Happy Barkday, Chaseman

October 17, 2012

FIVE YEARS!  How did that happen?  Five years ago today, weighing 6-1/2 oz., Chase made his entrance into the world.  He was one of 10 puppies — the last litter for “Alice” (CH Mariel Reese’s Alice Springs ROMs).  His father is the very handsome CH Merrymoon Firestorm.  I selected Chase from a photo at 5-1/2 weeks when he marched across Carolyn Cannon’s yard to meet his older brother through the fence.  I knew I wanted that attitude (and pretty nice little body as well).  I flew to Oregon on January 6th to bring him back to New Mexico — I cannot adequately thank Carolyn and Tom Cannon for letting me walk out their door with him.

What a fabulous time we have had.  Chase was a “go-and-do” dog from the beginning.  He completed his Championship before he was 10 months old — finishing on August 15 2008 with two 5-point majors and a Group IV on that one day.  He had earned three Bests of Breed (over Specials) and Puppy Groups I and II.  He quickly earned his Canadian Championship (with G’Ma Shelley Camm), his RN, and then his CD.  His health test results were trickling in and they were golden.  Chase went to visit friends Cheryl Kienast and Susan (Shields) Long in September, 2010.  It was his chance to herd — and herd he did — completing his HXAs at the National Specialty in Ohio.  At the Houston National Specialty he was selected as Best Brindle Dog in the Megan.  He earned his VCX in November, 2011.   He came home with me from the 2012 National Specialty and we began playing Agility.  He LOVES it!  In May and June, 2012 he was back in the Breed ring and completed his Grand Championship.  In June we also learned he had been awarded his Register of Merit Bronze.  The ROM is our Parent Club’s designation for excellence in offspring.

Chase is the happiest dog ever — not so loyal — he’ll go off with anyone and give them his “I adore you” look.  We have so many more things to do together.  We are entered in Agility trials this weekend and again the first weekend of November, he is training for his CDX.  He continues to herd with Ellen Gerwin.  We hope to successfully complete a TD track in January.  Could I ask for anything more of my companion dog?  I do not think so.  He is a pleasure at home and at the office.

Birthday wishes to all the sibs — Ace, Bogey (Cosmos), Clem, Eagle (Flash), Feather (Lily), Golda (Libby), Heather (Molly), and Jiggers (Pilot).

A photo by Evelyn Vinogradov taken on September 22nd

One of my all time favorite shots — again taken by Evelyn



  1. Happy, happy birthday, Chaser! Long may you continue to love life!

  2. Merinda says:

    Stout says “Happy Birthday Dad!”

  3. Cheryl says:

    Baby Dinah and I want to wish her daddy a VERY Happy Birthday! We love the Chaseman! He has one of the very best temperaments and willingness to work (or go off with) anyone! Big hugs from Knoxville!

  4. Lisa says:

    Riley sends happy b-day wishes to daddy Chase! 🙂

  5. Jill says:

    Happy Birthday, Chase-man!

  6. Taryn says:

    Happy B-Day to a great Cardi!

  7. Susan says:

    Happy Birthday Chase! Hope it was a good one. I’m noticing some white in your face bro, althougth I’m noticing it on my face too when I look in the mirror. Ah well, we’re still good lookin’ dogs. Have a great year!

    Love your sis, Lily