Fundays


2015 Fun Day

The day got underway with racing. The slight uphill grade proved no barrier to the dogs, who, for the most part, chased the lure up the racing chute from the start box to the end with our volunteer catchers always at the ready. It was a time to really let the dogs show their running ability (and their exuberance) and they certainly did just that! How cute it was to watch the first-time racers and puppies upon release from the starting box. Some got the “chase” idea right away while a few others weren’t quite so sure why they were there. Always a great energy release for the dogs in this earliest part of the day.

Also throughout the morning, some dogs and their handlers made good use of the elaborate Agility/Intro to Agility courses permanently in place at the far east end of the property, while the two hours prior to the lunch-break found many owners entreating their dogs to “find the rat!” and to work their quarry in the Brush Hunt (the use of which was generously donated by the Jack Russell Terrier Club of Canada who had set it up for their own use the previous weekend). The Brush Hunt was situated in a fenced-off and thickly wooded (and mosquito-y) area at the south end. Lots of encouragement from the handlers worked wonders and often led to many words of praise which could be heard at as far a distance as the registration table!

Following lunch, we held our much-anticipated raffle. Many wonderful gift items were donated (including gifts by members who could not be in attendance) and then poured over by attendees earlier that morning. Due to the noontime heat, many of us had found scattered shaded areas to sit, so the use of the bull-horn in calling out the winning numbers certainly ensured that everyone could hear.

The extreme heat of the early afternoon found many attendees, nonetheless, making their way to the Earth Dog event, the offering of which was again made easy for the day’s volunteers as it too had been set up previously by the JRTCC. A time of discovery for some Borders and, for others, a way to express their natural go-to-ground instincts, it was wonderful to see dogs such as two and a half year-old Border “Beatrice” heed her own need to find the quarry at the end of what must have been a very hot and stuffy tunnel. A shorter tunnel was also available for the dogs new to the event. Encouragement and praise were again the order of the day.

The horse barn on the premises, next to the registration area, was the location for the afternoon’s Barn Hunt. This proved a popular event as much for the dogs as for their handlers as the inside temperature was a good twenty degrees cooler and provided a great, albeit momentary, escape from the oppressive heat and humidity. Here the dogs could further hone their scenting skills in search of the caged quarry hidden amongst the hay bales, rejecting the decoys that were also in place as distractions. In addition, some brought their dogs to the Ball Toss event, held in a contained area just beyond Agility (then moved to the much shadier Racing chute due to the heat). Here, owners would throw a tennis ball and the dogs did a timed ball retrieve over a fifty foot field.

As the day wore down (along with the attendees) and the heat continued on, it was decided to finish the day with the final two events for the remaining dogs: the first, a novelty Sock Run in which dogs had to cross a finish line wearing all four of the baby socks on their paws that they started with. The dogs, both large and small, were not amused. Predictably, the socks remained more off than on and made for some great laughs. However, the dogs regained their dignity with the holding of the final event, the Hot Dog Dunk. We dispensed with heats and let the dogs at the buckets filled with hot dog pieces. Border “Beatrice” was the clear winner, devouring all of hers before some dogs had even eaten their first!
All-in-all it was a worthwhile day despite the hot weather and a lower-than-usual attendance. It was great to have some fun with the dogs, to connect with one another and to welcome several of our newest members who had never attended a Fun Day before. Our profit for the event amounted to $595 which, due to the date of the event, will be reported as revenue for the July 1, 2015 through June 30th, 2016 fiscal year.

We would like to acknowledge the attendance of the following people who had their booths set up for our enjoyment/information:

Global Pet Foods, Keswick/Bev Ferguson – for sponsoring the event by covering the complete cost of the venue rental. Thank you so much for your generous support!


St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dogs – Lisa Brencis and Bob Darlington
For the Love of Purebred Dogs – Pam McClintock
Norfolk Terrier Club of Canada – Linda Dowdle
Kathleen Coyle with her amazing glass mosaic work
Abby’s Jerky – Kelly (?)
Additionally, very special thanks go out to all those who volunteered to help make our 2015 Fun Day a success:
Bev Ferguson – Barn Hunt, donuts!!
Barb Hathorn – setup/take down, ED, Brush Hunt, Hot Dog Dunk
Carol Hindley – setup/take down, registration and raffle, general oversight
Susan Rome – registration desk
Brian Rome – court jester
Patty Lechten and Linda Dowdle - Agility/Intro to Agility
Lynn Westaway – Ball Toss and Sock Run
Karie Alderman – Barn Hunt
Lynda Rupay & Patricia Budrow (both from JRTCC) – Racing, ED, take down
Jen (and Ed) Holder – club equipment including racing, delivery/pick-up, Barn Hunt, take down
Pat Dimitrovski – Racing, take down
Pauline Norman, owner of Pauleo Paws – for all her assistance and suggestions PLUS her generosity in allowing us the use of her golf cart for the day
Many thanks to everyone else who helped make the day a success!!

