October, 2013

  1. A Glimpse of the Lowri/Dickens Baybeez

    October 20, 2013 by myeye

    day 1 - Lowri babies 10-18-13

    There are three boys and three girls.  Someone asked from whence came the red.  Both Chase and Dickens have produced reds, Lowri’s mom Scout is red.  So, Lowri inherited the red gene from her parents,  and combined it with Dickens’ red marker to produce this little red girl.

    The puppies are in Tennessee with Susan Long, and I doubt there will be any available.  We still have to see if any of them are fluffies.

  2. Puppies, We Have Puppies

    October 19, 2013 by myeye

    Our Lowri (HIT GCh Mockingbird Elyan Magic Moment HSAd HSBd) last night presented us with six puppies — 3 brindle boys, 2 brindle girls and 1 red girl.  Birth weights ranged from 8.5 to 11.9.   She popped them out in less than two hours.  They are healthy, strong little baybeez.  Lowri was bred to Dickens (BIS BISS GCh Twinroc Santa Paws).  We are excited to watch these babies grow.  Lowri is being a great first-time mom.  Wahoo!

  3. Chase – Six Years Old

    October 17, 2013 by myeye

    October 17th

    It’s Chase’s sixth birthday.  This is a perfect day to recognize the most special thing about this dog. Chase’s life work is making people love Cardigans. He has always been a companion. We have gone to public meetings and events, we have sat on street planters to watch parades, we have visited schools and nursing centers. Chase spends most week days at the office. At every one of these locations, this dog has charmed people, made them smile, made children laugh, given comfort, put people at ease. Chase is an ambassador for our breed. Although we compete in many venues and although Chase has been very successful as a sire, it is his love of people that has made him part of my heart. I love you Chaseman, love you dearly. Have a wonderful birthday. Then we’ll have another very good year together.

    Happy birthday to the rest of the Freedom litter — to Ace, Bogie, Clem, Eagle, Feather, Golda, Heather, and Jigger (Chase was Ikey).  Although those are no longer the dogs’ names, those names live in my heart because for weeks I stalked Tom and Carolyn Cannon’s blog/web site wondering which of the baybeez would be mine.  It turned out to be our Chaseman — GCh/Can Ch C-Myste Baledwr Pursuit of Happiness CD RN HSAds HIAs HXAs NAP NJP VCX ROMs TT.  I cannot tell you how fortunate I feel — and grateful that he came home with me.

    Smiling blogChase and Jennifer Necker at the Valencia Valley Kennel Club last Sunday.  Aren’t they a cute couple?

    Thank you Dan Pearson for the great photo!

    . . . and just for fun, I applied a filter.  It’s called diffuse glow.  This may be how Chase sees himself:

    Smiling blog - Diffuse Glow

  4. Those Are Our Girls

    October 16, 2013 by myeye

    The latest issue of Canine Chronicles is out.  For the second time, Chase has two daughters in the top 20 Cardigans.  A year ago, it was Nikki (GCh Wellshire Absolut Magic) bred by Eric and Paula Weller, and owned by Paula and Carolyn Tompkins.  Her dam is Wellshire Lady Luck ROMb.  And our Lowri.  This time, both girls are from the wonderful “Ocho” litter.  Their dam is that lovely red Group Winner, BOS – Westminster “Scout” (GCh Cardiridge Jean Louise Finch ROMb HT RN CA).  The “Ocho” was bred by Janet Suber.  By virtue of her wonderful Best of Breed win at the Northwest Cardigan Fancier’s Specialty on September 27th, “Ginger” (Ch Mockingbird-Wyncrest’s I Believe in Magic NAP NJP NFP CA) is #18.  Ginger is owned by Kathy Metcalfe.  “Lowri” (HIT GCh Mockingbird Elyan Magic Moment HSAd HSBd) is at #11.  Susan Long, Cheryl Kienast and I own Lowri — or, perhaps, she owns us.  Lowri’s first litter is due this weekend, so Ginger must carry the family banner for a while.

    You go, girls!  I am so proud of you and your owners/handlers/supporters.

  5. Just a Couple of Days

    October 11, 2013 by myeye

    Yesterday was day One of the four Los Lunas show cluster.  Weather-wise, it was a pretty awful start to our annual event.  We had 50 mph wind gusts.  Tops were removed from pop-ups, trash can blew over, ribbons were showing up in odd places.  Just as it was time for Cardigans to go into the ring, the rain started.  The rain was sideways and cold.  As is so often the case here, Chase was the only brindle and Copper was the only red.  The other entries were tris.  Chase was select, Banjo was Best of Opposite Sex and the Winners Bitch was Best of Breed.  She was the only entry that looked like she was glad to be there.  I don’t know if any of the people looked happy.  Miserable show weather.

    Today — well, it’s New Mexico — the winds are gone, the rain has moved on and it is supposed to be gorgeous.  Thank goodness.

    Last night I went into Albuquerque to watch Granddaughter Adrienne play in the Parochial League Volleyball tournament.  They won on Wednesday, but did not fare that well last night.  So, their season is over.  Adrienne informed us that now she would like to try basketball.  I hope she loves it — I have a dream of seeing her as a Lady Lobo.  She’d look great in cherry and silver.

    10:00 ring time so we are off to the races!   Maybe today we’ll get the pop-up erected and add crates for the dog, some Aluminet panels, chairs, an x-pen . . .