21 August 1997 - 24 November 2006
I thought of you today - but that's nothing new
I thought of you yesterday and the day before that too
I think of you in silence and often speak your name
All I have are memories - and pictures in a frame
CD AD JD ET FD FDX AAD NJC NAC
Titles in six different disciplines - his excellence was rewarded with
Australian Champion (Ch) - May 2000
Companion Dog obedience (CD) - May 2000
Endurance Test (ET) - August 2000
Novice Agility (AD) - June 2001
Novice Jumping (JD) - November 2001
Novice Flyball Dog (FD) - April 2003
Australian Agility Dog (AAD) - June 2003
Flyball Dog Excellent (FDX) - September 2003
Novice Jumpers Certificate (NJC) NADAC - Sept 2004
Novice Agility Certificate (NAC) NADAC - Sept 2004
photo by Sue Town
Patches is one of my all time favourite dogs. He is the first one I trained using the clicker and I feel that the time and effort I put into Patches (daily, over some years) has resulted in him becoming a remarkably willing and perceptive dog. When working with me, he watched closely and was very tuned into my body language, seeming to do what I wanted with no obvious commands or signals from me. Patches gained ten titles, and I was thrilled with this achievement knowing that it will be many years before this breed record is matched, let alone surpassed.
It's daring to be different - even from a very early age!
It was quite a surprise for puppy #3 to be a piebald, given that his dad was grey and his mother is red.
A puppy's natural instinct to retrieve was encouraged and worked with from an early age
- even if Patch chose a sock to steal!
Through winter of 2004 Patches worked in NADAC Agility,
gaining his first two NADAC titles NJC and NAC in September
Through 2003 he enjoyed the sport of Flyball where he competed in one of the
ACT CDC (Companion Dog Club) teams.
At Canberra Royal Show 2003, his first competition, he gained 11 Flyball Dog points.
At Sydney Royal Easter Show 2003 he gained 21 more points, enough for his first title.
At Werriwa on 27 September, he gained another 115 points, enough for his FDX title.
The story of Patches and Flyball is told in an article Mara wrote
His Australian Flyball Association (AFA) registration number is 578A.
Patches was the AFA Dog of the Week (18 July 2003)
For his feature article, go to the AFA Web Site www.flyball.org.au
Through 2003 we tackled Open Agility and gained 2 passes towards that title.
Canberra Royal Show - 3rd out of 40 + entries
SHC of NSW - 3rd
Photo by Caron-Lee & Ingo Kahl
In August 2003 we auditioned in Sydney for a television program called Bark Off.
We devised a routine which combined obedience, agility, tricks and doggy dancing, worked around a "Mission Impossible" theme.
While we were applauded for our performance, we did not get a role
- we found out later that Patches was TOO WELL TRAINED!
Still, it was a fun day, one which reinforced my confidence that Patches would do whatever I asked of him
- if he could understand what I wanted.
the start of the Bark Off routine - some of the dogs who auditioned
We got a photograph with Molly Meldrum for the Web Page!
On the first weekend in November 2003, we participated in the
9th Australian Healthpact Masters Games
Dog Handling - Open Obedience, Open Agility and Cross Country
We weren't rushing over the A Frame
Open Agility - Gold
Dog handling Overall for my age group - Silver
Cross Country - Silver
Open Obedience - Silver
Read more about Patches' participation in the Masters Games
Patches was the July 2004 "Photo of the Month" on the ADAA Web Site
Patches' page is included in the world-wide list of three Performance Siberians
on this Site
Siberian Husky World WorkingDogWeb
3 notable piebalds - Batman, Patches and Keisha (Batman's mother)
An "all round fun" dog to be with - Patches loved life and always tried his best for me
running free - with Rhea
with Batman - his black piebald cousin
The Adelaide Royal Show in September 2004 saw the
largest number of piebald Siberian Huskies at any Royal Show in Australia to date
Iceman Chinnookums The Iceman 7/5/04 owned by A&B Parker & L&J Harris
(Sibermoon Runticus x Articfox Neeka)
Batman Jasabe Batman Returns ET
Teaser Keelinga Spot O Tea 22/3/04 R&M Herba
(Articmate Snowman x Keelinga Flite O Fantasy (iid) )
meeting Dr Harry
filming a Magnet Mart TV commercial with Clint
Doggy Dancing - jump over my leg
Doggy Dancing - the finale - salute to the public
Agility demonstration at Pet Expo 2000
On 10 June, 2001 Patches passed Novice Agility for the 3rd time to gain his AD (Agility Dog) title.
4 August, 2000 saw Patches gaited to his ET
(Endurance Test) title by Erin Frewin
with Kitty at the ACT State Obedience titles -
13 May 2000
On the 13th of May, 2000 Patches was fifth in the Novice Dog Class at the ACT State obedience Titles
with a qualifying score of 175. This give him his third qualifying score and CD (Companion Dog) title.
The picture shows him with Kitty who was 4th in Novice Bitch at her first Obedience trial.
These were the only 2 Siberians entered!
Kitty went on to become Ch Mikulov U Canbe A Blak Kat CD ET
and spent her life as a much loved pet with Michael Earle.
On the 7th of May, 2000 Patches went Dog Challenge and Best of Breed
and thus got his final
CC points and qualified for the
conformation title Australian Champion.
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