Catch up post – the Summer of 2016 – Western Reserve

There never seems to be time to actually post the news from the many things going on.   So I will try and catch up in a few posts so as not to be overwhelming by putting them all in one.  So first in the list – Western Reserve weekend 2016

This specialty had some interesting twist and turns.

The Western Reserve specialty #1 was judged by Sandra Wolfskill.    We passed on morning sweepstakes so as not to put a friend the judge in any type of compromised position.


In the first show Gryphon was first in the 9-12 month old puppy class, Jolene was first in Open bitch and Dragoon won the Veteran Dog class.


The second specialty a great family affair in the results.    While sweepstakes were not good  for the kids, the regular specialty results were under judge Mary Anne Brocious


First Patrick was Winners Dog.   This is his third time going WD at the Western Reserve weekend (he was WD/RWD/BOW/RWD 2 years ago) and this finished his American championship. Now American, Canadian & UKC Champion Yasashiikuma I Am Not a Number, and he was moved up to specials for the rest of the weekend.


Then his son Gryphon (Yasashiikuma Heart of A Lion) was Reserve Winners Dog! This would have been enough for the day but it continued.


jolene-reserve-winners-bitch-cwccwr-2016-smallJolene (Yasashiikuma Jaunty Jolene) repeated her win from the puppy class last year going Reserve Winners Bitch!

dragoon-aom-cwccwr-2016-smallDragoon (Am/Cdn GCH UK, FR, NL, Lux CH. Yasashiikuma Lest We Forget) was awarded an Award of Merit.

At both of the Lorain KC shows we ended up with judge replacements.  The first was announced change to judge Ole Nielsen from Ontario.     Unfortunately most of the dogs did not do as well as the rest of the weekend


Gryphon was Best Puppy in Sweepstakes under judge Sharon Ipser, a Bearded Collie breeder from Ohio.


Jolene, however, had a good day going Winners Bitch for her first U.S. Major. 

And then on Sunday we had another unexpected judge change 15 minutes before ring time.  All of the exhibitors were brought together outside of the ring and given options to replace the judge who had been unexpectedly detained.   The majority of the participants voted to have the Show Chairperson. Joe Holava judge, however that caused a scramble for handlers due to a conflict.   Again it was Gryphon’s day, this time going Winners Dog for his first U.S. major, handled by Betsy Nesselhauf.



So all in all, a very successful weekend. A new champion, two winners dog placements, a Reserve Winners Dog, A Reserve winners Bitch, and two U.S. majors….not a bad haul for a specialty weekend!


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.


Puppies in Progress

I have been eagerly awaiting the day when I would be able to blend the different lines I have been working with into one litter and 25 years of breeding comes together.


Patrick completing his Canadian Championship 17 months

Athena and Matt Sept 2013

Athena and Matt Sept 2013

Patrick is a Dolly son. He has not shown a lot but has done very well so far. He finished his UKC Championship at 8 months in a single weekend and then picked up 2 U.S. majors, and two major reserves, his first weekend showing in the U.S. at the Western Reserve specialty. He finished his Canadian championship in a handful of shows, even making the cut in the adult group.

 Patrick’s movement photos at the CWCCA National Specialty 2015

Patrick 1 Patrick 2

Athena is a Dragoon daughter, out of my Libby (Hunter x Alice).  She has not shown in the U.S. but finished in Canada with her junior handler Matt. They have also qualified for Zone finals, and make a cute pair in the show ring!


Both Patrick and Athena have similar phenotype, and some nice virtues to pass along – beautiful deep chests and prominent prosternums, strong level toplines, and well angulated rears. The bonus with Patrick is that there will be no pink or fluff puppies in this litter.

I am using something new this litter – ovulation testing strips.  There seems to be good success with them overseas, and I am hoping that this will help also to ensure good results with this litter.  If Athena is anything like her mom, it will be a busy summer!

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The pad on the left was my first day of testing and shows a negative result.   The test strip on the right shows blue dots which indicate the release of LH.   This means ovulation is imminent.

All being well there should be puppies around August 28!

Patrick & Athena puppies
Yasashiikuma I Am Not a Number Joseter Grassanmore ROMs Joseter Walker Joseter Hassle
Joseter Campan
Joseter Sonata Joseter Joson ROMg
Jogela Lucinda
Yasashiikuma Smoky Mountn Maid CGN, CGC, TDI, HIC, TT Merrymoon Firestorm Phi-Vestavia Pirate’s Patch
Phi-Vestavia Unforgettable
Yasashiikuma Scirocco Phi-Vestavia Uriel of Caerleon HT
Phi-Vestavia Storm of Yasashiikuma
Yasashiikuma Athena’s Inspiration Yasashiikuma Lest We Forget Heart Of Gold Power Play ROMs Phi-Vestavia Inkling ROMg
Heart Of Gold’s No Doubt ROMg
Yasashiikuma Imperial Jade Merrymoon Firestorm
Yasashiikuma Weetartan Sedalia
C-Myste Baledwr Yasashiikuma Liberty Merrymoon Firestorm Phi-Vestavia Pirate’s Patch
Phi-Vestavia Unforgettable
Mariel Reese’s Alice Springs ROMs Reese’s Bold As Brass ROMb
Ironhill Valentine To Mariel AM CD ROMs

A clean sweep


I did not think that much could top the results of Saturday’s dog show, but I was totally unprepared for the results of the show on Sunday.   I was hopeful when I saw the judging panel that a foreign judge might recognize Dragoon’s quality and be willing to put their neck out to reward him over the more common group winning breeds.   I didn’t even dream about a full sweep!

In the breed, the results were the same as Saturday with the exception that Jack was awarded Baby Puppy instead of Jolene.


This last two points finished Patrick’s Canadian Championship   He is now CKC/UKC Ch. Yasashiikuma I Am Not a Number!  His pictures were so lovely I couldn’t decide between the full profile that showed his lovely arch of neck or the 3/4 head shot, so I had the photographer do a collage to show both.  I adore this boy’s head with its full stop and beautiful parallel planes!

Then we went on to the groups.


First little Jack like Jolene was awarded Best Baby Puppy in Group!


Then Dolly was awarded Best Veteran in Group again!


But the topper was watching Edgar and Dragoon win the Group!   I don’t know if that has ever been achieved before to win all of the groups!

Unfortunately, no love for any of them in Best in Show, but what a thrill to be able to watch all of them in the big ring!

I really could have floated home!