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  :lol:

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.  :-x

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!

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

JEWELS DAYS 1May 3rd

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.

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

HOPE AND SUSIE SELFIE

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

And Day 2′s trophy picture

 JEWELS DAY 2

 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.

Chronos

 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!

SUSIE SELFIE

 Then Hope came second in the Bred By Exhibitor Class!

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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!

JOLENE SELFIE

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.

DOLLY SELFIE

 

And the final counts for ribbons and trophies:

 

 

RIBBONS DAY 4 JEWELS DAY 4

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!

Chesapeake Specialty

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Jolene was once again my star of the weekend, picking up a 3 point and a 5 point major at the all breed show and the first specialty, and going reserve to the 5 point major at the second specialty.   That gives her three majors with a total of 12 points!

Jack picked up his first points on Friday, and Hope was first in her class at all three shows.  It was a great weekend and very enjoyable, and I thank Anne Taylor and Barb Waldkirch for helping me to get the girls into the ring!  You ladies reminded me of what shows SHOULD be like!

 

The Youngsters – 2016 Show News

There has been a lot of activity in and out of the show ring.   Here is a summary of what is going on with the kids so far for 2016.

PATRICK

Am./Cdn,/UKC Ch. Yasashiikuma I Am Not A Number

(Oban x Dolly October 30/14)

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Patrick returned to the U.S. and completed his American Championship at the same she where he picked up his first two majors, at the Western Reserve Specialty.

DUFFY

Am. Ch. Yasashiikuma Codename Intrepid

co-owned with Gayle Petrick (Oban x Dolly October 30/14)

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Duffy has returned to both the AKC & UKC rings.   He has already picked up 2 Grand Champion majors in AKC, and several group placements and a couple of group wins in UKC.  He attended UKC National and with the competiion there is so far qualified for Top 10 in 2017 too!   Duffy has also earned his Barn Hunt instinct test.

ANGIE

Am. Ch. Yasashiikuma Angie of Heulwen

co-owned with Lori Sams (Mick x Dolly December 26/15)

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Angie has finished her American Championship and has already picked up two Grand Champion majors.

 

JACOB

Am. GCh. Yasashiikuma Hwy Heading South

co-owned with Lynn Maxey (Mick x Dolly December 26/15)

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Jacob had a whirlwind show debut starting his career in January at the Brookesville, FL shows and six showss later finishing his American Grand Championship!

 

Gryphon

Yasashiikuma Heart of A Lion

  (Patrick x Athena – August 30/15)

 gryphon-best-in-sweepstakes-smallGryphon has been having great success on both sides of the border,  he is 4 pts from his Canadian championship, and got his first US major at Western Reserve specialty weekend.  His successes also include Winners Dog at the Canadian National Specialty and at one of the following All-Breed shows.

 

Chronos

Yasashiikuma Master of Time

co-owned with Angelika Ludwig (Patrick x Athena August 30/15)

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 Chronos has been doing very well at a number  European shows earning consistent excellent critiques.   He is now a German Youth CH. and has earned other awards, including his first CAC.

HOPE

Ch. Yasashiikuma Dare T’Believe

  (Mick x Dash  February 24/16)

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Hope is another puppy that has flown through her championship – three weeks from her first show to her championship!!   The following week she picked up back-to-back Best Puppy in Group wins at the Burlington Kennel Club show.

 

SUSIE

Yasashiikuma Dare T’B Diffrent

  (Mick x Dash February 24/15)

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 Susie has made her show ring debut, but has only earned one point being overshadowed by her sister.  Now that Hope is done Susie will have her opportunity to shine.

QUINN

Yasashiikuma Truth or Dare

co-owned with Barb Luce (Mick x Dash February 24/15)

quinnQuinn has made her show ring debut, earning a Baby puppy Group 2nd and was awarded Reserve Winners bitch over several much older females at her first official show, but unfortunately contracted kennel cough at the show and had to abstain from showing for 30 days.   We look forward to her returning to the ring at the end of the month.

 

Catch up post – the Summer of 2016 – CCCC Specialty

So the specialty weekend for Canadian National was in Halifax this year. Since my son’s family is down in Nova Scotia it became a family vacation combination along with an opportunity to take in the Specialty. Along the route I picked up my good friend Helen who came along to give me a hand with the crew since I went a little over board on the entries, with three All-Breed shows as well as the Specialty.

Show #1 on Friday was judged by Nancy Popovich. She awarded Dragoon a Group 3rd.

Show #2 our judge was Michael Hill. He found Dragoon for Best of Breed, Jolene for Best of Opposite and Hope for Winners Bitch for her first 2 points.  He then gave Dragoon the Herding Group!

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Dragoon
Group 1
Michael Hill

 

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Jolene
Best of Opposite Sex
Michael Hill

 

Hope - Yasashiikuma Dare T'Believe Winners Bitch/Best Puppy Michael Hill

Hope – Yasashiikuma Dare T’Believe
Winners Bitch/Best Puppy
Michael Hill

 

 

Saturday at noon the Specialty began with Puppy Sweepstakes judged by Jean Clifford of Trailwyn Cardigans in New York.

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Hope – Yasashiikuma Dare T’Believe
Best in Puppy Sweepstakes
Jean Clifford

 Hope was awarded Best in Juvenile Sweepstakes, and Gryphon Best of Opposite Sex in Juvenile Sweeps. In the Veteran Sweepstakes Dragoon was Best in Sweeps and Dolly was Best of Opposite. The Regular Specialty was judged by Kristen Francis of Stonecroft Pembroke corgis, in Ontario. First Gryphon was awarded Winners Dog.

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Gryphon – Yasashiikuma Heart of a Lion
Winners Dog/Best of Opposite in Juvenile Sweeps
Kristen Francis/Jean Clifford

Then Hope was awarded Winners Bitch, and Dolly  Veteran Bitch.

With Gryphon, Hope and Dolly all needing to go into the Best of Breed ring it was necessary to wrangle extra hands and I thank Addison White for taking in Gryphon and Stepanie Toman for going back into the ring with Dolly, while Helen showed Hope, Shannon showed Dragoon and I took in Jolene.

It was a blur, but in the final line up Jolene won Best In Specialty, and Best Canadian Bred.  My little baby girl, at 17 months is now a National Specialty winner!

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Jolene – CH. Yasashiikuma Jaunty Jolene
Best in Specialty/Best Canadian Bred
Kristen Francis

 

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Dragoon – Am/Cdn GCH UK,FR, NL, Lux CH. Yasashiikuma Lest We Forget – RWW-’11, EUW-’11
Best of Opposite Sex/Best in Veteran Sweeps
Kristen Francis/Jean Clifford

 

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Dolly – Am GCH/Cdn GCHEX Yasashiikuma Smoky Mountn Maid, CGN, CGC, TDI, TT, HIC, ROMB
Select Bitch, Best Veteran, Best Sexually Altered/Best of Opposite in Veteran Sweeps
Kristen Francis/Jean Clifford

 

And baby Hope at all of 6 months and 1 week was Best of Winners and Best Puppy

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Yasashiikuma Dare T’Believe
Best of Winners/Best Puppy in Breed
Kristen Francis

 

Sunday, Dragoon again was Best of Breed, and Hope Winners bitch  for another 2 points.  And then he was in the All-Breed Veteran Sweepstakes – and won Best Veteran in Sweeps!

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Dragoon
Best in Veteran Sweeps
Dr. Alison Jones

 

It was a whirlwind trip and I am still pinching myself!