1. The Southern California Herding Trials

    April 9, 2016

    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

     


  2. Go Little Tuli

    April 9, 2016

    Tuli and our friend Kim Raleigh went to Hobbs the first weekend of February.  On Sunday Tuli was a rockstar.  She was in the 12-18 month class which she won.  She went Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and . . . wait for it . . . Best of Breed over four Champions to earn her first major.  Of course, we have no more shows within shouting distance until May.  We will head off to our National Specialty at the Purina Events Center in Missouri the first week of May.  It’s a really big sheww — we look forward to seeing all of our friends and dogs we’ve not seen before.  Pam Day and Lacey will be there.  Chase is entered in the CWCCA’s first triathalon.  He will herd, run agility, and compete in conformation.

    Here is Tuli’s win photo from Hobbs

    Hobbs 2-7-16 Tuli BOB-Major Cropped


  3. More on Dem Bones

    April 9, 2016

    The hip xray experience with Addie was most unusual.  We sent the xray below to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.  Each xray they receive is sent to three of the orthopedic vets on their panel for review and rating.  Addie’s elbows were normal, but her hip xray elicited three different ratings — one from each of the reviewing vets.  I called foul and we re-xrayed her, set up for PennHip.  The results — her hips rate above 90% of the Cardigan hips submitted for review.  I am good with that rating and would have no issue breeding her.  So, yay Addie!


  4. Dem Bones

    December 22, 2015

    Yesterday it was Addie’s turn to visit Dr. Donny.  We did hips, elbows, and a patella check for OFA.  I think these are pretty nice hips:

    Addie OFA Hips 12-21-15

    Donny took the time to explain to Debbie, Pam, and me what he was looking for and why he liked these hips.  I always appreciate his conversations.

    I am firmly convinced that OFA and the IRS are sister companies so I’ll just hold my breath until the results are in.  We submitted digitally so should have an answer in the next two to three weeks.


  5. An Unexpected Package

    December 14, 2015

    When I went to my Post Office today, I had a pick-up notice in my box (actually two, but one was unimportant).  The other box was totally unexpected.  It was from my friend Margaret Williams.  Margaret lives in South Dakota and I know she is really jealous because we have had so much snow and rain while she enjoys unseasonal warmth.  The box contained real surprises.  One was the much-coveted Target Corgi ornament.  When the little guys hit the Target shelves, Corgi Nation gathered together and launched an unparalleled rescue operation.  That meant if you didn’t get a Target Corgi ornament in the first few days after they were stocked, you were not getting one.  We don’t have a Target in Los Lunas and I had not been in Albuquerque when I also had time to systematically hit the Targets to find one of the elusive ornaments.  I assumed I would have to do without, but then Margaret packaged up one of the little guys and sent it to me.  They are very cute!  Don’t you agree?

    Target Corgi

    Also in the surprise box was a lovely oval, beveled glass ornament with a photo on it of Chase herding sheep.  It is an early morning photo so includes many shades of blue.  It is so beautiful, so unexpected, and I am so grateful.  What a wonderful gift.  Hugs to Margaret.

    Ornament from Margaret