Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Ladies and Gentlemen,doggies and kitties and hammies,This came in the mail.........

As most of you know this is what I live for......EARTHDOG TRIALS!!!!!! OOOOOHHHHH boy!!! For those that don't know,Earthdog trials are games for dogs that were bred to chase rats, and other vermin off of farms .So we have it in our genes....Of course PL1+2 don't exactly live on a fact they live in the city....SO WHAT IS A DOG LIKE ME SUPPOSED TO DO?????well here ya go....Earthdog trials!! They are tunnels that are dug and get increasingly more difficult as you go along and at the end there is a rat or too( in a cage of course.....) You have to follow the scent and then go through the tunnel( in a certain amount of time) and then when you get to the rats GO NUTS!!!!!! So you can practice doing it and then there are competitions......where you are timed and stuff.....This is from my very time I ever went...Can you see the little tunnel?I had to go through it( Archie went to but he doesn't like it as much as I do)

Here is the very first time I ever met a rat(well an earthdog rat that is....) Notice how the camera shot is a little blurry? PL2 could barely hold the camera and me because I was NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This happens at the the very first time you learn how to do you can get pumped( I didn't need ANYTHING to get pumped(Archie was just worried that those rat kids were too cramped in there...)

I am sure that some of you remember that last year I went to a trial ,a junior Earthdog trial( I passed the first ring of the ladder) and I got a J...That is half of a JE which stands for Junior Earthdog.Now Archie was my trainer and he did a really good job.....but I was a little short in the timing or something.......

LOOK!!! I GET TO TRY IT AGAIN!! And Pl2 said she is going to try to take me both days each weekend........and some training sessions before....

This is the list of last years dogs that got titles and stuff..........they don't put you down if you only got a J........

Oh look there is another sheet attached to the newsletter........

If you can't read it it says......Our dearest Agatha,As the entire club and actually the whole world are aware, you should have been on this list of winners for your JE.Of course we all know you will win your J this year and really what is a J amongst friends anyway? We all know you are the huntress supreme...Love the GBACt PS Your trainer is the best one ever. Do you still use him? It is still Archie right? He rules........ It is a little amazing , and I know that some of you(PL2 included) are thinking WOW that this persons handwriting is VERY similar to mine. and to Archies funny, isn't it?........ So here I go again in the quest for the elusive..........

Maybe I can get one these little blingees if I get it.......

Here is my trainer......He said as soon as the snow is done(you can figure out why.....) we will start outside training.......

Here I am at a trial last year......

Picture by my pal Toffee...........


Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

oh wishing you much luck with this task, indeed. Never heard of this kinda thing this side of the big pond.

Sadly, it seems I have only got a J too (my Jeannie).......but I wish you better luck this time.

lotsalicks, and lotsaluck,

Marvin xxxxxxxx

Gus said...

hooohooohoooo...we know you will make it this year.


BenTheRotti said...

I remember talk of this Earthdog business last year, it looks like so much fun! I'm sure you will do pawfectly and win ALL the prizes this year! I can't wait to hear all about it!!

love and tailwags,

Ben xxxx

Unknown said...

Will we have to call you "Jagatha?" Or perhaps "Jaggie" for short? Then when you get both the J and E..."Jeagatha the Huntress! Rats beware!"

Your pal,


P.S. Sounds better than Jarchie.

Deetz said...

I bet you are so excited! I bet you get a J this year for sure....Can't wait to see you practice and Archie training..

Lacy said...

w00f's, yeaaa, it must b gettin spring iffin earthdog iz gonna iz shure u will git ur JE...

b safe,

The Black and Tans. said...

Agatha you are sure to have a fabulous time and gain your J and E.

Our hooman said she would be shaking is she saw the rats.She really doesn't "do" rats.

Molly and Taffy

Dexter said...

Oh boy! We might try and send Momma to cheer you on if she can figure out where Gardner is. She'll have to start preparing now if it means piercing the 495 force field.


Unknown said...

Gimme a J.... "J"
Gimme an E... "E"
A & A that is just great..
Chase a rat
and you will rate
as a JE earth dog in chase!

Wow.. I am impressed. I like to chase things but I think my legs are a bit long to get thru a tunnel. Archie.. how do u do it?

Lizzy said...


You must be so excited about this Earth Dogs trial coming up! I would be too! I've never tried it before, but I do love to chase and sniff out rats, bunnies, squirrels, birds, and more... I wonder if I'd be any good at that?

Of course, I'm sure you're going to be the best Earth Dog ever! Let us know how it goes, okay? Train hard! You're gonna rock!


Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

You don't hafta get the stoopid J again do ya??? I mean can't ya start with the E????


Now Aggie...

Perhaps you might wanna hire me sorta as an adjunct to Archie?? Is that the right word?? who digs these tunnels?

I'm thinkin' that they might need some help in the diggin' part, so Archie and I will tend to that...JUST BECAUSE WE'RE GONNA GIVE YOU A MAP...

