. Each day presents a new decision from handlers to invite growth. The difference between ownership and leadership is starkly contrasted. Choose the latter.
Passing the baton of responsibilities. Go be awesome.
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So happy for all our RRK9 families and pups! 😊
Such a gorgeous group of pups
Oh my, what precious pups!!
I had someone ask earlier if Chase made his long journey okay so I thought I better give an update.
While I don’t discount the fact that something could go wrong and I still say a prayer walking away; I wanted to give a little history and insight to our pups traveling by air ✈️ in their crates.
And also must note that ironically car 🚗 rides are much more problematic for the pups.
RRK9 pups are usually between 10 and 11 weeks if they fly air cargo. By this time their crate acclimation time has had 5 weeks to build. Our system of doing this increase of time allows us to build trust with the pups and I can’t remember the last time I have had a pup have an “accident” in the crate during their training stay. (And I’m talking years ago if and when an accident occurred).
To let you in a little on my confidence level in the pups… The crate pad I use for shipping, I choose comfort and durability over a high absorbent material. I’m more concerned with bedding being chewed and ingested out of boredom during their unsupervised time on the plane.
So yes, Chase made the nearly 8 hour journey from the time he was placed in crate in the car ride there to the time his new owner got his hands on him…. ACCIDENT FREE. 😁
This is the same report I get on all of the pups that travel by air… (some traveling longer periods) just as clean and freshly bathed 🧼 from the time they departed RRK9.
It’s something I don’t give much thought to, but in talking with others I realize their surprise when I tell them about how RRK9 pups travel. 🧳
So I just thought I would share that YES 🙌 he made it to his home 🏡 with no problem. ... See MoreSee Less
I remember flying home with Ace! I was so worried about him being alone or scared…the flight attendant came to my seat after we changed planes in Atlanta and told me, “Your baby made it and is doing just fine under the plane, giving all the bagger lots of smiles!” I was so relieved! But then looked around at all the strangers sitting there thinking WHY THE HECK IS HER BABY IN THE BAGGAGE?! 😂😂😂 She very quickly announced it was my puppy! 😂 And he too made it from OKC through Atlanta to North Carolina just fine, accident free, and happy as could be. ❤️❤️
JAX came to NY in 2021 and he was clean, happy and adorable!
Chase began his journey early this AM. Great pup 🐶
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Did he make it OK? I cannot help but worry about the little guy.
Chase, You Lucky 🐶 !
wow - what a trip! Way to go Chase!!!
Meet some more of Bria’s 8! They are putting in some more work on their “Sit-Stays..”
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Meet Roxy and Giovanna 🤩
They are working on sit and down out of the basic (heel) position.
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Meet Nala. She is working on holding her sit for longer periods.
🛏️ She loves working on her Chew Proof Armored™
Mesh Elevated Dog Bed
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Nala is beautiful. She looks like Akamaru who will be one on February 22. Akamaru does off leash training now. 🙂
Bria’s 8 are having a blast 💥 training 😊
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Visit the link to read our Rocco’s story and watch his 🎥 Video.
He was pretty special.
Thanks to everyone who has written or text. ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
That was beautiful Sam. We all have that great dog that always stays in our heart; and, if we’re lucky, we have more than one. Rocco was a great dog and I’m sure he’ll be waiting for you on the other side.
So very sorry Rocco was one in a million ❤️(Sandy)
Thinking of you and your family as you navigate the coming days. ❤️🐾
Such a beautiful story about Rocco. Thanks so much for sharing. Pretty special to think that both Fran and Bruce would have spent time with him. Hugs to you all. ❤️
Sending you love and hugs on the loss of you Rocco!!