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!