After our final dog event of the year I like to do a recap of the past year and reflect on our accomplishments both big and small.
2014 was an exciting year for Solstice; we had a lot of fun this year.
In February we were introduced to sport of Barn Hunting and were quickly hooked. The dogs have a blast in this sport. At our first trial both Bailey and Sienna earned their RATI titles and their first legs on their Novice Barnhunt title. March brought Novice Barnhunt titles to both girls. Sienna made history as the first Brussels Griffon to ever earn a Barnhunt title. In May, Lindy joined the Barnhunting crew and earned her RATI and did some great hunts but failed to make time because she doesn’t like to climb straw bale so she has a goal for next year.
The summer was busy but not a lot of competition, some training, a few shows gathering Grand Champion points for both Bailey and PJ.
Once the fall hit it was on like donkey kong! In October Bailey finished her Grand Championship and became the 2nd Cardigan to earn an Open Barnhunt title. PJ and I joined the Keel Mtn crew for a trip to Purina Farms and the UKC Gateway Nationals where PJ earned his UKC Championship. PJ then finished off the year by earning his last few single points for his Grand Championship the 1st weekend in November (aka last Saturday).
So to recap:
Lindy, CH Arylan Flying Start, RATI
PJ, GCH/UKC CH Mariel’s Flying Spirit, RN
Bailey, GCH Solstice Flying Circus, RATO, RATI and ended the year ranked #15 in the NOHS
Sienna, Gruffles Solstice Paint by Numbers, RATN, RATI
Not a bad year for our little kennel.
Now it is time to start planning for next year. Some of our goals are for Lindy to learn to climb the bales and get her RATN. Sienna needs to move into Barnhunt Open and Bailey will move into Senior level. PJ and Bailey are basically retired from the conformation ring (except for Nationals and special events). That means Frost will be my “show” dog next year for the NOHS as well as she is beginning her obedience career. I’m sure we will keep very busy.
I have made the conscience decision to not breed my girls. As much as I would love puppies, my lifestyle right now is not one will allow me to raise puppies in the manner I believe they need to be raised. This also means as a breeder, I’m going to have to start over since my girls are 6, 5 and 4 and they are getting to an age where I do not want to breed them so I would have to breed someone in the spring. Makes me sad but it is also to look forward to something in the future.
And while we are celebrating I want to congratulate PJ, Lindy, and Frost’s kids on their successful year, Obedience, Agility, Herding and all around good dogs, they make me proud!
All in all a very fun, exciting and successful dog year. Looking forward to new adventures in 2015.
Another weekend another title. Yep, Bailey added more letters to her name this weekend. Pending approval Bailey Bug is now GCH Solstice Flying Circus, RATO, RATI.
I am so proud of Bug, my pick puppy from my first Cardigan litter (PJ x Lindy) She got to finish her Championship twice after a points calculation mistake. She was awarded 2nd in the BBE class at the CWCCA Nationals. She is a wonderful barnhunter, being the second cardigan to earn an Open Barnhunt title.
She was also my AKC National Owner Handler Series entry finishing the points year ranked #15.
She always did her best for me and I told her that she could be done with the breed ring (excluding Nationals) as soon as she finished her grand, she finished and went right to her retirement couch.
She says, see ya in the barn!
She is entry 6483 or search by her name, Lindy.
It is amazing the way dogs change our lives. Yesterday was a very sad day, as not one but two beautiful Corgi girls left this earth for the Rainbow Bridge. Both of them gave me a very important gift which I will be forever grateful.
The beautiful Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Phoebe, ABISS, Multiple ABIMBS, Multiple ARBIMBS, ALCH, Multiple Champion Tri-umph Tender Promise, CD, RE, THD, CRC, TDIA, TT was the first “show dog” for my best friend Leslie Reed. Without Phoe, (and her housemate Pennie) Leslie may have never shown up at a kennel club meeting and our paths may have never crossed. My life would be much different without Leslie and Bob and I am so thankful that Phoebe was part of what brought us together.
