Kona was only pulled in UKC for his 3 qualifying pulls to get that stupid UWP, so that when and if he was brought out again he would have that out of the way. The first pull weekend he came out to play (after only three days of work) he made his first 100 points fast by taking most weight pulled and most weight per body pound UKC weight pull November 2010 Kona @ 49 pounds working his ass off.
Making him a UKC Weight Pull Champion in one weekend
Kona has been trained and handled by Johnathen, this is a one of a kind dog.
It is so unreal to me to see Kona work out.
Kona just trys to make Johnathen happy and what ever dad wants this little boy trys so very hard to do.
VICTORINO'S KONA GOLD
July 14th & 15th 2007 ADBA Show
KONA's first WP show at 9 months and one day old.
Kona's 1st competition ~~ Lost MWPP By this much! Take a good look at where the tape is on the rail system !! That sucks!
ADBA show July 14th ... 2,280 lbs in 25.28 seconds at 57.25% Taking first place in his class.
Kona at 9 months and one day old lost by 0.25 % the MWP% trophy.
This is too close of a win for the pup, and would have made a seasoned dog go home with it's tail between his legs and the trainer pissed.
Johnathen didn't want to push Kona the fist day and knowing his dog, Johnathen knew he would be better the second day.
This track was set UP HILL 4 inches from start to finish.
The actual finish line was the nose of the cart over the gray tape, not the center of the front axle.
The Sunday show it was told to us that the weight increments would be increased, a lot more then the day before. This was voted on by the owners of bigger dogs and by the WP judge owner of the dog taking the % trophy the day before.
Guess you would do just about anything if your dog almost lost the MWP% trophy to a 9 month old puppy.
The smallest dog in the class should be able to call the weight not the bigger dogs. Giving the small dogs a chance to get their highest percentage. Then you can increase the weights.
Pulling dogs by % is the true test of a dogs strength. If your big dog truly has what it takes then you should have no fear.
To me this was a sign of weakness and fear for ones that called the shots.
Common practice for big dog owners, face it big dogs can't go the distance.
Increase weights - Low blow and a lack of sportsmanship
Johnathen has not seen these photos until I placed them on the web page on 1/16/2009 18 months later.
What a shock for him to see just how close this boy came.
This boy pulled his heart out for this man.
It was for love and the bond they have made together.
A bond a lot of pullers will NEVER experience in their whole life time of competition in weight pull.
Johnathen knows he had something for big dogs owners to fear, that in it's self was his trophy.
To up the weight increments is a big advantage for big dogs.
The true winner is the one that feels good years later !
I know Johnathen's head is held high!
His boy didn't let him down !
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~ July 14, 15, 2007 ~
Kona Gold came off the porch to play with the BIG DAWGS and KICKED SOME ASS.....
A long day for a 9 month old pup playing with the big dogs and keeping up all the way !
This boy made them rethink the next show!
Good thing they decided to up the weight increments on Sunday this 9 month old boy would have won the trophy !
After the % was won Johnathen reached out to shake the winners hand, The words that came out of his mouth next was the icing on the cake.
" Hay sorry man, I had to do something, I could not let your puppy beat my boy."
That was all that needed to be said to confirm the truth..... it was not to end the show early!
It was to pass up the pups top pulling percentage in a weight increment that went far beyond what he needed!
6-4-2007 weighed in at the vet at 34.5 lbs. at 8 months
At this point he was off any kind of work out for over two weeks, because mommy said dad was pushing to hard.
Drag weight in the front pasture for a few times around, then Kona will get to play ball
Then he will go for a 3 mile walk with Johnathen.
This dog loves the time with Johnathen it is so unreal.
I just bought this horse ball for the horses in February 2007
Just a little to spendy for a pit bull to chew up.
Johnathen just gave it to Kona, well you know what will happen then.
DREAMING OF THE WEIGHT PULLS THEY WILL ATTEND TOGETHER
Kona Gold and his littermates 6wks old
Kona Gold 4 weeks old