I stepped out the back door and saw Chase, Flutter and Salsa cuddled up together in the shade. I stepped back in, grabbed the camera — darn it! They were up, coming to see what I might have for them. I resorted to the fall back choice of catching them individually. Here are Grampa Chase, Flutter, and Salsa. I love these cute faces. (Shooting in the New Mexican afternoon sun requires a little lighting adjustment.)
Where to begin — well the weather — it’s obvious. IT IS AND WAS COLD! The Sangre de Cristo Kennel Club Agility Trial was held at the horse arena at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds (renamed Expo New Mexico so that the Garmin can’t find it). We did not run on Friday because I was in an all-day seminar getting the last of my required Continuing Legal Education credits. I arrived on Saturday morning wearing four layers of clothing — over the course of the day, I took off only one layer — it was so cold. In addition (in case my fingers were working), I had no phone reception so couldn’t post to FB. Chase was in fine fettle — put me in coach . . .
Holmes/Rhiannon Puppies are growing like crazy. Kathy McCombs regularly posts their photos on Facebook. Very very cute! I will be going to the puppy evaluation party in Waco on November 9th. The plan is to bring home a girl puppy to be all mine. We will call her “Salsa”.
Newman went to his new home on Saturday morning. He is in Albuquerque and will be called “Harry” (or is that “Hairy”). He has his very own 7 year old little girl. He loves Jordan already. He seems to think the adults are fine as well. I miss Newmie (a lot). Lily is the last puppy at the house and she also misses her brother — except when she is out of the puppy pen and playing with Chase and Riley. The little stinker is fast and fearless. She is again wearing a fashionable bonnet. Newmie’s ears came up and stayed with one taping, but Lily’s ears are more stubborn. She will be flying to Salt Lake City on October 4th. Mark Roundtree will take her home to Wyoming for a week or so and then Jenn Roundtree will fetch her and take her to Elko Nevada. I swear this litter has more frequent flyer miles . . .
Riley is a baddog through and through. She tore open a bag of charcoal and strewed it across the patio. She shoves the puppy’s x-pen into itself until she can wiggle a toy, antler, piece of puppy poop to the outside. Baddog! She is, however, a great playmate for both Chase and baby Lily. She’s one of those cheerful dogs that believes there is joy to be found in every minute of the day. She and Banjo are going to make wonderful puppies — looks like there will be a percentage of fluffs in their litter:-)
Chase had a great agility weekend. He didn’t qualify on every run — earned one Open Standard leg — a clean run, 26 seconds under Standard Course Time for a blue ribbon, and earned one Open Jumpers leg with a clean run, 20 seconds under Standard Course Time for another blue ribbon. While he was having a blast, his son Stout and Merinda Tiffany were running agility in Cincinnati. Stout earned his Novice Jumpers title. That title qualified him as a Register of Merit progeny for Chase — the 15th progeny — and completed the requirements for Chase’s Register of Merit Silver designation. So many of Chase’s kids have gone to great homes where they’ve earned herding, obedience, agility and conformation titles which makes earning the Register of Merit award relatively easy.
Elfie sent me an email letting me know that Naughty Sweet Nola saved the day for their obedience trial. When they arrived at the trial site, the grounds were covered with ducks. Elfie sent Nola who herded them back down to the lake. By 6:00 AM the grounds crew was able to set the rings. The ducks did not return.
We are gearing up for our local shows the middle of October. Little Copper will be 6 months old tomorrow so she is entered all four show days in conformation and three days in obedience (Novice B). It will be fun to compare our redhead with other dogs.
I hope to add some agility video to this post — the link to the video is fighting with me. As soon as it’s figured out, you’ll be able to watch the Chaseman running his fool head off.
I am finishing off the Bulletin and plan to have it to proofreading tomorrow night. What a relief that will be! Now I need to do some income-producing work for a change.
In the past few months, Smooch and DeAnn have been on a tear. In the past 12 months, Smooch has earned her HT BN RA NAP NJP OAP OJP NFP and now her CD. What a great little Cardigan with a wonderful owner. We’re very proud of you both!
I am past sixty-five and still practicing law. I have two terrific sons, they have lovely wives, and I have one truly special granddaughter. At home are three Cardigan Welsh Corgis that amuse and challenge me. We participate in lots of dog-related activities. I love my camera, writing, and roaming. I live in central New Mexico because it's where I want to be. Thanks for visiting my blog. Your (tasteful) comments are welcome.