National Trial took place in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Their events range from Conformation, Go-To-Ground (GTG), Racing, Agility and Obedience. Year after year of getting awards, once again 13 years old Marcel placed 1st and 3rd in their Obedience classes at the National Trial. It is unknown which class was 1st and which was 3rd but the classes were Novice and Sub-Novice. Way to go, Alison and Marcel! Marcel has been to the National Trial since he was a young boy. He has beaten all of hearing dogs to get these awards. Marcel has once again proven to the world that deaf dogs are worth saving and having. His presence undoubtedly has dispelled any myth about deaf dogs.
Food for thought:
Deaf JRTs are welcome to participate in GTG, Racing, Agility and Obedience but Conformation through JRTCA. Conformation is for "perfect" dogs. In their perspective, deafness is a fault therefore deaf JRTs are disqualified from entering Conformation. Hope that'll change in the future.
It is also sad that the policy of JRTCA's rescue known as Russell Rescue, Inc. (RRI) is not to take in a deaf JRT from any shelters before placing them in foster homes like they do with many hearing JRTs due to liability. Hello, what liability!?!? Many, many people will say deaf dogs are the most sweetest one'll ever get to know. I can't believe it is happening in this day and age. Talk about ignorance. However, if we compare them with Dalmatian Club of America (DCA) and Boston Terrier Club of America (BTCA) among few others that we may not be aware of, JRTCA isn't too bad as they do not have a position stating to everyone who has a deaf dog of their breed to be euthanized. More about some of these cruel breed specific Clubs of America or America Kennel Clubs in future blog.