Asja. What can you say about Asja? What can’t you say about Asja? Versatile. Social. Badass. Many said, when she was in her prime, that she was “the hardest biting bitch in PSA.” Many considered her to be one of the hardest bitches in the country. She wasn’t always the dog that got the “oohhs” and the “aaahhhs,” but she always went onto the field and worked her tail off for Greg. She was devoted to him.
Asja started her PSA career in 2006, at three years of age, in Baltimore, MD. She showed in the Level 1s five times, earning honors all but one of those times. She earned the first leg of her PSA 2 at Nationals in Farmingdale, NY, in 2007, and finished in 2nd place. She closed out her PSA 2 in Baltimore, MD, at East Coast Regionals, with honors, and was the East Coast Regional Champ for 2008.
On a dare, Greg showed Asja for the first time in the PSA 3 in Stafford, VA, in May 2009. Not expecting much, and having not really trained for it, Asja surprised everyone, and earned the first leg of her PSA 3 – the very first time she was shown in that level. She closed it out a little over a year later, again in Stafford, VA, in August 2010, and did so when PSA rules required competitors to earn 80% of the points in obedience and each protection scenario, and each scenario was worth 60 points rather than 50. Asja earned her PSA 3 more times than any other bitch.
Asja stepped on the PSA field for the last time in 2012, at nine years old, with a different handler, and earned her PDC. Even at that age, her desire to work and to please was strong. Asja was not only amazing on the field, though.
Asja was an amazing companion to Greg, and then to Greg and Katrina. She was often found hanging out on the couch, and, at night, when she would disappear, you could easily find her in their bed letting them know it was time for bed. Sadly, Asja developed lymphosarcoma in July 2015, and lost her battle just two months later on September 3, 2015. She will forever be missed, but left her mark in the hearts of everyone who knew her, as well as on the PSA trial field.