Great news – Violet’s puppies arrived safe and sound! She delivered the first 3 puppies with no issues, until #4 decided to try to come out sideways. Funny thing, it doesn’t really work when you do it that way, so unfortunately we needed to do a c-section to retrieve the last 4 babies. I’m relieved that they all arrived safely, and Violet is doing a great job transitioning from “Princess Vi” to “Mama Vi”.
Final count is 5 boys and 2 girls, brindles and blacks. I proudly present the Allegro “Peter Pan” litter.
#1, brindle boy, red collar, “PETER”
#2, brindle girl, pink collar, “TIGER LILY”
#3, brindle boy, green collar, “RUFIO”
#4, black/white with brindle points boy, tan collar, “NIBS”
#5, black/white with brindle points boy, blue collar, “CAPTAIN”
#6, black/white with brindle points boy, orange collar, “SMEE”
#7, black/white with brindle points girl, purple collar, “WENDY”
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!
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!!
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!!
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.
Practicing stacking with the baby. She’s great on the stacking box, less so without it LOL. And very uncooperative when I turn her for front shots! But here she is, with ears, growing up pretty nicely so far I think. Happy Holidays!!
So it’s pretty old news at this point, and she already has her own page here on my website, but Miss Violet came to live with us recently! I in NO way planned to get a puppy from Lizzie’s 2nd litter, but when I met Violet (litter name Emily) I found her very hard to resist. She’s a very charming, sweet puppy with just a slight naughty streak, and has wormed her way very quickly into the hearts of the family. Charlie especially thinks that Violet is pretty darned cool.
I was also quite smitten with her show promise! As we work on show training I’ll be taking lots of photos of her as she grows, as I usually do. Here are a few from today’s session at 12 weeks old.
dedicated to the spirited and lively cardigan welsh corgi