Well, it appears that another year has snuck by me. Here it is, middle of October. Nursing school begins in just 3 short months, so things are about to pick up speed right around the corner. I’m going to try to relax a little, but people who know me well know how hard that is. I like to be on the move.
This has been a really exciting year for me in dogs and just in general. I’ve gotten to do a little bit of traveling, and had some nice wins. Currently, Holmes and I are working towards getting him ready for the Novice ring. He is very close to being where I need him to be. He has “happy feet” on the stand for exam, so that is becoming a daily exercise to get him extra comfy with that. Dory is working towards her Grand Championship now. She currently has 9 GCH points, 2 champions defeated and 1 major. She will be entered in Ft. Wayne for one day with Jill, and probably 3 days in Kalamazoo, which will most likely be her last show this year. Dory will be heading down to New Mexico to be bred to Penni Adrian’s Chase (Am GCh/Can Ch C-Myste Baledwr Pursuit of Happiness ROMb CD RN HSAs HIAs HXAs VCX TT). Dory comes from Raglan Cardigans (Amy Hill), so she has a strong line of herding cardigans behind her, including the first dual champion Cardigan, DC Cornerstone’s My Dear Beli HXAsd HXBs HTD III-d HRD III-s ROMb. Here is the pedigree of Dory’s future babies: http://www.cardiped.net/testmating.php?dam=72830&sire=63205&gens=5
Dory is a Fluff free, Pink free, PRA clear, DM carrier, and her OFA hips/elbows are in process. The veternarian in Spring Harbor Animal Hospital (Thanks Teresa!!!) said her hips will most likely receive a “good” rating, and elbows look normal. She will also have her CERF done this month. I know Penni already has list in process for this litter, but inquiries are welcome to Penni or myself if you have any Dory questions.
Dory winning her 1st GCH major under judge James Maloney at the Stone City Kennel Club Dog show. The date, however, is wrong, and should be the 6th. . .
When Dory returns after her litter with Penni, she will be specialed selectively to finish her Grand Championship and then onto the fun stuff. I love Rally-O, and I’m looking forward to training with Dory. I decided to hold off on obedience for now since she could potentially be away for 4 or 5 months, and we’d be kind of starting anew. I figured this would give us some time to focus on getting as close to her GCH as possible before heading to Penni. I miss her, but I know she will be in great hands!
Another exciting thing is the addition of “Ula” to our family. I appreciate Paul Chen so very much for allowing me to have Ula come to live with us. She is so much fun to show! She has got attitude and she has amazing movement. Ula will be hitting the specials ring starting this winter. Paul began showing Ula over the summer and put 13 points on her, including 3 majors. My first weekend out with her, she finished her championship (pending AKC approval!) with her final 2 points. Good girl Ula!!! She is Ch. Afara Ultraviolet.
Ula finishing her Championship!!!
Oh yeah, and there’s that website that’s still, um, in progress. Anyone out there want to build me a website..??