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.


Chesapeake Specialty


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.


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

(Oban x Dolly October 30/14)


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.


Am. Ch. Yasashiikuma Codename Intrepid

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



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.


Am. Ch. Yasashiikuma Angie of Heulwen

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


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



Am. GCh. Yasashiikuma Hwy Heading South

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


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!



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.



Yasashiikuma Master of Time

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


 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.


Ch. Yasashiikuma Dare T’Believe

  (Mick x Dash  February 24/16)


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.



Yasashiikuma Dare T’B Diffrent

  (Mick x Dash February 24/15)


 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.


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!


Group 1
Michael Hill



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.


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.


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!


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



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



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


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!


Best in Veteran Sweeps
Dr. Alison Jones


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