Meet the Family – Pepper – Yasashiikuma Pepper Potts

Wow!!  This is great – there are a whole pile of family stories coming in – so I am going to schedule them on the blog one a day as they come in.

Please keep the stories coming – it may take a few days for it to show up – but I am scheduling them all!

Today’s puppy is from the “Spy Litter” – Pepper (formerly Blaise) owned by Carissa

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Pepper Potts is a little ball of energy and loves hiking with all her friends.  Pepper 20150930 2 Pepper 20150930 3

We hike the BC mountain ranges everyday and as most Corgi owners know those little legs mean nothing in terms of slowing them down! Pepper 20150930 4

Pepper loves playing in any weather, running along side the biking trails and swimming in any water that’s more than half an inch deep. (Anything to get wet…)

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She has added so much joy to my life and really has solitified my love for the breed. Pepper 20150930 5

I am always happy to come home to this funny little sausage running to meet me at the door. Thanks to Shelley and her high standard of breeding I could not be happier with Pepper Potts. I really did get ‘the perfect’ Corgi. October 2013 Spy Litter

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And tomorrow a Friend puppy with a special job!

Western Reserve and other news

There has been a lot going on that I haven’t reported on so I’m going to take a few minutes to just update.

First – my big accomplishment!!  I passed my M2 Exit test, and I am not a fully licensed M (Motorcycle) driver.   Amazing how much pressure that has taken off me!!  I don’t test well, but when I was waiting for my turn a great big dragonfly landed on my saddlebags and looked at me, and I said “Thanks, Chris!” and it flew away.    Amazing these signs keep coming.

Second, Patrick and Athena’s puppies.   Here are some cuteness photos.  I will be picking them up in two weeks, so I can do the testing and deciding who is going where.  There were 5 boys and 1 girl.

Puppies - 20150019-1 Puppies - 20150019-3 Puppies - 20150920-1Athena is being a wonderful mother and the puppies look good.

Shadow is definitely pregnant and is due October 23rd.   I have fully reserved the litter based on what was seen on the ultrasound, so unless she pops out 13 like the litter she came from they are all spoken for.  

Still waiting on Dash to come in season.  We had a false alarm, but now she is DUE, so hopefully more puppy news coming soon.

And most of the Western Reserve photos have come in.   Gayle Petrick and Lori Sams did a wonderful job with the kids and there were several nice placements!

Jack - Day 1 - 1st in 6-9 sweeps

Jack – Day 1 – 1st in 6-9 sweeps

 

Angie - 1st 6-9 sweeps

Angie – 1st 6-9 sweeps

 

Jolene - 2nd 6-9 Sweeps

Jolene – 2nd 6-9 Sweeps

 

Jack - 2nd 6-9 puppy dog

Jack – 2nd 6-9 puppy dog

 

Angie 2nd 6-9 Puppy Bitch

Angie 2nd 6-9 Puppy Bitch

 

Cara - 1st Open Bitch

Cara – 1st Open Bitch

 

Dolly with her kids Jolene - Reserve Winners Bitch Patrick - Open Dog Cara - Open Bitch

Dolly with her kids
Jolene – Reserve Winners Bitch
Patrick – Open Dog
Cara – Open Bitch

There are a few pictures that didn’t make it here but I understand are on their way of Patrick and Jolene :)

 

 

 

A celebration of Duffy!

Sometimes the dogs who are not here at home get missed on the blog, so today I would like to post a celebration of Duffy (Yasashiikuma Codename Intrepid) who is co-owned with Gayle Petrick. Duffy was Pierce from the Spy litter, and went home with Gayle last winter on the one weekend that didn’t have a blizzard! He took his time to grow up, but has definitely come into his own in 2015! Duffy UKC Group 1

On November 8, 2014 Duffy won a Group 1 in UKC competition to finish his UKC Championship :)

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Then January 2015, Duffy went Best of Breed in Pennsylvania.   Even between these two photos there is an amazing change in him.

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And then in March 2015, Duffy was Best of Winners at the CWCCA supported entry show in Raleigh, NC to pick up his first U.S. major.

Gayle has done such a wonderful job bringing this boy along.   Her patience and training has been the sole reason for his successes!  Congratulations Gayle and Mr. Duffy – I can’t wait to see you next month!

