Little dogs, big wins (and ears): Marco Island Papillons vie for national AKC honors

Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent (3)
Marco Island resident Kathleen Kreider with, left to right, Zoe, Zak, Qwin, and Luc (short names). Kathleen and her Papillion, MACH7 Cilloette Jumpin’ Zak Flash, OF T2B (Zak), are competing this weekend in the American Kennel Club Agility Invitational in Orlando.

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Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent (3) Marco Island resident Kathleen Kreider with, left to right, Zoe, Zak, Qwin, and Luc (short names). Kathleen and her Papillion, MACH7 Cilloette Jumpin’ Zak Flash, OF T2B (Zak), are competing this weekend in the American Kennel Club Agility Invitational in Orlando.

— Kathleen and Larry Krieder’s life has gone to the dogs.

The two spend much of their free time traveling to American Kennel Club (AKC) agility trials with their champion Papillons. This weekend, they will be in Orlando for a national invitational event, with only the top five of each breed in the country invited.

Their current reigning champion, MACH7 Cilloette Jumpin’ Zak Flash, OF T2B, mercifully known simply as Zak, is the only one competing, but the Krieders are taking all four of their Papillons along for the trip.

“Traveling is no problem. The dogs get in the car and go to sleep,” said Kathleen, adding that the dog-friendly policies of La Quinta have been a boon to them as they tour from here to as far as Monroe, Louisiana to follow their passion. To make things still easier, though, the couple recently bought a ‘fifth wheel’ travel trailer.

These dogs live high on the hog no Ken-L-Ration or kibble for them.

“I home cook for all the dogs,” said Kathleen Krieder, “predominately beef and salmon, or chicken. They eat a lot of sweet potatoes, green beans, blueberries and cottage cheese.”

The dogs, high-energy pooches with high-pitched voices, do respond avidly to commercial dog treats, crowding around Kathleen, standing on their hind legs, and leaping into the air when the zip-lock bag of treats appears. She spoke to the relationship between food and training.

“Some handlers don’t feed them the day of the trial. We don’t do that, but after their run, they get some chicken,” she said, when the volume of excited Papillon barking subsided somewhat.

The “run” is through a series of obstacles for agility training, which the AKC says is the fastest-growing canine sport, with over one million entries annually. The AKC Agility Invitational, they say, brings the “swiftest, most agile dogs in the country” together to compete for the top dog spot.

The dogs run, off-leash, over a seesaw, through a tunnel, pause on a table for five seconds “he hates that,” Kathleen said of Zak and weave through a series of poles, as the handler runs alongside and tries to keep up.

“The dog is always faster than the handler,” she said, “but it’s a team sport. He and I work together. He can read my body language, my face, and my verbal cues.” Indeed, as Zak runs through a practice course set up poolside at the Krieders’ home in the Estates area of Marco, his gaze goes instantly to Kathleen as he completes each revolution.

All of this dedication has garnered a serious amount of hardware in the form of ribbons, trophies and “MACH” sticks, (for Master Agility Champion) for three of the Krieders’ four dogs. One room in the Krieder home is dedicated as a trophy room. The walls are covered with plaques, ribbons, MACH sticks and photos of the dogs in their glory, with additional ribbons strewn about. Then Kathleen opens the closet and pulls out a series of plastic bins, standing as tall as she does, filled with additional ribbons.

The fourth dog, Luc, short for Luc the Dude Spotted Calypso, doesn’t compete. He “just didn’t get it,” said Kathleen, so he gets to enjoy the lifestyle of a star showdog, with the pampering and the personal chef, without having to endure the rigors of competition. So who’s smarter, really?

Traveling to trials and dog shows nearly every weekend, training and caring for the dogs, is pretty much a fulltime job, but Kathleen Krieder does have a day job, as financial administrator for San Marco Catholic Church.

Papillon is French for ‘butterfly,’ and the name comes from their prominent, widespread ears, reminiscent of the Mogwai from the film “Gremlins,” whom they somewhat resemble. Kathleen Krieder said they are descended from Spanish spaniels, and are a natural for agility training, along with herding breeds such as border collies and Shelties.

The Krieders used to own German shepherds, when they lived on acreage in Tennessee, but wanted smaller dogs who would fit in better in Florida.

“It was between Papillons and Westies,” said Kathleen, “but terriers are terrorists.”

She’ll probably be up against a few of them in Orlando this weekend, so she and Zak better be ready with their best Jack Bauer response.

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RayPray writes:

“I home cook for all the dogs,” said Kathleen Krieder, “predominately beef and salmon, or chicken. They eat a lot of sweet potatoes, green beans, blueberries and cottage cheese.”

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>>> Both here & in Europe this nitwit mania for dolling up these filthy animals & squandering resources on the cur industry knows no bounds....

