Another CC winner and an upcoming epic European battle

Last summer I had two wonderful litters and the puppies are approaching their first birthdays in the next few weeks.   There have been some phenomenal wins by many of the puppies,  and already many best of breed wins in North America and Europe.  Some of the puppies were pulled from competition so that they could continue to show in classes at the specialties, and one has already achieved a Dutch Youth Champion title.

This coming weekend, two of the boys who have gone to Europe and had amazing achievements of their own, will meet once again in a head to head battle 🙂

Draco (Yasashiikuma Dragon Defender) has just come off a show weekend where under UK breeder-judge Sarah Taylor, he was awarded his first CC for the U.K.     He was handled to this win by his owner Rachel Dijkhorst, who has already taken him to many Best of Breed wins and his Dutch Youth Championship.

Draco winning Best Male under Fran Fricker (Kerman, UK)

Norton, (Yasashiikuma Born to Be Wild) is a more recent emigrant, having stayed in North America for 10 months, and showed two weekends ago at his show in Denmark.   His new co-owner Joan Rogers was very excited to be awarded Best of Breed and earn HIS first CAC towards his Danish championship.

Norton winning Best of Breed in Denmark - May 5, 2012

This weekend, for the first time since my riding accident in October, the two cousins will meet again. It will be fun to see if they remember each other, or if six months is just too long a separation.

However, they will both be in competition for the Junior World Winner title, at the World Dog Show in Salzburg, Austria. There will surely be lots of other good competition, but I will be rooting for my two little Canadian representatives.

Hopefully good news to follow on the weekend!

News of ribbons and tadpoles

Norton has arrived at his new home in Denmark with Joan and Jens Rogers.   Not wasting any time, he was entered in his first show last weekend at Roskilde.


His first show was very successful and he won Best of Breed from the puppy class.   Since I am still getting used to the European championship requiremenets, forgive me if this is incorrect, but I believe this win gave him his first CAC of the three required for his Danish championship title.  Apparently, like in many places in Europe, he must win at least one CAC after the age of 18 months to finalize the title.   I actually like this system as it would weed out many of the pretty puppies who fall apart at a year of age!


While that has been going on, I have been running the Hormone Hotel and Infirmary here at home.   It appears that a mild form of Kennel Cough came home with many of us from the National, even in vaccinated dogs.  It is making its way through the youngsters here.  Add that to the fact that Dash, Naomi and Jade are ALL in season, it is a little nuts on the home front.   Even Hunter is taking part in the love ballad chorus, and with four boys here (Brogan, Chip, Dragoon and Hunter) the range of harmonics is quite interesting.

The lucky guy though arrived by test tube.   Jade has been undergoing progesterone testing for the past week, and the tadpoles from Powell arrived on Thursday and Friday.   I truly wish that FedEx could get itself oranized!!!   The shipment from Wednesday was supposed to arrive at the vets Thursday afternoon.   I was in the vicinity of the airport at a CKC Audit Committee meeting.    On my way to the vets to collect Jade, I called and was told that it hadn’t arrived.   I got on the phone and found out it was still sitting at the airport, so I arranged to turn around and pick it up.    I asked how could I avoid the problem with the shipment for the next day, and I was told to tell the shipper to mark the package to be held at the airport depot for pickup the next day.

When I got to the vet, the ice pack in the “Puppy Pack” had thawed, but thankfully the semen was still viable.   Later, I got a call from the vets office in Texas saying that FedEx had refused to take the shipment marked as we were told, so they had to ship it to my vet’s office again.

I called in the morning to interrupt the shipment while it was still in customs to ask them to hold it at the airport again.   On the way down, I got a call telling me it had been put on a truck to Cambridge.   Thankfully I hadn’t reached the airport yet, so I detoured west and picked it up.   This time the frozen pack was still mostly frozen and we had another successful AI.

All being well Dragoon should be a big brother on or about July 9th.   Fingers, toes and paws all crossed!



He doesn’t live up to his name – thankfully!


Many times I have said that you should never name a puppy something that you don’t want it to be.  For example – “Hunter”  – the diabolical engineer of  The Great Chicken Massacre.

So I took a real risk naming this boy Yasashiikuma Born to Be Wild  🙂   But Norton is anything but wild.   He is the sweetest, most biddable puppy boy you could ever want to meet.  EVERBODY, and I mean everybody!!, is his best friend and he has to say hello, at ringside, in the ring, it doesn’t matter.  He just knows everyone really wants to pet him, but are too shy to approach him first.  🙂

Unfortunately, I am in a home with too many boys for one person to handle, and Dragoon will be home shortly from his European tour, adding more testosterone to the fire.   Plans are nearly final for Norton to go over to Europe after the American Nationals.   Of course after all this time, I am really going to miss this little dude and his antics, but I’m sure he will have a great career and be well loved over there.   Unfortunately there is absolutely zero competition availabe in Canada right now, so while I was hoping to maybe send him over as a Canadian Champion, that might have to wait until he comes back to pay a visit.