How Many Dogs Will Get Adopted This Year???

We are back at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival in Indio, CA.

This is our third year in a row at this event, and it is one of our absolute favorites. The palm trees, date shakes, and sunny palm desert weather can’t be beat. But our favorite part of this event is being set up right next to the Riverside County Animal Services adoption tent, and seeing hundreds of dogs find their new homes during the 10-day Fair. All of The Marvelous Mutts were adopted from shelters or rescue groups, so it is great fun for us to be able to promote the adoption tent during our shows.

Last year about 260 dogs got adopted during the event. We are hoping they hit 300 this year!

The Fair runs from February 17 - 26, and we have three shows a day at 12, 2 and 4 pm. Our high-flying Frisbee dogs, agility racing dogs and dock diving dogs will be in every show. Cha-Cha-Cha is making her Date Fest debut this year and was honored to play frisbee with fair royalty. 

Cha-Cha-Cha with Princess Dunyazade, Queen Scheherazade and Princess Jasmine after one of our shows.

We hope you can join us at this fabulous event!

The Marvelous Mutts

 

Winter Wonder-Tour in Wisconsin

 
 

What’s the best way to make it through the Wisconsin winter (well, besides watching the Packers)? It’s to start thinking about summer, and nothing says summer like dogs catching Frisbees


The Marvelous Mutts are back at the Milwaukee Boat Show!!

The Milwaukee Boat Show is Wisconsin’s largest boating exposition with over 300 boats from over 80 manufacturers – motor yachts, runabouts, aluminum boats, pro style fishing rigs, pontoon boats, cruisers…you name it!  Wakeboarding, cruising, sunning, fishing or just hanging out on the water…all are facets of the boating lifestyle and the Milwaukee Boat Show is a celebration of just that.

We are here with our high-flying Frisbee dogs and agility racing dogs. We have had huge, enthusiastic crowds for our first week at the Milwaukee Boat Show. Boating fans LOVE dogs, and that has shown in every performance in our first week here.

Our set-up for indoor frisbee/agility shows. We can accommodate unique space challenges, and we bring our own foam mat flooring for the dogs’ safety.

Henrik blazes through the agility course, and the crowd goes wild!

A lucky volunteer gets picked to throw the frisbee for Mucho. Don’t worry . . . he looks at everybody like that. ;-

You Won’t Want to Miss The Marvelous Mutts!

If you missed us the first weekend of the Boat Show, there is plenty of time to catch a show this week. We will be performing Wednesday, January 25 – Sunday, January 29. You won’t want to miss these flipping, flying Frisbee, and agility racing dogs!

 

The Mutts Make the News at the Cleveland Outdoor Adventure Show

Fox 8 News in Cleveland featured The Marvelous Mutts in a Facebook Live segment from the Cleveland Outdoor Adventure Show yesterday! We talked about the exciting things the dogs will be doing at the show – Frisbee tricks and agility racing! And we also highlighted the fact that our dogs are adopted from shelters and rescue groups.


One of the most rewarding things about what we do is sharing the message that Rescue Dogs Rock! A little news focus on that helps to spread the word, so thank you Fox 8 News!

You still have time to see this high-energy, action-packed show at the I-X Center this weekend. If you are in or around the Cleveland, OH area, come on down to see a show. Our Frisbee and agility dogs will show you that Rescue Dogs Rock!

Winter Tour 2017, Part 1: Cleveland and Milwaukee Here We Come!

We are loaded up and ready to roll for Part 1 of our 2017 Winter Tour!

 

The first stop is the Cleveland Outdoor Adventure Show at the I-X Center in Cleveland, OH. This show runs from January 13-15. If you are an outdoor enthusiast of any kind, this show will have something for you to see. Of course, if you love dogs, you won’t want to miss it.

After Cleveland, we head to the Milwaukee Boat Show at the Wisconsin Expo Center at the State Fair Park. The Milwaukee Boat Show is Wisconsin’s largest boating exposition with over 300 boats from over 80 manufacturers. We will be performing shows January 20 – 22 & January 25 – 29. We performed at the Milwaukee Boat Show in 2015, and we love this show. Our dogs love water sports, after all, and that’s what this show is all about!

Our shows in Cleveland and Milwaukee will feature our Frisbee dogs and agility racing dogs in an action-packed, family-friendly format. These shows are perfect for indoor, winter shows: Boat Shows, Travel Shows, RV Shows, Home Shows, Outdoor Expos and more! 

We look forward to seeing you!

Kara & Nadja

 

 

 

Winter Training with The Marvelous Mutts

Winter for us, like many, is the time of year that things slow down. The days are shorter and colder, so it’s a great time for us and our dogs to rest up after a long season of performing. But for our young dogs, it’s also the time of year to work on skills for next year. We have been taking some classes, both in person and online, to keep ourselves on a schedule and learn from some other amazing dog professionals that are part of our community.

Kara and Nadja are both taking online classes with the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.

Nadja is taking the “Disc Dog – Freestyle Tricks” class with Cha-Cha-Cha (taught by Sara Brueske, who you saw performing with us if you saw our show at the Stevens County Fair in Minnesota). Kara is working on “Performance Fundamentals” with Mambo and Boom-Chicka-Boom.

