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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

National Purebred Dog Day

May 1, 2018

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Dogs are amazing creatures, there is an internet meme that says something along the line of just by existing they make the day better.

Dogs are wonderful, all of them, big, small, slick, fuzzy, all of them. There is no doubt that the dog that greets you when you get home is the best dog on earth. Where that dog came from or how you got it is your business, just your business.
I wanted to say that because I’m sure there will be some trolls who won’t like the rest of my post. That is because today is my dogs “Day”, May 1st is National Purebred Dog Day #NPDD, a day to celebrate the wonder of the purebred dog. To rejoice in their predictability and history and heritage. Living art and history to both modern and almost forgotten times.
In our current world of “who rescued who” and “furbabies” people like to bash the world of Purebred dogs. We hear all the time that we are evil and because of us dogs DIE! Sorry folks, you have been brainwashed by people who don’t even want to you have pets much less a predictable purebred dog. They think they are superior because they rescued a dog. Just saying if you paid money to get the dog you bought it. But where you got your dog doesn’t matter, if you are
happy then so am I.
Where my dogs come from is proudly from preservation breeders (Of which I am one) who work hard using Art and Science to create a wonderful animal that will grow up with traits you count on. I expect the Cardigan Welsh Corgis who live in my house to be around 12 inches tall and weigh around 30-35lbs. I expect them to be great watch dogs. I expect them to be active but not hyper. I expect them to be smart and trainable but also independent thinkers. I expect
them to shed and herd things. It is all about the expectation.
So why is today, May 1st aka National Purebred Dog Day #NPDD important, it is a reminder that a dog’s purpose can be seen in its genes. It is no accident that Bloodhounds are superior trackers or that the Border Collie is smarter than some people or that the Caviler King Charles Spaniels enjoy sitting with their people. That is all part of their heritage. It makes it easy to figure out what
dog will fit your family and lifestyle.
As a preservation or heritage breeder it is import to me that we continue to celebrate the wonderful world of dogs. To know where they come from and how they should be expected to look and act. To help create the healthiest dog I can produce. I am not alone, there are many of us who want to make sure that our chosen breeds are protected and preserved. We are the dog’s champions!
Breeders invented rescue (bet you didn’t know that), Breeders and enthusiast fun health research, breeders and enthusiast fund disaster relief, scholarships, search and rescue and dog sports. National Purebred Dog Day #NPDD celebrates all of that and more and people that don’t see the value are really not looking.
I have always thought it is interesting that folks who proudly own mix breeds and random bred dogs will spend money on DNA testing to find out or confirm what breed or breeds their dogs are descended from or that shelters and rescues randomly assign breeds to their dogs in hopes that folks looking to take home a new friend will be swayed by what they know about a breed.
So I am celebrating National Purebred Dog Day #NPDD and if you have ever called your dog a breed (or a mix of breeds) you should be too because it celebrates the breed diversity.

So happy National Purebred Dog Day!

The nose always knows aka Trust your dog

April 19, 2018

I am fairly new to the scent sports having started it a couple of years ago as something I was interested in and had the opportunity to do some introductory training.  I find it interesting to watch the dogs work, it really is amazing (A reason I like barn hunt too). But like most things I only have time for so much, so my dog and I are still at a Novice level.

So what are Scent Sports?  There are several different venues that offer competition based on the work of detection dogs (drug dogs, bomb dogs, S&R dogs).  Like most things we compete in we are currently doing the AKC version called Scent Work (different venues use different rules and equipment). In the AKC venue the dogs have various difficulty levels in each search element (Container, Buried, Interior and Exterior searches).  The dogs search for cotton swabs soaked in essential oils of Birch, Anise, Clove and/or Cypress. The scents aka the hides are placed out of sight in a designated area and then the dog has to find them and let the handler know where it is located. The search is timed, the handler tells the judge the dog has found the hide and the time stops.  Fastest dog wins but a successful find is a qualifying run as long as it is done in the time allowed.

Trust your dog, how many time have we heard that phrase?  

But I have a hard time trusting my dog, not trusting that she knows what she is doing but trusting that our communication is good.  Trusting that I understand what she is trying to tell me.

I know she knows what she is doing since she possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in her nose, compared to the about six million that I have in my nose. And the part of her brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than mine.

So why don’t I trust her, why do I second guess her?  That goes back to fear and training. Why fear? I am afraid I will make a wrong call and not get a ribbon.  Oh the Horror! I might not get a ribbon can you imagine how my life would be over if we didn’t Q. The fear is there because of training, have we trained enough that she knows what I am asking her and if so am I trained enough to understand what she is telling me?   Have I given her enough opportunities to work through any problems that might in the way? Weather, surfaces, distractions? Have I learned what she is telling? Currently the answer is a big fat NO! Lucky for us on our competition runs she has been a rock star and made sure her human partner is up to speed but it is strictly the talent and effort on the part of my canine partner that we have been successful.   It is all her at this point.

I am excited to move forward with my wonderful partner Bailey and Cali is going to start learning the language too.

