October, 2011

  1. Lord Luv A Duck

    October 31, 2011 by myeye

    A picture is worth a thousand words (or more).  Here are Chase and Susan receiving the green and blue ribbons for his third Intermediate Sheep leg Q.  The judge was appropriately dressed for the occasion.  I can’t say thank you enough to Susan for her consistent work with our Chaseman.  He’s a star!  He has been herding since Labor Day 2010 and through his Intermediate Title never failed to qualify on a sheep run.  Talented boy and very talented trainer/handler.


  2. Sunday Trial ~a~d~v~a~n~c~e~d~

    October 30, 2011 by myeye

    Today was the Chaseman’s first Advanced run at a trial.  He had an exciting morning — bred a pretty Champion that had come to visit him.  Then he and Susan headed into the arena.  For the past couple of weeks Chase has been doing lovely, wide, sweeping blind outruns.  He decided today would be a good opportunity to try something else — like run straight to the sheep, then try a cross over just before he reached them.  That took Susan off the handlers’ post to correct him.  Some things you just can’t let the dog get away with!  Even though he completed the balance of the course pretty well, leaving the handlers’ post in Advanced equals NQ.  Back to the drawing board.

    Kearney moved up to Intermediate B Course Ducks and was 3rd in that class.  He was 5th in Advanced Sheep.  Advanced A Course Ducks are at the end of the day.

    No Tommy news yet.  Update:  Tommy was Winners Dog for a 3-point major.  He now needs just two points to finish.  He is entered again the weekend of November 12-13.  Betty showed him herself and did a grand job with the puppy.

  3. Let The Trial Begin

    October 29, 2011 by myeye

    Chase (and Susan and Kearney) are in Hazel Kentucky today.  Chase is trying for the third leg of his Intermediate Sheep Herding title (HIAs).  If he gets it, tomorrow he will move up to Advanced Sheep.  Kearney will be trialing to finish his Advanced Sheep and Ducks today.  If he’s successful, tomorrow he will begin trialing for Championship points.  I have all my body parts crossed.  If you have any spare parts this morning, please cross them for the boys.  Chase also has a girl in the audience — more about her later.

    Updates in a few hours.

    Tommy (Chase/Scout son) showed in Marietta GA this morning and was Reserve Winners Dog and Best Puppy.  Betty will be taking him into the Puppy Group this afternoon.

    Chase won the Intermediate Sheep Class in Hazel KY.  That was his third Intermediate leg.  He is now AM/CAN CH C-Myste Baledwr Pursuit of Happiness CD RN HSAs HIAs VCX* TT.  Great job Susan who tells me that Chase was at the very edge of control.  It’s the fall weather — or just that Chase likes fast and happy!  *VCX is pending CWCCA approval, HIAs pending AKC approval.  Tomorrow Chase will be smacked around in Advanced.  Congratulations to Kearney who qualified in Advanced Sheep to finish his HXAs title, earned his third Started B Course Duck leg, and will be in Advanced Ducks this afternoon.

    At home, Nola is out of season so all the kids can run and play together; Holmes went to his Obedience class and had a good time; my neighbor and I moved all the “stuff” from my Albuquerque Storage Unit (very expensive) to my cheap Los Lunas storage unit.  I think this means I am officially relocated.

    Kearney was High in Trial from Started Ducks B Course.  He completed A Course titles in Advanced Ducks and Advanced Sheep, and his B Course Started Ducks.  He is moving up to Intermediate B Course Ducks and going for the gold in Advanced A Course ducks and sheep.

    Susan is an awesome trainer!

  4. Baddog Genes – Using Puppy Teeth

    October 28, 2011 by myeye

    Little Tater is cute and active.  He is always carrying something around with him.  Despite a minefield of toys in their area of the house, Tater started what could have been his (very short) life’s work yesterday.  Darned puppy!

    He didn’t chew clear through it.  I think I interrupted him.  So now, the stools are stacked on the coffee bar and this place looks like a closed restaurant constructed in the middle of a minefield of toys.

  5. Apparently I Cannot Count & It’s Official*

    October 27, 2011 by myeye

    The AKC formula for a dog becoming a Grand Champion isn’t all that complicated — once you read it a few times, you should have it down.  Today AKC has posted Holmes’ points through the 15th of October.  They show he has 20 points, 4 majors, and has defeated 2 Champions.  On October 16th (not yet posted) he defeated 14 dogs, including one Champion.  In our AKC Division, 14 dogs equals a 5-point major.  That means that Holmes is Grand Champion C-Myste The Game’s Afoot At Elyan.  It also means we didn’t need to enter Pueblo.  So, the pressure (such as it was) is off.  I am very proud of our funny boy, and, as an aside, I wish I could count.  Holmes is Chase’s second Grand Champion child — right behind the lovely “Nikki” Grand Champion Wellshire Absolut Magic.

    * ps    This up tonight on the AKC website:

    GCH CH C-Myste The Game’s Afoot At Elyan

    Number of Points 25
    Number Major Wins 5
    Number Major Judges 5
    Total Number Judges 8
    Events w/CH Defeated 3