Cha-Cha-Cha

Yoo-Hoo

Mambo

Boom-Chicka-Boom

Boom-Chicka-Boom

We love the Fenzi format. 

You can register for different levels of courses, depending on how much personal interaction you want from the Instructor and what sort of budget you have. The Performance Fundamentals class is a great place to start if you want to get involved in dog sports or trick training.

We took a “Foundations Stations” class with Monique Plinck at Criterion Agility – Kara with Boom, and Nadja with Cha-Cha-Cha. The purpose of this class is to prepare young dogs for a future in dog sports and performance by exposing them to, and getting them comfortable with, all kinds of odd things: walking on different surfaces, hearing different sounds, learning different skills, all in a fun, safe and rewarding environment. Monique is our go-to instructor for all things agility. She has performed with us since we started our shows in 2011. She has qualified for multiple world teams in agility with her dog Tiki, and her dog Tush just qualified for his first world team appearance this fall. We were so glad we got to take our young dogs to this class. We drove over 4 hours round-trip to spend an afternoon training with Monique and it was so worth it!

We will be posting lots of training videos and pics of our young dogs in the coming weeks on our Facebook page, so be sure to follow our page if you haven’t already!

Happy Holidays!

Kara and Nadja

 

 

 

Giving Tuesday!

It’s our favorite day of the holiday season here at The Marvelous Mutts HQ – it’s Giving Tuesday!

This year we wanted to do something special for a canine charity that is near and dear to our hearts, The Chase Away K9 Cancer Fund (a division of the National Canine Cancer Foundation).

Canine Cancer simply sucks, and unfortunately it affects way too many of us pet parents. Our darling Clementine, the original Marvelous Mutt, and the dog that will adorn our logo for eternity, passed from canine cancer in 2014. When cancer took Cera Reusser’s beloved Chase in 2006, Cera determined to do something amazing in her memory, and Chase Away K9 Cancer was born. Chase Away K9 Cancer has brought an awareness to canine cancer, especially in our dog sport community, that didn’t exist before, and has raised over a million dollars to help improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this terrible disease. As Cera says:

“It’s amazing where a broken heart can take you. Chase continues to share her love with so many and I know she is here by my side on this journey we now call Chase Away K9 Cancer.”

In honor of Clementine, we are giving $500 to Chase Away K9 Cancer on this Giving Tuesday. We hope you will visit their website and learn more about the amazing work they are doing, and consider making a donation.

Clementine at The Marvelous Mutts HQ in Taghkanic, NY, 201

 

Note: For the past couple of years, we have had a friendly competition among our favorite rescue groups in the country, many of which we have adopted our Marvelous Mutts from. (Kansas City Pet Project won in 2014 and Perfect Pets Rescue won in 2015, each earning our Giving Tuesday donation of $500). There are many other worthy rescue groups, and we will likely return to our competition format in future years.

 

GIVING THANKS

This is a great big THANK YOU to all of the talented trainers and their dogs who joined us on the road this year.

Some of these trainers joined us for the first time and had no idea what they were getting themselves into. Setting up and tearing down, miles of travel and extreme temperatures, these fabulous trainers never faltered. And joining us again this year, Erich & Kara Steffensen, Nate Bednar and Christina Curtis led teams and took on additional responsibility- we couldn’t have done it without them!

All of the dogs that joined us were marvelous! From young pups who were just getting onto a stage for the first time to seasoned veterans and accomplished competitive dogs - these dogs wowed audiences throughout the country.

Together we performed over 600 shows in 2016!

  • Annie Cardelle
  • Nate Bednar
  • Erich Steffensen
  • Kara Steffensen     
  • Christina Curtis
  • Chandler Curtis
  • Mike Curtis
  • Jeremy Barnhill
  • Jennifer Gfeller
  • Rose Rucker     
  • Sara Brueske
  • Melissa Dragovich
  • David Gosch
  • Lindsey Hamilton-Donnelly
  • Monique Plinck
  • Arlene Collins
  • Charlotte Blake
  • Ben Sykes
We are so grateful to everyone who joined us and hope that you will join us again in 2017 and continue to bring “a canine spectacular” to people everywhere!
— Nadja & Kara

 

Meet the Newest Marvelous Mutt

Please say "Woof" to the newest member of our team: Boom-Chicka-Boom!

Boom is a 4-month-old Australian Cattle Dog mix we adopted from the Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team. She loves to play and learn, so we think she has potential to do just about anything. Right now she is learning how to settle in with the rest of the pack, and she is doing a great job. 

To follow along with Boom's training progress, be sure to sign up to follow our blog. We will be posting lots of updates about this little cutie pie and the rest of The Marvelous Mutts! 


Kara and Nadja, The Marvelous Mutts

Our First Blog by The Marvelous Mutts

We are thrilled to be completely booked all summer through the end of October.

The Marvelous Mutts, A Canine Spectacular, is a thrilling dog sport entertainment show that includes, agility dogs, disc dogs and dock diving, showcasing some of the world’s finest athletes! The Mutts have wowed crowds throughout the United States and South America!

Our dogs have reached the highest levels in every sport they have competed in: multiple world finalist disc dogs, national finalist agility dogs.

Follow our new blog to hear about how we use our energy and passion to make this happen!
— Nadja and Kara
Meet The Marvelous Mutts

Meet The Marvelous Mutts