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Momface (Inactive) writes:

It is a proven medical fact that people who love their dogs live longer than those who don't.

The clock is ticking Ray.

RayPray writes:

in response to Momface:

It is a proven medical fact that people who love their dogs live longer than those who don't.

The clock is ticking Ray.

While you coddle Fido, how long will these kids live?:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/hunger_at_ho...

Momface (Inactive) writes:

Why not take the money spent on sports, liquor or vacations and put it into your reasoning.

How many billions are spent on going to ball games, payment for players salaries, etc? Each time you watch a sporting event you are paying for that instead of helping the needy. Do away with that and then talk about how many kids could be fed.

I personally am not against sporting events except to use it as an example.

This is why we have choices, too bad because of your way of thinking your own longevity may be shortened.

Momface (Inactive) writes:

My feeling is, help the truly needy as much as you can afford to.

This has nothing to do with what others spend their money on for their own personal pleasure or enjoyment. They earned it so who is anyone, to tell them where to spend it?

RayPray writes:

in response to Momface:

My feeling is, help the truly needy as much as you can afford to.

This has nothing to do with what others spend their money on for their own personal pleasure or enjoyment. They earned it so who is anyone, to tell them where to spend it?

To Marco comes the true Spirit of Christmas:

"They earned it so who is anyone, to tell them where to spend it?"

"because of your way of thinking your own longevity may be shortened."

Momface (Inactive) writes:

Excuse me? Ray,

You, for one, talking about the true Spirit of Christmas is really the pot calling the kettle black to an extreme.

Should I look for some of your earlier posts to prove my point? Maybe just your name listed as BLOWHARD DETECTOR says enough?

Momface (Inactive) writes:

Taken from one with the experience:

November 3, 2013
5:55 p.m.
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Written on THE MAIN EVENT: Locals to step into the ring, along with international boxers:

Old Popoff, history relates
Was scuffling with some of his mates
When he slipped on a cutlass
Which rendered him nutless
And totally useless on dates

Signed GENUINE. Thank you!

Momface (Inactive) writes:

Too much time, here, wasted watching, too few people, who will make no difference no matter how much they blog.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Momface:

Too much time, here, wasted watching, too few people, who will make no difference no matter how much they blog.

Seems to me you are very active islandeye!

1Paradiselost writes:

Bye Momface... Your like a bad cold.. You'll be back, Under a different name! Now you have time to pet the cat.

Northerner writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

Bye Momface... Your like a bad cold.. You'll be back, Under a different name! Now you have time to pet the cat.

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WMissow writes:

No wonder nobody else bothers reading these blogs. The three/two of you have ruined it for everybody else.

Sorry to see Momface go.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

No wonder nobody else bothers reading these blogs. The three/two of you have ruined it for everybody else.

Sorry to see Momface go.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

ISLANDEYE MOMFACE,WMISSOW ALL ONE AND THE SAME BLOGGER. MAYBE SOME OTHER. IF MARCONEWS ELIMINATE THE DOUBLE AND TRIPLE NAME BLOGGER, WE LOSS 50%

MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

in response to Momface:

It is a proven medical fact that people who love their dogs live longer than those who don't.

The clock is ticking Ray.

Maybe he owns a cat. People who own cats live even longer then dog owners.

You see: Cats are 'low key' and lower the owners blood pressure rather then having a dog jumping up and down, back and forth, yipping, yapping and putting his filthy, muddy paws all over your clothes, on your rug and in your car.

MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

in response to WMissow:

No wonder nobody else bothers reading these blogs. The three/two of you have ruined it for everybody else.

Sorry to see Momface go.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

The real problem are the boring Letters to the Editor.

Boring stuff like town meetings and such.
How long do we have to see that letter about the Smokehouse Bridge.

How about some "war on christmas", "abortion" or "religion in government" letters.

The N.D. News always had good topics but they eliminated anyonomous comments and made readers subscribe.

Good luck to Momface.

RayPray writes:

in response to MIOCENE:

The real problem are the boring Letters to the Editor.

Boring stuff like town meetings and such.
How long do we have to see that letter about the Smokehouse Bridge.

How about some "war on christmas", "abortion" or "religion in government" letters.

The N.D. News always had good topics but they eliminated anyonomous comments and made readers subscribe.

Good luck to Momface.

"The real problem are the boring Letters to the Editor."

>>> Even worse are those smarmy 'Guest' columns by rotten-touped realtors and strutting military & cop fundraisers.

"The N.D. News always had good topics but they eliminated anyonomous comments and made readers subscribe."

>>> For genuine Collier news, as opposed to half-written stories amid restaurant promotions, I've switched to the News-Press website. While this rag also has a pay-wall, it is easily outfoxed by AdBlock+ or just periodically deleting its cookies.

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