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  1. What a Great Weekend!

    April 14, 2014

    This post will be short, but I’ll embellish it with photos and video later on.

    We had a most splendiferous weekend.

    Saturday:

    CHASE:  Although Chase and the geese did not bond (at all) at the PWCCSC All-Corgi Herding Trial, the sheep were to his liking.  On Saturday, he was second to “Rocky” in Advanced Sheep and earned 2 Championship Points.  Ellen Gerwin is his pilot.  Here is a link to the video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpuMiiD4EqI

    ADDIE:  This Chase/Dory daughter is owned and handled by Celena Slaton.  Addie was Best of Winners at the Terry-All Show for another point.

    MEA:  This is a Holmes/Rhiannon baby girl.  She earned her first point owner-handled by Arlene Irby.

    NOLA:  Our funny red girl and her owner Elfie Payne earned a second place in Novice Obedience.  She scored 192.5 and completed her CD.  All three of her legs were 192 (or higher) in huge classes.  She was awarded a first place and two second places.  Nola is a Chase/Leidy daughter.

    Sunday:

    CHASE:  Even better than Saturday.  Chase won the Advanced Sheep class and earned his first herding major.  It has taken more than a year for Ellen and Chase to become comfortable with one another on the course (remember there is livestock running around out there).  It’s been worth the wait.

    ADDIE: Ms. Addie and Celena took Best of Breed over two Champions.  This yearling just keeps getting better and better.  She will be at the National Specialty next week — I hope the judge loves her as much as we do.

    SMOOCH:  Earned another RAE leg with her owner DeAnn Nelson.  Smoochie and Nola are littermates.

    It was a crazed weekend here while I searched unsuccessfully for the Title to the little trailer.  I know it is here — somewhere.  Then I discovered, with the help of my neighbor that we could not discover the towing wiring on the Element (affectionately called “Hi-O”).  It has the travel package (roof rack, trailer hitch), but no receptacle for the trailer’s brake lights/running lights — not that it matters because I can’t transfer the trailer to my name and register it without the title.

    The wind BLEW.  The mountains were not visible, the tumbleweeds are piling up, and everything has a thin coating of dust.

    Today:

    Have the wiring harness installed on the car, make arrangements to rent a small trailer, try to make some clients happy, and have lunch with Jean.  See, I am clinging to sanity!


  2. Proof That Chase Ran Agility – Photos

    April 1, 2014

     Head first red wing Head First White Wing Start Line Stretch Out Teeter Toes Weave Where to Jefe

    Finishing the Jump


  3. Ramping Up For Competition

    March 31, 2014

    Trials coming: 

    April 4-6 is an Agility Trial — not just any trial — it’s a half hour from my house.  Few activities are that close so it’s pretty exciting.  Chase is fit and happy.  I hope he runs like the wind AND clean.  Perhaps we will finish his Excellent Jumpers Title, perhaps he will get a Excellent Standard leg — or even two or three.

    On the following Wednesday, he will take his little overnight bag and go to California with Ellen for the Corgis-only Herding Trial.  We had good practices both yesterday and Saturday.  Chase knows what he needs to know.  Now, will he use that knowledge for good — or for evil?

    The following Wednesday Chase will again leave with Ellen, heading to Missouri for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America National Specialty Show.  The Herding Trials are on the 19th and 20th.  Copper, Flutter and Salsa will leave for Missouri on Thursday.  All four dogs are entered in conformation events.  Chase is entered on sheep and duck herding as well as in Agility.  Copper is our surprise entry in the Herding Test.  Two weeks ago, I asked Ellen if she would look at Copper as a potential entry.  I took her up to Robert’s place in Edgewood on Sunday and she was splendid.  She showed great instinct, but more than that, she took direction.  Her second and third practices were this past weekend.  This little red girl is a great combination of her dad (Chase) and her mom (Dory).  Dory comes from a line of serious herding dogs.  Little Copper plans to be a serious herding dog!

     We will rock you 3-29-14

    Copper moving her sheep1 3-29-14

    Copper moving her sheep1 3-29-14


  4. Spring Agility (Video Added)

    March 17, 2014

    Friday it was cold, but not much wind, Saturday there was pea soup fog and then the bitter wind blew, Sunday was sunny and warm.  That is how the weather looks for an early spring agility trial weekend.  Chase’s runs were in tune with the weather –cold, really off, and nice scattered across the three days.  He did manage an Excellent Jumpers Qualifying run on Sunday which gives him 2 Excellent JWW legs.  He had a splendid Standard run on Saturday, but knocked the bar on a double jump.  Then there was the Start jump to an off-course, being carried off the jumpers course when he took a stand in the middle of the weaves to bark at Doranna, and a drive-by on the teeter.  It’s as if I brought three different dogs with me.  He is exhibiting better skills — and he loves tricky courses.  Evelyn Vinogradov was photographing at the trial and I hope caught some great Chase moments.  If she did, they will be posted.  There are videos which you may want to watch through a buttonhole because Chase was so bad some of the time.

    The highlight of Chase’s weekend was meeting a lovely couple from Santa Fe that is looking for a Cardigan.  On Saturday Richard met us at the trial and Chase did his over-the-top meet and greet.  Sunday morning Richard called and asked if he and his wife could come visit again.  That is always fine with us.  Chase loved Cheryl.  He cleaned her face and leaned up against her.  Richard took photos.

    Cheryl Hoagland and Chase 3-16-14

    Now, to find them a nice Cardi!


  5. Very Nice Nola and Elfie

    March 7, 2014

    Elfie and Nola have meshed as an obedience team.  Nola completed her Beginner Novice title on February first with a 4th place and two 2nd place awards in tough company.  Elfie and the Red Menace are having a great time.  I am very proud of them!

    AKC BN Certificate blog