February, 2012

  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. The Daily Holmes

    February 23, 2012 by myeye

    Here he is, Thundershirt on, smiling even though Anne just finished Dremeling his toe nails.  Holmes is one happy boy in the right place for him.  Note blurry tail!  As always, thank you, Anne.


  4. Versatile Cardigan Excellent

    February 21, 2012 by myeye

    This arrived in today’s mail.  Chase has definitely earned it with his performances in so many venues.


  5. Whoopee! More Baybeez!

    February 21, 2012 by myeye

    A few weeks ago, Chase sent a special delivery package to Kathy McCombs‘ girl Keina.  An ultrasound today confirmed that there will be puppies born on March 22nd.  The pedigree is here.  This is a photo of the mom-to-be.  I love puppies!  This litter will be born in Waco, Texas.

    CH Byrnecrest’s Keina Sweetie Sweet