April, 2011

  1. Graduating Naughty Nola

    April 30, 2011 by myeye

    Nola graduated from her STAR Puppy Class, joining her sister Smooch as a real STAR (Daddy would be so proud).  In honor of her graduation, I gave Nola a bath.  Once she was clean and groomed, we needed photographs because she is seldom clean — her life is the back-40.  So, I twisted a bunch of arms with varying results.  Finally, I got the training club’s sole junior handler to take a photo and then to stack Nola so I could take photos.  He’s never shown a table dog, so we didn’t get her stretched out much and he held the treat too far back so her head profile isn’t showing.  Anyway — I just wanted everyone to see how she’s growing up.  She turned six months old on April 20th.  I’m happy with her body, and her attitude is to die for.  Yep, she’s a STAR!

    The wagging does not stop

    And then she found some children

  2. The Further Adventures of Smooch

    April 29, 2011 by myeye

    DeAnn reports that our Smoocher earned her STAR Puppy Certificate and medal AND passed her CGC on graduation night.  This weekend, Smoochie is entered in her first conformation show.  The Chase/Leidy kids turned 6 months old on April 20th — so it’s now the big time.  This will also be DeAnn’s conformation debut (with one of her own dogs).  Apparently she had an eye-opening experience with a friend’s Champion (of another breed) a few weeks ago.

  3. Time To Make The Doughnuts

    April 29, 2011 by myeye

    I realized the first of the week that I had just enough containers of dog food to make it to this weekend.  So, on Monday I hit the store and scored a whole turkey.  I guess there are some people that serve turkey for Easter — but not this one turkey.  Yesterday I picked up some beef liver and veggies.  Tonight I dressed Bruno up and we whipped out 18 pounds of dog food.  I let little Nola clean up the food tub.  She is one happy girl.

    It’s a Dirty Job, but someone has to do it!

    . . . and still in my camera — how could I miss this?  Susan and Chase taking possession of herding ribbons at the CWCCA Herding Trial on April 9th.  (Ribbons belong to Chase and to Kearney)

  4. The Albuquerque Show Cluster

    April 29, 2011 by myeye

    The counts are posted for our shows on May 14 through 17.  We asked for judges that know and like Cardigans — and that’s what we got.  Unfortunately, the entry may send the chairs of the two shows back to giving us the judging dregs.  We have a bare 3-point major in bitches (10) all four days.  The first day, there are only three dogs entered, then 7, then 6 the last two days.  With the increase in the point schedule for our division, in dogs, we are at a single point the first day and two points the last three.  There are 4 dog and 2 bitch specials on Saturday and Sunday, 3 dog and 2 bitch specials on Monday, and 2 dog and 2 bitch specials on Tuesday.  A disappointing entry overall.  Fingers crossed that all the girls get there so it is a major on one side with the cross-over possibility.

    Little Nola will make her show debut, and Holmes, recently returned from the fuglies, will be there to entertain.

  5. It’s About Those National Photos

    April 28, 2011 by myeye

    I have been stalking the National photog’s web site — checking for the rest of the photos — three or four times a day.  Yes, I want to see Chase’s photos, but I am also mentally moving the deadline for the Bulletin.  For those of you who don’t know how the Bulletin gets to your mailbox, it’s via my computer.  Some people have the software (or think they do) to create their own ads.  Those are electronically sent to me and often I can simply plop them onto a page in the master for this issue, but by far the greater number of ads are built right here in “River City”.  That cannot occur until people receive their photos and forward them to me with the words they want to say.  I can do nothing without the photos.  Nothing has been posted on the photographers web site since April 23rd.  We are still missing the non-regular and bitch classes and Best of Breed.  Folks have been pretty good about reserving pages, but I cannot get started on the ads without the darned photos.  Perhaps if the time-eating trial was not still looming, I would not feel so antsy.

    I already have two very interesting articles — they are ready to go, and one of the judges has already provided the critique.  However the bulk of time devoted to the Bulletin is in creating the advertisements for Club members.