Category Archives: Widget
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Our 2014 Cardigan Litter was out of our Widget – Ch Samhains Witchcraft at Grandiose – and sired by Rush – BISS GCh Regent Midnight Rush, RN NJP NAP ROMb – and produced 3 puppies.
1 Blue Merle Female
1 Black Female
1 Black Male
We are proud of how these puppies are growing up – Gizmo (the black female) is who we kept here at Grandiose and more information can be found on her own page.
We are presently breeding a Cardigan litter that will be due May 2015.
For more information, see our “Puppies, Litters, and Available” page or email us.
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 🙂
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.
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 email@example.com
Havent done many this year. Between back to back Nationals on opposite ends of the country and puppies soon after, the show this past weekend has been our second all breed show this year. We made it into a vacation and had a ton of fun visiting with friends and watching different breeds show. Got to participate in and watch the Eukanuba Breeders Stakes on Friday night which was actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be. Its neat to watch the different groups of dogs and see so many breeding programs at once. Having three dogs from each program in the ring together is a great visual. Took a ton of photos!!
As always, coming home with points is icing on the cake. I didnt expect much, as I really just wanted to go to the shows to get a break from the real world. Baby Locke ended up winning a 5 point major on Sunday under breeder judge Dana Massey (who is more famous for her Weimeraners than her Pointers…) and Domino picked up an additional point on Sunday as well to add to his small count. He hasnt been out much since he turned a year old, and is finally starting to look a bit more like an adult Cardigan instead of an awkward teenager. Both boys were Reserve Winners Dog on Saturday in their respective breeds.
Camille (or as one judge referred to her – “The white bitch”) won her class both days but went no further. Widget as well…won her class both days but went no further.
Widget was shown in Sweeps and Regular classes at CWCCA Nationals this year….she placed third in her Puppy Sweeps class, and got the gate in her regular class. She showed fabulously. I think I have figured her out a bit on how to keep her happier in the show ring (although, she really does enjoy showing, its the grooming part she cant stand!!)
Widget has been growing up as well. She needs both her majors and a single point to finish her Championship, although she has decided she HATES showing, and has been doing the “I can be super naughty” bit in the ring as of late. Shes got some major reserves, and hopefully we will find some majors and get her finished. Will be getting her health testing completed as she nears 2 at the end of the year so we can go ahead with breeding plans as well.
Widget showing at the Denver shows, February 2013….
So, we are home from our last shows of the year. Not quite as we would have wished, but was still a good weekend. Widget ended up going reserve winners to the major on Sunday…..close, but not quite. At some point, I will have to sit down and do an end of year wrap up……just need to find some time to do so!!!
The last two shows we have gone to (over the past two weekends….) have been “Group Shows”…different from all breed shows, which include breeds from all 7 AKC groups, Group Shows focus on just the breeds from a single AKC Group.
In late October, it was the Continental Divide Herding Associations Inaugural show. Since I like to support new clubs that host the only specialties I will probably see in this region for my breeds, we entered Domino and Widget. Domi has not been shown since the National, since he has just been sitting at home growing up (slowly but surely). Since they didnt offer a 15 to 18 month class in Sweeps, he was only entered in the regular breed, and had a BLAST being in the show ring again. He was WD for another single point towards his total. Widget won her Sweeps class, and was WB/BOW/BOS for another single point towards her total.
In November, it was the New Mexico Sporting Dog Fanciers. I love this show, but it falls after a lot of long clusters and a long fall string of shows, and I’m either burned out, broke, finished everything, or a combination of all by the time it rolls around. But, since I needed a single point for Puzzle to finish, we entered and made the trip down. Under judge Anne Katona (who, ironically, was the very first judge Puzzle ever showed to…) Puzzle was WB/BOB for the single point she needed to finish her Championship (pending AKC Approval, of course!) and at just shy of 1 year old, she managed to do it all from the puppy classes. With a 6 hour drive home, we opted not to stay for Groups or Puppy Groups (she was Best Puppy of Breed) as well….and made the drive home instead. Hopefully her New Champion photo turns out nicely 🙂 (and shows up quickly!!)