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You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig…….

June 15, 2015

There is a new “fashion” trend in the dog world.  There are people selling “Blue Merle Pembroke Welsh Corgis”  They are marketed as rare and special, guess what folks?  They are crossbreds, there is NO SUCH THING as a Blue Merle Pembroke.   Don’t get sucked in by a slick sales pitch and pay big bucks for a crossbred dog masquerading as a registered purebred.  Ask questions!  Know the facts!  Don’t fall for the scammers!

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:

http://www.bluepembrokewelshcorgis.com/

#bluecorgis, #bluemerlecorgi, #bluemerlepembrokecorgi, #bluemerelepembrokewelshcorgi

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Do you remember your first time?

June 9, 2015
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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!

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Windy and I after winning our first points towards her Championship

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.

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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!

 

Summer days

June 8, 2015

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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.

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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?

2015 CWCCA Nationals memories 

May 19, 2015
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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.

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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.

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Are you ready? Yes, she was!

   

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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!

  

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Mac Mann making PJ look great!

 

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Mr. Smiley PJ strutting his stuff

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Hey! Check me out!

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.

Banner and Gabby Kat hanging at the lake at Stone Mt.

Banner and Gabby Kat hanging at the lake at Stone Mt.

Remembering Teddy-Henwy

April 29, 2015
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Winbucks A Means to Fly

10/11/2005 – 4/21/2015

 

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Until we meet again

 

Goodbye Good Girl

April 23, 2015
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Solstice Keltic Beltane Fire

5/24/2002 -4/22/2015

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Wicca – Best Puppy in Sweeps GSPCA Nationals 2003 (entry 99)

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My BONE!

My BONE!

Naughty Wicca!

Naughty Wicca!

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Her version of a book review

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WIndy, Stoney and Wicca at the Grand Canyon

WIndy, Stoney and Wicca at the Grand Canyon

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The Power of the Dog

There is sorrow enough in the natural way

 From men and women to fill our day;

 And when we are certain of sorrow in store,

 Why do we always arrange for more?

 Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware

 Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy

 Love unflinching that cannot lie–

 Perfect passsion and worship fed

 By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.

 Nevertheless it is hardly fair

 To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits

 Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,

 And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs

 To lethal chambers or loaded guns,

 Then you will find–it’s your own affair–

 But … you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,

 With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)

 When the spirit that answered your every mood

 Is gone–wherever it goes–for good,

 You will discover how much you care,

 And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,

 When it comes to burying Christian clay.

 Our loves are not given, but only lent,

 At compound interest of cent per cent.

 Though it is not always the case, I believe,

 That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:

 For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,

 A short-term loan is as bad as a long–

 So why in–Heaven (before we are there)

 Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

 Rudyard Kipling

Old Dog Blues

April 14, 2015
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Wicca will be 14 next month. It is hard to believe it has been that many years. She and Luna were my first creation, what a proud day that was. I worried and watched each day, are they growing, are they healthy? always watching. As always with the circle of life we are back at that always watching stage.

Old dogs, you love them forever but forever isn’t long enough and Wicca is getting old. Every day is a gift and a worry. She is sort of deaf and her eyesight is weak. She sleeps hard most of the day and if that was the bulk of her worries I’d quit worrying so much. But sadly like her mother, her rear is getting weaker and weaker. She has a hard time getting up and standing. She has a peculiar hobby horse gait when she moves around the yard. She has less and less control of her bodily functions. It makes me sad and worried. I watch her every day; I look into her eyes and watch her reactions. She doesn’t seem to be in pain and I suspect DM is causing the deterioration. I know for the quality of her life I will at some time have to help her cross the bridge. It is hard, you want to be selfish and keep them with you as long as possible and you want to keep your promise to always take care of them by letting them go before they lose the quality of their life. My biggest fear is making that decision one day too late.

So for now, she enjoys her food and sleeping on her twin mattress. She still likes spending a few minutes in the yard sniffing around and exploring, so today is not the day. I’ll keep watch so I can keep my promise.

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