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January 6, 2015 by myeye
Today is January 6th. Today is the day — seven years ago — that I flew from Medford, Oregon to New Mexico with THE PUPPY. January 6th is the day that Chase became a part of my family. What a fun seven years we have had. I cannot thank Carolyn and Tom Cannon enough for letting me buy Chase from them. He has been a dream-come-true dog — there is nothing I have asked of him that he has not done. He is a High in Trial Herding dog with both his American Grand Championship and his Canadian Championship. He has earned his Companion Dog and Rally Novice titles, his Herding Started title on sheep and ducks, his Herding Intermediate title on sheep, his Herding Advanced title on sheep. He is well on his way to his Herding Championship. He runs Agility like a wild man and has earned his Preferred Novice Standard and Jumpers, Preferred Open Standard and Jumpers titles. He lacks one Q for his Preferred Excellent Jumpers title. His children have been beautiful and talented enough to earn Chase his Register of Merit Silver award. With two more progeny, he will have earned Gold. He has earned his Versatile Cardigan Excellent award. He has multiple Group placements and was chosen as Best Brindle at the Houston National Specialty. He is a splendid house and office dog, my constant companion. He raises his puppies — teaching them to use the dog door, to play tug, to come when he calls them (which does not transfer over to when I call them). Chase is so sound and genetically healthy . . . what a gift he is.
Mostly, he is CUTE!
Chase at 7-1/2 weeks — photo by Tom Cannon
Chase at 5-1/2 weeks — the photo that determined his fate — again by Tom Cannon
Tonight I will hug him — as I do every night — and tell him how special he is to me.
June 9, 2014 by myeye
I am behind on blogging — w-a-a-a-y behind.
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.
I promise photos for the next post.
April 14, 2014 by myeye
This post will be short, but I’ll embellish it with photos and video later on.
We had a most splendiferous weekend.
CHASE: Although Chase and the geese did not bond (at all) at the PWCCSC All-Corgi Herding Trial, the sheep were to his liking. On Saturday, he was second to “Rocky” in Advanced Sheep and earned 2 Championship Points. Ellen Gerwin is his pilot. Here is a link to the video:
ADDIE: This Chase/Dory daughter is owned and handled by Celena Slaton. Addie was Best of Winners at the Terry-All Show for another point.
MEA: This is a Holmes/Rhiannon baby girl. She earned her first point owner-handled by Arlene Irby.
NOLA: Our funny red girl and her owner Elfie Payne earned a second place in Novice Obedience. She scored 192.5 and completed her CD. All three of her legs were 192 (or higher) in huge classes. She was awarded a first place and two second places. Nola is a Chase/Leidy daughter.
CHASE: Even better than Saturday. Chase won the Advanced Sheep class and earned his first herding major. It has taken more than a year for Ellen and Chase to become comfortable with one another on the course (remember there is livestock running around out there). It’s been worth the wait.
ADDIE: Ms. Addie and Celena took Best of Breed over two Champions. This yearling just keeps getting better and better. She will be at the National Specialty next week — I hope the judge loves her as much as we do.
SMOOCH: Earned another RAE leg with her owner DeAnn Nelson. Smoochie and Nola are littermates.
It was a crazed weekend here while I searched unsuccessfully for the Title to the little trailer. I know it is here — somewhere. Then I discovered, with the help of my neighbor that we could not discover the towing wiring on the Element (affectionately called “Hi-O”). It has the travel package (roof rack, trailer hitch), but no receptacle for the trailer’s brake lights/running lights — not that it matters because I can’t transfer the trailer to my name and register it without the title.
The wind BLEW. The mountains were not visible, the tumbleweeds are piling up, and everything has a thin coating of dust.
Have the wiring harness installed on the car, make arrangements to rent a small trailer, try to make some clients happy, and have lunch with Jean. See, I am clinging to sanity!
October 17, 2013 by myeye
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.
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: