Amigo’s grown up

 

Once upon a time there was an adorable little puppy.

He loved to play in the snow, and go for runs on the beach.

At 5 months went to his first match-the CWCCWR Spring Puppy Match.

He had a great day coming home with Best In Match. That was his preparation for his first show – the American National specialty.

In the very first class of the show, Amigo won the 6-9 month class in puppy sweeps :)

That summer Amigo went to two more specialties.

At the Canadian National Specialty in Edmonton, Alberta, Amigo won Best Puppy and Reserve Winners Dog. After that he went to live with his co-owner Debbie Brooks in Ohio.

At the Western Reserve Specialty and won his class under Simon Parsons of the UK. He and Dragoon were also pulled against each other for Reserve Winners Dog which went to Dragoon.

Over the next year Amigo finished his American Championship, and this summer he came home to complete his Canadian Championship. Unfortunately, due to a lack of competition it took a while to get it done, but he finished this month and the photo is below.

 

 

 

Since Amigo is not a happy camper in the show ring, he won’t be going on to compete for his Grand Championship.  Instead he has gone to retire and live with his grandmother in Toronto.

 

 

 

Whilr Gale is taking comfort from having Amigo there after the loss of her half-sister, Megan last month, he is also taking years off her by getting her active again as you can see in the video of Amigo & Gale Frapping

Where’s Waldo?

I’ve been getting a number of  “where are you?” emails so I guess I’d better give an update of whats been going on the past two months :)

On October 8th I had a riding accident – horse, not motorcycle.  It was a bit of freak thing, not a bad horse or anyone’s fault.    Nero had a bit of a cough so my friend gave me a mare to ride.    We were just standing and waiting for everyone to mount up, on a loose rein, when I felt the mare tense up a little.  She gave a couple a mild bucks, and then grabbed the bit and bolted for the barn.  Unfortunately there was not enough room to pull her up and I had an unfortunate meeting with a barn beam.

Unfortunately, that was not the extent of it.   As I got into the barnthere was another lower beam coming at me and someone yelled JUMP!!   So I bailed off sideways onto the concrete – whacking my head and back on the concrete.   I was taken by ambulance to the hospital where I was kept overnight for a concussion, and a big hematoma on the back of my head. 

I’m not evensure how I did this to my shoulder unless it was hitting the horn on the saddle on the way off.    Over the next few days it go worse so I went back to the hospital and had more xrays done.  Add to the injuries, broken tailbone and sacrum, and whiplash :(

So I was laid up for a couple of weeks and gradually the blood started seeping down from the scalp wound so I ended up with an early Hallowe’een costume – Bride of Frankenstein.

The dogs were all farmed out for 3 to 8 weeks.   Dolly and Chip went to stay with Mary Morris of Azure Goldens & Whippets, and Amigo went to stay with her daughter.  Libby went to stay with Mandy and Randy.  Hunter went to stay with Robyn and Kevin.  Norton and Aero went to stay with Pierry & Stan McLean of Castlegar Labradors.  Dash, Shadow and Draco went to stay with Andrea Robbins.  Rocky and Jaime visited with Lynne Ragsdale, and Naomi went to Maja Hurd and Brogan to Susan Prokopenko.   Many, many thanks to everyone for helping and to Lynne Mercer for coming up from North Caroline to help look after ME!!  

Life is slowly getting back to normal – I’m not moving too far or too fast, right now.

We had a sad departure last week. 

 

Megan, CH. Yasashiikuma Spiced Rum, had a mast cell tumour a few years ago, and unfortunately it returned very agressively.  Although Carrie did her very best to keep Megan comfortable for as long as possible, erventually Megan let her know that she wasn’t happy anymore, and we let her go to the bridge.   Megan was the mother of the Liqueur litter, the “Loose Ladies” and the “Ice” litter, and had retired to live with Carrie 7 years ago.  She will be very much missed.