Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Lloyd Dog Show

WOW is all I can say about last weekend. I headed into the weekend hoping that Rayne would pick up a couple more points toward her championship. Not only did she pick up a few points she is now CH. Vispera Freezing Rayne!!!! She completed her championship going BOB over specials from the bred by class and then went on to place in the group (2 - 4th group & 1-3rd group placement) She also won Best puppy in Group at ALL 6 shows!!
I am soooo incredibly proud to have my first home bred champion that I owner/handled. She is an incredible little girl and has achieved so much already and she just turned 9months old.
I want to thank Cathy Bishop for her constant guidance & support through acquiring my first aussie (Ice) to where I am today. I wouldn't be anywhere if it wasn't for her. THANK YOU!!

I am also pleased to announce that Rayne's sister Breeze (owned by Sandy) was also at the show and did a great job. It was her first time in the ring so she had lots of little bouncy puppy dances going on ~ and couldn't always figure out where her feet were suppose to land but when Sandy & Breeze get it together they are going to be a GREAT team!!!

I am looking forward to a busy fall season with a few agility trials and more conformation shows :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Agility Trial Weekend

The dogs and I had our annual September Agility Trial here in Lloyd. It was a very hectic week as Shane had been gone for a week to BC and when he walked in the door Friday night I left to go help set-up. Good thing I have a very understanding husband!! Friday night was 1 round of Hoopers. I'm still not totally in love with this class but it seems like it's staying so I had better figure it out. Meg had a beautiful run with a Qualifying score, Ice on the other hand had some strange idea's of what this class should be like..........I should have known that night we were in for a less than spectacular weekend. The shining star was Meg, she picked up a few titles, Novice Jumpers, Novice Chances and a few other Q's along the way. She loves to run agility ~ If only she was trained to do weave poles she would eat up the novice courses!! My goal is to have her weaving before snow flies!! Poor girl is 4 years old.
Ice and I struggled all weekend. We still aren't working together as a team. He always tried 110% of the time so I can never get upset with him, just upset that I'm hindering such a great dog :)
Next up is this weekend at the Lloyd Dog Show with Rayne. Wish us luck!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Saskatoon Dog Show

Had a GREAT time in Saskatoon. Thanks so much to Debbie, Laurie & Ron for being great to bench with. It was fun listening to all the dog knowledge these 3 have.
The first show was Saturday in the a.m. and I was sooooo nervous but even with my nerves and Rayne's inexperience we came out with Winners Bitch & Best of Breed Puppy.
Sunday we went reserve and then Monday we went Winners Bitch & BOBP again.
It was a fantastic weekend picking up 4pts on my little baby.
Great friends, great dogs ~ who could ask for more :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dog Show Weekends

As I am preparing for my much anticipated "weekend away" at the Saskatoon Dog Show the nerves are starting to creep in. I am nervous because of a few things:
A) It is a BIG aussie entry with many experienced handlers.
B) My little girl Rayne is from my very (only) litter I have had to date
C) I want to do well and not fall on my face!!!
I bathed/blow dried and trimmed Rayne Monday night in the hopes that I made any huge mistakes with my scissors 5 days would be enough time for the hair to grow back and also to try to get some nice natural photo's of her around the yard. I am very happy with how I trimmed her ears and feet but unfortunately ran out of light to get any pics of her and by the time the next morning rolled around her white collar and front legs had turned to black because we don't have grass alas, I will just have to wait to the weekend to see her pretty white legs again.
Wish us luck!!!

Living in the Country

Ahhhhh ~ the country life. There is nothing like getting up when the sun is rising, for those that may not be morning people this is around 6am, hopping on the quad and taking the dogs for a run..........
This was what I did this a.m. We go about 3km's roundtrip and always stop half way to investigate something along the way. This gives the dogs a nice break and lets me connect with the day.
This morning was no different except when I stopped Ice came around the front of the quad and his beautiful white collar was crimson, CRIMSON!!! Eeeehhhhh gad I said "What did you do???" Upon closer inspection his young impulsive daughter "Rayne" had grabbed his ear and tore a small hole in it and as we went down the country road blood was spurting out his ear and spraying his neck. By the time we stopped the bleeding had stopped but it was still a ghastly site. Ice is the kind of stoic dog that never whimpers when he feels pain, never gives up is something becomes difficult so of course he would never let me know what happened and would NEVER tell his daughter to smarten up.

aahhhhh ~ the country life ~