The Canadian National Specialty 2010

Five weeks after the American Nationals – the clan travelled west with Marlene Ness and Mark Ragusa to compete at the Canadian National Specialty in Edmonton. Once again, even though I couldn’t get the time to make the entire trip, I did manage to fly out Friday for the judging, getting home almost midnight on Sunday and going into work from a motel near the airport on Monday morning.

The Canadian National was judged this year by Diane Baillie – a Pembroke breeder/judge from Australia. Sweepstakes were judged by Dave Brunnel, a German Shepherd breeder from the west.

In Sweeps, all of the puppies won their classes, Amigo, Dragoon and Chaverah, but the only other dog entered won Best in Sweeps. Chaverah was the Best of Opposite in Sweeps (pictured here with the specialty judge who gave her 1st in her class).

Hunter was the winner of the Veteran Sweepstakes.

The specialty itself was a bit of a juggernaut for us, with dogs I own and dogs of my breeding bringing home everything but the bitch and unofficial classes.

Amigo (Yasashiikuma Friend of Mine) won the 6-9 month old class and brought home Reserve Winners Dog and Best Puppy, just like his mother, when she was Reserve Winners Bitch and Best Puppy in the Yukon in 2004.

Chief, Yasashiikuma Burning Issue, from the Fire litter (Sonny x Cinder) finished his Canadian Championship by going Best of Winners from the Open Dog class. I am very proud of his 11 year old owner/handler Eden Dale from B.C. who earned all of his points herself. Job very well done!! I think you could have knocked her over with a feather though when the judge pointed to her 🙂 I’m not sure if her feet have touched the ground for the past month.

Dolly achieved another milestone in her career – winning Best in Specialty and Best Canadian Bred. Another goal ticked off on the “to do” list. She is now a Best in Show and Best in Specialty winner, in addition to being the only Grand Champion Cardigan in Canada.

Although he made Mark work hard to earn it, Dragoon came home with Best of Opposite Sex in Specialty. He was unfortunately showing that he really is still a puppy, even though the body may appear grown up and wanted to goof around instead of showing. But to Mark’s credit he didn’t lower the boom on him, and kept his sparkle up, tough as it must have been!

The old man gave Dragoon a run for his money though. The judge said afterwards that she had actually considered him, but couldn’t give it to him because of his eyes (at 14 they are starting to cloud). He still gave a good account of himself and the judges I was mentoring at ringside were very impressed that a 14 year old could still keep up with the youngsters.


Since we were unable to get the judge for photos after the specialty (she judged Bouviers until 9:45 p.m.!!), and we weren’t sure if everyone would be around Sunday, we got this family portrait done just in case.

In the back row are:
Hunter – Best Veteran in Sweeps, Best Veteran in Specialty – with Annie Willaims.
Dolly – Best in Specialty, Best Canadian Bred – with Marlene Ness
Dragoon – Best of Opposite Sex in Specialy – with Mark Ragusa

and in front:
Amigo – Reserve Winners Dog, Best Puppy – with me
Chief – Best of Winners – with Eden

CWCCA National Specialty 2010

There is a lot of catching up to do – a lot of shows and a lot of news!

I won’t get it all done at once – but I’ll try to do a bit at a time.

First -the end of April was once again the trip to the American National specialty – and once again the dogs had an awesome year.

I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to attend given my new job, but it turned out I was able to go. However, I had already hired Tim Zeitz to show the dogs so I got to be an observer this year.

The Tuesday night was the Megan which was pretty uneventful – Dolly once again made the first cut in Brindle Bitches but progressed no further.

Wednesday morning, Amigo won the first puppy sweepstakes class – the 6 to 9 month puppy males, under Betty Ann Seely of Pecan Valley Cardigans.

This was followed by Dragoon winning the 15-18 month old class in puppy sweeps. So both boys were in the final line up for Best in Sweepstakes, however, neither won.

Hunter came out for his annual showing in the Sweepstakes – he didn’t place as well as I would have hoped but he still enjoyed his time in the ring.

In the regular classes on Thursday, both boys placed 4th in their respective classes, disappointing after Wednesday results – but at least they were in the ribbons.

In the 6 to 9 puppy bitch class Chaverah placed 2nd to a very nice blue puppy owned by Susan Lasilla.

Dolly set another record, going Winners Bitch for the second year in a row. The last time this was accomplished was in 1968/69. At that time there were 10 & 12 class bitches. This year there was 83, and last year I think there were 151 for Best of Winners.

Just for fun I had this portrait done of me and Tim with the five dogs. From the left is 14 year old Hunter (Am/Cdn. Ch. Merrymoon Firestorm). Next to him is his daughter Dolly (BIS/BISS Cdn GCH/Am. Ch. Yasashiikuma Smoky Mountn Maid, CGN). Then Chaverah – Dolly’s half sister (Dance With Me of Yasashiikuma) who is co-owned with Kate Agar-Ross. Then Dragoon (CH. Yasashiikuma Lest We Forget), Hunter’s grandson. And last, but definitely not least, Amigo (Yasashiikuma Friend of Mine), littermate to Chaverah.