 

Bailey, GCH Solstice Flying Circus, CAX, B-CAT SIN, SCN, SEN, RATS

2017 Reflections

January 2, 2018
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As many of us do we spend the New Year’s holiday looking back and looking forward.

We had a pretty successful year.  Caliwags was our focus and we started 2017 doing some non AKC events and Cali completed her IABCA puppy championships and started her quest toward her AKC Championship.

It didn’t take long to get to that Championship.  She started at the Cherokee Rose winter Cluster in February and finished on December 1st at the Winter Wonderland cluster in Perry, GA.   She finished with 3 majors in limited showing.  Of course none of that would have happened with out her “Team”  McLo, professional handlers Junior McDaniels and Ashley Lowery and their great team (and my friends), and of course talented Junior Handler and Cali’s new co-owner Ellie Kidd and me!

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Just for fun this summer we learned some tricks and Cali earned her Trick Dog Novice title too.

Bailey was the working dawg again this year.  She did a bit of Barnhunt, added 11 more runs towards her CAX (4 to go) and she added some more points toward her DCat Fast Cat title.  She did her 1st Scent sport event, passing her NACSW Nosework ORT and then this last weekend of the year she earned her AKC Scentwork Novice Containers and Interior titles.

 

Other fun things that happened, the momma dog Lindy was awarded the CWCCA Registry of Merit Versatility Certificate and Charlie and Cody earned their Companion Dog Excellent title.

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I had lots of fun, I got to go to NYC for the Westminster Kennel Club show with my BFF Leslie, it was a great trip!

 

In May, I had the great privilege to represent Atlanta Obedience Club and The Georgia Canine Collision as Governor Deal declared May 1st Purebred Dog Day in Georgia.

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And of course we had our hearts broken when we lost our little friend Sienna our Brussels Griffon last winter but were happy to welcome our new little friend Sunni to our world.

 

All in all the year was wonderfully successful and I am proud and happy for the year that was and we are looking forward to 2018!

Yule

December 21, 2017

And so it begins, winter. The Solstice, the longest night, the dark. As the world grows dark tonight , tomorrow the world begins to renew. The light grows stronger and the days begin to lengthen and the promise of renewal begins.

As we do every year on this day we reflect on all we are thankful for and are grateful for those that fill our lives with joy.

We wish for each of you light and love. May your days be filled with wonder. May you celebrate this season of light with your beliefs and traditions, may your memories of those who have gone before be of comfort and love. May those you love be safe and happy.

We wish for you as the earth renews that the light grows with in you, all the peace and happiness to you and yours.

Blessed Yule

Jinnie, Solstice

Our friend Ellie

October 27, 2017
I am not a kid person, I have never had much to do with kids by choice.  I really didn’t like my little brother Randy too much when he was a kid (I like him now, he really is the best brother).  So it is sort of a surprise that I am hanging out with a kid at the dog show.  A very nice 11 year old named Ellie.
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Last year Ellie and her folks Yvette and Jim became part of our dog show crew.  My BFF Leslie had placed a puppy in their home 7 years ago and last year Ellie decided she wanted to train and show her dog Dixie.  And Leslie being the type of person has made sure she has what she needed to start show in Junior Showmanship.   Ellie is one of those who has a natural affinity for showing dogs and she and Dixie quickly went from Novice to Intermediate Junior showmanship.  She picked up both a RBJIS and a BJIS and spent most of the year as the #1 Pembroke Welsh Corgi Junior.  A minor surgery kept her away from the rings so I think she ended the year as #3. Darn Tonsils!
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Ellie wants to show everything!  Lucky for her our Pro handler friends of team MCLO give her lots to do, she will walk, bathe, groom, hold whatever you ask her to do in hopes of going in the ring with a dog.  She is doing so well that other members of her kennel club often look for her to take that extra dog into the ring.  She is going to be good, well she is good but she will be very good as she grows up.

 

 

Ellie loves our Caliwags so I had promised her she could show Cali at an upcoming show but it wasn’t until last week at the Atlanta Kennel Club show that the opportunity came about for she and Cali to have some fun in the breed ring.   She did a great job of showing Cali and came away the winner adding more 2 more points toward her Championship. With 5 more singles to go I am betting that Ellie and Cali will be together again.

 

 

It has been fun watching a young person discover the job of show dogs, it has been fun to watch her interact with the adults and watch her soak it all.  My hope for her is that she always finds the joy in our wonderful worlds.
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Cali and I say thanks for joining our team!

Fun time in the Summer

August 13, 2017

It has been awhile since I updated our blog.   We normally spend the summer just hanging out.  We started our summer vacation after attending the dog shows in Gray, TN where Cali earned 2 more points towards her AKC Championship.  She is now a third of the way there now with 5 points and with 1 major win.  We also showed in 2 IABCA shows with some wonderful comments from the judges.  Cali also earned her AKC Novice Trick title so we did a little work this summer.  At the end of August the show season starts up again so I’m sure we will have more to report.

A snapshot of our summer.