Litter on the horizon….

Well for all those who have asked if it was ever going to happen, Dragoon is going to be a daddy. There is a litter “in the works” to be born in Ohio, about mid-September.

BOSS Ch. Yasashiikuma Lest We Forget - "Dragoon"

Ch. Ula Mauna Limozeen Of ALD - "Zenna"

For information on this litter please contact:
Al & Irene Driver
ALD Cardigans
Phone 937 532-3647
Email adriver13@aol.com

Pedigree of Dragoon & Zenna puppies
Yasashiikuma Lest We Forget Heart Of Gold Power Play Phi-Vestavia Inkling ROMg Davenitch Sand Piper ROMs
Phi-Vestavia Good Gracious ROMs
Heart Of Gold’s No Doubt ROMg Heart of Gold Make It So Abydos CD PT
Heart of Golds First Noel HT PT
Yasashiikuma Imperial Jade Merrymoon Firestorm Phi-Vestavia Pirate’s Patch
Phi-Vestavia Unforgettable
Yasashiikuma Weetartan Sedalia Yasashiikuma Heartbreak Kid
Phi-Vestavia Storm of Yasashiikuma
Ula Mauna Limozeen Of Ald Adams’ Acres Clever Trevor Ula Mauna’s Sir Gawaine Phi Vestavia Vox Of Waldsee
Gwenlais Glynis Glyfar
Adams’ Acres Holiday Charm AM CD ROMb Adams Slick Willy O’Ulamauna
Ula Mauna’s Rhianna Glyfar
Xtacee Spiritmoon Over Ulamauna Phi-Vestavia Neon Black, HT RN ROMs Phi-Vestavia Nautilus PT ROMg
Shadowalk Vashon Jettsetter ROMb
Phi-Vestavia Visvrsa Ulamauna ROMb Shadowalk Afara Reasonable Doubt
Shadowalk PV Under A Silver Lining ROMb
This pedigree was generated by The Cardigan Archives

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

As you may have noticed, particularly if you are a regular follower, the website and blog have undergone some recent changes.  It has been a major process and not without its challenges.   A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Carolyn Cannon, of C-Myste for taking on the challenge when it appeared that my site and domain would be lost without Chris.   Despite an unrelenting tug-of-war between the old server and new for which site would appear at any given moment, and lost pages which needed to be recreated and have links validated she did an absolutely awesome job and my home on the web is once again safe.  Thanks also to Tom and the Cardi kids for being patient as she gave up her time to do this for me.  You are all wonderful 🙂

As usual, please send recent pictures – now that the site is in a format where I can update it, I hope to bring it more up to date with more than just show news.

Two Losses

Unfortunately amongst all of the good show news there has been some sad news in the Yasashiikuma family.

First shortly after Buddy joined the Klein family they suffered the loss of his uncle Kasha. Kasha was perfect dog with the exception of his problem of swallowing things whole. Unfortunately this proved to be his undoing.

Sympathies go out to Randy, Mandy and Micah on the loss of such a great dog. On the good news side Jade has joined their family as a “foster child” and seems to be fitting in very well, being treated like the princess she believes she is.

Another recent loss is Kayla – the puppy known as “Menorah” from the Hannukah litter born December 23, 1997. Kayla was 12-1/2 years old and is now romping with her brother Mattathias at the Rainbow Bridge. Again sympathies go out to Tony and Michelle Lapenna who have loved Kayla since she was an 8 week old puppy.

For any who have seen the Powerpoint Judge’s Education program that I wrote – Kayla is the little flop eared puppy with the unique eye patch to raise discussion on correctness of markings.  She had an eye patch like the dog in little Rascals – but it did not join the red on her ear.  Made for thought provoking discussion.   Kasha was the dog shown in the toy box with the little girl.    I am glad that the two of them will live on forever in that presentation 🙂

There is raw, there is ridiculous and the circle of life

I have had the dogs on raw and grain free for over 18 months now, and I’ve been very happy with the results.   However, today Libby and Chip decided that raw wasn’t raw enough!

They were loose in the big yard and I was in the living room, when I heard some snarling and a high pitched squeal.   I went running out to find Libby carrying a dead bunny and trying to keep it away from Chip. 🙁    She was a good girl and brought it to me and dropped it on command, but Chip was too fast to grab it off the ground and take off.   I was chasing him around the yard in socks on very damp ground (morning dew), and not at all impressed.   I finally got it away from him and he was not impressed with me throwing out his “caught it myself” meal.

One of the things I did this year was to raise chickens for eggs.  My intention was to only have a half-dozen, and get about 4 eggs a day.  Well the hatchery sent “20” – which actually turned out to be 21.  I found someone else to take 10 – and I have 11 Barred Plymouth Rock hens laying about 8 eggs a day.

They are free-range and run loose about the front yard all day.   When they see me come out of the house, or when I pull into the driveway they all come running.  Nothing like obedience trained chickens!!   Actually they want their water and grain and follow me around until they get it.

Having twice the number of hens I wanted has resulted in a severe surplus of eggs!!  So today I took about 10 dozen down to two shelters down in Orangeville, one for families and one for youth.  They were very appreciative and said the residents would definitely enjoy them!

This trip made me think a lot of how things have changed in the past 20 years.   I don’t know that there were actually that many women’s shelters around back when I could have used them, or if I even would have.   I know a lot changed after the murder of my cousin Barbra Schlifer back in 1980, when violence against women started to be brought to the forefront, and the first Take Back the Night marches took place in Toronto.   The clinic she had planned to open with her law partners now has been in operation for 25 years, defending women’s rights and victims of violence.

The sad tie to all of this is in the loss of my uncle, her father, last week.    Always a wonderful, cheerful person to be around, I honestly don’t know how he, my aunt and my cousin ever survived this tragedy.  At least now he is at peace, no longer haunted by that night.