Carol Hindley
2015 BTCO Fun Day Chair

2013 Fun Day

BTCO FUN DAY - 2013 

Our fun day was held on Saturday, July 13th this year.  What a gorgeous day, blue skies and sunshine all day.  

We started our day with an organized woodland walk.  The beautiful trails offered by the Uxbridge Shooting Sports facility offered a great way to start our day.  Everyone won a prize upon completion of the walk.

After our walk, the dogs were revved-up and it was on to the Terrier Races.   The dogs really had fun chasing the lure and trying to out run the dog next to them!  Wow, they showed how fast they could really run.  Some of the dogs even brought the lure back to the starting line!

A brush hunt followed in a fully enclosed area at the edge of the forest with natural growth and a pile of brush.  We hid quarry in large tubes in one or two areas within the enclosure and let the dogs off leash to “hunt” for the quarry.  The dogs really had a chance to use their nose!
Sharon Groves’ girl, Sage showed us her inner hunter this year after kissing the quarry last year. 

The “Border Bests” contest this year had 2 superb judges.  The kids had fun picking each winner and our Borders and non-Borders had a chance to impress the judges by just being them selves to win a prize. 
The loudest bark was from Millie.  Beatrice won for the longest tail. Hairiest dog was won by Gambler. Best catcher was Lilly. Monty was our youngest dog and Libby was our oldest dog. We had a tie for the best trick, Ruby with catching and Piper with twirling. Mable had the waggiest tail ever, that’s two years in a row, can she make it three?

After lunch was introduction to Earth Dog, it was so much fun to see the natural instinct kick in for some of the Borders.  For some of our Borders, it was the first time ever seeing quarry in a cage.  Ruby after quite a few hesitant years took the challenge and maneuvered those dark tunnels to find that quarry!  Well done Ruby and Bonnie her handler!

The Hot Dog Dunkin contest included a Best Puppy class this year and a Non-Border terrier class.  Both puppies were 15 weeks old, Monty was our winner, with Harvey coming in at a close second. Our adult class was won by Kirsten’s Ruby again this year; Ruby enjoyed shoving her face in the water to get the hot dogs in record time!  Lilly our Yellow Lab also enjoyed the hotdogs!
This contest always brings a lot of cheering and laughs from the crowd. 

 We ended our day with the ever popular raffle table.

We had a great day reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.
Welcome to our newest members.

Special thanks to the following people:
Kirsten Goodman for the Brush Hunt and Border Bests.
Susan Rome for handling the food table and selling raffle tickets.
Karen Nesbitt for the Hot Dog Dunkin contest.
Jen Holder for all her help and Brian Rome our Fun Day photographer.
Ed Holder and Phil Dimitrovski for encouraging the Borders at the earthdog, running the Border races and for the set-up and taking down of equipment for the day.
Many thanks to everyone else who helped to make this day a great success!

 We look forward to seeing you next year!
Fun Day Committee

2012 Fun Day

Organized Woodland Walk

Our fun day was held on Saturday, July 7th this year.

The day started off will a real bang! Thunder, lightning and a down-pour of rain, but by the time we were ready to start our organized woodland walk the sun came out to stay. The beautiful trails offered by the Uxbridge Shooting Sports facility offered a great way to start our day. Everyone won a prize upon completion of the walk.

A brush hunt was introduced this year in a fully enclosed area at the edge of the forest with natural growth and a pile of brush. We hid quarry in large tubes in one or two areas within the enclosure and let the dogs off leash to “hunt” for the quarry. The dogs really had a chance to use their nose!

After the dogs were revved-up by the brush hunt it was on to the Terrier Races. The dogs really had fun chasing the lure and trying to outrun the dog next to them! Some of the dogs even brought the lure back to the starting line!

The “Border Bests” contest this year had 4 superb judges. The kids had fun picking each winner and our Borders and non-Borders had a chance to impress the judges by just being themselves to win a prize.
The loudest bark was from Charlie. Lily won for the longest tail, she did not seem to mind the 3 foot ruler being used! Hairiest dog was won by Ola. Best catcher was Echo. Piper was our youngest dog and Gus was our oldest dog. Scarlet had the best trick and Mable had the waggiest tail ever!

After lunch was introduction to Earth Dog, it was so much fun to see the natural instinct kick in for some of the Borders. For some of our Borders, it was the first time ever seeing a rat in a cage.

The Hot Dog Dunkin contest was won by Ruby; she enjoyed shoving her face in the water to get the hot dogs in record time! This contest always brings a lot of laughs.

We ended our day with the ever popular raffle table.

We had a great day reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.

