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Remembering Lindy

July 26, 2019

Lindy left me just four days shy of her 14th birthday.

In January of 2019 she had some sort of cerebral event that was scary enough that I thought we were going to lose her then but with good care from our Vets at Beaver Crossing Animal Hospital she bounced back and we had another good 6 months together. I knew we were on borrowed time but I was still shocked when a seizure of some kind stopped her heart in the pre-dawn hours of July 24th. I can only be thankful that her dog family and I were with her at the end and she was not alone and we could say goodbye.

Lindy was from Arylan’s 1st litter a little bright tan faced tri. She was a pistol from the beginning and I loved her from the start. She had her ups and downs, she got Parvo as a fully vaccinated 9 month old. The experience of being sick set her show career back as she wasn’t confident on the table especially with men. I had to work hard to bring her back as a show dog. Just as I thought she would never finish her championship she did just that in Hobbs, NM where we had our new champion photo taken with the iconic little green man.

Lindy lived a life, she was queen of the house and all that lived there. She was the ultimate Momma dog, she took care of all the puppies that came into the house (except for Frost but that is another story) and was a great momma to her two litters of babies. Her babies (and their owners) earned her the honorable distinction of Registry of Merit – Versatility from the CWCCA and honor I am most proud of.
She liked to boss sheep around (and everything else) and I was sorry that we never got more herding time. She earned her Barnhunt Open title at as a veteran and as she was never a great jumper I didn’t ask her to continue but she did enjoy it.
I am heartbroken that she has left us. I knew we were on borrowed time. These last six months I have made an effort to connect with her as an individual every day. She got to travel with me again as we went on doggy adventures. She got to show at the CWCCA Nationals this past May and went with Cali and I to some dog shows. I didn’t want to leave her behind just in case. Her last day with us was normal, she puttered around the yard, ate dinner and snacks, played with Cali and slept in her favorite spots.
When she left us she left a giant hole in our world. Who is going to be the herald of the 11:00 pm bedtime? There will never be another Lindy Hop.
Godspeed my beloved, I loved you more.

CH Arylan Flying Start, RATO, RATI, ROM-V 07/28/05 – 07/24/19

Wow it has been a minute! A Solstice Update

June 4, 2019

What have we been up to so far in 2019? We ended 2018 and started 2019 with our favorite sport of AKC Scentwork. Bailey did a great job and earned some ribbons and titles we have such a fun time doing this together.

January also brought us a big scare as Lindy had some type of cognitive episode and we thought we had lost her but she recovered and is back to her feisty Momma dog self.

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Lindy Hop

In March we traveled a full 20 minutes to attend the new Lake Lanier cluster held just down the road from home. They offered lots of fun doggy activities and we took advantage of them. Bailey and Cali showed in Conformation, Bailey in Veterans where she was BOB Veteran and was awarded a group 2. Cali showed in Breed and she earned points toward her Grand Championship. Then we switched to the fun stuff! Cali got to try Barnhunt for the 1st time and she found her Rat each time but 2 of our 3 runs we ran out of time but the other one was so fast that she not only won 1st place for her height group she beat all the Novice dogs and was high in class. Bailey got to play Crazy 8s and added more points to her total.

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Our loot from Lake Lanier

In addition to Barnhunt, we went to do Bailey’s favorite thing, chasing the Lure! We did Fast Cat and Bailey had a blast, she is slower now only running 10-11mph but she loves it so and is only 2 or 3 runs away from her next Fast Cat title (DCAT 500 points). Last year I tried Cali but she wasn’t really interested so we tried again and boy what a difference she was a crazy dog too and ran at about 15mph. I think she will get fast as she learns the game. She is only about 25 points from her 1st Fast Cat title (BCAT 150 points) the girls had a fun weekend.

In April we stayed close to home and I taught an into to Scentwork class for Atlanta Obedience club and worked as the CWCCA Scentwork Secretary for our 1st trial at the Nationals. I also became an AKC Canine Ambassador on behalf of the CWCCA. https://www.akc.org/public-education/canine-ambassador-program/

In May we packed the FIT (boy was it packed) and Lindy, Bailey, Cali and I headed to Purina Farms just outside of St. Louis, MO. We joined our good friend and Co-Owner/Co- Breeder) Kathy Davis and new friend Sheri and our whole tribe of Cardigan lovers at the 2019 Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Speciality Show. To say we had fun is an understatement and our dogs did us proud!

