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!!
I’ve been holding off on posting about my trip to Richland, mostly just to wait for pictures. Alas, no win photos in our mailbox today! So I will post the pictures taken by Tom and posted by Carolyn on the NWCF website. Huge thanks go to both of them, I know what a big effort it is to take and edit so many pics! Someday when I get Nash’s win pictures I will post those also.
So, the trip to Richland is not short from Denver. About 15 hours, in fact, and that’s with my radar detector and fairly leaded foot. I broke it into two days, knowing from experience (ahem, Houston and Gettysburg) that around 12 hours is difficult enough to do in a single day. It wasn’t too bad broken up like that but still not something I want to do frequently. But the show site in Richland is amazing and well worth the trip! Beautiful park right on the water, tons of grass and camping, huge old shade trees everywhere. It helped that the weather was overall pretty darned perfect, too. Oh, and Nash winning Best of Winners on Sunday for a 4 point major to finish his championship helped make at least THAT day of driving seem shorter. We thought it was 5 points in bitches, but it was 1 short so “only” 4 points. Thankfully, he only needed 3! LOL Big thanks and hugs to everyone for cheering us on and, well, just for making the weekend so much fun.
Miss Lizzie was entered in breed, also, and while I was hoping for a lucky select major it was not to be. She did make the cut in bitches on Sat and Sun, including showing pretty well for Jenn on Sunday while I was in the ring (something she doesn’t always do), so I’m happy overall.
Happy Holidays to everyone! We’ve been VERY busy here…I went back to work more full-time in October and with Christmas shopping etc, it’s been a little crazy! I love Christmas though, and it’s been fun this year trying to come up with great gifts for the kids and family. Probably the best idea we’ve had came from Dave, for our 3 year old Jack:
I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a HUGE HIT with Jack LOL. He loves cars AND planes, and I can so see him zooming around with it. Can’t wait!
In dog news, I haven’t posted an official congratulations yet to Leslie Reed! I keep meaning to. Miss Junie B finished her AKC Championship in November at our local shows…and I was there to see it! The delight on Leslie’s face was just so good to see. That makes Junebug the first champion to be bred here at Allegro, formally known as AKC/UKC Ch Allegro Celestial Charm. I think they’re out working on trying to grab a few more Grand Ch points this weekend in Jackson MS…good luck girls.
Leslie also got DNA results back that June is fluff-free. Nash is also fluff-free, and Piper is a carrier. I plan to have Nash’s hips x-rayed soon for Penn-Hip…I’d like to start him in agility next year and would like a baseline x-ray for that anyway.
And Lizard is due in season any day now! I guess I should go ahead and revisit and finalize that stud choice, huh. 😀
I leave this afternoon for a show in Knoxville TN. I get to see Uncle Chase again (haven’t seen him since he was 9 months old), and my mom is driving down from Ohio and showing her chihuahuas. That means that Charlie is going with me too, yay! She’s such fun these days, and I’m really looking forward to having a “girls weekend” with her and my mom. I had entered both Nash and Lizzie, but Lizard has decided to shed every last hair so she’s going to stay home. If she follows her shedding schedule from last time, that means she *should* be coming into season as expected towards the end of December. You know, right when it’s most convenient to arrange a breeding. 😉 I’m bummed that these shows didn’t pull majors, but there are 2 points available both days.
Next weekend is my local shows. A solid entry, but only 1 point available each day…our point schedule has gone up so much that it takes a sizable entry just to make 2 points. I plan to make some lunch on Saturday to share, so if you’re planning to be there keep that in mind!
The weekend after that, I have entered the supported entry in Concord NC. I’m not 100% sure yet that I’ll be able to go, honestly it depends on how work is going. On that note…I’ve gone back to work again. I work as a contractor, so my jobs are very dependent on people signing contracts. We had a lull over the summer and early fall, waiting for people to work around their budgets etc, and now I’m finally busy again. It’s great to be working again! I didn’t want to miss out on the NC shows in case I can manage to go (without my husband killing me for 3 weekends in a row…), so I entered Nash just in case. Hopefully it will all work out, and hopefully it will pull majors!
Edit: Just checked the breed counts for NC…no majors! Lots of specials entered, but only 3-8 in the classes which is 1 point in boys and 2 in girls. Le sigh.
