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.

 

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! 

 

 

 

Holiday Wishes from Yasashiikuma

Caledon Christmas portrait

As we count down to the holiday season, I just wanted to wish everyone a joyous time, and remember its not about what we all receive, but what we are able to give of ourselves that is important at this time. Take the time to remember those less fortunate by donating to food banks, shelters (pet and people) and being kind to those that you meet. May the year ahead be a happy and joyous one.

 

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!

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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

 

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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 🙂