I know some Cardigans that have been having a lot of fun.
Bailey and I went to our first CAT trial (CAT = Course Ability Test).
She had to excellent runs, she had a ball! Can you tell? She happily earned her first 2 legs of her CA title. We only entered one day so we will be looking for an opportunity to run again.
Then next weekend we went to the North Georgia Herding group’s herding fun day. Bailey and Frost (along with Charlie and Bonnie) had an excellent time with the sheepies.
Of course we haven’t had enough fun so Frosty went with me to work at Atlanta Obedience Club’s agility trial and I entered her in the match after the trial. She hadn’t done agility in at least a year. She had fun and did a great job.
Then we went Barnhuntin, Bailey and I debuted in The Master class and yep, it’s hard and it was Rats 4 – Team Bailey 0. The rats didn’t win everything as momma dog Lindy earned her Novice title with 2 first and a second place runs.
What fun we had in September what does October have in store for us.
Seems like just yesterday we were waiting for summer to get here and then BOOM it was here and now it is almost gone, it is September already!
Maybe it is from living in the desert all those years or maybe it is just the hot weather in general but the Solstice dogs seem to typically take it easy over the summer and this summer was no different. The dogs spent the summer laying on the deck, chasing squirrels, eating watermelon and just being dogs. They were champions at those activities. We did very little training and most of the gang hasn’t left the place since May. Even our Obedience club took the summer off. I will say that I kept the gang home from some public events because of the Canine Flu/Kennel Cough that has been so prevalent this spring and summer and everyone has had a healthy summer.
But now it is September and I had a phone conversation last night with my good friend Kathy Davis, (Kathy is PJ and Frosty’s co-owner who lives in Arizona) and she asked me about what was going on with us here in the ATL. I realized that for the rest of 2015 is going to be a whirlwind! We have a pretty quiet Labor Day weekend but after that it is on like Donkey Kong.
Next weekend we will be heading up the road a piece to Chattanooga to try our paws at CAT (Coursing Ability Test). I am going to let Bailey give it a try. Here is the description from the AKC http://www.akc.org:
Coursing Ability Test
The Coursing Ability Test (CAT) is an introductory event fashioned after the sport of lure coursing. It tests a dog’s basic coursing instinct or hunting-by-sight ability. The dog chases an artificial lure, and the test is a non-competitive pass/fail event with dogs run one at a time. To pass the test, a dog running alone must pursue a lure, completing the course with enthusiasm and without interruption within a given time. Most dogs will happily go after the lure! The CAT provides a lively and healthy activity attractive to many dog owners.
The weekend after that the North Georgia Herding Breeds Association is having a Herding Fun Day. Bailey and Frost have it marked on their calendar along with Cody and her two kids, Charlie and Bonnie. I’m looking forward to it after I saw how much fun the dogs had when they passed their Herding Instinct Test at the CWCCA Nationals. I hope I learn some new things as well.
We still have one more weekend in September and the will be taken up by Barnhunting! We haven’t been to a hunt since President’s day weekend, Bailey will start her quest for her Master’s title and now that Lindy has learned she can jump onto the bales we are going to try for her Novice title.
If the dog stuff wasn’t enough we have a Book Festival, an Arts & Craft Festival, A Food Truck Day, a trip to the Botanical gardens, training classes start and my club’s agility trial. Whoa! September is going to be BUSY. October is just as packed!
In October the humans have several festivals, including the Cheese Festival, some sporting events, and another club agility trial to work, club meetings, board meetings and a big barnhunt at the end of the month along with some local dog shows that may need attending.
So I guess with this weekend being the unofficial last day of summer, the dogs better chase the squirrels because they are going to be busy doing other things for the next few weeks.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.
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Remember you if you put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.
Here is a website that gives you information regarding what is true and what isn’t:
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Do you remember your first time? I do, it was magical and special and I was so excited when it happened. Our first points!
I have been involved with showing dogs for over 20 years but I still remember when my beautiful Windy was awarded her first points. I was so proud and excited!
It is fun to remember the first time. I remember Windy and her first points, Windy as my first Champion, Stoney my first Agility titled dog, Wicca my first at winning a National event, Luna the first Champion to carry the Solstice kennel name, Lindy my first Cardigan Champion, Evie my first Mexican Champion, PJ my first Rally titled dog and UKC Champion, Frost my first Grand Champion and Group placer, Bailey my first Breeder/Owner/Handler Champion and Barnhunt titled dog and my newest first………..drumroll please……Frost my first Obedience titled dog.
