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    The 1999-2000 season was Aky's first season competing in IWPA sanctioned
    weight pulling events. He really enjoys the activity as well as the new doggie
    friends he's made.  Aky weighs an average of 75 lbs.; so he competes in the
    60-80 lb. class.  This means he is usually competing against Malamutes,
    Rottweilers, Bulldogs, Pit Bulls, and some Mixed Breeds.  Aky competes against
    the other dogs to earn points and for himself to earn titles.  Points are
    accumulated throughout the season and the top 3 dogs in each class and region
    will receive a gold, silver, or bronze medal and will be invited to the international
    championship pull.  Three titles are offered: The Working Dog (WD) in which the
    dog pulls 12 times their weight  (5 times if pulling on snow) at 4 different
    events; Working Dog Excellent (WDX) in which the dog pulls 18 times their
    weight (10 times if on snow) at 4 different events; and Working Dog Superior
    (WDS) in which the dog pulls 23 times their weight (15 times if on snow) at 3
    different events.

    Aky earned his Working Dog Superior title on wheels and has 2 legs towards
    his WDS on snow. He earned the gold medal for his region on snow and the
    silver on wheels. Aky was invited to attend the IWPA championships this year
    in Levenworth, WA.  He was the only German Shepherd Dog competing and sure
    made us all proud when he pulled a personal best on wheels and brought home the
    bronze medal for his weight class on snow.
 
 
Petco StrongDog Competition (Day 1); Spokane WA 
Date: 11/6/99
Pull: 22 
Organizer(s): Devin Crouch & Bob Daymude 
Wheels Region: 2
Track: Dry carpet        Weather:48F and cloudy
Dog Region  Amt. Pulled Time Weight % Score Breed
Kayak 2 1880 31.16 74 25.41 16 Alaskan Malamute 
Timber 2 1760 30.22 64 27.50 13 Siberian Husky 
Baby  2 1640 40.25 80 20.50 10 Am. Bull Dog 
Tuff T-Bone  2 1520 17.06 70 21.71 8 Husky
Cheyanne 2 1400 9.03 74 18.92 7 Alaskan Malamute
Summit  2 1400 22.79 73 19.18 6 Alaskan Malamute
Sitka  2 1280 31.91 80 16.00 5 Alaskan Malamute
Aky 3 1280 38.87 67 19.10 4 German Shepherd
Siren  2 1280 49.47 79 16.20 3 Alaskan Malamute
Mica  2 1160 15.56 64 18.30 2 Alaskan Malamute
Smokey  2 1040 13.69 75 16.00 1 Alaskan Malamute
Piattia  P No Pull No Pull 76 0 0 Alaskan Malamute
Petco StrongDog Competition (Day 2); Spokane WA 
Date: 11/7/99
Pull: 22  Organizer(s): Devin Crouch & Bob Daymude
Wheels Region: 2
Track: Dry carpet
Weather:48F and cloudy
Dog Region Amt. Pulled Time Weight % Score Breed
Timber 2 1880 17.18 64 29.38 16 Siberian Husky
Kayak 2 1880 71.12 74 25.41 13 Alaskan Malamute
Siren 2 1640 38.38 79 20.76 10 Alaskan Malamute
Baby 2 1640 56.65 80 20.50 8 Am. Bull Dog
Smokey 2 1640 72.40 65 25.23 7 Alaskan Malamute
Cheyanne 2 1520 10.25 74 20.54 6 Alaskan Malamute
Aky 3 1520 12.43 67 22.69 5 German Shepherd
Summit 2 1520 46.96 73 20.82 4 Alaskan Malamute
Tuff T-Bone 2 1400 49.13 70 20.00 3 Husky
Mica 2 1040 47.31 64 16.25 2 Alaskan Malamute
Piattia P 560 7.87 76 7.37 0 Alaskan Malamute
Sandy 2 440 7.57 78 5.64 0.5 Rottweiler
The picture to the left is Eddie. 
He's one of Aky's pullin' buddies. 
He's taught Aky a lot about pullin' 
and havin' fun on road trips; 
he even taught Aky to sit in his own chair so he could keep his paws 
warm between pulls.
Bavarian Ice Festival (Day 1 ) -   Leavenworth, Washington                   Date: 1/15/00
Pull: 46                                     Organizer(s): Ryan Wood                    Region: 2
Track: Very sticky Snow . Dogs had to work hard to break loose.
Weather:Overcast and Cold.
 
