Fun in WY…

Had fun at the Cheyenne shows…always nice to come home with new Champions 🙂

Inca (Penzance Inca Rose of Indica) finished with a 3 point major BOB win on Saturday. Dash ( Ch Coedwigs Cracker Jack) finished his Grand Ch on Saturday as well by winning BOB. Stella (Brakenmoor Penzance Blackbird) was BOB for 2 points (putting her at 12…) on Sunday.

Good weekend 🙂

Bath Day!

We are off to a show first thing in the morning, so today is nails and baths…times 6!!
We have majors in Pointers, and hopefully will finish our visiting Cardi-boys Grand Championship…
Juno just needs two majors to finish…Lorne needs only one more major and some singles…so fingers tightly crossed we can get Juno finished. If not, oh well, such is life.

So, off to finish grooming Pointers…

Catching Up…

To say the past few weeks have been insane would be something of an understatement!

To start, we went out to Canfield, OH at the beginning of August for a few reasons…to show dogs, to meet up with some friends we never get to see, for Specialties and Supported Entries, and to pick up some new passengers for the trip home.

Oh wait, back up…before we went to Ohio, I drove up to the Denver airport to pick up another new arrival – one that will be here for a few months so I can have a Cardi to show while Domi grows up. Dash (Ch Coedwigs Cracker Jack) is owned by Dominos breeders, Kim and Mark, and we think they are awesome for sending this little guy down to visit us for awhile 🙂

Ok, back to Ohio. So we went to Ohio. OMG was it HOT and HUMID out there!! Ugh. Wanted to die from the heat!! So, since I had obligations back here in the West on Monday, we only went for Friday and Saturday. Friday was the 4-6 month puppy exhibition thing that AKC has started offering at certain shows. Since Domi had just turned 4 months, we entered him. He had soooo much funnnnnnn!!! LOL. It is so hard not to instantly fall in love with Domino as soon as you see him. He is such a cool little dog. Anyway, he did his thing, and won the breed (only Cardi puppy entered…) and then went on to place 4th in the beginner puppy Herding Group! And he won some money. How neat is that?? Found out the judge is a long time Cardi breeder, and he came over to talk to us afterwards about Cardis and Domino and so the whole morning was pretty neat. I completely missed out on showing the Pointers….but it was still fun to get to show the baby Corgi, and I got to SEE the Pointers being shown, so it wasnt all bad!  So Saturday was the Pointer Specialty. And I had entered Maui, the old Queen dog that she is, in Veterans. She was the only Veteran bitch entered, and won BOSV in both Sweeps and the Regular breed classes. Both judges commented on what great condition she is in for being almost 9…and then dumped her. Oh well. We love our old lady 🙂 She got some awesome prizes (a big fluffy dog bed that has yet to be removed from the van after nearly a month…anyone who doesnt have to ride in a crate has much enjoyed sleeping on it!! and a Pointer tissue box holder – Thank you to everyone who donated prizes, we love them!) and she had fun. Poor Melissa and Maui were stuck running between Juniors and Breed…and were EXHAUSTED by the end of judging.

So, we hung out with friends, got to talk about Pointers, took some photos of dogs I never get to see because they are far up in the North East…and I never get up that way 😉 and I brought some more visitors home with me. Maggie Platt was so kind as to allow us to “borrow” Inca, Stella, and Gravy for a few months.  So we drove home with a VERY full van!!

Then I went and spent a very emotional week of discovery helping my Parents in New Mexico…its a long story, and I wont get into it here, but I will leave it at the fact that it was a very eye-opening week, and one I would prefer to never repeat again in my life.

So after New Mexico, I spent a few days integrating a bunch of new dogs into the “group”…which went very successfully. With everyone playing and running and having a great time….was time to move on to the next step…

Our first show with the expanded crew was Greeley, CO on August 20th and 21st. We had majors in Pointer girls, and major entries in Cardigans. Lorne went WB on Saturday for her first major, and Stella (one of Maggies girls that is visiting us) went WB on Sunday for her third major. In Cardis, Dash went Select Dog both days for two 3 point majors, leaving him 1 point shy of his Grand Championship. Not bad for his first Colorado show!

A few days later, we headed out to Topeka, KS…which was a show I was supposed to not go to, but ended up going anyway since my stupid phone didnt allow me to cancel the Pointers entries. I was sad that Dash was not entered, but to be honest, not having to groom him or worry about him being shown made my life a little easier with 10 dogs along for the ride, and only 2 being entered! UGH. Weekend from hell!! I went out planning on leaving after judging on Saturday, so for those of you who called me a poor sport, or a bad loser, or the gang of other things I heard being said, can shove it. It was just me, with 10 dogs, cooped up in crates for 4 days already at the point where we packed up and headed home. It was NOT a good situation for me or for them, and I knew it going in. Sorry, but I chose to leave on Saturday and skip Sundays judging. It was my personal decision, and one that was approved by the dogs owners WEEKS before we even went to the shows. Anyone who feels I should have stayed is more than welcome to take 7 Pointers on the road (plus a Dobe, plus 2 Corgis..) for 5 days, by themselves, with no help to feed, walk, or clean up after them…and see what happens. Oh, 3 of them have to be puppies, as well. Needless to say, we got dumped all weekend. Which doesnt really bother me. Shit happens. Judges like a different style dog. Dont really care about not winning. Congrats to all who did, btw. Was just a frustrating weekend for me. Capped by a HORRIBLE drive home. …lets just leave it at August hasnt been very good to me!

