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  1. Flutter – Best of Breed at Alaska Herding Group

    November 17, 2014

    On November 7th, it was another major for our Flutter (“Bluefox Elyan Mariposa”).  Jessica showed her from the classes to Best of Breed over two Champions to earn her second Major.  Two days later she picked up two more points so is now at 12 with both her Majors.  The next shows are in January so the little FlutterBye is hanging out with Jessica and Brian Viera (and, I hear, looking for mud).

     BOB Photo 11-7-14 Cropped blog


  2. Four Show Days with CWCCA Supported Entries

    October 23, 2014

    We survived rain on Thursday and wind on Sunday.  The majors held all four days (4-pointers for bitches on Thursday/Friday and 5 pointers for bitches  on Saturday/Sunday).  We had three days of Obedience/Rally, a pizza/salad lunch and educational program on the current Cardigan health survey.  Our dogs did well.

    Copper and Kevin Dooley earned a Companion Dog title with qualifying scores three days in a row.  Copper was also high scoring Cardigan all three days.  Don’t they look happy in this photo?  Copper is a Chase daughter.  Her litter sister Addie won the 5-point major on Saturday.

    CD Award 10-12-14 med res

    Salsa had a good cluster as well.  On Saturday she was Best in Sweepstakes under Judge Jeri Lamy.  This is only her second time shown — first time was in April at the National Specialty.  She was beautifully handled by our friend Kim Raleigh.

    Salsa Sweeps - 10-11-14 blog

     On Sunday, under Judge Carol Moser-White, Salsa was Reserve Winners Bitch to the 5-point major.  I was very proud of my happy little Chase Granddaughter.

    Salsa - RWB - 10-12-14 blog

    Finally, Chase made an appearance — his last before he turned 7 on October 17th.  On Thursday he was Best of Breed, on Friday, he was Best of Opposite Sex, on Saturday, he was Select Dog, and on Sunday he was Best of Opposite Sex.  He loves to get out and show!  Yes, it was a bit windy!

    B0B-BOS-SD-BOS-10-9-12-2014 blog 


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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