Dog Region Lbs. Pulled Time Weight % Score Breed
Nuka Tu 2 470 5.90 70 6371 12 Alaskan Malamute
Timber 2 420 8.00 63 6.67 9 Siberian Husky
Tuff T-Bone 2 320 3.40 71 4.51 6 Husky
Aky 3 320 3.58 72 4.44 4 German Shepherd
Cheyanne 2 320 4.60 72 4.44 3 Alaskan Malamute
Woof 2 270 21.20 70 3.86 2 Alaskan Malamute
Smokey 2 220 7.00 66 3.33 1 Alaskan Malamute
Guapa P No Pull No Pull 67 0 0 Elkhound Mix
Bavarian Ice Festival (Day 2 ) 
Leavenworth, Washington
Date: 1/16/00
Pull: 46  Organizer(s): Ryan Wood 
Region: 2
Track: Hard packed 7 slippery Snow . 
        Dogs had to work hard to break loose.
Weather: Snowing, overcast and wet
Dog Region Lbs. Pulled Time Weight % Score Breed
Nuka Tu 2 490 7.20 70 7.00 11 Alaskan Malamute
Timber 2 440 58.80 63 6.98 8 Siberian Husky
Aky 3 290 4.66 72 4.03 5 German Shepherd
Cheyanne 2 240 2.90 72 3.33 3 Alaskan Malamute
Tuff T-Bone 2 240 3.25 71 3.38 2 Husky
Woof 2 No Pull No Pull 70 0 0 Alaskan Malamute
Smokey 2 No Pull No Pull 66 0 0 Alaskan Malamute

 
Deer Park Winterfest (Day 1 ) -- Deer Park, Washington
Date: 1/22/00
Pull: 50             Organizer(s): Robert M. Daymude 
Region: 2
Track: Icy Snow 
Weather: cloudy, light snow, 33F high
Dog Region Lbs. Pulled Time Weight % Score Breed
Nuka Tu 2 1235 12.75 71 17.39 14 Alaskan Malamute
Aky 3 1155 12.91 72 16.04 11 German Shepherd
Kayak 2 1075 23.34 76 14.14 8 Alaskan Malamute
Max 3 835 6.76 74 11.28 6 Rhodesian Ridgeback
Blue P 675 30.50 80 8.44 0 Husky Mix
Mica 2 515 41.33 64 8.05 4 Alaskan Malamute
Tuff T-Bone 2 435 3.53 73 5.96 3 Husky
Piattia P 435 5.87 76 5.72 0 Alaskan Malamute
Cheyanne 2 355 3.20 73 4.86 1 Alaskan Malamute
Timber 2 No Pull No Pull 68 0 0 Siberian Husky
Deer Park Winterfest (Day 2 ) -- Deer Park, Washington
Date: 1/23/00
Pull: 50        Organizer(s): Robert M. Daymude 
Region: 2
Track: Icy Snow 
Weather: Sunshine, slight breeze, 35F high
Dog Region Lbs. Pulled Time Weight % Score Breed
Nuka Tu 2 1235 7.18 71 17.39 11 Alaskan Malamute
Aky  3 1155 7.50 72 16.04 8 German Shepherd
Kayak 2 835 13.63 76 10.99 5 Alaskan Malamute
Max 3 675 5.22 74 9.12 3 Rhodesian Ridgeback
Tuff T-Bone 2 515 11.65 76 6.78 2 Husky
Timber 2 435 10.71 68 6.40 1 Siberian Husky
Bird P No Pull No Pull 72 0 0 Am. Pitt Bull Terrier