 

Perception vs. Reality

“The life you see this very moment isn’t necessarily the life of your future. You might be viewing things through the eyes of your fears, limitations and false assumptions. Once you clean up the stained glass window you see the world through, guess what? A whole new set of possibilities appear. Remember, we see the world not as it is but as we are. That idea changed my life.”Robin Sharma

 The past two months have been extremely emotional ones for me.   There have been highs and lows, successes and failures, joy and profound sadness.   I love Robin Sharma’s discussions on stained glass windows – that what one person sees is not necessarily what another does when looking at the same item or event, because we each look at it through a window coloured by our life experiences and events.   Where one person might say something is horrible, another says it is beautiful, and that is okay – each is putting it into their own context.

The death of Robin Williams yesterday has opened a new well of feelings, and a renewed need to really look at the joys and successes in life.  

Over the past two weeks, I did a lot of traveling and spent a lot of time in the company of the dogs.  I knew that this was Dolly’s last outing as a special, but really didn’t announce it, just kept it to myself, lest I be accused of trying to influence the results.  Only after our last showing on Friday night, did I celebrate her career as I posted in previous blog post “Wasn’t that a party?”

So, the results of the shows we attended weren’t “SPECTACULAR”, but in retrospect they were pretty darned great!!   Now that I have had time to digest it all, the kids were consistently “in the ribbons”, and the more I think about that, the more I realize that really, that result almost says more than had they been spectacular.

The Canadian specialty, although I had hired a handler, he unfortunately got stuck in another ring, and didn’t make it for specials.  Would the results have been different? Who knows.  But with a fairly incompetent breeder-owner-handler Dolly still managed to win the Award of Merit, and I’m actually checking with CKC on whether she should have also had the Select.   That isn’t too shabby for a 7 year old bitch, who has had 3 litters!

At the first Western Reserve specialty Dolly was Select bitch.  Again, given the excellent quality of the entry, I am pretty proud of my girl for that achievement.  Did she beat the #1 Cardigan in the country? No, but with 20+ specials in the ring I was pretty happy! 

Patrick had an amazing run for his first outings.  After his UKC successes, he was Best of Opposite Sex in the Puppy sweepstakes to an older puppy at the Canadian National. 

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At the Western Reserve Specialties and associated shows, he was Winners Dog at the first specialty, Reserve Winners at the second specialty and supported entry, and Best of Winners at the final all breed show!  Two four point majors his first weekend in the U.S.!

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Patrick’s brother Sean, also placed very respectably placing 2nd or 3rd in every show.  This is a shot of this duo a couple of weeks ago.

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Duffy, had a blast, but is suffering from teenage boy ganglies!  He reminds me of his mother at this age, and hopefully he will come into himself just as beautifully.  The structure is there, he just needs some body around the framework! :D

It wasn’t Cara’s weekend to shine – but that’s okay.  Cara is a bitch you love or  you hate and I still love her despite her brattiness.  Only one token bark this year, no grabbing the leash and barking at Tim all the way around the ring!

And then there was the Dragoon.   I’m very proud of how he did!

 Dragoon CWCCWRDragoon was Select 3 of the 4 days, and 1st Award of Merit on the fourth.   At Thursday’s specialty he was pulled out behind Zorro, a grand 14 year old special who we have watched grow up over the years with his former Junior Handler Philip Myers.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when this pair won the specialty!  Congratulations to the Myers family, Tim & Tracie, Stephanie Hoyer and Bob Caldwell who were all involved in his creation and development!  It was a beautiful moment, and I hope that my guys will still look that good at that age!

Interesting to note that Zorro’s dad, Oban, is also Patrick’s father, so together with Dolly and Dragoon’s Select awards and Patrick’s Winners Dog, it was all in the family!

On the second day of the specialty the dog winners were Jacque and Don Glenn’s Oscar (a red boy I adore) and Cindy Bossi’s Leo (another boy I hope to use in the future).  Lovely males that there was no shame to be behind in the line up.

On the third day another nice young male, Keats, owned and bred by the Beshau family and Nancy Willoughby was the breed winner, and on the last day Cracker, a male bred the Anthonys.  

Looking at it in retrospect, although he never won the top male prize, Dragoon was consistently #2 or #3, while the winner each day changed.  I am pretty pleased about that also.  It may not garner him points in the rankings, but it definitely felt good that he was always in that final line up!

So while the reality is, no we didn’t win the breed at any of the specialty shows, my perception is that we still had a very good showing.  Maybe if my dogs and I were consistently top contenders I wouldn’t feel the same about being the bridesmaid, but right now that spot feels pretty good!