In addition to the fun of competition, the National is all about the preservation of the breed. We look at breeding possibilities and learn new things about the breed and contribute to the health and welfare of the breed. All 3 girls had blood drawn and submitted to the OFA DNA database for future study and Cali had her eyes examined and they were pronounced clear and normal, just one of the health checks we do on our breeding dogs.

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Yes, we were packed!

Our dog family brought home some ribbons and any ribbon at a Nationals is extra special.

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Our National Scentwork Ribbons

In Scentwork:

Bailey – 2 Qs with placements including our 1st Excellent Q

Cali – 1 Q – her 1st with a placement

Ryan – (from our Dwysan family) High in Trial in Masters – Congrats Kathy Hannah! (Kathy’s Tate also did well in Rally and Obedience)

Herding Instinct

Both the Baby Girls Clover (Kathy H) and Daphne (Sheri) did a great job moving the sheep around. Super fun to watch.

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Pretty Daphne and Sammich

The Megan – A champion only event that is divided by color/sex – a very prestigious event.

Both our young specials Sammich and Cali made the cut in their Color/Sex classes and Sam made it all the way to the final cut in Black dogs.

Veterans Sweeps

No Ribbons but it was sure fun show both Bailey and Lindy in Veterans. Our cardigans sure hold up strong. Lindy’s 11+ (she is 14 next month) had an entry of 21, 21 11+ Cardigans! and the indomitable Libby 11+ not only won sweeps, veterans she went BOS in the Best of Breed ring – what a girl!

Puppy Sweeps

Sammich, Clover, and Daphne all showed in sweeps and did a wonderful job and as their co-breeder, I was very proud. Sammich was awarded 2nd in his class and appointed class clown.

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Regular Classes

Again the girls show great and this time Daphne got to win the ribbon with a 2nd in her class.

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Best of Breed – our entry was huge this year and filled with amazing Cardigans.

Sam at 15 months showed wonderfully and made us proud. I can’t wait for him to grow up!

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And just to add to the fun in May, Clover and Kathy H earned their 1st Title and TD! (Tracking Dog) I have never had a Tracking title in our dog family so super congratulations for Team Clover!

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New Tracking Dog (TD) Clover

Now it is June and it started with a very proud moment. Bailey was awarded the CWCCA versatility award. This is an award for dogs who have earned titles in at least 3 AKC recognized venues including some advanced titles. It is a wonderful recognition and I am super proud of my good girl!

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What is next for us? Well stay tuned and we will let you know as it happens. Our Social media pages are often filled with fun photos and updates. See ya later!

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Cali says y’all come back now ya hear!

2018 the year that was!

