Committed to the improvement of the breed by breeding for health, temperament and better structure in dogs that have the ability to herd.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A watched pot.....

I feel much better that Zoe is finished now going forward with the breeding. That being said I don't think that a CH title is everything and isn't necessary to do a breeding but it is an extra 'bonus' I guess.

Since Zoe 'should' have come in at exactly at 6 months from her last season (shame on you Zoe for not coming in when scheduled!) that would have put her in season (or at least the beginning of it) this past week. So now its a waiting game. Everyone keeps telling me a watched pot never boils....well I want to make sure I don't MISS it! :)

I've got my choice for a stud dog and a back up 'just in case' because I always think the worst (because if I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have any) so its better to have several rows of ducks lined up in case!

Fingers crossed for Zoe and me :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Champion, another major, puppy group placing and its still not over!

I decided to come home this afternoon to celebrate my only nephew/Godson's 1st birthday with him and the family. This is giving me the opportunity to blog about the weekend so far. Dawn has had a great weekend so far getting a 4 point major on her Music that is owned and shown by Joyce and a 3 point major on her girl Peace! More info for them is on her blog. The Mann's got a three point major on their dog today as well.

The big news however is that I now have a champion! My first champion! For those not on facebook or in my texting column, it was my Zoe aka Bendi Ebonwald Smthing 2 Prove! Zoe got the cross over 4 point major yesterday to complete her AKC CH title with two 4 point majors and a total of 16 points! I'm really thrilled to have her finished after many RWB and looking for those ellusive majors that almost seem like urban legends up in the North Central part of the country this year.

Zoe's show days are over and we are going to concentrate on her agilitly training now which she REALLY enjoys.

In other news Justice aka Merrymoon Ebonwald Retribution was given the Best Puppy award and then went on to get a Puppy Group 3 in some really deep quality at the North Star Herding Group Club Specialty! He made his daddy proud.....he is SO happy out in the ring....:) This is Justice's fourth Puppy Group placing out of four times in the puppy group ring! Exciting!!

Today justice was RWD to a 3 point major and looked really good out there. I think he just needs to grow up, fill out and stuff before judges may take him seriously. I guess we'll see what tomorrow brings :)

Also today Mitcham the Briard aka Reine Dior Diving for Gold earned this THIRD 3 point major! That now puts him at 11 points with three majors! WHOOP WHOOP!! He is such a sweetheart and is really fun to show! Now if I can just pay attention to what is going on in the ring I will get INTO the ring at the right time LOL :)

What a great weekend!

Monday, August 17, 2009

CWCCWR Regional Specialty

Greetings fellow bloggers!

I am finally home and finally functioning :) I have a lot of work to do today but wanted to bring you all up to speed on what went on at the Western Reserve Specialty!

First off many thanks to those who made this show possible! The ring stewards, the catered lunches, the meeting of other blogger friends (Kate says way more on her blog than in person!) and Jeri was so much fun to meet and talk to and listen to Vivian and Kathy give puppy evals. I learn a lot when I do this listening!

Many thanks to Joanne and Ferris for letting me stay in the camper again and set up with them, and for taking me all over NE Ohio and western PA in the following days after the WR. Photos should be coming sooner than later :)

In my dogs' news, Justice was in the 9-12 puppy class. All three days of regular and sweeps classes he was the only dog. The good news was I still earned Sweeps money so I cannot complain :)

Ell was entered in Open two days and on her first day under breeder judge Kim Neilsen, she was awarded 4th place in the tough open bitch class. His comments were (verbatum) "I think this bitch is a lovely, typey bitch, much like the 3rd place bitch (it was Ell's sister Flash) and that she moves the same coming to you as the 3rd place bitch does. He would like to see more fill of muzzle but other than that thought she was a lovely side mover and excelled in breed type.

Flash, Ell's littersister was 3rd that day under Kim Neilsen, and then won the open bitch class on Saturday under breeder judge Nancy Cunliffe and then on Sunday won the Open bitch class. I know on Saturday under Nancy Cunliffe, Flash was Reserve Winner's bitch and Flash/Ell's grandmother Hannah (Merrymoon Noblestar Hot Ice) was Best Veteran Bitch and Best Opposite Sex!! She is 11 1/2 years old! Talk about a great day for Merrymoon! I was so happy for Barb Hoffman, my mentor, and her winnings! On Friday Hunter, aka Merrymoon Firestorm was Best Veteran Dog and Hannah was Best Veteran Bitch. Truly a testimony to Barb's sound breeding program who can have an 11 1/2 year old and a 13 year old in veterans and still be competitive with the younger dogs and look much younger than the other veterans out there! Ok I'll stop gushing :)

I had entered Ell in A-O-H on the sunday supported entry and during the final lineup for Winner's Bitch the judge remarked how lovely his lineup of bitches were, including the single entry classes. that was great to hear :)

Its nice when you can go to the largest specialty in the world for Cardigans and place in competitive classes under breeder judges. It sure makes the all breed shows and judges seem a lot less important :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

How do you say no......

Guess who thought she was going on a trip! As I was packing the car she kept trying to get in the back, front, side, doors and I was like NO NO NO! Then she for some reason left me alone to my packing. When I went to close the rear door this is what I found......

....makes my heart brake that I can't take her with. Sorry Sadie...not this time......

Monday, August 3, 2009

Western Reserve here I come!

I am going to have a super busy day tomorrow in getting ready for the Western Reserve I've entered and decided to go! I will be gone TWELVE days as I have a pigeon show to judge on my way out to Ohio and then the weekend after is Michigan Fiber Fest where I have sheep to show. Wish me luck! And I'll try and catch up with my blogger buddies when and if I can along the way!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Flashback Friday

OK so I'm over by 7 minutes for Flashback Friday but I was going through old photos of sheep and found this adorable photo of my dogs from last summer. Here is "Princess Sadie" overlooking/guarding/babysitting her pack. Oliver is on the right somewhat alert, Ell is in the front passed out, Mac is in front of her also passed out and Zoe is looking like she is starting to fade into sleep.....What a great photo I think!