Fall Photo Shoot

We were sitting here enjoying a gorgeous fall day in Colorado and I started thinking about how we havent done photos of the dogs in awhile….

So we packed up the van and headed out to Garden of the Gods with most of the crew (left Lorne at home since she is in blazing season, and Domino gets his pictures taken quite often lately, so he stayed home as well) and set out to do pictures. We tried to get each dog their own unique backdrop, so we did quite a bit of hiking and hauling of out-of-shape butts up and down hills to get the right spots. Sore legs tonight, but I think some of the pictures we got were well worth it! (and I’m again resolved to start losing all this excess blubber I carry around!)

I will also say that these are ungroomed, un-touched photos. I cropped some of the excess background out of most of them (or cropped myself out 🙂 ) but aside from cropping, I did NOTHING to them. The dogs were ungroomed, unshined, just packed in the van and headed out. I think Pyros pictures alone are enough evidence of exactly WHY I am head over heals in LOVE with our dogs diets! He gets his meat/bone/organs, and NO suppliments at all. He hasnt been bathed in probably 3 or 4 months now. I rarely brush him….and didnt spray or wipe or brush him for his photos…..LOOK at that SHINE!!!

My handsome Pyro…who will be 4 in a couple months.

 

My gorgeous old lady Maui, who turned 9 a few weeks ago. She is in phenominal condition for a 9 year old, and we just love her to pieces!!

 

 

Miss Juno, who recently turned 2, and who I havent gotten any good “grown up pictures” of since…

And Louie. Louie V. Who has been the redheaded stepchild lately! Poor Louie, so obsessed with the girls, but really tries sooooo hard to be such a good boy! We love his silly Orange self!!

 

And, because I think it is a gorgeous shot of a gorgeous Pointer….we took photos of our two remaining visitors as well…

Stella …

 

 

and Gravy….

 

I will leave it to their owners if they want the rest of their photos published….

 

I honestly love doing photos of the dogs. One day maybe I will even be lucky enough to have a super fancy camera and know how to use it! LOL. But for now, we take what we take and we have fun doing it, and get some fun shots of the dogs to have for ourselves forever 🙂

OFA…

Health testing always scares the crud outta me! I always worry that years of putting time and effort and love and seemingly endless amounts of cash into a dog will end in failed hips or bad thyroid or a seemingly endless list of other things that we test for not because of the high risk of them being bad, but so that we can catch those things before they do go bad…

We are blessed with a relatively healthy breed in Pointers. What bothers me is the “Oh well, why test for what isnt there?” attitude so many breeders have. So so so so so many dogs walk around their whole lives unilaterally deaf, or only able to partially see, or with a thyroid condition, or even with hip dysplasia. Asymptematic is just that – not showing visible symptoms of an underlying problem. Do you think Dobermans got the way they are because breeders were testing every dog before it was bred? Nope. And the average lifespan of a Doberman is 8 years. I never want to see Pointers go down that road, in this lifetime or the next. So I test. Anything in the house that I am even thinking of breeding, I test.

So, as we were sitting here debating pros and cons and possible future stud dogs, Juno turned 2. Now, its not only my personal morals but also in my contract with her breeder that she will have her hips xrayed and submitted to OFA at 2 years old. I managed to find a pretty awesome health clinic where I could get Hips, Eyes, and Thyroid done for the price my regular vet charges for just Hips, and I got her hips done with absolutely no sedation. Pretty awesome if you ask me!

So, we did all 3 tests. Hip xrays, a CERF exam, and an OFA Thyroid lab are required for submission to the CHIC program for Pointers. We obviously found out the results from the CERF exam while we were in the office, and Juno CERF’d normal, with no notations. We had to wait nearly a month for her hips and her thyroid to come back, and we finally got them back this past week. We also managed to get ahold of her BAER test results from when she was an 8 week old baby, and will be submitting those to OFA to add to her record as well (she is BAER normal as well, in case anyone was wondering! Thanks Sarah for sending them!)

