Best Brindle In The Megan Match

April 12, 2011

What an amazing night!  I am in Houston at the Cardigan National Specialty.  We already had the great good fortune of Chase finishing his Herding Started Sheep Title in three straight trials, and a fourth leg for the heck of it, showing off his skills with Susan Shields.  Tonight we had our Champions-only match and Chase, with Lauren McIlwraith at the helm, was BEST BRINDLE DOG.  That was a class of 16 dogs, including at least one Best in Show winner.  He looked splendid, had a wonderful time with Lauren.  I thought I had reached the zenith when Chase and his littermate Pilot both made the final six dogs in that class.  When Chase was selected as Best Brindle dog, I couldn’t even breathe.  What an honor!

So, we are having a glass of wine (Chase and Pilot’s breeders Carolyn Cannon and Mandy Katasse, and Dixie Rae, the handler that helped by taking Chase back in for the finals), I’m answering three million or so email — I don’t think I’ve had so much wine that I can’t do that.

Next up: Chase will be in the Herding Titled Class.  If he wins that class, he will move on to Best of Breed.  Think good thoughts for our happy boy.

As for me — Whoo Hoo!


  1. Janet says:

    Congratulations Chaseman, Penni and Carolyn! I was so pleased and excited for you! Go get that Herding Titled ribbon now!

  2. Trenton Sponsler says:

    Very big congrats to both Chase and Pilot, wish I could have been there for the blues. Good luck with the rest of the week.

  3. Builder Mama says:

    I can only imagine how thrilled you all must be! I was following Jinnie’s updates on Facebook and I screamed out loud when I saw Chase’s name! Nick thinks his dad is pretty special too. Congratulations to all of you, I’m so proud!

  4. Dawn says:

    Congrats to all of you. Maybe you need to collect a little of that stock tank water for luck?

  5. Julie says:

    HUGE congratulations to you, Chase, and all of his extended family. That’s awesome. You must be on Cloud 9! 🙂

  6. WOW. How cool. I can’t even imagine! Major congrats all around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Taryn says:

    WONDERFUL! I am so happy for you!

  8. Carol Teal says:

    HUGE congratulations! I could not be happier for you!

  9. nwirz says:

    It couldn’t happen to nicer and more deserving people! What a great show you are having with the herding success and now the Megan. WOW!!

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  11. DeAnn says:

    Yay! Chase and Pilot! Team Chase rolls on…

  12. Jean -Minnesota says:


  13. sandy says:

    Good for Chase and Susan and Lauren!

  14. Jenn says:

    Hurray, Team Chase!! What a talented boy! Congratulations to all.

  15. Keith & Jo says:

    This is wonderful news! Way to go Chase, you will end up wall-papering a room with your well deserved ribbons.

  16. Kathy M. says:

    Belated Congrats. Read the news earlier, but no chance to respond. This is awesome!