 
Blast Off 2000 ( Day 1 ) -- Missoula, Montana 
Date: 1/8/00
Pull: 43                   Organizer(s): Dixie Smith 
Region: 3
Track: Carpet, Indoors.
Dog Region Lbs. Pulled Time Weight % Score Breed
Max 3 2000 31.53 76 26.32 9 Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rascal 3 1880 52.47 78 24.10 6 Mixed Breed
Aky 3 1400 15.90 75 18.67 3 German Shepherd
Dasha 3 1160 10.09 78 14.87 1 Rottweiler
Tytan 3 1160 15.00 78 14.87 0.5 Rottweiler

 
Blast Off 2000 ( Day 2 ) -- Missoula, Montana 
Date: 1/9/00
Pull: 43   Organizer(s): Dixie Smith 
Region: 3
Track: Carpet, Indoors.
Dog Region Amt. Pulled Time Weight % Score Breed
Max 3 1840 9.50 76 24.21 8 Rhodesian Ridgeback
Dasha 3 1360 47.00 78 17.44 5 Rottweiler
Aky 3 1000 5.09 75 13.33 2 German Shepherd
Tytan 3 1000 20.90 78 12.82 0.5 Rottweiler
February Frenzy -- Day 1
 Missoula, Montana
 Pull: 64      Organizer(s): Dixie Smith
 Wheels Region: 3
 Track: Indoor on Carpet
 Date: 2/12/00
 
Dog Region Amt. Pulled Time Weight % Score Breed
Aky 3 1760 7.88 74 23.78 8.0 German Shepherd Dog
Max 3 1760 10.09 75 23.47 5.0 Rhodesian Ridgeback
Tytan 3 1160 24.37 79 14.68 2.0 Rottweiler
Cito 3 560 3.74 75 7.47 0.5 German Shepherd Dog
February Frenzy -- Day 2
 Missoula, Montana
 Pull: 65      Organizer(s): Dixie Smith
 Wheels Region: 3
 Track: Indoor on Carpet
 Date: 2/13/00
 
Dog Region Amt. Pulled Time Weight % Score Breed
Aky 3 1760 7.66 74 23.78 8.0 German Shepherd Dog
Max 3 1760 9.06 75 23.47 5.0 Rhodesian Ridgeback
Tytan 3 1160 12.61 79 14.68 2.0 Rottweiler
Cito 3 680 5.62 75 9.07 0.5 German Shepherd Dog
March Madness in Missoula -- Day 1
 Missoula, Montana
 Pull: 71  Organizer(s): Dixie Smith  Wheels Region: 3
Carpet  Track: Carpet on concrete floor indoor  Date: 3/11/00
Weather: Indoor
 
Dog Region Amt. Pulled Time Weight % Score Breed
Nuka Tu  2 2360 16.28 71 33.24 14.0 Alaskan  Malamute
Timber 2 2200 45.44 66 33.33 11.0 Siberian Husky
Max 3 1880 10.35 75 25.07 8.0 Rhodesian Ridgeback
Aky 3 1720 6.87 74 23.24 6.0 German Shepherd
Summit 2 1400 36.44 73 19.18 5.0 Alaskan Malamute
Venture 2 760 22.59 72 10.56 4.0 Alaskan Malamute
Cody P 760 22.59 72 10.56 0.0 German Shepherd
Tytan 3 600 5.87 79 7.59 2.0 Rottweiler
Cito 3 600 12.97 75 8.00 1.0 German Shepherd
Mac P No Pull No Pull 63 0.00 0.0 Australian Shepherd

 

March Madness in Missoula -- Day 2
Missoula, Montana
Pull: 71  Organizer(s): Dixie Smith  Wheels Region: 3
Carpet  Track: Carpet on concrete floor indoor  Date: 3/12/00
Weather: Indoor
 
