a February 26th, 2012

  1. Hurray For Ali

    February 26, 2012 by myeye

    Paula Weller called me today to let me know that Chase/Magic daughter Ali (now “CH” Wellshire Queen of Hearts) finished her Championship today at Albany, OR.  Chase now has Two Grand Champion children (one of which is Nikki who was Winners Bitch at last year’s National Specialty and already has earned a Group Placement), three other Champion kids (one is Lowri who has her PT and is near her Grand Championship), one daughter with two herding titles, and several more very close to finishing or to completing other titles.  I am so proud of the dogs, their breeders, and the owners that have done so much with each of them.

  2. Back to Herding

    February 26, 2012 by myeye

    Nola hasn’t had a herding lesson in more than a month.  I typed “heeding” and that would also be correct.  Today we went to Claudia’s so Ellen could see what (if anything) Nola’s silly girl-puppy-brain had retained.  The answer was “not so much”.  I expect after a couple times back on stock she will remember.  Today, however, she was more interested in sheep poop, a grain pile, the dogs working on tending in the next field.  The tending dogs were using the heavier sheep so Nola’s choices were the goats or some wild, hairy sheep.  We tried the wild hairy sheep but that was simply a big chase around the field.  So Nola had to make do with the goats.  The weather was gorgeous and she had a few moments during which she looked like she might have been on stock before.  I think every one of those moments was captured on the camera.

    There is really a plan.  Nola will be entered in the Cardigan-only trials in California the week before the Cardigan Nationals.  Ellen will be helping her earn her HT.  As soon as she gets home from California, she gets a bath so we can drive to Ohio — 27 hours on the road.  We’ll see if Nola will also be a back-to-back herding dog and show dog.

  3. The Tallahassee Lassie

    February 26, 2012 by myeye

    Our Lowri is in Florida this weekend for the Supported Entry Shows.  Yesterday Liz Hillebrand judged Sweepstakes and Lowri was Best of Opposite Sex.  Vivian Moran judged the regular classes and Lowri was awarded Best Opposite Sex to Dickens.  Dickens went on to a Herding Group IV.  We’re awfully proud of Lowri who turned 14 months old the middle of this month . . . and a big Whoo Hoo for Lowri’s pilot, Cheryl.  She does such a super job with the girl!  I’ll add today’s results to this post in a few hours.

    Chase is there working on his Grand Championship in schmoozing.  To the Chaseman, that is what dog shows are all about. We’ve actually entered him in some shows in mid-March to remind him how show dogs act before he goes to Nationals.

    Nola will go herding at noon today.  She would gladly giving up going off to dog shows in favor of making the sheep behave.  Photos of Nola’s antics later as well.

    Results from Today:  Lowri was Best in Sweeps under judge Doug Greig (Best of Opposite was Paula O’Donnell’s Dolly/Dickens son Darren).  Then Lowri was again Best of Opposite Sex in the regular classes under JoAnne Pape.  Lowri has a bunch of Grand Champion points, all her competition wins, and at least two of her majors.  We’re very proud of the baby.

    Congratulations to her Breeder Janet Suber and to all the members of Lowri’s team — co-owner/handler Cheryl Kienast, co-owner/trainer/conditioner Susan Shields, and head cheerleader ME!!!  Chase and Scout certainly made some beautiful babies.