Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Great Weekend

Winter has come to the Midwest at last....three storms in about 6 days!  YIKES!  Thankfully the Friday blizzard conditions were over and the roads were clear so off to the dog show in Des Moines, Trinity and I went.

Papillons were very late on Saturday, so we left mid-morning and took a leisurely drive to the Central Iowa dog shows.
I was lucky to have Promise, Chanceux On My Word, go Winners Bitch and Best Of Winners to complete her championship on Saturday.  Ms. Pia, Loteki Una Piccola Brezza, at her very first show was reserve! 

Trinity and I checked into our motel, then went to dinner with a group of Papillon fanciers.  We had a great time with a white elephant gift exchange!  What fun!

Sophia & her snowman
Sunday dawned misty and gray with temperatures hovering near the freezing point.  Papillons were late morning with only one absentee due to weather concerns.  Pia was Winners Bitch on Sunday for her first points.  Promise was Best of Opposite Sex for her first Grand Champion points.
Trinity and I arrived home mid-afternoon, unloaded the van and off to do a little grocery shopping.  We stopped at Stephanie and Clay's, where we found Clay and Sophia completing a snow man in the back yard.  The snow was perfect for snowballs, so we enjoyed a short snowball fight!  With mild temps and perfect snow, Clay, Sophia, Trinity and I all worked on creating a snow fort!  What fun!

It was a great weekend! 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy New Year

I've been a bit remiss about blogging news.  The holidays keep one busy, but then there was the matter of doing fall/spring cleaning over Christmas!  On December 16th, I did something real stupid and opened an attachment on an email that appeared to be from American Airlines - BAD, so 10 days later and a nice chunk of change later, I got my computer back after Christmas.  Live and learn!  The weather has been unseasonably warm so far this winter with temperatures in the mid 40s to 60 on January 5th - a record breaker!

The weekend before Christmas Mary Gail Holcombe (MS) was thrilled to have her new puppy, Loteki Rose To The Challenge, a.k.a. McGee, win WD/BOW three of the four days at her local shows.  McGee was 7 months old and is Mary Gail's first dog to show in conformation.  I was very thrilled with McGee's success in the ring, too!

Cheryl Brown (TN) spent New Year's at agility trials in Harriman, TN, with some good results.  Cheryl was thrilled with a double QQ for Jackson on Saturday. 

Chery and the boys went back to Harriman this past weekend for the Oak Ridge Kennel Club's AKC agility trial. Nice judges, good courses,  and Jackson was perfect! 4 for 4 for him. He now has 16 Double-Q's, 4 more to go for his MACH!

Felix ran every course cleanly without mistakes. He only Q'ed yesterday in Jumpers. On the other three courses, he was 1-3 seconds over time on each run.

I drove to St. Paul, MN for the Land O'Lake KC shows and was thrilled to bring home a major, her second, on Promise, Chanceux On My Word.  McGee's brother, Gibbs, made his debut on Saturday, and created quite a stir ringside, as he hopped, skipped, jumped and twirled around the ring, he seemed to have forgotten how to walk on a lead.  He was much better on Sunday and was reserve.  It was great to see old friends that I had not seen for a while.

Mary Waller reported that her Gunny (Loteki Blew Into Town UD) picked up his 8th UDX leg on Saturday at the LOL shows.  She is having a lot of fun with her new youngster, amazed by his intelligence but also by his athletic abilities.

We celebrated Terry's birthday with dinner out on Sunday night with my sister and her husband, Stephanie, Clay, Sophia, Trinity and Adam.  Poor Danielle was working!