Dog Region Amt. Pulled Time Weight % Score Breed
Max 3 2040 10.15 75 27.20 11.0 Rhodesian Ridgeback
Nuka Tu 2 2040 13.19 71 28.73 8.0 Alaskan Malamute
Timber 2 2040 24.22 66 30.91 5.0 Siberian Husky
Summit 2 1400 57.79 73 19.18 3.0 Alaskan Malamute
Aky 3 1240 8.72 74 16.76 2.0 German Shepherd
Tytan 3 920 10.03 79 11.65 1.0 Rottweiler
Venture 2 920 44.01 72 12.78 0.5 Alaskan Malamute

IWPA Championship 2000

On April 29 & 30 dogs and handlers from all across the United States and Canada came to Leavenworth Washington to attend the International Weight Pull Championships.  The weather was beautiful, the
competition was tough, the people were wonderful and the dogs were amazing!

Saturday was the snow competition; and while the sunny blue skies were perfect for getting a sunburn they made the pulling conditions very hard for the dogs.  To say the snow was sticky would be an understatement and when we watched how it took five men to pull the sled back to the starting line we really appreciated the physical and mental abilities of the dogs.  Below are the results of the 80 pound class; the other classes can be seen on the IWPA web page.  Aky pulled like a pro, bringing home the bronze medal and proving that you don't have to be a Sled Dog to excel at the sport of weight pulling !
 
Championships 2000 - Day 1
Leavenworth, WA
Pull: 96    Organizer(s):Parsons & Daymudes   Snow Region: 2
Date:4/29/00  Weather:   Clear and warm, upper 50's.
Track:Wet & slow. Snow the city pushed off the streets and over the banks was all that
             was left & it had some dirt content. It was placed in a wooden frame on the concrete slab
             remaining from an old packing house.
 
 
Dog Region Amount Pulled Time  Weight % Breed
NukaTu 2 500 16.90 75 6.67 Alaskan Malamute
Prince Apollo 9 360 1.68 73 4.93 Boxer
Aky 3 360 4.50 72 5.00 German Shepherd Dog
Ringo 6 360 9.96 75 4.80 Am. Bull Dog
Barney 6 360 14.66 71 5.07 Malamute Mix
Blitzen 9 360 39.81 75 4.80 Samoyed
Xydako 9 220 3.84 74 2.97 Mixed
Blood 6 220 4.87 75 2.93 Am. Bull Dog

 

On Sunday everyone was ready for the wheels competition.  The conditions were perfect for both handlers and dogs.  The pulling chute was carpet on an almost level concrete pad and many records
were set that day.  Aky pulled a personal best of 2,190 pounds.  He actually pulled 2, 540 pounds
but due to a handler error he was disqualified at that weight.  The dogs who won their classes truely
are champions. The dogs who didn't win that day are champions too.

Championships 2000 -- Day 2
Leavenworth, Washington
Pull: 97    Organizer(s):Parsons & Daymudes    Wheels Region: 2
Date:4/30/00    Weather: Hazy and warm, upper 50's.
Track: Carpet over the concrete slab left over from an old packing house.
 
Dog Region Amount Pulled Time Weight % Breed
VooDoo 9 3590 16.55 74 48.51 Am. Bull Dog
Blood 6 3590 25.65 75 47.87 Am. Bull Dog
Ringo 6 3240 20.97 75 43.20 Am. Bull Dog
Xydako 9 2890 14.98 74 39.05 Mixed
Nuka Tu 2 2890 24.53 75 38.53 Alaskan Malamute
Prince Apollo 3 2540 13.80 73 34.79 Boxer
Timber 2 2540 17.35 65 39.08 Siberian Husky
Aky 3 2190 13.00 72 30.42 German Shepherd Dog
Max 3 1840 68.37 73 25.21 Rhodesian Ridgeback

Click here to see the results of the 2001 pulling season.
Click here to find out about UKC's new weight pull program
 

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