And Agatha...(Lacie tries to speak patiently this time...) You know how you ALWAYS CHECK MY PATIENT'S BEDSIDE TABLES FOR DUST???


When ur in the tunnel...THERE WILL BE NO SWIFFERING...

Just follow the map and get to the darn rats..


Pee ess...Scruffy has a barkday tomorrow!!

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Ooooh Agatha! We hope you get your award, that looks like so much you think us beagles would be good at it....or maybe we're too big to go in the tunnels?
Anyway, we don't get to do fun stuff like hunt here (hehe unless our Mum can't catch us in the woods!) Good luck Slobbers xx

Huskee and Hershey said...

We wish you the best of luck this year, and get those 2 alphabets under your belt!
As for me, I am not sure about 'J' and 'E'... I am more into 'T', 'O' and 'Y'... Heehee

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Wow, the Earthdog Trials sound so fun and exciting! Good luck in your training, Agatha! I'm sure you'll do very well...*grins*


Lorenza said...

Hi, Agatha!
I am sure you will get the "E"!
You can do it!
Kisses and hugs

Joe Stains said...

omdog, Agatha we KNOW you are going to get your JE this summer! You have the best trainer around and the best attitude. We will be cheering for you for sure!!

tula monstah said...

Go Archie, Go Agatha!


Bring home the bling!

Bae Bae said...

Wishing you the best in that. I like the sparkly J

~ Bae

Molly the Airedale said...

Our paws will be crossed that you get that E, Agatha! You will definitely need that bling for your collar!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Stanley said...

Sweet Agatha!

You look pawsitively RADIANT and TRIUMPHANT in that last photo! You obviously are a natural, and Archie must be one of the best trainers around. Maybe as part of her diva training you could give Stella some pointers? She may be trying the earth dog thing if we can get our girl to get it together! Do you think she's got enough of the killer instinct in her to do it?

You and Archie are quite the team. I bet you'll get your JE in no time flat! Keep us posted!

Goober love & smooches,

Amber-Mae said...

Oh wow! Going for the Earthdog trials again? This is gonna be so excitering for you both! We hope you finally make it this year. We have high hopes for you guys!

Butt sniffs,
Solid Gold Dancer

Niamh said...

Good luck with your training Agatha. I know that you will do great in the trials and finish your title. Those rats don't stand a chance when you get going.

Your friend,

Sally said...

WOW! Me too, me too! I think this Earthdog trial sounds like the best thing ever. You are built to win - so I have every faith that you will bring home any letter of the alphabet you want - in any combination.

Go get 'em - show them how its done!

Lots of licks

Eric said...

Twinny!!! Easy Peasy. Specially for a huntress as great as you. You could do it blindfold. Walking backwards.With you nose nand on.And a peg on your sniffer.It's what you were born for.And with Step training you, piece of cake.Or rat.

But in my opinion, you are are the QE....Queen of earthdogs already.

Oodles and doodles of kissies xxxxxx

Eric xx

Rudy said...

Ohhh I love Earthdog even better than agility or girl dogzzzz! (oops, I better think about the girl thing)

If you need extra coaching just let me know, I'll show you where the rats are! We have to take Josie up to NJ for some training this spring so she can get her 'S' and then her 'E'. Mom can do some training but above-ground tunnels aren't the same as the in-ground ones.

Mom takes me to Earthdog now and then just for fun since I've had the ME for a long time. In NJ this May they're having a fun day and we play Earthdog games. You should look it up! Sometimes we see this real tall guy who is with the Gardner group - can't remember his name right now. I think he might have Scotties?

Terriers rule! You can do it -- we're rooting for you!


Sophie Brador said...

Ags, this is all very exciting, but I can't figure out what the earthdog rat is. Is that a guinnea pig? Is it alive?


Hector and Lola said...

Hi Agatha! You seem so excited!! Hope you do GREAT!!! -Hector and Lola

Asta said...

Eawfdog twials!
I just know wif the help of youw supew doopew twainew , you will win evewything this yeaw!!
I can come be a cheewleadew fow you if you want!
btw.I'm suwe Archie doesn't need anti-stinkie medcin..Mommi said you wewe bof fwagwant like flowews
smoochie kisses

Fenway said...

I hope you unearth all sorts of treasures and claim your spot as the Supreme Earth Doggie!

Your pal,

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh ya we are so proud of you. Keep up the good work..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Unknown said...

Hey A & A!

I have spring FEVAH! How about u? Yeah for warm weather!

Princess Patches said...

We are wishing you lots of luck, this time, Agatha! Your trainer looks like he might be training you to snooze!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

the many Bs said...

hi Agatha and Archie, we know you are going to get your JE this year, Agatha. you must practice really hard. make Archie get out of bed and train you. you really need to get your JE this year. we are going to be cheering for you!


Kess And Her Mama said...

We know you'll do great this year and get the JE! Go Agatha!

Life with Ozzy said...

Hey guys,
I hafta admit I'm a bit jealous I don't think they have anything like that around here. Cuz man that looks like loadsa fun.