Special thanks to the following people:
Kirsten Goodman, for the Brush Hunt and Border Bests.
Tanya Butcher and Susan Rome, for handling the food table.
Karen Nesbitt, for the Hot Dog Dunkin contest.
Ed Holder and Phil Dimitrovski, for encouraging the Borders at the earthdog, running the Border races and for the set-up and taking down of equipment for the day.

Many thanks to everyone else who helped to make this day a great success!

 We look forward to seeing you next year!
Fun Day Committee

2011 Fun Day

Our fun day was held on Saturday, July 9th this year.

We could not have asked for better weather. Sunny, Sunny, Sunny. It was a great day to come out and reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

The dogs and owners enjoyed starting the day off with an organized woodland walk along the beautiful trails offered by the Uxbridge Shooting Sports facility. Everyone won a prize upon completion of the walk.

We held the Terrier Races after our walk. The dogs really had fun chasing the lure and trying to out run the dog next to them!

We introduced a “Border Bests” contest this year. This gave all our Borders a chance to shine at just being them selves and win a prize. The loudest bark was from Gryphon.
Hairiest dog and longest tail was won by Sherman.
Best catcher was Gambler, Jiggy was our youngest dog and Chillie was our oldest dog at 14 years. Ruby had the best trick and Clementine had the waggiest tail ever!.

After lunch we introduction Earth Dog, it was so much fun to see the natural instinct kick in for some of the Borders. For some of our Borders, it was the first time ever seeing a rat in a cage.

The Hot Dog Dunkin contest won by Grizzelda, she enjoyed shoving her face in the water to get the hot dogs in record time!
This contest always brings a lot of laughs.
We ended our day with the ever popular raffle table.

Many thanks to everyone who helped to make this day a great success!

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Fun Day Committee

2010 Fun Day

Our fun day was held on Saturday, June 19th this year. 

We had a wonderful day, a little overcast but perfect for the Borders and their families. The non-borders enjoyed the day as well.

We started our day off with an organized woodland walk along the beautiful trails offered by the Uxbridge Shooting Sports facility.  Everyone won a prize upon completion of the walk.

Following our walk, we held the Terrier Races, introduction to Agility and Earth Dog, Hot Dog Dunkin, and ending our day with the ever popular raffle table.

Many thanks to everyone who helped to make this day a great success!

We look forward to seeing you next year!

 Fun Day Committee

2009 Fun Day

Date:   June 13, 2009
Location:  Uxbridge Shooting Sports

The BTCO fun day had perfect weather - sun, a bit of cloud and cool enough to occasionally need a sweater. Perfect for excited, happy dogs doing a lot of running!

There were a lot of new faces this year with dogs and people enthusiastically trying out the intro to rats and inground earth, mini agility course, the racing and games. The day started with grooming and a lot of "fresh faces" had portraits done by Kinnear Photography following their makeovers.

It was a great group and a great day and we were very pleased that this new wave of Border Terrier owners are ready to learn more and help out where needed!

A huge "Thank you" to all the people who worked so hard to make this a successful event and a special thanks to Jen and Ed Holder and daughter Tanya, Pat and Phil Dimitrovski, Susan and Brian Rome, Karen Nesbitt and of course the Uxbridge Shooting Sports Club!

2008 Fun Day
The BTCO had a great but HOT fun day on Sat. at the Uxbridge Shooting Sports Club. There was lot's of shade available and wading pools were provided for cool downs for the dogs. The conformation match drew a good entry for Judge Peter Lavanthall who put up Pam Bruce's "Chad" for BOB and Otterhead, Jen Holder's "Thyme" for BOS, Linda Hough's "Flare" for WB and BP, Jen's "Fern" was Best Veteran and Karen Nesbitt had Best Altered with "Libby". We were then on to the races where despite the heat all the dogs were ready to run! Lunch, the AGM and then on to the Earthdog site where all ages of Borders (and a few visiting JRT's and Dachsunds) got to meet the rats and try a paw at the inground tunnels. Neil Kinnear and Lesley Chung, of Kinnear and Chung Photography, were set up for "photo portraits" so there was some quick grooming going on before that perfect head study was done! The afternoon ended with Julie Calleja's "Moxie" winning the hot dog dunking contest.

Special thanks go to all the workers who make it possible - Jen and Ed Holder (and children and grandchildren) who work to get the site and equipment ready, the Dimitrovskies, the Romes, and all of our Board who work hard behind the scenes!

This was the first year for a special annual award, "The Golden Shovel". This is to be awarded to a club member who "digs in" and helps the club and members where needed. The recipient this year was Ed Holder in recognition of all the work he does (and for MANY years) preparing for the fun day and other events. Thank you Ed!

We hope to see everyone (and more) out for next years event!

Stay tuned for pictures when the Photo Gallery is ready.