Category Archives: dog shows

New CH Violet!

The second baby from the Poetry litter finished last weekend at the supported shows in Iowa…and it was our own baby Vi!  She is now Ch C-Myste Baledwr SN The Dream Keeper of Allegro.

We don’t have many majors in the Colorado area, so I decided to trek up to the 4-day Iowa shows.  Vi has been minored out since February, so we had to go somewhere to find majors!  I’m grateful to the midwest Cardi people, who put on a great show with lovely prizes, good show site, etc…it was hot and muggy, but fun anyway!

Baby Vi showed pretty well in the outdoors sunshine and heat, and was RWB on Friday to warm up, followed by WB/BOW on Sat and Sun (supported entry) for two 4 point majors to finish!

Fun photo from Saturday’s win – also Bred-By Exhibitor Group 3!

Nash and Dixie also came in to attend these shows with us.  I ALWAYS love seeing my handsome boy, and he and Dixie make a heck of a team these days.  He shows beautifully for her, and they were rewarded with Best of Breed on Friday, and Best of Opposite the other 3 days in a large specials entry.  I’m still hoping one of these days to see him take a group placement in person!!

New CH Morgan!

Proud to announce that Morgan, Violet’s handsome blue brother, is now to be known as Ch C-Myste Baledwr SN Getting Away With It.  Morgan finished with a bang, winning 3 majors in one weekend (and reserve the 4th day) at the Woofstock shows in CA.  Here is his finishing photo under Bill Shelton:

Morgan finishing at 20 months
Morgan finishing at 20 months – tail a wagging as always

This handsome blue boy is from the Captain (GCh C-Myste Baledwr Whomping Willow) x Lizzie (Ch Snowrose Poetic Charm) litter.  He is the first CH from that litter and Lizzie’s 5th CH of record.  Morgan is owned and loved by Captain’s owner Trenton Sponslor.

Way to go!

Puppy Update and SQUEEEEE! It’s almost time for Westminster!

I had the chance to travel to Portland to visit puppies last weekend!  The cuties are just over 8 weeks old so it was the perfect age to take a look and see what we thought of them.  What a handsome/pretty group!  All of consistently good quality…I am pleased.  Bobby (now Wally) came back with me on the plane in order to meet his new family here.  If he looks nice as he grows, then I will co-own him with them and show him.  Cindy is going to be an LA gal and her new family is going to pick her up in a little over a week.  Marcia, well we aren’t sure yet where Marcia may go.  There are a couple of possibilities, so we will see how that sorts itself out over the next few weeks.  Updates on them can now be found on the Litter Page.

While I was there, Junie’s new family came to pick her up!  It seems like she is fitting in very well with them so far, so fingers crossed that it’s a permanent match.

On Friday I fly out to NYC for Westminster!  And some sightseeing, of course.  I can’t wait!

The Nationals post

What a fun week! I headed down to Tucson AZ with Dixie, Nash, Lizzie, and Violet in tow (along with JR the papillon). Dixie and Nash flew into Denver to make things a bit easier and give me someone to travel with, and I was oh so grateful to have the companionship! Dave and the kids enjoyed being able to spend a bit of time with Nash, as well.

This was Baby Vi’s first dog show, although she has been to a couple of fun matches. A little overwhelming for her at times but she did pretty well hanging in there and I was again grateful to Dixie for showing her for me. I desperately wanted to show her myself, but Violet loved Dixie and she did a great job making sure that the little girl’s head stayed in the ring. Overall I think it was a WONDERFUL experience for Vi and am looking forward to getting her out myself! I was very pleased when she was awarded a 4th place in her large sweepstakes class, and made the cut to top 7 in her regular class.

Nash arrived in his skivvies! He is in fantastic shape though and his more recent maturity (love those slow growing lines) helped him still look pretty good. He and Dixie made the first 2 cuts in the brindle male class in the Megan competition, to the top 6, and the first 2 cuts in BOB as well. No ribbon for him this year but it was fun to see the great team that he and Dixie are starting to make.

Not to be completely left out, Lizzie was entered in Brood Bitch only and was awarded 4th with Violet and Nash standing behind her. I didn’t enter her in the Megan or in breed because she is usually naked…naturally, she has a lovely coat this year LOL. Oh well!

Some lovely photos taken by our good friend Jessica Viera and/or her husband Brian.  Many thanks to them!!

Nash on the table in the Megan competition

Vi looking up at Aunt Dixie
Baby girl on the move
Violet (right) and her brother Tenny
Pretty Girl
7 months old

Show Wrap-Up

So, our wonderful boy Nash is out in the Pacific Northwest this year with our good friend Dixie Rae, learning to be a show dog on a whole new level!  Dixie has been a friend and mentor ever since she agreed to send us our Lizzie, who she bred…through the selection of the stud for Lizzie’s first litter (with Pilot)…and onward.  We’ve been delighted to see her hard work with Nash’s sire Pilot pay off in some very lovely wins and rankings over the past several years, and were excited when we started talking about Nash giving it a shot after Pilot went home to “retire”.  That time is here, and despite the complaints about the spoiled dog that I sent to her <grin>, they are starting to get their feet wet in the ring together.

