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  1. My Best Boy’s Birthday

    October 17, 2014

    Happy barkday to the Chaseman. In the blink of an eye he has become a Veteran — though he has no idea. Thank you Carolyn and Tom Cannon who allowed me to bring him home on January 6th 2008. We’ve had such great adventures — and are planning more.

    GCH/Can CH C-Myste Baledwr Pursuit of Happiness CD RN HSAds HIAs HXAs OAP OJP VCX ROMs TTChase - Brush Behind 9-22-12 blog

    Best wishes to the rest of the “Freedom litter.”  I always think of them by their litter names:  Ace, Bogey, Clem, Eagle, Feather, Golda, Heather, Ikey (that was Chase), and Jiggers.  Three are Champions, four have produced Champions.  All have made life better for their people.  What a grand group of babies.  Their Mom, Ch Mariel Reese’s Alice Springs ROMs is a full time RV dog, traveling with Carolyn and Tom.

    Chase’s youngest children are in Capetown, South Africa with Johann Theron (of the magic camera).  The red boy, Tamino, and girl, Jilly, will be 7-weeks old on Sunday.  I borrowed one of Johann’s great photos so you might see the babies singing happy birthday to dad (or playing bitey face).

    Tamino-Jilly 7 wks blog

    Chase is spending his birthday contributing to the making of more little red puppies.  He and Daisy should welcome a litter on December 16th.


  2. We certainly had a dog show

    October 15, 2014

    On Thursday it rained, on Sunday the wind blew, but we are hardy souls and persevered.  Thursday and Friday the shows were held by Sangre de Cristo Kennel Club; Valencia Valley Kennel Club sponsored the weekend shows.  Valencia Valley also held the three Obedience/Rally trials.  In conformation, there were two dogs and ten bitches entered, 4 specials on Thursday, 5 on Friday.  Saturday and Sunday there were two dogs and twelve bitches entered, 6 Specials on Saturday and 7 on Sunday.  The 4 point and 5 point majors held and the dogs crossed over for majors most days.

    The Elyan dogs did well — I couldn’t be more pleased with them.  Kevin Dooley and Copper completed her CD in three straight days and earned High Scoring Cardigan each of those days.  She is a Chase/Dory daughter (Elyan The Auburn Tigress HT CD).  Her litter sister Addie (Elyan Adelaide Eco) won the 5-point major on Saturday and now has 11 points — one more major to finish her Championship.  Little Salsa (McCombs Salsa Dancin on Elyan Street) was Best in Sweepstakes on Saturday and Reserve to the 5-point major on Sunday.  Salsa is a GCh Holmes’ daughter and her mother is CH McCombs Telltail Fleetwood Mac’s Girl.

    CD Award 10-12-14 med resKevin Dooley, Copper, the Judge and the loot –Good job Copper and Kevin!

    My Best Boy Chase was Best of Breed on Thursday, Best of Opposite Sex on Friday, Select Dog on Saturday, and Best of Opposite Sex on Sunday.  A different dog was Best of Breed each day and the points were spread around.  Chase and Salsa were handled by Kim Raleigh who did a splendid job with them.

    Today we bred Daisy — looking forward to puppies on December 16th.


  3. Happy 5th Barkday to Holmes and Watson

    September 19, 2014

    It is hard to believe that Holmes and Watson are 5 years old today — lots of exciting events with the dogs during this time.  Holmes earned his Grand Championship, his CD and his RA.  He lives in Chicago with Ali and Eric and two cats.  Watson has had the opportunity to herd and earned his HT and PT last summer.  He is in Napa with Alden.  I love my doubleton!  A few photos:

    Holmes Smelling the Iris - blog - 5-4-2010This is one of my favorite Holmes photos.  He was 5 months old.

    Holmes and Family 2-21-10 blogIt’s all about family — Holmes, Daddy Chase, Chase’s sister Molly, and Grandma Alice in April, 2010

    Watson - fall 2009Puppy Watson, Fall 2009 — he’s a very sweet boy

     


  4. The Autumn Sky

    September 14, 2014

    Thursday night the sunset was stunning.  As always, I just stepped out the back door.  I have a new Canon Elph and took these shots with it.

    Sunset w clouds 9-11-14

    Sunset 9-111-14 blog


  5. Healthy, We Are Healthy (Edited)

    August 28, 2014

    We’ve run a battery of health tests on Daisy.  Some of the other dogs have been in the way and been tested as well — so, here’s the skinny:

    Daisy:  Hips – PennHip 70th percentile, Elbows – OFA normal, Eyes – PRA tested clear, CERF (now CAER) normal, DM – normal by parentage, Cosmetics – Fluff Free, Ee (carries pink).  Daisy will soon be bred to Chase.  There will be red and brindle puppies.

    Chase’s health profile: Hips – OFA Good, Elbows – Normal, Eyes – PRA tested clear, CAER normal, Patella – normal, heart – normal, thyroid – normal, DM – normal, Cosmetic: pink free (EE), but carries fluff.

    Copper had a recent dental emergency.  While she was asleep, we PennHipped her.  Her hip results were “above 90th percentile” — fabulous result!  Copper is DM and PRA clear by parentage, she is fluff free and does not carry pink.  When she is 2, we will x-ray her elbows, but I would say she is one healthy girl — now husband-hunting for our little red girl (who also carries for black).

    It is just so nice to receive results like those above.  It makes me confident that any litters we breed here will be healthy and sound.  I’ve added the PennHip report for Copper.  I think it is BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Copper PennHip 2014