Chase hitched a ride to California with Ellen Gerwin. The PWCCSC All-Corgi Trials were held at Judy Vanderford’s farm on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, Chase was 2nd in Advanced Sheep with a score of 91. He earned 1 Herding Championship point for that.
Yesterday, Chase brought his A game and earned a 96 (out of 100 possible points) for a 1st place in the class AND High in Trial (sheep). That was worth 2 more Championship points and completed the requirement of two Advanced Class wins — he already had his Major win. Chase is now more than half way to his Herding (and Dual) Championship. This was his second High in Trial — the first was on geese.
You want to know about ducks? Why would you ask? Chase thinks ducks are stoopid. He had arguments with Ellen both days during his Advanced Duck runs. When he does that, she thanks the judge and removes Chase from the arena. BADDOG!
I cannot thank Ellen enough for all the time and thought she puts into training and trialing Chase. She has taught him to problem solve and because of that, he has become a very good sheep herder. . . . and the ducks? I just shrug.
Judge Molly Wisecarver, our Chaseman, and Ellen — all smiling for the camera
Last weekend, Jessica Viera showed Flutter (Bluefox Elyan Mariposa) at shows in Anchorage. On Saturday, Flutter was Winners Bitch/Best of Winners for her third Major and a completed Championship. The judge was Robert Vandiver. Flutter is seventeen months old. On Sunday, Jess moved Flutter up to the Champion class for Best of Breed and Judge Margaret Jones awarded her Best of Breed over three other champions. In the Herding Group Judge Jones gave her a Group III — I think/hope the first of many Group awards for this pretty girl.
I can’t say enough good things about Flutter’s “other mother” and primo handler Jessica Viera. She does such a lovely job of exhibiting her (and of washing off the mud). Our little girl is definitely a pig-dog!
Flutter’s Championship/Group Placement completed the requirements for her mother Lowri’s Register of Merit Bronze award. Flutter is the fourth champion in Lowri’s litter by GCh Twinroc Santa Paws ROMg “Dickens”. A fifth puppy, Peyton needs only a 3-point major to complete his Championship. We have been on a wild ride with this group of puppies — and have we ever enjoyed it. Here is Flutter’s “new champion” photo — she cleans up well.
Little Ultra (“Elyan A Kiss For Luck”) leaves tomorrow for her new home in Michigan. She turned 14 weeks old today and I fear I kept her too long — I hate to see her go. I know she will have a wonderful life with Jon and Kristen Smith — they will spend far more time with her than I am able, but darn! She has the cutest face and the happiest wag. Bye, sweetie. I am glad Lacey is nearby so I can visit with her and Pam.
I have made two decisions about the puppies. I am going to keep Terra (sharing her with my friend Pam Day). Her name will be Elyan White Lace and Promises. We will call her Lacey. Sabin will be living in Mesilla Park, New Mexico. He will learn to be a tracking dog — don’t know yet with what name he will be blessed. The rest of the crew will require some more thought . . .
I am past sixty-five and still practicing law. I have two terrific sons, they have lovely wives, and I have one truly special granddaughter. At home are three Cardigan Welsh Corgis that amuse and challenge me. We participate in lots of dog-related activities. I love my camera, writing, and roaming. I live in central New Mexico because it's where I want to be. Thanks for visiting my blog. Your (tasteful) comments are welcome.