At the 3-day Western Washington cluster last weekend, Nash started out winning 2 BOB, 1 Select Dog, and a Group 4 under respected judge James Reynolds.  At the very large 4-day shows in Portland, he continued with some nice wins over very strong competition, finishing with 2 BOB, 1 Select Dog, and a pull in an extremely strong herding group.

I promise I’ll try not to be a total fangirl every time that Nash places well, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it’s exciting to watch and be a part of!  He’s our Very Favorite Dog and it was a hard decision to send him far away…thank goodness that we know how well he’ll be taken care of with Dixie.

In the meantime, to keep us busy we have Nash’s half-sister Violet here and need to get her trained!  Vi has gone to her first 2 puppy matches for practice and has gotten a group 2 each time (with plenty of competition).  Thrilled about that, but even more so that she settled pretty quickly into the “routine” at a dog show…the first day I think her brain blew up, she was so stimulated by everything there!  Dogs, puppies, noises, people, oh my!  LOL  She did great, but I could tell she just didn’t know quite what to think of it all.  The second weekend she did MUCH better and showed in the ring almost like I had actually trained her.  Much less distracted by all that was going on, more relaxed, and as usual…very very cute.  :)  I think she’s going to cute the judges to death even when she’s fully grown.

Weekend Wrap-Up

Nash went with our friend Jessica Viera to the 4-day show cluster in Los Lunas, NM this weekend.  They make a great team and I needed to stay home to plan/throw an epic Harry Potter birthday party for a certain 8 year old girl (and 17 of her screaming friends), so I couldn’t go anyway.  Our house was quite quiet with Decker having gone back from Richland with Garrett, Lizzie still off in Oregon raising babies, and Nash away at a dog show…that left us with just Brady, the old man!  With him at 14.5 years old, it was basically like having no dogs at all.  LOL  Of course, filling the house with that many hyper kids definitely made up for it <grin>.

Nash having turned 3 over the summer, he is approaching maturity and hitting his stride in the ring.  He and Jessica have learned how to work well together and despite him being somewhat of a mama’s boy, he now shows better with her than he does with me.  (bittersweet!)  Regardless of seeing this, and regardless of his nice Select Dog win and attention a couple of weeks ago in Richland, I was still more than a little bit floored when I got the news Friday night that he had taken a HERDING GROUP 1 placement in Los Lunas.  !!!  What. A. Cool. Feeling.  :)  I’ve never owned a dog who has gotten a group placement before, let alone winning the group, well…I guess that’s one way to start!

Obviously, I’m quite proud of him and Jessica.  I think they make a very pretty picture together and it’s fun to see them fulfilling the dreams I’ve had for Nash, and more!  Total weekend results, with a large Cardi entry of 18-19 each day and several other specials:

Thursday: Select Dog

Friday: Best of Breed and Group 1

Saturday: Best of Breed and Group 4

Sunday: Best of Breed (and pull in group)

Informal picture of his group win on Friday. Official picture to follow!


Cardigans are usually evaluated for show quality at 8 weeks of age. Of course, I know that when I had my own litter here, I had many opinions already about them by the time they hit 8 weeks, but I know plenty of breeders who barely look at the puppies in that frame of mine until that age. So I can say with some assurance that at least in the case of the litter we bred, it seems to have been very true…but it also took a long time to come back to it!

Nash at 8 weeks
Nash at 3 years

Pictures from OKC

Some photos of Nash in the ring at the supported entry on Saturday when he was awarded Select Dog. Huge thanks to Jessica for getting these for me! I love show photos.

Winners line-up

Who will be first?

Well we got some fun news and learned something yesterday…due to miscounting how to calculate Grand Championship points, Leslie and June actually got TWO GCh majors a couple of weeks ago in Tallahassee.  :)  So now she’s teetering on the edge of finishing that Grand Championship!  Nash is close too, but as he’s dropping hair all over my house it will probably be a while before he gets back out to look for those last few single points.


Number of Points 23
Number Major Wins 3
Number Major Judges 3
Total Number Judges 13
Events w/CH Defeated 4


Number of Points 20
Number Major Wins 4
Number Major Judges 4
Total Number Judges 8
Events w/CH Defeated 7


Number of Points 11
Number Major Wins 2
Number Major Judges 2
Total Number Judges 4
Events w/CH Defeated 2

Good weekend!

Well, I did it for the first time…I sent one of my dogs out to be shown by someone else.  :)  Nash went with Jessica Viera to Hobbs, NM this past weekend in hopes of picking up some GCh points.  The entry in Hobbs was actually quite large, 27 overall and included several specials.  I’m happy to report that Nash was Select Dog on Saturday for 2 GCh points and Best of Breed on Sunday for a 5 point GCh major, under James Frederickson!  That puts him up to I think 10 grand champion points.

Nash Best of Breed

Sister Junie B was showing in Atlanta and picked up a few more GCh points as well.  Way to go Leslie!