The second great lady to leave us is Spirit, Ch. Myrddin Scotch Mist. Spirit is PJ’s momma. I fell in love with her when I saw her at the Nationals and she just filled my eye. I kept an eye on her career and sent her owner Marian Mizelle, congratulatory notes when she took a nice group placements. I wanted part of Spirit. I was thrilled when Marian agreed to sell PJ to Kathy Davis and myself, a co-ownership that sealed Kathy and my friendship and brought my beautiful boy home.
My heart hurts for Leslie and Bob and for Marian on their losses. But it is with great thanks that these two lovely girls left a legacy in my life.
Rest well dear ones and thank you.
We had a fun day on Saturday at the FPOS Barnhunt trial in Cumming, GA. We haven’t had any barnhunt practice since July so I wasn’t sure what the girls would do at the trial but they were super girls!
I entered Bailey in Open and Lindy in Novice. This was Lindy’s second try at Barnhunting and Bailey’s first real attempt at Open. I moved her up the day she finished her Novice but she was not ready for the next level.
Bailey was the star, she earned a 1st and 2nd place for her 1st two Open legs. Lindy sadly had a great hunt in both trials but didn’t make the bale climb before time ran out so she failed to Qualify but had a fun time none the less.
I can’t say enough how much fun it is to watch the dogs work. I don’t care if they Q or not as long as they are having fun but the ribbons feel good to the human member of the team.
Fires, floods, hurricanes, blizzards, long term power outages. Natural and man made disasters can spell trouble for you and your dogs.
The key to surviving these traumatic events is preparation. Everyone should have an emergency kit available in case they have to evacuate their home. This kit should always be on hand either in place that is easily accessible or in a vehicle. Put it together now so that during times of stress it is one thing less to worry about. Everyone should have a kit for their family and one for the dogs. The following is a suggestion for your dog emergency kit.
Your Dog emergency kit should contain the following items:
Your emergency contact list, this information should be kept current at all times, make sure you include:
Your own contact information, cell phone numbers, email addresses
A friend or relative who lives outside of your area, preferably some one who knows your dogs
A Local contact
Veterinarian’s contact information
A local boarding facility
The local Animal control facility
A contact with your local or regional or All breed club.
Dog ID information:
Each dog should have a folder, notebook or file, which contains a copy of:
Copy of the dog’s identification records
Local licenses and copy of current vaccinations
Current photo and physical description and a premade poster for missing animals to attach current photos to if needed.
You should be able to quickly locate crates for all dogs being evacuated. Folding wire works best since they can be more easily stored.
A collar for each dog with an ID tag attached with your emergency contact information
Leashes short and long
Food and Water bowls
Dog rug or blanket
A tie out stake
Waste bags/pooperscooper/deodorizer for accidents
Familiar toys/treats/rawhide or hoof to fight off boredom
Vitamins and/or nutrition supplement (helps with stress)
Food and water, recommended minimum 7 day supply and water with a 5 year shelf life.
First Aid kit
Most of us travel with a First aid kit, you may want to have an emergency kit that includes eye wash, Betadine, Peroxide, scissors, gauze and tape, quikstop, tweezers, anti diarrhea medicine, antibiotic cream, Epsom salts, baby wipes, vetwrap, Flea and tick treatments, 7 days worth of prescription meds or normal supplements. Check with your veterinarian for more suggestions.
Now that you have your Emergency kit prepared take a moment and think about how you would get your dogs loaded and evacuated with less than 1 hours notice. How would you leave your property, what are the routes you would need to use to evacuate? Hopefully your emergency kit will never be needed but being prepared can help make an emergency safer and less stressful.
Miss Bailey bug had a pretty nice weekend at the Chattanooga KC shows. She was Best of Breed and Best Owner Handler both days. She also was awarded a Group 3 Owner Handler today under judge Fred Bassett. I believe that leaves her just 2 points shy of her Grand Championship. She showed great this weekend, even with being in standing season.
Always proud to show my first daughter.