Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Lazy Sunday NappingThis little girl sleeps as hard as she plays
Oh sweet cold tile, how we love thee!
LE in her red brindle camo outfit... I cant believe she blends in with the floor and cupboards...

Friday, July 24, 2009

Upcoming Shows

I know of at least four girls in our region need a major to finish, and a whole lot more need a major or two just because... I only have LE showing right now (and maybe Hunter) but I thought that I might post my potential show schedule in case the NW wants to try to build any majors at upcoming shows (like we just tried to do for Enumclaw - not sure if we were successful or not).

Aug 15,16 - Enumclaw, WA: Judges Cathy H. Daugherty and Robert Stein
Sept 12,13 - Wenatchee, WA: Judges Dr. Ruby Hertz and Dr. Sam Burke Jr.
Sept 19,20 - Shelton, WA: Judges Linda Riedel, Terry B. Carter
Sept 26 - Richland, WA: Judge ?
Oct 10,11 - Cloverdale, BC: Judges Limoges, Haverstock, Paterson, Mincey
Oct 24,25 - Ridgefield, WA: Judges ?
Oct 29,30,31,Nov 1 - Abbotsford, BC: Judges? Herding group specialty
Nov 7,8 - Salem, OR: Judges ?

I would love to do St Helens this year, but as of right now I have another thing going on. We will most likely have majors at Richland. Dayl and I are taking 3 or 4 to Wenatchee. And yes, I know the BC shows dont count for AKC, but I LOVE showing in Canada. ;)

Sunday, July 19, 2009


We got in at 2am, but all of us are finally home! Bella is already bug hunting - Good dog!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


A realization hit me like a ton of bricks this morning.
My mother has been gone for 10 years today.

I just felt like writing about her today, though I am not exactly sure where to start or what to say...

Some people may wonder how Dayl Phillip and I got connected. Well, my mother, Yvette, and Dayl were best friends in high school. They bonded over horses and therefore, I have known Dayl basically my whole life. I have very fond memories of my mom, Dayl and I all sitting in Dayl's computer room looking up Haflinger horse pedigrees, or riding through Dayl's cherry orchards on the horses, or driving the three hours just to see the new foals.

My dad loathed our trips to Dayls. Because we would end up bringing an animal home with us! My mom and I (and my brother for that matter) seemed to get into a lot of 'trouble' with Dayl... The last animal my mom brought home was a Cardigan puppy. Just a week or so before the car accident that took her life. Dayl had her first litter of Cardigans and I had previously said that I wanted to get out of showing horses and into showing dogs. I was so excited when my mom brought Auri home.

Auri ended up being my life preserver. My heart dog. I could go on and on about how special that girl is to me.

Dayl and I wonder out loud sometimes how many dogs my mom would have had... wonder if she would have gotten into dog showing/breeding or if she would have stuck to the horses... wonder what her 'kennel' name would have been... if she would have liked this puppy or that puppy... what stud dog she would have used with whichever bitch...

But, we know that she would have had fun. The dogs are such a large part of my life. I would have loved to share my passion for this breed with her. She loved animals. And she had a way with animals. I will always say that she was one of the most patient, kind, and generous people I have ever known.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hawaiian Adventure

Meet Bella

Aurigan Dunes Celestine Blue *pending
Am/Can Ch. Shadowalk Deacon x Peacan Valley Mustang Sally
Bella will be at Dune to do some growing up!