I apologize for my lack of posts lately! It has been a S-L-O-W summer dog-wise, and a busy summer kid-wise. They started school last week! 1st grade for Charlie, and preschool for Jack.
Finally have dog news though! This weekend I trekked up to Ohio for the Western Reserve Cardigan Specialty. This show is second in size only to the National, and as usual it didn’t disappoint! The people, the dogs, the food…it’s a great show. It was pretty darned hot this year, but at least it was mostly dry. I entered Nash and Lizzie, and also had June…poor Leslie couldn’t take the time off to go up, so she sent the girl with me. The entries in each class were pretty good size and overall the quality was impressive.
Friday Sweeps (Kathy Davis): Nash 2nd, June 2nd.
Friday Reg (Simon Parson): Nash nothing, June 3rd.
Saturday Sweeps (Susan Lassila): Nash 3rd, June 2nd.
Saturday Reg (Janet Robinson): Nash 2nd, June 2nd.
Nothing for Lizzie on Friday…I didn’t show her on Sat. We didn’t bring home any big prizes but with the quality of competition I was very happy with the mostly naked, still growing puppies. Also want to shout out a big congrats to Sarah Keth and her girl Avery who was Best in Sweeps on Saturday, and to Janet and her girl Scout who was Best of Opposite Sex on Saturday also. They got beautiful trophies and a ribbon as tall as a child…and many bragging rights. Congrats girls!
After the show on Saturday I went to my mom’s house in Columbus and stayed with her. We went to see Wicked on Sun afternoon…it was awesome!
I also brought home a new toy…no, not a toy for Nash (i.e. puppy). A beautiful new box for puppies, when they next arrive. I need to try putting it together and will snap a picture before I store it until puppy time.
Kate was kind enough to sludge through the roughly, what, 1500 pictures taken during Nationals week and send me a lot of the ones I cared about. The lighting conditions weren’t great without a Very Nice Lens, but should still give you an idea!
Whew! Gettysburg is about a 10.5 – 11 hour drive from me, which is just on the outer edge of what it doable in one day. I was exhausted when I got home last night! Thankfully, when driving through Tennessee I was on the outer edge of the storm that went through and caused so much bad flooding in central and southern areas. I barely drove through any rain, thank goodness…my drive up on Monday was nearly all rain, so it was a relief not to have to drive through it again LOL.
I always love seeing so many people that I rarely get a chance to see! And some I’ve never met in person before. We started introducing each other by blog name :), so it was very fun to put faces with names and dogs. Tuesday was the Megan…when I entered, I had been very excited to show in the Megan for the first time! But as I mentioned before I left, Lizzie started shedding hand over fist and sadly looked very raggedy by Tuesday evening. She didn’t make the cut. I’ve been trying to put weight on her too, ironically my “easy keeper” who has always been a touch fat has started leaning the other direction. We’re going to try a few different things and may have her checked out at the vet. So yes, for future reference, naked and skinny isn’t a good combo. 😉
Wednesday it was the puppies’ turns in sweepstakes! I had Scout’s handler Cheryl Mika groom Nash up for me…it’s amazing what a difference that can make. I don’t think I’m a “bad” groomer but I’m not good at those last steps to make them look really polished. She did a wonderful job and, if I don’t say so myself, I think he looked great! He showed pretty well for me and I was thrilled when he was awarded 3rd in his large sweeps class. Junie went a bit later (different judge, also) and Kate and I decided that I would show her and see how she did with me in the ring. Well, she showed GREAT although she didn’t get a placement, but made the cut in her very large class. I think that Kate’s camera has some nice pictures of them in the ring that I’ll get posted once she sends to me.
Thursday was class dogs. I overslept and hence didn’t get Nash down to Cheryl in time, whoops! Thankfully, due to the work she put in on him the day before, he still looked pretty good so I just fluffed him and went. I showed him in the very large and competitive Bred-By class, he was pulled out for an extra down-and-back but didn’t get a placement. I had several very nice compliments on him though and was just proud to show him off as “mine”!
Friday was the class bitches. Kate and I went back and forth and finally decided that she would show Friday for Joanna, and I would show June (they were in the same class). Junie again showed pretty well for me, but it was Miss Friday who stole the show by getting 2nd in the class! It was a very large class, I know Joanna is thrilled. Later we had brood bitch and Garrett stepped in (color coordinated, even) to help us with Lizzie, June, and Nash. We swapped around handlers a bit to find who showed best with who, and it was fun but no ribbons. I personally think we should have gotten one as the most color-coordinated group in the ring.
