Saturday, August 27, 2011

The joy of old photos

I recently went through all the photos on my harddrive. After so many years growing up along the Border Collie ring, I have gathered so many photos. It was such a joy seeing so many dogs of the past and present from years ago. Even since then I can see how much the breed has changed type, or style. I uploaded most of the photos to my facebook page, but have added a short example of some I have!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Old scanned pics!

I finally scanned the head/movement shots I got from a photographer from the So Cal Specialty last year (2010)! Sorry for the grainy files, the scanner wasn't the best of quality. It's so funny looking at the head shots of Penny and Presston. They look so young!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Litter Eval for Fallon BCs

This past Saturday myself and friend Jeanne (Celestria BC's) went to visit Pam and her Fallon BCs for a litter evaluation. I enjoy going to as many litter evaluations as I can of any breed. I feel like every time is such a great learning experience, and builds and develops more of a foundation for structure for myself. I have been helping at litter evals for years now and hope to do many more! One of the best parts about them is getting the chance to play with puppies and snap some photos.

This litter is Celestria's Warrior O' Tonalee PT (NZ/Aust/Am Ch Xmas-Cracker at Clan-Abby x Ch Tonalee's Highland Hope PT, FDCH) x Gr Ch Fallon's Silver Phantom (Ch Glentress Spell Bound NAJ x Ch Shoreland's Misty Moonlite). Enjoy!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

3pt major for Presston

Wow what a whirlwind trip to Gridley, CA for the shows this past weekend. Entering Presston was not something I did until the last minute, and I am so very pleased that I did.

First of all, the show was a total weather disaster. On Saturday it was a steady pour of rain non-stop all day. I think I can say that every exhibitor was dressed in muck boots and mud-stomping attire. Sunday the weather was still raining, but not as steady. It did seem that it would stop everytime we were hanging inside the RV or arriving home- right Jeanne? I can't say that I didn't take a fall in the parking lot in the pouring rain tripping over some crates. It was just one of those weekends.

Saturday, Presston took WD/BOS for 2 points.

Sunday, Presston took WD/BOW/BOB for a 3 point major!

Winning that major was a very emotional experience for me. Presston means the world to me, so there was no greater joy than taking the purple ribbon with him. Now, just one more 3 pt major to go. If we would have taken BOW on Sunday he would have been finished. There's always the next show.... :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Photos from Vallejo by Julie

My good friend Julie Lahr got some great pics of me and Penny this past weekend. Just wanted to share! Thank you so much Julie!

Also, wonderful news, we did a CERF check on Penny this weekend while at the show and she is clear! Yipee!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

International Shows

The first weekend of this month we decided to do something different... International Shows! The IABCA (International All Breed Canine Association) puts on local all-breed shows through their program a few times a year. Hearing about a very relaxed, fun environment, I decided to bring Penny along to one and see how it goes. In these shows, dogs are given a written critque in "European style". Dogs are given ratings based on quality. The highest level given is a V-1 Rating. if your dog receives 3 V-1 rating cards, under three different judges, with at least one from a different country, you will receive your Intl. Ch title. There were two shows each day, which made for a lot of ring experience. Penny easily obtained four V-1 ratings, thus finishing her International Title. She also won Best of Breed 3 out of the 4 shows, and each time she won BOB she pulled group placements.. which was a Group 2, and two Group 3's. We came home with lots of medals and it was a really great experience. At this point we can attend another and gain two more V-1 titles and get the National Champion title. Just another thing to add to her name I suppose!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Article: The Tragic Loss of Bloodlines and Mentoring in America

The Tragic Loss of Bloodlines and Mentoring in America- By Carol D. Hawke

A couple of quotes that really pop to me:

"Health clearances are marvelous (we've promoted them for years ourselves) but they can never substitute for the intimate knowledge that will reveal exactly which lines tend to produce which defects. A series of health clearances achieved by a dog from a line that has consistently produced those defects is like a rubber swore. It's not going to protect your breeding program in the end run."

"Today's version of novice unfortunately tends to reveal the stereotypical know-it-all who eagerly acquires a dozen differing bitches from equally as many breeders (often worldwide) and pack them right off to the top winning stud dogs in their breeds"