January 13, 2019
Wow it is already the 13th of January and I am just now recapping 2018.  I generally like to recap the year by the New Year but life is just crazy and I’m just now getting around to celebrating the year that was.
There was a lot going on in 2018 that we can only attribute to “Life” .  There were two very big events that kept me stressed out for the greater part of the year.  Thank goodness for the dogs as they always make everything better even when they are misbehaving.   The 1st big stressor is Mom aka Ginger dealing with health issues.  She has pretty much been confined to bed all year including a 3 ½ month stay in the Hospital and Rehab.  She has been home since July but she is still stuck in bed but doing better.  The 2nd  stressor was I bought a house, a 1st for me as I had never bought a house before.  I pretty much spent March through September with my hair standing on end!  I can never thank the people who love me for helping me through it in various and sundry ways.
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Outside of those big events we have still had a lot of fun.  We ended last year during the 2017 NYE weekend with Bailey earning our 1st AKC Scentwork titles and she finished the year at our 2018 NYE weekend trial earning a total of 9 AKC Scentwork titles.  I love this sport and so does Bailey, she is amazing.  She was also amazing as she earned her Coursing Ability Test Excellent  – CAX which is the 1st Excellent level title my dogs have earned.  She also earned some points toward her DCAT the 2nd level FastCat title.  We were focusing on the CAT so 2019 will be working on the DCAT as she loves to Chase the Bunny!   So at the end of 2018 Bailey is GCH CH ICKC CH Solstice Flying Circus, CAX, BCAT, SCNE, SINE, SENE, SCA, SIA, RATS RATI.    My fabulous partner, love my Bailey Bug.
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Caliwags had a good year too.  She finished her Championship in December 2017 and with limited showing this year she has earned 2 GCH majors, hopefully she and her friend and co-owner Ellie can finish her GCH this year. Cali also earned several NOHS BOBs and Group placements.  She also earned her IABCA Championship and we went to the UKC Premier weekend in Kalamazoo, MI where she earned points toward her UKC Championship (we will look for some more UKC shows to finish that title as well) .  She also added a couple of sets of letters to her name by earning her Trick Dog Novice (TKN) title and her Farm Dog Certification (FDC) and she earned 1 leg of her AKC Herding Instinct Test.     Her TKN & FDC along with her Championship helped earn her Momma Tawny her CWCCA Registry of Merit certificate, we are proud to be a part of that wonderful accomplishment.  She just started Scentwork so hopefully she will have some fun with that this coming year.
Miss Frosty also earned her Farm Dog Certification and will start Scentwork this year and hopefully we can finish a Barnhunt title, Frost really enjoys leaping on the straw bales, she knows where the rats are but the bales are so fun!
Momma Dog Lindy was Cali’s stable pony this year, she travelled with us to MI and went to several shows just for the ride along.  I also showed her as a veteran at a recent IABCA show where she was awarded Reserve Best in Show and she had fun time.  Hopefully we can do a few more of these fun events as a veteran, as long as she is having fun.  She is pretty spry for 13 ½.  She is going to try for her Farm Dog Certification in February since it is close to home.
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Bailey, Cali and Frost all earned their AKC Achiever dog Certificates for trying multiple dog sports, a fun certificate for doing fun things.
PJ, Banner and Sunshine were just really good dogs, hanging out at home.  PJ is my guardian, making sure house and home are protected from all things.  Banner keeps track of the toys and little Sunshine takes care of my Momma as her constant companion.
Speaking Farm Dog, I’m now a Farm Dog Judge (yikes the AKC gave me a judges number LOL) to go along with my CGC and Trick Dog evaluator status.
One of the most special things that happened this year was the membership of my wonderful Obedience club awarded me the AKC Sportsmanship award for 2018, what an honor to be chosen for this award especially from my peers.  I am humbled.
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Another very exciting thing that happened this year was I got new dogs!  My dear friend Kathy Davis of Dwysan Cardigans invited me to join team Belle.  So now I co-own the lovely Belle and her handsome son Sammich along with Kathy and Ryan.  I am so excited about being their chief cheerleader.

 

I also had a fun year hanging with my friends, supporting our young friend Ellie, working for my clubs and just as they say living my best life.  Looking forward to 2019 with lots of hope and happiness.

It isn’t just a piece of paper

September 23, 2018

Bailey got mail this week.  She got a new title certificate from the AKC for her latest Scentwork title.  We are always excited to add new letters behind the dog’s names and there is always a good feeling when the certificates arrive.

I have a very cool hand painted photo album the one of the dogs won as a prize at one of the Southwest Support entry shows.  I use it to store show photos and title certificates and as I was planning to add the newest certificate to the album I realized I needed to reorganize the album to accommodate the certificate.  As I took each photo and certificate out of it’s sleeve it made me think about what they all really mean.

There is a very good essay that makes the rounds on Facebook that is credited to Sandra Mowery and I think it is a very good way of explaining why a title is more than a  piece of paper.    For me the title represents time spent with a wondrous creature, it represents time I spend with with people I love, it represents adventure and shenanigans.  The title certificates also represents education, breed preservation,  sportsmanship, compassion and good cheer.  And, yes it also represents a brag, but it is so much more, I’m proud that my dogs are always willing to play games with me and I am proud of my tribe and all the fun and life we get to share together because of our amazing dogs.   As I have said many time before it is my privilege.  I hope it is your privilege too.

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This represents the new AKC title certificates for the current dogs in the house Lindy, PJ, Frost, Bailey, Banner and Cali. This doesn’t include any titles from other venues.

Why title a dog?

Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores, a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in record and in memory for as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.

And though the dog itself doesn’t know or care that its achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.

A title says your dog was intelligent and adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.

And a title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with it because it was a good dog, that you believed in it enough to give it yet another chance when it failed, and that, in the end, your faith was justified.

A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.

And when that dear short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of pride in one small set of initials after the name.

A title earned is nothing less than love and respect, given and received, and permanently recorded.

-Sandra Mowery

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GCH Rockie Top Flying Snow, RN, BN, FDC, CGC, RATI

Photos from the Farm

June 4, 2018
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Frost having a great time at Farm Dog Certification.  She had a great time.