I decided not to show Lizzie in Best of Breed because, as raggedy as she looked at the beginning of the week it only got worse and worse each day. Plus after a whole week of showing dogs, talking dogs, and missing my family, the idea of coming home a day early to relax sounded Pretty Darned Good. I watched some of the boys in BOB and then took off for the hellish drive home.
Which brings me to the last announcement:
That would be Miss Junie B, who has come to stay with me for a little while. Nash is BEYOND thrilled, and it has been one giant frap fest at my house all morning. I can’t know for sure whether she remembers this place or not, but she sure has moved in like she does, just happy as a clam. She’s been very sweet with Dave and the kids, properly submitted to Brady, and has generally just been bouncing all over the place. I corralled her long enough this morning to take these:
Part of the reason she’s here is to go to “Grandma’s Fat Camp”…the simple fact is that she just has too many things she can get into at Kate’s house, like chicken feed, goose poop, etc etc. She’s very resourceful when it comes to food and will pretty much eat until stuffed…while she’s here it will be harder for her to find things to eat beyond her dinner bowl. She looks better now and I know Kate took a couple pounds off of her before she got to the Nationals, but she probably still needs to drop 2-3 pounds. I also have her entered in a show in Tennessee in a few weeks that I’m hopeful might pull majors, and either way it has some very good judges.
We leave for Nationals in 2 weeks! Eeeeek!! In preparation, Lizzie has started to, yes you guessed it, shed hair by the fistful. *sob* Nash hasn’t joined the party yet but we’ll see if that continues. In her defense, it IS 80 degrees here now pretty regularly, so I can see where she might be ready for summer wear. She also hasn’t quite grown in her belly hair yet, but I don’t think it’s too noticeable anymore unless you flip her over.
Nash is still in the throes of teenager-hood but is starting to show tiny glimmers of a brain and a body. He’s just barely 30 pounds at this point, so I’m very happy with where I think his adult weight will be. I’m trying to give him some showing refreshers over the next couple of weeks…I got lazy after his show debut and he’s getting some bad habits on the table. Like, wiggling when the judge walks up. The babies will be 10 months old in a few days!
(yes his name is sometimes Nashville. Mostly when he’s in trouble.)
So, Nash’s ring debut yesterday can pretty much be summed up with the following thoughts from him:
“Look, there’s dogs!! Want to play? Playplayplayplay?”
“MOM!! There’s FOOD ON THE FLOOR!”
“Did you hear me?? FOOD. On the FLOOR.”
The worst was on the down and back when he just straight up refused to move because about halfway down there was a hotdog within eyesight. He just stood there and STARED at it, and me giving him a leash pop (or twelve) had no effect whatsoever. I think he was lucky to get 2nd of 3 in the bred-by class.
Sooooo, Saturday evening after BIS there was a free handling class, so we went and basically worked hard on “leave it”. Got a couple of other good suggestions too. Must have worked, because he was much better today! Not on the table, but that’s a different story…judge made a funny sound to get expression and Nash took that as a cue to try to jump on his shoulders. Whoops. Never did get him to stand still after that but luckily the judge was understanding. He also asked me how old he was (since he was in bred-by) and replied with “Aha!”when I told him. LOL And I was thrilled when he won Winners Dog for a 4 POINT MAJOR! During pictures the judge was quite chatty and told me several times what a “pretty boy” he is, he just loved his expression and movement.
So yay! Good boy Nash…sort of. 😉 We have lots of work to do, but at very least he did definitely have fun!
Well, tomorrow morning that is. Tomorrow is Nash’s debut show in Atlanta, and yes I think I’ll show Lizzie too, naked belly and all. Naturally, it has been raining for about 3 days so the yard is a mud pit…I’m washing and drying dogs knowing full well that they will get filthy again before tomorrow. Sigh. We leave at about 7 am and show around 2:30ish Eastern time.
Wish us luck! If nothing else, I want Nash to have a good experience. I’m not too worried as he pretty much thinks life is a party thrown just for him, but you never know when something weird will happen to a puppy! And Atlanta is indoors, noisy and usually crowded. These first shows are so important for building that great show attitude for later, so I will be trying my best to keep it lighthearted and fun.
dedicated to the spirited and lively cardigan welsh corgi