Last time I wrote the focus was on the preparations for the national specialty and some of the highlights for us while we were there.
My life is not all dogs and dog shows, so between going to shows and grooming and training the dogs, my life revolves around family and work. Home from the national for four days, I packed my bags and went to the Illinois Early Childhood Conference "Sharing A Vision" for two days. I learned a lot about children's challenging behaviors, children and physical activity, and children and music, to mention only a few.
Shortly after I wrote the last blog post, I was again preparing for a dog show, this one in Winona, WI, a place I had never been. The drive was long but scenic. The show was held at an equestrian center. We groomed in horse stalls and showed on a packed dirt arena -- another new experience (not the horse stalls, the dirt floor). Jenna took Winners Bitch on Sunday so now needs only two single points for her championship. She has a very slow growing coat, something I am not used to and am really aggravated about. She totally blew it all when she went through her puppy coat change last fall and it has been so very slow in growing back, as you can see from this photo. I think God is trying to teach me patience! Seriously, I have been thinking about giving up on her and then think, "But we just need two single points!"
The official show photos from the National Specialty came back from the photographer. I know I posted them last time with writing across them but here they are again sans the photographer's mark.
|Onyx (Best in Sweepstakes) and judge Brad Reese|
|Onyx (Reserve Winners Bitch, Best Bred By Exhibitor) and judge Robin Stansell|
|Josh on the examination table|
Yesterday we took pictures of Bekka who is now 3 months old. She is learning to be a show girl. She is doing well stacking on the table and letting me see her bite. Lead breaking is so-so. She is walking but not too happy about it.
I love hearing from those who have purchased our puppies and love it even more when they send photos. Here are some notes and pictures I've received lately.
From Renee: "just wanted to let u know we had to put my beautiful Namri down in late August, 4 days after we moved into our new home in Solana Beach. It was, of course, a very painful experience, but our wonderful vet assured us it was time. Among other things, he was suffering from dementia. I will forever be grateful for his companionship and love over the last 16+ years and he will live on in our hearts. I’ve never been loved better. Will forward some recent photos from the La Playa Trail in San Diego Harbor, which was his favorite place in the world. Dalai was noticeably depressed for a couple months and was always lying in Namri’s bed, but is doing better now and back to rough housing with Jet."
|Namri at his favorite beach|
|Kuper -- what a darling photo of him|
We felt we had informed them and had scheduled appt for the specific immunization we wanted Kuper to receive. However, we learned the hard way that we also need to question what they have in hand when they come in the room. Kuper had no initial reaction. We do feel he has been scratching the site of the injections, which could be side effect. I share this in hopes of preventing further puppies and owners from this experience. We will, in the future, ask to see the label on the vaccine before they give it. I also plan to get the list of mandatory vaccines as additional ones were given without our knowledge. We will be changing vet office and have interest in a holistic vet that has concerns about vaccines and vaccine dosing for small puppies."
Lori wrote, "Finn is just the best little guy ever...Still has all his sweet puppy charm, though. He starts every day with kisses and a big, squeaky yawn. He's a happy little fellow, always wagging his tail. And he has the funniest voice -- he "talks" more than he barks, it's just hilarious! ...Finn has such a cool, laid-back personality and he deferred to Emma right away. Such a good fit. So much fun to watch them play together. We're starting puppy obedience class next Sunday. I'll let you know how he does Love him SO much,
P.S. I always figure a dog is truly part of the family when he has multiple names. That said, Finn also goes by Finnegan, Mr. Finn, Little Chap, Young Sir, Finnamon, Finnegar, Finnster, etc."
|Finn (right) with his buddy Emma|
|Maci (left) and Hunter (right)|
This is a birthday month for three of our dogs. Onyx was a year old on the 11th. Jenna will be 2 on the 22nd, and Rafe will be 6 on the 27th. Time does fly!
|This is Rafe as a 9 month old puppy taking his first Best of Breed after finishing his championship the day before.|
Life is Better When You Have A Lhasa To Love You!