Herding Group Specialty Results…

I entered all the Cardis in the local Herding Group Specialty show the last weekend in May. Figured why not 😉 may be crazy, but it may be worth it. It was a great weekend!

On Friday, May 30th, under Judge Sharon Anne Redner, our Gable (Allegro Grandiose Frankly My Dear) went Winners Dog from the Bred By Exhibitor class, and went on to go Best of Winners and Best of Opposite Sex over 2 male Specials to turn 2 points into a 4 point major!! Go Gable! 

Our Domino (Samhain Sticks and Stones) was Reserve Winners Dog to Gable.

Baby Flutter (Bluefox Elyan Mariposa) was Reserve Winners Bitch, and had a grand time all weekend. Shes so stinkin cute, and its hilarious that every judge over the weekend told her how cute she was while she was on the table. She loved every second of it!

Widget, (Ch Samhain Witchcraft at Grandiose) who we decided to play with to see if we can get her Grand Championship done this year before she gets bred, was awarded Best of Breed for a 5 point Grand Champion major and another Champions Defeated win. Nothing in group for Miss Widget.

On Saturday, May 31st, under Judge Debra Long Gschwender, Domino was Winners Dog for a 3 point major, and went on to be awarded Best of Winners and BEST OF BREED from the classes over 4 Specials for a 5 point major! Go Dom! Thats one heck of a way to earn your first major!

Flutter was again Reserve Winners Bitch (to the bitch major).

On Sunday, June 1st, under Judge Rick Gschwender, Gable was Winners Dog (for 2 points) and went on to Best of Winners (for another 4 point major).


All in all, it was a great weekend. 2 majors for Gable, a major for Domino, a Grand Champion major for Widget, and major Reserve for Flutter. Yep. Great weekend 🙂

Catching Up, Nationals, Etc…

Seems like all I do is catch up lately…

We had a great time at the 2014 CWCCA Nationals. The only ribbons we brought home this year were from the photo contest, but then again, the only dog I took was 11 month old Gable, who looks very much like a gawky 11 month old right now. And he was in 2 of the biggest dog classes. His brother Jake did well, making the cut in both sweeps and his regular class. It was a grand adventure for Gable, he took flying in stride, and enjoyed the trip. We actually drove home, which was another adventure, and brought a cute baby girl back with us 😉

Not half bad for a hairless, gangly teenage boy Cardi 🙂

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We brought back baby Flutter with us. Flutter is from the now infamous Dickens/Lowri litter that had an amazing debut at the National, at 6 months and a minute old…


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I just got home last week, and have been catching up on things around the house…but I took Camille in for her BAER test yesterday. While I was pretty certain she hears just fine, since she is a white headed dog, and because she “pretends” to not hear quite often, I figured it cant hurt anything to get her tested! She, of course, came back with perfect hearing in both ears. She no longer has an excuse for being naughty 😉

And speaking of testing, I sent Gables DNA tests off before we left for Nationals, and got the results emailed to me while I was gone. We tested him for DM (although we knew he was line clear), Pink, Fluff, and we wanted to see if he carried Black (both his sire and dam do, but since the entire litter was brindle, there was a 50/50 chance that the boys would carry or would not carry for black). He came back as DM Clear (as expected) but a carrier for Fluff, Pink, and Black. *sigh* But not the end of the world 🙂 Fluffy puppies are pretty dang cute 😉 Wish he would have been clear for pink, but oh well. And we are sort of excited he carries for Black. Which means if bred to a black girl, there should be black puppies. And if bred to a brindle girl who carries black, there could be black puppies as well. (although, you know, much like Nash and Lexi, that isnt always the case! LOL)


I think thats all thats going on here…lots of getting ready for summer and dirty muddy dogs and no more snow and waiting for summer shows to come around 🙂 Will try to get better about keeping things updated on here….but I cant promise anything 😉

New Champion

Pleased to announce that, pending AKC approval, Widget will now be known as Ch Samhain Witchcraft at Grandiose!
She finished with a 5 point major by going Best of Opposite Sex over the female specials last weekend. We moved her up for the second day of the show, and she was Select Butch for a 4 point Grand Champion major and a champions defeated win.

Widget is skipping maternity leave this spring as the timing didn’t work out with our trip to Cardigan Nationals, so we are looking forward to Widgie puppies in the fall.




…And Shes Goooooddddd!

In December, we had Widgets hips xrayed and submitted to OFA for evaluation.

We received the results today, and the OFA rated her hips as “Good”

(Passing OFA hip scores are “Fair”, “Good” and “Excellent”. Anything lower than a “Fair” is considered Dysplastic and is given a rating of “Mild”, “Moderate”, “Severe”, and the hips are considered to have failed.)


Passing her hips was the last health test on the list for Widget. We are going ahead with our breeding plans for 2014. We expect Blue Merle and Black puppies in our 2014 litter. If you are interested in being added to the puppy list, please send us an email to bjviera@gmail.com