Last weekend our friend Kim Raleigh took Tuli and Salsa to Longmont, Colorado. It was little Tuli’s first show — she turned 6 months old on May 20th. The girls had an excellent time with Kim. For her de-butt, Tuli was Winners Bitch for her first 2 championship points. Tuli is one of the kids from the Elyan Bluefox N-Song litter (she is “Nothing But Flowers”). Susan Long, Cheryl Kienast and I bred beautiful Lowri to her son Kevin. There were 9 scrumptious puppies. So far, four of them have been shown and each of the four won points on his/her first day out. We are very proud of Romeo, Sara, Trewe, and, of course, our Tuli. We had a photo taken to commemorate Tuli’s first points. I’ll post it when it arrives. We’re still waiting for the photo of Salsa’s major win in Albuquerque. Next show may be Flagstaff.
Chase and Ellen herded sheep up in Edgewood this weekend. Chase is doing so well — tweaking the little things now. His next herding trial will probably be in early August.
Inca celebrated her 13th birthday. She is hale and hearty though occasionally has the “old dog vagues.” This time, it was her solid opinion that the dog door was not working so she had to pee in the kitchen. As soon as the little girls got home and raced out the dog door, Inca decided it was working again — funny old lady.
The office air-conditioning is not working and, of course, we are hitting 90 degrees each afternoon. Very miserable inside.
My granddaughter Adrienne and her Mexican Folk dance Troup Baila! Baila! leave for New York City on Wednesday. She is so excited! They will be there a week to dance, shop, and sight see. She is 12 so this is a very big deal for her.
Our Lowri/Dickens puppies have been making waves. The Red Rocket (Gimme) has earned her Grand Champion majors and has all her GCH competition wins, but, she’s only 7-1/2 months old. That is one hot shot puppy. Of course, co-owner handler Angelia Hall has done a wonderful job with her. Litter brother Kevin has earned two majors, litter sister Fable has earned two majors. Sister Flutter has a major reserve and a minor reserve –turns out she is a fine example of a baddog. At the show a week or so ago, she told off the German Shepherds that wanted to come into HER ring. Jessica is trying to ‘splain how it really works before she goes to her next show weekend. Litter brother Peyton has some single points AND he earned his RN title a week or so ago. What a smart boy!
Here are some photos of Flutter from Jessica. I think she’s such a cute girl! She is 7-1/2 months old in these photos.
Andy (Chase/Dory) earned the first leg of his RN with a perfect score. He is studying the Utility exercises and will be unstoppable when Sheri decides it is time. Copper is about ready to trial for her CD and will begin serious herding training next month. Sister Addie has almost no hair at the moment so is home learning lessons.
Chase and I are preparing for an Agility trial the last weekend of this month. He’s not trialed since the National Specialty. I hope he’s forgotten that he likes to stop in the middle of the weaves to bark. If he’s very good, he will have a pretty red girl come visiting. If he’s not — he’ll still have the pretty red girl come visiting.
Our old Inca, sometimes known as the Red Empress, celebrated her 12th birthday on May 26th. Aside from a few white hairs on her muzzle, she looks wonderful (not that there is anything really wrong with white hair). She and our Salsa play all day, drag weeds into the house, and take dog bowls outside. Salsa begins Puppy Agility tomorrow evening. I think we are going to have a blast.
Taryn over at A Tail of Two Cardis is celebrating her 5th blogiversary with a give away — you might want to visit her — though you will have to disclose some forgetful thing that you’ve done — could win a $20 Starbucks card . . .
My 6th blogiversary was in March and I totally blew it. This is post #1,875. Hard to believe I could bore so many for so long.
The weather dude, who is notoriously wrong 98% of the time, predicted snow last night. When I went to bed at 10:30 we had no snow — just a little wind. At 5:30 this morning the dogs thought it was time to get up. I un-crated the girls and lifted Chase off the bed. They flew out the dog door, activated the motion sensor light in back and WOW! Undoubtedly the scene was pristine for 12 seconds or so. However, the dogs were delighted and have rolled and wrestled since they got out. We also really need the moisture.
So, all the schools and State Courts are delayed. My road trip to Grants is canceled. What shall I make of today?
This is how Dory and Nola spend a good part of each day. Notice Inca aka “the Fun Police” in the back. She mutters about the “darned kids”. I am so glad they get along. Maybe Dory will let Nola help raise her litter. NOTE: I was on the phone with Cheryl while taping — PLEASE turn the sound off!
Dory (CH Raglans Just Keep Swimming) has been here for about a month now. She’s a happy, funny girl who finished her Championship, owner-handled by Anne, last summer. She and Naughty Nola are about the same age and are definitely BFF. The warning is to stay out of their way when they are frapping. Poor old Inca Dink climbs into her crate facing away from the action. Chase loves to run with the girls as well, but ends up herding them around — to which neither Dory nor Nola takes kindly. Because Dory knows she is to be Chase’s newest fling, she has refused to come into season. I’ve learned that many of the Raglan girls are 7-month bitches. That means Dory should be in season in January — puppies due in March and ready to go to homes sometime in May or early June. This schedule is complicating only because Nola (whose seasons are 6-months to the day) is due in season in April so will have puppies in June. I had not planned to “stack” litters. Anne and Josh Kowalczyk and I have entered into a lease for the Chase/Dory litter so it will be co-bred by Elyan and Bella Cardigans.
Here is a photo of Ms. Dory. I think she’s pretty. Here is the pedigree.
Dory at 2 years old
Just for grins, here is a photo of Naughty Nola a week before her second birthday.
Naughty Nola (Elyan C-Myste The Times Picayune HT) will be bred to CH Pluperfect Merrymoon Practical Magic “Heath”. It will be an all brindle litter of charming baddogs. Here is that pedigree. Nola needs a 3-point major to finish her Championship, has her HT, and is aiming for her PT at the CWCCA National Specialty March 30-31, 2013.
We will temperament test both litters at 7 weeks and instinct test them on ducks at 9 weeks. I LOVE puppies!
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.