The Official photos from the CWCCA National

I know that they are somewhat late –


“Jack” – CH Yasashiikuma Jumpin Jack Flash – 1st in Rally Novice A Trial #1, 2nd in Rally Novice A Trial #2


“Dragoon” – Am/Cdn GCH, UK, FR, NL, LUX Ch. Yasashiikuma Lest We Forget – 1st in 7-9 Veteran Sweepstakes

“Hope” – CH Yasashiikuma Dare T’Believe – 1st in 12-15 Sweepstakes

“Susie” – Yasashiikuma Dare T’B Diffrent – 3rd in 12-15 month Sweepstakes


“Taz” – Yasashiikuma Daredevil – 4th in 12-15 Month Dog

“Chronos”  – Yasashiikuma Master of Time – 1st in Amateur Owner Handler

“Gryphon” – Yasashiikuma Heart Of A Lion – 3rd in Open Dog

“Dragoon” – Am/Cdn GCH, UK, FR, NL, LUX Ch. Yasashiikuma Lest We Forget – 2nd in 7-9 Veteran Dog


“Susie” – Yasashiikuma Dare T’B Diffrent – 1st in 12-15 month bitch

“Hope” – CH Yasashiikuma Dare T’Believe – 2nd n Bred by Exhibitor

Jolene – Am/Cdn Ch. Yasashiikuma Jaunty Jolene – 1ST in Open & Reserve Winners Bitch

Dolly – BIS/MBISS Am GCH/Cdn GCHEX Yasashiikuma Smoky Mountn Maid, ROMB, CGN, CGCA, TT, TDI, HIC – 3rd in 9-11 Veteran Bitch

Loss of a Legend

It has been too hard to write about this.  The pictures and videos from the National tell the story of how quickly life can change.   This was my girl on May 10th – happily giving her all as she always did.

About a week after the national she showed signs of a bladder infection, which the vet prescribed antibiotics for.  A week later she seemed better but still had a minor dribble.  When I took her back to the vet, she had gained a pound and had a bit of a paunch.  An x-ray showed a mass, which was devastating.

I took her to the conservation area and we had a walk and a talk for an hour.  I got some pretty photos of her.

And then we went back to the hospital and the vet took her back to hopefully find something that could be removed.  Unfortunately that was not the case, and while she was under I had to make the decision to let my smart, sassy and wonderful girl go as her liver was full of cancer.  How she had gone that long without showing signs I don’t know, but she was the best and now I am trying to fight my cancer with the courage that she fought hers.  My partner was supposed to be with me through the battle, but instead is watching from above

Goodbye my special girl……there will never be another like you.


CWCCA National Specialty 2017


Trophy Cabinet

Another National is “in the bag” so to speak and what a busy National it was.   Not only were there my eight entries, but there were another 8 dogs also representing the kennel, so lots of classes to watch!

Of course the trip would not be complete without the usual “disaster” – this year it at least wasn’t auto related 🙂

So pour yourself a coffee, sit back and read on the saga of the “Great Diamond Heist of 2017”.

April 29th


No specialty seems to be complete without things going wrong.   It has been a trend, however, that the more that goes wrong, the better the resuts are in the end.   If I can forget my clothes or have a breakdown for some reason the dogs seem to do better  😆

The first disaster, as usual, was U-Haul.   Every year I reserve the trailer in plenty of time.  Every year U-Haul manages to screw up the reservation.   This year, they never contacted me with a place to pick up the trailer.  When I realized it and called, there were no 5×8 trailers to be had in Orangeville, since it is the weekend all the students are moving home from college.  As well, although my reservation showed a charge for 10 days ($179.95), they had only reserved a trailer for one day, April 29-30.  So once again I neeeded to spend hours on the phone trying to straighten out the mess.   A trailer was finally located for me in Owen Sound, and I drove up to get it.   As usual, once it was hitched up the lights didn’t work.  😡

For once though, karma was on my side.   As the clerk was trying to change the reservation to give me a 6×10 trailer for the same price, someone came in to return a trailer 3 days early!  The clerk checked it in and we were able to snatch it since it wasn’t immediately booked out! 

 May 1st

PepeLePew Monday morning went fairly well, and we were only 45 minutes late getting on the road.   I am glad we planned on leaving early in the morning as several delays happened enroute.

