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I am always dreadfully behind in blog posts and sometimes dont know why I bother trying to keep up with them (seriously – follow our facebook page, that is far more current than the blog!)
But here goes….
Gizmo finished her PT in September, and earned her first AKC Started leg as well. Her natural talent with stock never ceases to amaze me. We have big plans for her, so long as life continues going in the right direction, which includes puppies in the Spring. We completed her health testing in October with her OFA Hip evaluations and are very pleased to report she received an OFA Excellent hip rating. She has beautiful hips. We chose the sire for her first litter while we were at Nationals this year, and are VERY excited for our Spring 2017 litter ….being patient and waiting for mother nature is hard! lol
Gable added more lure coursing legs in his quest for his CAA lure coursing title in September. He will hopefully be able to earn the remaining 5 needed legs next summer. He has been out as a Special on a limited basis this year, and at our final show of the year was awarded a Herding Group 2. Quite proud of my handsome brindle boy, he has been a dog of so many firsts for me, and I’m sure will continue to be as we venture into more performance events together.
The babies are all growing up well. Aine and Sparrow continue to grow into their own awesome little selves, and I’m excited for their futures.
Tipsy was awarded her first major this past weekend at our last shows of the year. She is starting to come into her own and mature.
2017 is looking like it will be an interesting year of dog events….we are excited to see what it has in store for us.
I’ve been so remiss in updating the blog in any fashion. Although I have been keeping up pretty well with the website itself. Its just so much easier to post directly to our facebook page and I feel that reaches more people anyway. (If you arent following us there, you can find it at https://www.facebook.com/GrandioseCardiganWelshCorgis/)
So a lot has happened since our last update –
Gizmo finished her RATN title in Barn Hunt and has a leg toward her RATO. She picked up a major towards her AKC Championship as well (the only one that has been available locally so far this year….hopefully we can find one more so she can finish her Championship) She also completed her HT title in herding, and has a leg towards her PT. We are also working on needed skills for Started (trial level herding – which I still feel is too far above my personal skill level but we are going to jump in head first in a few weeks if she finishes her PT at the trial so wish us luck!). and earned an ASCA Started Sheep leg as well. She passed her eye clearances in May at the National, and two weeks ago passed her BAER hearing test with normal hearing. We will do her hips and elbows in October when she turns two, and then she has a date in the Spring with a handsome young man we have picked out for her. In the mean time, her schedule is pretty busy with training and trials and the occasional dog show, along with teaching the new babies the ropes around here…
Gable started barn hunt this year as well. He easily earned his RATI, and tried one run for a RATN leg but couldnt quite pinpoint where the rat was exactly (but he tried so hard! Hes learning quickly…) so we will keep trying him. He LOVES hunting rats, but I havent taken him to as many classes as I wish I could have. He will trial this fall anyway, just because I know he loves it so much! He finished his Grand Championship quickly this year, finishing it with BOB wins under Cardigan breeder judges. He is being shown just for fun at this point with the idea that eventually he will finish the requirements for his Bronze Grand Champion title. He also won the Herding Titled Dog class at the National and made it down to the final cut in BOB (when they handed out the ribbons). Gable went to one herding class for a refresher since last Septembers trial, and then he went to the July trial hoping to complete the one leg he needed for his PT title – and he did wonderfully! He completed his leg for his PT, and is now retired from herding for the time being. I’m not sure I will ever work him in the trial level, will just have to see what the future holds. And we also decided, since he was done with herding and could now learn to chase things with no consequences, that lure coursing might be fun. So we took him out to a local lure coursing trial and ran him for his CAT test, and he passed three times and earned his CA title. I’m thinking our next adventure will be Rally and Obedience.
This year has been mostly about Gable and Gizmo….but the other dogs have done great things as well.
Rumple finally went to a show. He had fun even if it was overwhelming for him. He was WD/Best Bred By. He showed fabulously in the Bred By group later in the day. He has been very dramatic and unwilling to learn to walk on a lead without being dramatic about it, so I havent really taken him anywhere and thats been my mistake. His mission for the rest of the year is just to get out. And he will keep being shown, because why not. He really is a handsome kid.
Tipsy started showing this summer as well after Gizmo singled out and there were no majors available. She has picked up one point, and has been slowly figuring out the show dog thing.
We lost Locke to complications from a partial blockage that was discovered too late. Still trying to come to terms with his loss.
Flutter gave us 8 beautiful puppies in March. Violet, who we co-owned with Jeri of Allegro in Denver, gave us 6 wonderful puppies in April. Those 14 babies occupied most of our Springtime and are now all in wonderful homes of their own. We kept one from each litter back, and are excited to see what Sparrow and Aine will do in the future.
We are just a little over halfway through this year and there is a lot still to do…the opportunities are exciting!
We will get there.
At the beginning of the month, we went to our local shows. This one is odd, since there is a Herding Group Specialty on Friday, and an all breed on Sunday. So we went sheep herding on Saturday. But I digress….
I had Gable and Gizmo entered, Gizmo is looking for points to finish her Championship, and Gable is coming out for 2016 to finish his Grand Championship.
No points available in the classes on Friday. Gizmo was WB/BOS, but earned no points. Gable was BOB, and earned 2 Grand Champion points.
Sunday, there was a single point available in class dogs, and Gizmo was WB/BOW/BOS to pick up a point by crossing over. Gable was again BOB, and earned a Grand Champion major (his second of three required for the GCh title)
^^Gable showing in the group on Sunday
No more shows for us until January, sadly.
Sort of cant believe its been 7 weeks already! Seems like just yesterday they were born….
We have two Orange boys available for companion homes, and one of the girls will potentially be available to a well qualified show home. Contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Mr Brown (AVAILABLE)
Rumple (FKA: Mr Gold)
Mr Purple (AVAILABLE)
Glimmer (FKA: Miss Silver)
The babies are a week old now and growing fast! Before we know it they will be up on their feet and being undeniably adorable!
Again, we will have a few of these puppies available to companion or show homes…if you are interested, please contact us via the form on the puppies page or via email (email@example.com)
Our Wicked litter is growing up quickly it seems.
Miss KJ (Yellow collar puppy – officially known as “Grandiose NABs A Wicked Stacked Deck”) is off on her grand adventures doing obedience and has even won Best Baby Puppy in Show at a UKC show a few months ago. So proud of her and look forward to hearing more awesome things from her in the future.
Miss Gizmo, who stayed here (was the pink collar puppy – officially known as “Grandiose Only Wicked After Midnight”) has been herding all summer and even found time to visit a few shows. She has 4 points towards her AKC championship as of this point, as well as a Puppy Group 4 and a Bred By Exhibitor Group 4. We are planning to enter her in the herding trials in the fall to try for her HT.
In late May, Gable turned two. Hes still growing up, and not quite mature enough to be a competitive special quite yet, so I decided to let him sit this year out of the show ring, and play other games with him instead. We started herding with him in May. He is entered in his first herding test on July 4th weekend. We are working towards his HT (Herding Tested) title presently. Fingers crossed 🙂 Herding has been a lot of fun, great way to fill the time between shows and it really is great to see the Cardis doing what they were originally bred to do, and seeing how far they have advanced in just a few weeks of classes.
And while we know he can work sheep….hes also still my Handsome ….