Flick named New Zealand’s top canine
Pukekohe’s Elaine Rohde is thrilled with her perfect pooches after coming away with the country’s highest dog obedience honours.
She competed in the National Dog Show in Manukau and three of her border collies were awarded accolades. Rohde and Aquila Flickering Flame won the test C category, the highest level of obedience in New Zealand.
And teamed up with Aquila
‘‘It's quite a big deal because it's the nationals. I worked quite hard to get it.’’
License To Steal, they were first in novice and Aquila Jag-u-r On The Run picked up third in the same category. Rohde said she was thrilled with her achievement.
‘‘It’s quite a big deal because it’s the nationals. I worked quite hard to get it.’’
Aquila Flickering Flame, also known as Flick, is Rohde’s husband’s agility dog, but Rohde does obedience with her as well. She said it was Flick’s composure that won her the top title.
‘‘I don’t think she was the best dog on the day, but she handled the environment well - she was the one that coped with the environment the most. You have to work with what your dog gives you on the day.’’
While it was not her most coveted win, Aquila License To Steal’s victory was Rohde’s favourite. The dog’s nickname is Sneaky.
‘‘I was told she’d never win an obedience class and to get rid of her, and I wanted to prove everyone wrong and do it. Her win is more special to me because it was totally out of the blue and so unexpected, I never thought she would do it.’’
The win has meant Sneaky has graduated from her previous grade.
‘‘Sneaky has moved up into the next grade now so we have new challenges to do now.’’