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!

 

 

A weekend to remember!

Last weekend was one where the good news started early in the morning and just continued to come in!

On Saturday morning, I got an early morning call from Joan in Denmark

Denmark BOB at a show in 2011

 

Norton, Yasashiikuma Born to Be Wild,  finished his Danish Championship at a large show with over 80 Cardigans entered.

I then had a very nice day out on the bike and came home to a message that Dragoon had picked up a Group 2 under Tom Alexander!

Dragoon & Tim in the Megan

Dragoon & Tim in the Megan

 I couldn’t help but think that it was just about as awesome a day as I could possibly hope for, but it wasn’t done.

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Baden in Open dog at the CWCCA National

Shortly afterwards another text came in, this time from Sheri Hurst that Baden, Yasashiikuma XIV K Scout’s Honor, also finished his championship – this time an American championship.   He sure has grown up from the puppy who was Reserve Winners Dog at the National last year!   Two champions and a group placement – what a fantastic day!

But it still was not done for the day!   Over in Russia, Baden’s sister Bronya, Yasashiikuma Do A Good Turn, finished her Russian Championship also!

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Bronya – Russian Champion – May 10 2014

Three championships, three continents and two group placements for the Dragoon was the final count for the weekend.  Congratulations to Joan and Jens (Kennel Smarti, DK), Sherri Hurst (XIV Karat, Texas)  and Charlotte Lamont, and Anna Zhudlova (Zhacardi, RUS) on your accomplishments and thank you, as always to Tim & Tracie for you excellent work with Dragoon.

Next weekend I hope will also be a fun one, as Sean makes his official debut in the show ring in PA.     Its going to be fun to see what this little guy does!

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