I think you can tell by the smile on my face that I was pretty proud and excited. I hope that I can always remember to be excited when something is accomplished, that it never becomes just the same old thing and that each ribbon or title certificate brings a bit of joy, for if it doesn’t why am I still doing it?
My “war” cry…….. REMEMBER THE JOY!
We are less than two weeks from the Summer Solstice and the official start of Summer but the Solstice gang has already kicked it off here in North Georgia with our first Watermelon Sunday.
So what are we doing this summer? Hmmmm, well for one Bailey and I are going to start our run at the Barnhunt Master title and Lindy’s Novice title. Frost and I are going to keep working on our obedience team work so maybe later in the summer we will be ready to do some off leash work.
I am looking at doing some shows in other venues like UKC and ICE. I am jonesing for a puppy so maybe if I get Frost and Bailey out in the classes again I can stave off some of the puppy fever I have developed.
One other thing I am considering is a few herding lessons, the kids had such a good time at the CWCCA Herding Instinct test that I’d like to see what they could do with some training. Of course as always my dogs biggest obstacle is their handler.
Of course in August I’m heading out on my yearly trip to Northern California. This year I have plans to spend a little time in the bay area. I am so close every year but don’t take the time. This year I’m giving myself a little vacation while in California for the Richmond Dog Fancier shows. Excited.
Of course in between this and that I plan as always to enjoy the farmer’s markets, festivals, club activities and things Atlanta throughout the season.
What are your summer plans?
Here are some memories from our CWCCA Nationals experience. We started by having Lindy and Bailey herding instinct tested during the CWCCA Herding trials (Charlie and Bonnie were tested too). As you can tell both girls (as well as Charlie and Bonnie) think they were born to do this! Wait they were born to do this, I am thinking some herding lessons might be in our future.
Get them sheep
Frosty did me proud and STAYED during her Beginner Novice runs and did a good job earning not only her title but also 1st place in both trials.
Here are some blurry cell phone shots of my main man PJ in his Veteran Sweeps class with me and with a very talented young handler Mackenzie Mann showing in the regular Veteran Classes. Mac made him look beautiful and I thank her very much for offering to take him into the ring. He looked wonderful under your magic Mac hands!
It was a great nationals week and I had a great time connecting with both old and new friends. It was fun introducing Cody to her first Nationals, I hope she had fun. We closed out our Nationals by spending time with Kathy Davis and Sharon Young in Atlanta prior to their flights back the Arizona and Alaska. Sharon and I got to take a quick trip over to Stone Mountain Park for lake walk so Banner got to close out the nationals vacation as the host dog. The secret lives of showdogs.
Last week was very traumatic for me. It is still so very easy to cry. It is hard to lose our doggy kids and losing one is heartbreaking but losing two in the same week is world rocking.
Once a dog comes into my home regardless of how long they live with me they are always a part of my family. Puppies placed with new families, older dogs retired and placed with their forever families are still part of my family. I celebrate their joys and successes and when they leave us my heartbreaks too along with their families.
Wicca’s loss hit hard but it was compounded by news that the day before a very special boy also left us for the Rainbow Bridge.
Henry was a beautiful puppy that I purchased from Harrison’s of Winbucks Cardigans, a wonderful pedigree and he was a puppy with lots of potential. Sadly for me he didn’t quite grow into his potential and I decided to find him a forever family to live a wonderful companion life. Along came the Huffman family, they had already lived with Frosty’s sister Phoebe and I was thrilled that Henry would have such a fabulous home.
It was luck for Henry he lived with the Huffman’s since around 5 years ago he suffered a disk issue and they were able to get him to rehab, something that was not available to me. Sadly it was this same issue which led to his loss. I am forever thankful that he had such a great retirement home. Whenever you place a dog your one hope is that the home is even better than yours. It sure worked that way for Henry.
Henry was a very soft and sweet boy which is why I always called him Henwy and his family had a previously well loved Henry so Henry became Teddy or Teddy Henry or just TH.
He was a sweet boy and he will be missed.
Winbucks A Means to Fly
10/11/2005 – 4/21/2015
Until we meet again