‘Herding’ Category

  1. Pretty Tuli and Handsome Chase

    September 6, 2017 by myeye

    We are expecting puppies from MHIT GCH DC CAN CH C-Myste Baledwr Pursuit of Happiness CD RN HSAsM OAP AJP MVCX ROM-Versatility-Gold* and CH Elyan Bluefox Nothing But Flowers CGC.  The pedigree is here.  Chase is OFA Good, Elbows Normal, PRA, DM, Pink clear.  Heart and Thyroid Normal.  Tuli is PennHipped in the 85th percentile.  She is DM, PRA, and Pink clear.  Both Chase and Tuli carry fluff — so, yes, we should have a couple of fluffy puppies.  The litter is due on November 5th.  This pedigree is very similar to that of the breeding that produced “The Clutter.”  Chase was the dad, and Tuli is a 3/4 sister to CH Flutter.  I am very excited to have more cute, talented puppies.  So, stay tuned.

    CH photo Nov 2016New Champion Elyan Bluefox Nothing But Flowers CGC

    Tuli-2016 Natl Spec

    Tuli Gaiting at the 2014 National Specialty

    High in Trial 4-12-15Chase – High in Trial 2014 with Judge Molly Wisecarver and Ellen Gerwin

    *  Pending AKC confirmation of the 20th progeny’s titles, and approval by CWCCA.


  2. THE HC (HERDING CHAMPIONSHIP) TRAIL – End of the Journey

    February 25, 2017 by C-Myste

    We have reached the end!  On February 11, 2017, Chase was entered in an All-Breed herding trial in Mayer, Arizona.  He had been with Molly Wisecarver since November 11th.  The Advanced Sheep class had 20 entries (nearly all dogs with long legs).  Chase had the run of his life, scored 96/100 points and won the class.  That was a 5-point major win and completed his Herding Championship.  His score held up for High in Trial (his third HIT).  Earning this Championship also made him a “Dual Champion” under American Kennel Club Rules.  So, he is now GCH DC C-Myste Baledwr Pursuit of Happiness CD RN HXAsM OAP AJP.  The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America has awarded him a Master Versatile Cardigan Excellent award and a Register of Merit-Versatile-Silver.  When one more of his children earns an AKC title, he will move to the much-coveted GOLD category.

    I am so proud of this boy and grateful to his village (it takes one to earn a Herding Championship).  Our thanks to Molly Wisecarver of Double M Stock Dogs who whipped Chase into shape to earn his last 4 points — which he did with a bang on the 11th.  The five-point major and High in Trial were the cherry on top.  Ellen Gerwin worked with Chase for four years teaching him advanced skills, earning 11 Championship points, two Highs in Trial, a Started Duck Title, an Advanced Sheep Master title, his required major, and his required competition win.  I am so grateful to her.  She made it possible for Chase to stay home and still herd and to work on his Agility training.  Finally thank you to Susan Long and Cheryl Kienast.  Susan was Chase’s first herding trainer.  She took him from “never herded” through his HXAs (Advanced Course A Sheep title).  She worked with Chase’s strong personality and around his selective hearing loss.  Cheryl was Chase’s foreign exchange dog host mom while he was in Tennessee training with Susan.  She gave Chase the love he always demands, took great care of him, ran him back and forth to Susan’s for training, and sent me hundreds of photos.

    We now return to our regularly scheduled programming which includes Open Obedience and Tracking.

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    Chase has been herding since the fall of 2010 – shortly before he turned 3 years old.  Susan Long started him and piloted him to his HT, PT, HSAs, HIAs and his HXAs, which he completed at the 2012 CWCCA National Specialty in Sandusky, Ohio.

    Chase came home to New Mexico and Ellen Gerwin took on his training and trialing when I decided he should try for his Herding Championship (HC).  Earning an HC would give him the Dual Champion (DC) title.  Fewer than 10 Cardigans have a DC so it would be a great honor.  Ellen helped Chase earn his HSAd title.

    This blog block chronicles their HC effort:

    Chase earned his first Championship points at the All-Corgi trials in Southern California in mid-April, 2014 with a major win from an Advanced class (required for a Championship), and a placement.  That gave him 5 points and a BIG requirement out of the way.  At the same trials a year later, Chase earned another Advanced win for his required win over competition, and he added 3 more points.  He is now at 8 points – just 7 more to go. This is where you may check his progress!

    Update April 2016:

    Chase and his trainer traveled to Sylmar, California for the PWCCSC All Corgi Trials on April 16-17.  Chase was entered only in Advanced Sheep.  On Saturday he placed second in his class, earning 2 Herding Championship points and on Sunday, he placed third earning a single point.  Chase now has 11 HC points.  Next stop is the National Specialty on May 7-8.  Hopefully there will be points available.  Chase needs 4 more points to earn his Herding Championship and to be awarded his Dual Championship.

     

     


  3. The Southern California Herding Trials

    April 9, 2016 by myeye

    The Chaseman has been practicing diligently with his guide Ellen Gerwin.  We hope those California sheep are ready for him.  He leaves Tuesday for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of Southern California All-Corgi Trials.  The trials are next weekend (April 16-17).  Chase is entered in Advanced Sheep and we are hoping (so hard) that he trials well and picks up some more championship points.  Here is a photo of Chase at practice.  It was taken by Pam Day.

    1-31-16 Chase herding by Pam

     


  4. Gearing Up For A Herding Trial

    July 12, 2015 by myeye

    Today we went to Dr. Barb’s to further polish our herding dogs.  It is so green that it hurts my eyes!  Chase is working well.  He has reached the point at which he understands silence and the bubble and pressure.  His daughter Addie will be trying her paw at Pre-Trial Tested in Colorado next month.  I was very proud of her work — she loves herding.  Ellen has both of these dogs aiming to peak at the right time.  So, photos:

    CHASE

    Chase Driving in the Big Field 7-12-15Chase Driving in the Big Field

    Ellen in the Middle 7-12-15Respect your Handler

    Turning the stock 7-12-15Turning the Stock

    ADDIE

    Addie pushing goats 7-12-15Pushing those goats

    Addie turning goats 7-12-15Turn right

    Straighten them out 7-12-15Get them going straight again


  5. Puppy’s First Show

    June 2, 2015 by myeye

    Last weekend our friend Kim Raleigh took Tuli and Salsa to Longmont, Colorado.  It was little Tuli’s first show — she turned 6 months old on May 20th.  The girls had an excellent time with Kim.  For her de-butt, Tuli was Winners Bitch for her first 2 championship points.  Tuli is one of the kids from the Elyan Bluefox N-Song litter (she is “Nothing But Flowers”).  Susan Long, Cheryl Kienast and I bred beautiful Lowri to her son Kevin.  There were 9 scrumptious puppies.  So far, four of them have been shown and each of the four won points on his/her first day out.  We are very proud of Romeo, Sara, Trewe, and, of course, our Tuli.  We had a photo taken to commemorate Tuli’s first points.  I’ll post it when it arrives.  We’re still waiting for the photo of Salsa’s major win in Albuquerque.  Next show may be Flagstaff.

    Chase and Ellen herded sheep up in Edgewood this weekend.  Chase is doing so well — tweaking the little things now.  His next herding trial will probably be in early August.

    Inca celebrated her 13th birthday.  She is hale and hearty though occasionally has the “old dog vagues.”  This time, it was her solid opinion that the dog door was not working so she had to pee in the kitchen.  As soon as the little girls got home and raced out the dog door, Inca decided it was working again — funny old lady.

    The office air-conditioning is not working and, of course, we are hitting 90 degrees each afternoon.  Very miserable inside.