 

 

 

Caliwags and Cody doing the Farm!  Cali (and Cody) spent a good part of the day working the event as the ” Friendly Dog”.

 

 

 

They had a fun day and so did we!

 

For more information on the AKC Farm Dog Certification Program check out the the AKC website:

http://images.akc.org/pdf/FDC_Test_Guide.Revised.11.2017.pdf

 

 

The new Cardigan Farm Dogs from the Day.  Frost, Cali, Rune and Zoey!

How much is too much?

June 3, 2018
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I started to write my usual Brag post (and of course I am going to brag) but after our doggy day yesterday and some discussion on Facebook about how many sports can or should you participate in on one day and made me think about how much is too much.

Yesterday we participated in Farm Dog Certification testing given by our friend of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of Greater Atlanta.  We had a fun day at this well run event and came home with not one but two new “Farm Dogs”.  This is the brag part of the post, Frost and I qualified twice to earn our certification and Cali and Cody also qualified twice also so the girls have new letters after their names.

Farm Dog Certification (FDC) is one of the newer AKC events

( http://images.akc.org/pdf/FDC_Test_Guide.Revised.11.2017.pdf )

There are lots new and fun things that people can do with their dogs.  Some require lots of training and some are more instinct driven but all of them strengthens the bond with your dog

The event yesterday was held outside, yep on a farm, and the morning was overcast but it is June in North Central Georgia so by afternoon it was 90 degrees.  Since it was a farm there were lots of shade trees and everyone took care that the dogs were comfortable and everyone was checking on one another to make sure folks stayed hydrated.  It was a smaller event with around 40 dogs, their people and the volunteers so it was easy for everyone to stay aware. But what if it had been a bigger event?

There are so many fun things to do with your dog and we overachiever dog people sometimes want to get the most bang for our buck and we enter everything!

Some of our big clusters now have lots of things to enter.  Our big one in Perry, GA offers All Breed Conformation (sometimes with matches), Obedience and Rally (sometimes with matches), Agility, Course Ability Testing, Fast CAT, Barnhunt, Dock Diving, CGC/CGCA, Trick Dog and Scentwork might be added as well.  That is a lot of things to do on a weekend.   It is important that we remember we are the advocates for our dogs.  They can’t tell us in words what they want to do, we often time ask them to do things that might not make sense to them and it is important that we pay attention.

Don’t get carried away, have fun but make sure your dog is having fun and isn’t being over worked or over stimulated.  We think a 2 or 3 minute Scentwork run isn’t any big deal but it is a mental exercise add that to multiple Agility runs and maybe Dock Diving and you have a tired dog, add weather conditions, crating conditions and multiple days and you have an exhausted dog.  Think about how tired you are at the end of a busy weekend and remember your dog did most of the work.

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Have fun! Because you have the best dog ever, I know I do!

She’s a workin girl!

May 3, 2018
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If you have multiple dogs you know they all fill a certain place in your world.  You have your parental dogs, your playful dogs, your silly dogs, your serious dogs they all have their own personalities and they have their places in your heart and life.
I have those too and Bailey is my working girl.  I have always been so proud of her, she is the 1st dog I finished from the Bred By Exhibitor class.
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Bailey has done a lot with me in her 9 years.  She was awarded a 2nd place in the large and competitive BBE class at the CWCCA National Specialty, She finished her Championship, not once but twice (the original major broke unbeknownst to me at the time) so she got to finish in the SW and then again after our move to the SE.  She easily earned her Grand Championship and was ranked in the breed in the NOHS.
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Bailey’s Championship photo

She has become my sports dog, she loves Barnhunt and was the 1st Cardigan to earn a Senior Barnhunt title.
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She loves to chase the lure it is her very favorite thing and just recently at the April 2018 shows in Perry, GA she chased the “bag bunny” to her Coursing Ability Excellent title aka CAX, which is the 1st Excellent title I have ever earned with one of my dogs, it was very exciting. Additionally she is running Fast CAT which is a timed 100 yard chase of the lure. She is working on her 2nd title in Fast CAT.
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She easily was awarded her CWCCA Herding Instinct Certificate, she loved bossing those sheep around.
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Our newest sport is in the Scentwork arena, she is a wonderful worker and she is so excited when we get to go sniff.
I’m very proud of my working girl, Bailey Bug, she and I have a very good time together.
GCH CH Solstice Flying Circus, CAX, BCAT, SIN, SCN, SEN, RATS, aka Bailey Bug