This is when we adopted Frankie from Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue 11/11/05. He was an 11 month old Tornado!
Because Frankie was so out of control, Jen and Dave had to work hard on teaching him manners, which started them on their journey to many dog sports. His official name is:
Frankie The Super Dale CGC RN NW1 L1C L1I RATO
- CGC- Canine Good Citizen
- RN- Rally Novice
- NW1- Nosework 1
- L1C- Nosework Level 1 Containers
- L1I- Nosework Level 1 Interiors
- RATO – Barnhunt Open
He almost got a TD (Therapy Dog) title but failed the dropped hot dog test – couldn’t resist and had to snarf it up – he was supposed to ignore it – oh well!!! Everything else he did perfectly.
November, 2015 .. Frankie earned 2 legs towards his Senior Ratter title, including 2 High In Trials, just shy of his 11th Birthday!
We also took agility lessons and I wish we could have continued with those because Frankie really enjoyed it (there is only so much time in a day!)
We tried herding and carting, but Frankie wasn’t interested. We tried some lure coursing, but Frankie would cheat. He figured out that he could just wait for the lure to come around! Too smart!
Dave taught Frankie tricks and they won the 2011 Petsmart Petwalk: Best Trick contest (as well as the owner/pet lookalike contest).
His trick was the “Bang Bang”- where Dave “shoots” and Frankie collapses and rolls into a “dead”. He hops up onto Dave’s upright bass and surfs while Dave plays rockabilly tunes.
Frankie is affectionate and friendly to all and is so silly. This dog has a ridiculous sense of humor and makes us laugh every day.