Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Lots of Exciting People News

Our families have had a lot to celebrate as of late.
Jesse's sister Kaci who has Velvet just added another dog-child. Callie is an English springer spaniel puppy.
I would like to congratulate Jesse's step-sister Lora on her marriage to Chris this past weekend, to another one of Jesse's step-sisters Jamie and her husband Des on their baby to be, a girl they will call Sara. This will be their second girl.
I am very excited to finally hear that my Aunt Jamie Trump is expecting a girl also, and it is her and husband Uncle Jeremy's second girl.
And I am most proud of my brother Brian for getting engaged to his girlfriend Nikki!

Happy news for this brisk autumn morning...

PS- I haven't seen the Cardigan Bulletin yet, but Hunter is supposed to have an ad in there!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Just Being

Since I am stuck at home being sick, I figured I could do some catch-up.

I have started hiking up Badger Mountain (for anyone who lives near 'real' mountains, Badger Mt is really just a big treeless hill) as a way to loose weight and boost my cardio. I am going with my friend Kris, but Jesse plans to join us sometime. Hunter went with us one day, but I probably wont take him much more since he slowed us down. He wants attention from everyone and has to pee on everything... boys will be boys.

Ellyn is doing well too. She is learning the importance of free-stacking and showing teeth. She has discovered socks and apples. She has also been banned from the laundry room... ;) Even though the sock gets taken away, she follows me to where I put the sock, and promptly grabs another and makes a run for it... hahaha. Well, now the game is up and door stays shut. The pictures of her here are at almost 5 months.

Also, anyone looking for Cardigan puppies - there are three littermates to Ellyn available to approved companion homes. Click here to connect to the Claymore website. They are in Missouri/Kansas area.

Next show is in Salem, OR and it looks like there are 2 points in dogs and a 3 pt major in bitches. Lets hope everyone shows up! Dayl's Harley x Dotty puppy 'Phantom' makes her debut at this show. Ellyn wont be old enough to show until the December Vancouver, WA show.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Win, Snow, and Happy B-Day To Me

First off, it was a mistake to figure that the weather would be as nice in Boise, ID as it has been here in the Tri-Cities. That being stated, I did not pack warm enough clothes. Jesse and I left for Boise Wednesday night, and had a fun weekend showing off both of the dogs.
Hunter was the lone class male, so he was Winner's Dog by default all four days. Normally this would excite me beyond all else, but he needed to beat at least one dog for a point. This meant he needed to either beat the Winner's Bitch or go Best Opposite over the special male. So, I will sum up the points/awards now...
Thursday 10-09-08 Hunter had his best (IMO) showing yet. He was alert, moved out well, free stacked like a pro, was beautiful on the table etc. I guess the judge wasnt as impressed. Hunter left without a point this day. Bummer.
Hunter with Judge Barbara Ann Brooks
Friday 10-10-08 Hunter has decided that he LOVES Kim Shira's blue girl 'Geisha' and all he wants to do is play with her. He only has eyes for her in the ring... BUT, Judge Barbara Ann Brooks loved his head and gave me lots of compliments on how nice a puppy he was. Hunter went Winners Dog, Best of Winners and Best Opposite! Got his ninth point. We hung around for the sanctioned puppy match so Ellyn could get some practice. Hunter got his second wind, so we entered him as well. They both got first in the class, and Hunter took Breed, and a Puppy Group 2 under handler Luke Baggenstos (sp?). Ellyn did VERY well for not being in a ring before. We were very pleased with both dogs. In the midst of all the showing frivolity, it started to snow... hard... yuck. We were trying to dry off dogs and people right up until we showed. Hate to show a wet dog. Oh well...
Saturday 10-11-08 There are metal grates in the concrete flooring of the building we were in. It was obvious that the show people tried to cover them up so people wouldnt trip on them. We were unfortunate enough to get a covered grate at the very end of the down and back that made scary noises. Hunter just knew that something was going to eat him in the floor... despite being a little squirrly Judge Lester Mapes awarded him Winners Dog, Best of Winners and Best Opposite. Ten points down!

Sunday 10-12-08 Hunter recovers well from thinking the floor is out to get him, and Judge Arlene Benko awards him Winners Dog, Best of Winners for another point, and Best Puppy which enters him into Puppy Group. She tells me that I HAVE to stay for puppy group - since I have such a nice puppy. It was a super nice compliment and so Jesse and I stayed for puppy group. It was the last group of the day, so a lot of dogs had already gone home or there werent puppies entered in some breeds. Hunter was a hoot and he really turned on the struts for all the applause. We got a Puppy Group 3 out of about 7 other dogs. That was neat! I think the biggest compliment of the weekend was from the herding puppy group judge (whom wasnt listed in the catalog but I will find her name later) who said that she always kinda liked the breed, but this dog (Hunter) was a dog she could fall in love with. Be still my heart!
Jesse and I know how much fun and just plain delightful Hunter is to be around. It is really awesome when he and Ellyn inspire happiness in people that are just walking by. It feels just as good that so many different judges have liked Hunter.
What a great way to spend a birthday weekend. Hunter now has 11 points and one major.
Hunter in the Herding Puppy Group

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pics Of The Puppy

We have decided that we like the name "Ellyn" for the puppy. We took her out for a more formal leash training today. She did very well. Hunter went with and helped get her going some. But, mostly she did it all on her own... good girl.
For a 16 week old puppy, she is exhibiting nice long strides, kickback and flexion - plus she keeps her tail down!! At least for now... She has plenty of time to grow up. Show season is coming to a down time and she wont be old enough for any around here until the Portland shows in January. Hunter will be going to the 4 day show in Boise, ID in a couple weeks and then Salem, OR in November.