Juno’s hips came back rated EXCELLENT. Her thyroid came back Normal, and her CERF we already knew was Normal. Proud of our little Junebug, even if we decided that breeding her is just not in the cards this year 🙂

Her OFA results page can be found at:

http://www.offa.org/display.html?appnum=1490498#animal

 

 

 

On the road again…

Spent the last two weekends in New Mexico.

The first weekend was in Alamogordo, where we had a great time on Saturday, the temperatures got HOT, and we woke up to disaster on Sunday and ended up skipping the show to head home.

Spent this past weekend in Los Lunas. Had fun on Saturday, got the Pointers shown, 2 GCh points for Miss Stella…Domino got to go play and have fun with the other Cardis. The show on Sunday sucked. Stella was BOB for another 2 GCh points, Domino had fun and showed very well for a little barely legal 6 month old. The judge made a point to tell me how much she liked him. Guess my puppy boys were just too immature for the panel this weekend….oh well. Another day, another dog show.

Went to visit my Parents after the show, swung by Starbucks near the college to pick up coffee on the way – and as I was driving down the road, noticed a guy riding a horse, leading a fully loaded pack horse. Right by the New Mexico state university. In the middle of the city. Crazy. The things you see when you show dogs……

Long drive home, as is normal, and of course, wake up sicker than a dog this morning. Feel very much like death warmed over….few days to relax will hopefully help before this progresses to something worse! Ugh. Thankfully most of the dogs are content to just hang out and cuddle in bed all day. I love my doggies 🙂

Still deciding on our next shows……..to go or not to go, that is the question!!

Domino does UKC…

I took Domino to a UKC show the weekend before his AKC debut, to see how things would go, and give him a “warm up show” before we headed out on our roadtrip.

We had fun, spent time with friends, made some new ones, and got to play with the blue puppy a bit in the ring, and got a lot of one on one time with him. He did good…it was hot, the grass was as tall as he was, and he decided he needed to squiggle and wiggle and squirm on the table for the judges because he LOVED them soooooooooo much and they really must need to pet his belly, after all!! But, the point of UKC is having fun, and I had fun with my puppy, even if the judges didnt like him. He was BOB x 4, and dead last in the Group all 4 shows. But thats ok, because I still think he is fabulous, and that is all that really matters in the end. He will grow up a bit, and next time, we will try an indoor show, where the judges will be able to actually not only SEE the dogs movement, but actually see the dog period. (I’m not joking when I say that the grass is as tall as he is!!)

He does, however, have 100 points, and just needs him competition wins to finish his UKC Championship.

What a trip!!

Brian came home late last week….Friday night, we loaded up all the dogs in the van, and headed 9 hours south west to Alamogordo, NM for a dog show. Saturday was fun, Domino is a baby baby 6 month and 1 week old Cardi puppy, and he did as well as I can expect him to (including his “OMG!! Feed Me!! Touch Me!!” dance on the table! LOL) and he was the only class dog, and went WD.

Gravy was the only Pointer I had entered, and won the breed by default of being the only one entered. We are still working through his butthead phase….. silly adolescent Pointer boys!!

Saturday night, we walked everyone a few times, got everyone fed, walked them again late before turning in for the night…work up at 5 am to get everyone out and pottied again so we could catch a few more hours sleep (had late ring times – Pointers at 11 and Cardis at 1!) and realized that out of the 8 dogs that were with us, 5 were sick. Nasty sick. Make you want to puke just getting a slight wiff of it sick. Got everyone walked, got the crates cleaned out. Got everything somewhat calmed down. Looked at Brian, and all I could manage to say was “Lets get them home before this gets worse.” So we packed up, and hit the road. We left at about 6, didnt get home till after 4 in the afternoon. Stopped and walked dogs every hour. By the time we got home, most of them were under control, but still acting sick. Got all the crates scrubbed out, all the nasty dirty blankets in the laundry, and got all the dogs re-bathed so they were clean and not covered in stuff. We were both exhausted, but spent most of the night up watching , checking on, and letting sick dogs in and out of the house. By morning, 4 of the 5 sick ones were perfectly fine, back to normal. In another 24 hours, the fifth one was also. Who knows why sudden and severe things like this can crop up suddenly (we know the fifth was due to the chunks of blanket she had been eating – but the other 4 had no diet or water changes to attribute)

