ASTA - November 18, 2006 - March 7, 2019
Asta was our foundation bitch, despite being an improperly coated PWD. "Improperly" coated means that she lacked the furnishings (long hair on top of her head, beard, and leg hair) that other PWDs have. Nevertheless, her personality was pure PWD in that she was quite the comedian, but had a heart of gold and was exceptionally sweet tempered.
She was part of an NIH study to determine the gene marker for the IC coat condition and her first litter was a test of the gene marker test that is now used for all breeding PWDs.
She competed in obedience, rally, nosework, barn hunt, NADAC and introductory AKC agility, and was an accomplished tricks dog. She earned her MAC-1 and MAC-2 recognition certificate from the PWDCA and also held an AKC Achiever certificate. At 10 years of age, she retired from most sports due to a cruciate injury, but still enjoyed occasional tracking and tricks training. Sadly, she developed what was probably malignant histiocytosis, an aggressive cancer, and left us at 12 years and 3 months of age. She produced 16 offspring, 13 of which were still alive at the time of her death.
In honor of her life and accomplishments, the Tracking Club of Massachusetts made a $50 contribution to the PDF Foundation, which funds research on canine cancer.