Angelika had hoped to see some Canadian wildlife on this trip, especially a moose and a skunk.  Unfortunately (or maybe that is fortunately) moose don’t venture this far south.  And the only skunk we came across was a pancake on the QEW I tried to avoid!

When we got to the Duty-Free shop to pick up some “supplies” for the week, the odor of skunk was in the air.   I told Angelika to have a good whiff, and be thankful we weren’t closer to the source.

As we got to the border crossing I grabbed my passport folder, and Angelika’s passport and handed them to the Border Agent.   He opened my folder and said “It’s empty!”   I immediately panicked thinking I had somehow taken it into the house.   The agent asked what was in the trailer and if I knew the license number, which of course I didn’t.   He walked to the back to get the license, and when he returned said he smelled a skunk.   I told him we smelled one back at Duty Free – he said if you smelled it there, and  I smell it here – it must be on the trailer!   And it was….it followed us all the way to Huron.

The agent then asked for my license as identification and told us to go inside for secondary inspection so Angelika’s passport could be stamped.   I parked the van and grabbed the dogs’ binder off the dash, and my passport fell out.   I remembered the customs agent had asked for the dogs records on the way back last time, and I must have put the passport into the binder without its cover.   So a minor disaster was averted.  After fingerprinting Angelika to make sure she didn’t rob any banks we were processed and allowed to proceed.

The rest of the trip was uneventful, except for the occasional whiff of Pepe Le Phew and we arrived at a decent time, got the truck and trailer unpacked, and left the trailer a ways away from the rooms to hopefully air out over the week.

May 2nd

Jack Rally Trial 1

Jack and I tried something new this year.   I have not been in an obedience ring since 1991.  Jack needed to take up something that was fun and would build his confidence.   As a result, we took up Rally.   We had a half dozen lessons in the fall, and then started to do some practice at home in the weeks before the trial.  

My armband number was 5 meaning I was the first dog in the ring for the Novice A class (numbers 1-4 are never given out).   However, as the classes ran backwards from excellent, through advanced and ending with Novice A, I actually had the chance to watch other teams in action. 

We finally got to our turn and it turns out I’ve got a future obedience star on my hands.   I spent the last three weeks before the trial working on “down” and “down-stay” because I didn’t realize that they were in the group of signs that could be used for Novice.  It turns out it wasn’t needed – neither sign came up in either trial.    We were first in the ring for Novice A, and I thouight we had done pretty well.    Someone told me my score was 94.   Later I was told we were running in 3rd place.   So what a surprise to find out that Jacks score was changed to a 96 which at a quick glance appeared to be 2nd place.   Not so!   Jack was tied for FIRST place, and when all the qualifiers were called into the ring – he won on time!

Trial 2 Jack rocked another 96 score, however this time another dog scored a 97, so he earned a 2nd place.   I’m very proud of my little Rally Star!


Each night I took a picture of our trophy collection, and this was the first night’s shot.


Wednesday was Sweepstakes and Megan day starting with Veteran Sweeps.  The day started on a great note!

Dragoon sweepsWho would have believe in January, watching Dragoon drag his right leg that this would have every been possible?   Dragoon proved what a trooper he is once again winning the 7-9 Veteran Sweeps class.


The young boys showed well, but unfortunately weren’t in the ribbons.   The evil twins though did very well!


Hope and Susie placed second and third respectively in their large sweepstakes class!

And Day 2’s trophy picture


 May 4th

Thursday was the boys turn.   There was no love for Guinness who is going through the “brown bag” stage.    Rico unfortunately is taking after his father who took a long time to mature and looked small compaared to the other dogs in his class.

In the 12-15 class Taz earned a fourth and his brother Sully appeared to be in contention also.

Taz Selfie  

 Chronos and Angelika won the Amateur Owner Handler class.


 Jack showed well in Bred by Exhibitor but again there was no love (I guess I should not be exhibiting!), and Gryphon placed 3rd in the Open Dog class.

Gryphon open 

And although he gave it a valiant effort, Dragoon placed second in the Veteran class, meaning he would not go on to the Best of Breed competition.

Dragoon vet class

So at the end of the day this is how our ribbon collection looked.

RIBBONS DAY 3And to wrap up the day – Dolly earned her CGCA title!

May 5th

Friday was the girls day – and they had a great day!

First Susie won the 12-15 month class!


 Then Hope came second in the Bred By Exhibitor Class!