Sometimes, the kids pick up bugs along the way. We’ve done a LOT of traveling this year, put a lot of miles on the van, and the dogs have been along for the ride. More often than not, healthy dogs fight off those bugs without issue. Until something happens to drop their immunity. Between Brian coming home, rapid temperature drops, the home schedule changing, a long trip to the show, and hanging out in their crates for 2 days on the road, it was probably enough stress to drop their immunities enough that the bug kicked in. Between preventative measures, and coming home to their familiar area, they rallied back to normal, like good, healthy dogs would. They had no changes in diet (we’ve been feeding from the same batch of food for a month now…) and no changes in water (brought water from home for the road)…so nothing to attribute to but stress. Oddly enough, the young puppy and the old girl were two of the three that didnt get sick….

Bye bye!

Two of our wonderful summer visitors went home today…

Dash (GCh Coedwig Cracker Jack) went home to WA…

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Dash was such an awesome dog to have around the house, such a fun dog to show, and a great representative for and of his breed. We greatly enjoyed him while he was here with us.

Inca (Ch Penzance Inca Rose of Indica) went home to MA…

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Inca defines “sweetheart.” Her favorite place is to be cuddled up on someone’s last. She’s been fun to show, and a fun girl to have around. She’s a gorgeous girl, and I can’t wait to see what her future holds!

Thanks guys for sharing your wonderful dogs with me this summer!!!

Arapahoe Kennel Club

Can’t say enough how strange it is to only have ONE dog entered at a show. Even stranger yet to have LATE ring times with that one dog!!
This was my last weekend showing Dash. Oh Dash, we will miss you!!! On Saturday, he won the Breed, and we took a fun trip around the group ring (but walked…) and on Sunday, after going in the ring an hour later than we should have…he went Select. Oh Dasher. He showed so well for me on Sunday…was happy on the table and moved out well. I’m still proud of the little man.
I brought Domino along for the ride on Sunday, ended up getting him his Rabies shot while we were there at the health clinic. He said “OW! My butt hurts! They killed me!!” but French fries quickly made it all betta!!
I’m off to get crates and bedding and paperwork together for two kids who are leaving us tomorrow…more on that later.

New webpage…

In an effort to keep our personal expenses at a minimum, I have moved my webpage over. For a little over $20 a year, I can make this my web page and still edit it decently enough to make it my own, keep the blog more updated (since I wont feel as though I am updating the same updates in 5 different places!) and save quite a bit of money. Our last web host was $20 a month, so this will be a fairly significant savings for us as time goes on. Since unemployment sucks, and the job economy in this area is very bleak, every penny counts!!

 

So I hope you will bear with us as we re-build and re-create everything on here, and stick with us as we figure things out and make them better and add content. Keep checking back with us 🙂

Quite Excited…

We are starting to get quite excited about our upcoming breeding plans here at Grandiose…its been 4.5 years since we bred a litter…but now we are just waiting on the girls to come in season!!

You know what they say about watched pots….

Greeley, CO (Evergreen KC)

Had fun in Greeley as well…with a much lighter dog load, there was more time for “fun” instead of just “OMG, how am I going to get all these dogs shown!”…

Inca finished the weekend before, but I wasnt sure if the other class bitch would show up, so we left her in the classes on Saturday to hold the points for Stella (in case Stella went WB…)

Stella went into the weekend needing 3 single points to finish her CH…

On Saturday, she went WB/BOB for 2 points…Dash went BOB…

On Sunday, Inca was moved up to BOB, Stella needed 1 point to finish and the other bitch was there, so there was 1 point available in the classes. Stella, again, went WB/BOB for 2 points to finish her Championship! Yay Stella! Dash Dog went BOB again…