 

So, tomorrow, I start bathing dogs and finishing up all the dog laundry so we can do it all again. A 2 day show in Cheyenne, WY. There are bitch majors again, and I am seriously hoping that we can get Junos majors out of the way so that she can be finished…since she is singled out, all she needs are those majors!! But, best laid plans never work that way…….so we shall see how this goes!! At least this time, we get to come home in between, so its not being on the road with mass amounts of very active dogs. Which makes me much happier 🙂

Lets hope that September decides to be kinder to me than August was!!

Counting Down…

To insanity. A crazy busy fall show schedule, a couple of visitors, a week with my Parents, and hopefully an exciting announcement later this winter.

I’m not sure I’m ready, but I’m excited. The next two days will be spent getting the house spotless – as my present to myself. I deep cleaned the house before I left for Pointer Nationals in May, and after a long few days on the road, it made me so grateful to walk into a clean house when I returned!!

I presently have a sleepy Cardigan puppy on my lap who is telling me that it is bedtime, and he would like to go to sleep on his pillows (did I mention that Domino sleeps on the pillows on the bed, never on the mattress? He fancies himself a king of some sort.) so we are off to bed…busy day tomorrow, and the next day…and then Wednesday will stretch on forever!

Changes…

Sometimes change is good, sometimes change is for the better. Sometimes change takes awhile to get over, and sometimes change makes you sit up and take stock in whats really important to you and what really makes you happy.

For me, my dogs make me happy. My job made me angry, depressed, frustrated, worn down. I think the only thing that got me through most weeks was knowing I got to spend the weekend with my dogs. So when I got notified I was being laid off, at first, I was crushed…and a few minutes later, I realized that this was the best thing that has happened to me in some time.
The economy here sucks. The job market sucks. BAD. So, while I’m looking for a new job, I also get to spend my days at home with my dogs. I’ve finished a few projects, started some new ones, and focused on ME for a change instead of trying to make everything else work.

And I made a decision – since I’m not working anyway, now is a fantastic time to start working on my handling career again. I LOVE handling dogs in the show ring. Very little makes me as happy as showing dogs does. Being fat and out of shape makes me unhappy in the show ring – so I’m working on that, and getting better by the day. I’ve altered my lifestyle, and am striving to become an overall healthier person. And that makes me happy.
So back to the show dogs. I took stock of what was in my house. I talked to one of my favorite Pointer breeders, asked her for opinions and ideas…and we came up with a plan. And then another plan. And then the plan changed. And then another plan. And then it changed again, and now we have a whole new plan. And I love her for it. Because without the support of other breeders, you can honestly go nowhere in the breed. No one does anything alone. No one should have to do anything alone in this breed. I think I have gotten myself involved with a great network of people who can laugh and joke and have a great time, but be serious and supportive and loving to each other when it is needed. And THAT is exactly what I needed to find in this breed, and I’m so glad I found it. Stay tuned for more details of our plan. I’m not at liberty to discuss yet. Its exciting. VERY exciting!

And another big change – since I decided to focus on my handling career – and I dont have anything in the house right now worthy of being campained as a Special – I put my feelers out. Talked to some Pointer people (and came up with nothing) and talked to some Corgi people. Now, for those that know me, know that I started in Pembrokes. I’ve had GREAT success with Corgis. Brian will tell you that I can handle a Corgi better than any other breed…and its probably true. We shall see. When I sent out the message, I got a response that said “OMG, this is PERFECT for our boy!” And today, I drove to the Denver Airport and picked up my new Special for the fall circuits…a beautiful Cardigan boy named “Dash” (Ch Coedwig Cracker Jack). He is awesome, walked out of his crate wagging his tail, stretched his legs and started bouncing around like he owned the cargo parking lot. He lounged in the big dog crates on the ride home, took a trip with Domino and I to the local Farmers Market and never missed a beat. Happy, outgoing, social, handsome boy. He will be roadtripping with us next week, and his show ring debut with me will be at Greeley. We have a busy fall show season, and I’m so excited to have such a nice boy to take along for the ride….(thank you so much Kim and Mark!!)

So, next week we are off to Canfield, OH for the Pointer Specialty, and Bull Terrier Supported entries. Hopefully we will come home with some great news and have more updates for you….

The new kid….

Since I’ve been so lazy on my blogging…

Our new kid at the house is “Domino”…he is our long awaited Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and has been registered as Samhain Sticks and Stones. (To make his name very clever – we were trying to come up with a call name to match the registered name – we kept coming around to “bones” or something like that, but knowing my household, the poor puppy would end up being called “boner”, and I just couldnt have that. But we couldnt get the “Sticks and Stones may break my bones…” saying out of our heads…and then Brian said “Well, what about Domino – the slang name for Dominos is Bones…so we could just call him Domino.” And so Domino it was!)

There are photos of him on my website. I honestly cant wait for this little guy to turn 6 months, he is just gorgeous! His “debut”, of sorts, will be in the 4-6 month puppy exhibition at the Canfield, OH cluster next weekend…I’m quite excited to let the little man strut his stuff! He got his beautiful new show lead in the mail yesterday (Thank you Sally Barton of Coralwood Pointers!) and is ready to go!

Hopefully we will have great things to report over the next few months…

there have been a number of changes at Grandiose lately 😉

Updating

Been awhile. Been focusing on my PMR blog instead of this one.
With recent financial changes, I am thinking of reworking this into a website of sorts. We shall see how that works out!
We had a blast at Pointer Nationals. Came home with some ribbons, which is always nice! Looking forward to next year already!

We had Mauis thyroid checked at Nationals and she came back normal. As soon as her CERF processes as well she will be awarded her CHIC number! Proud of my healthy old girl 🙂

And a long wait for us is over – we finally added a Cardigan Welsh Corgi to the family. Our beautiful blue boy arrived on June 17th…..we have been having a ton of fun with little Domino since!