And then Jolene won the Open Class.   What a thrill to have two of the class winners in for Winners Bitch.  While she didn’t follow in her momma’s pawprints, Jolene went on to Reserve Winners Bitch, for a 3 point major to finish her championship!


Finally Dolly was in the 9-11 Veteran class, and placed third.   She looked great for a girl who has been out of the show ring for many years.



And the final counts for ribbons and trophies:




All of this could not have been accomplished without Angelika helping out the entire week, and Tim and Tracie presenting the kids to perfection.   What a great team, to make the kids all look their finest, and a team of great dogs who get to come home which is the best prize of all!

Crossing the line into Dogsnobbery

While the word “Dogsnobbery” has not yet made it into the Miriam-Webster dictionary, it is a common enough term that Googling it brings up over 3.5 million references!  

What is dog snobbery?  It is the feeling that purebred dog owners are superior to mixed breed dog owners, and by definition breeders of quality purebred dogs are superior to those breeding lesser quality dogs. 

What it also is – is a condition that is going to cause the purebred dog world to implode upon itself.    As breeders of health-tested quality dogs, we want to segregate ourselves from the people supplying the pet market and breeding crossbreds, and dogs that don’t meet the standard.   Yet, in doing so I see so often people alienating the very market that they are trying to provide puppies to.

First, I have seen many posts in the last few months about a new website called Paws n Pups  that appears to have scraped club databases for information on breeders.  Yes, this site is advertising crossbreeds also which we as “preservationist” breeders abhor.   But if you look at the listings for your breed, you will most likely find it is a who’s who of your National Club’s breeder’s directory.  

Yet people are horrified at being listed on this page without their knowledge and consent and are notifying everyone that they know of that is listed on it.

My opinion, although it may be unpopular, is different.   I don’t mind being listed on these types of websites.   I look at it as an opportunity to educate.   If someone reaches out to me about should I buy a Cardigan corgi, or  a Pembroke corgi or an “American” corgi (a cross between the two breeds for those unaware) – I WELCOME the opportunity to educate that person and to give them the information that they require to make a good choice.   I will tell them what they should be looking for, how to approach breeders, and give them recommendations to those I would buy a <insert breed here> from if I were in the market for one myself.    So why NOT have your name on there and increase their chances of making contact with someone with ethics and knowledge instead of distancing yourself from Joe Public who may not KNOW to look at the AKC or CKC websites or the Breed Club directories.

And that brings me to my second point I feel really needs to be made about dogsnobbery.  There are some breeds I have a really difficult time referring people to breeders for.  One of the ways that we used to differentiate ourselves from the breeders just out to make money was that we did health testing when they did not.   I have been on the health testing bandwagon for 30 years – testing dogs long before it was fashionable to do so.    But now the pet breeders are starting to health test, and they are winning the battle.   While their puppies may not adhere to the breed standard and many are barely recognizable as far as “type” – again that does not matter to Joe Public.   He wants a dog that is going to live a long and healthy life.   It does not matter to him that his dog is a little long on leg, or the ear set is wrong, or even that the head looks more like a collie than a corgi!  He cares that he is not going to have a dog become incapacited with a shortened or severely restricted life because it is affected with a disease that there is a known test for, even if the science is not perfect.

Preservationist breeders argue that we can’t throw out the baby with the bathwater and maintain type.    Yet look at all the breeds that have eliminated issues, or were recreated by going away from type and carefully breeding back to it.    There ARE breeders who have managed to eliminate those testable issues from their lines and gone back to winning specialties with dogs clear of the health issues.   There was a dalmation with pointer in its background that won at Crufts.   I wrote about my own problems eliminating health issues in this blog post – Pruning the Tree Helps it Develop Stronger.

It can be done     In my mind Dogsnobbery is going to kill the demand for purebred dogs far faster than any of the crossbreeding will.   Just look how quickly Labradoodles and Goldendoodles proliferated.  It isn’t that people don’t WANT a purebred dog – or they wouldn’t give them fancy names and they wouldn’t buy into the “hybrid vigour” myth.   People want a HEALTHY purebred dog, and they need to be able to find the good breeders to get them – those who work to eliminate the genetic junk from their lines.   So before you get on your high horse and ride off into the sunset with the most “award-winning” elite, be sure that your boots are clean of the genetic muck you may be carrying on them.