November 27, 2004
We took three dogs to the Calgary Kennel & Obedience Club show. Huxley won Best of Breed and then went on to win a Group 2nd under judge Ann Hennigan. What a good way to finish off the showing year! Lupine was Winners Female for 1pt. Tima was Best Puppy in Breed.
November 11, 2004
Huxley was "bred" to Olivia (Ch Rialto Rust of Westering) via frozen semen. Olivia lives in Florida.
November 5-7, 2004
We took Huxley, Lupine and Tima to the Red Deer Show. Indy and his owners joined us as well. At his very first show, Indy won Best of Winners for his first two championship points. Tima won 1pt. Lupine was Winners Bitch on Saturday and Sunday, so she came home with 2pts. Huxley finished his CD and won another "High in Class". Our friends Maureen and Shaker were smokin' in the utility ring and Shaker finished her OTCH (obedience trial championsip). It was a good weekend.
We have been busy this month with waterfowl hunting and retriever training.
Sept 15-19, 2004
Huxley went to four shows in Montana, USA, with his handler, Ellen Stomp. This was the first time he has shown in the States. He got his American Championship with four majors! He also won a Group 4th. It was a very successful trip.
Sept 12, 2004
Tima had a good time at a local fun match. She won Best Puppy in Sweepstakes from the pee wee puppy class.
Goose hunting season is open. As you can see from the photo, Andy and Piper have had some success!
Sept 3-6, 2004
Huxley got to go to the FCRSC specialty in Ottawa, with Margareta. He did very well in the show ring and made it into the final line up. His son, Jona, did extremely well, winning Best of Winners and a Judges Award of Merit at the specialty, finishing his championship. Huxley's daughter, Hannah, also did very well, winning Reserve Winners Bitch. Congratulations to Jona and Hannah!
August 27-29, 2004
We took Huxley and Tima to the Cranbrook show. Huxley came home with four big ribbons - a group 3rd, group 4th and two "High in Class" ribbons from Novice obedience. His obedience performances were wonderful, with scores of 190.5 and 195. Tima showed in a puppy match and placed 4th out of four puppies in her class! Her littermate, Begbie was also there and he placed 4th out of eight puppies in his class.
July 26, 2004
More CONGRATULATIONS to a Huxley son. Jona got his Working Certificate title and passed one leg towards his Junior Hunter title. Jona is owned by Hans and Margareta Berin.
July 11, 2004
We spent a day near Calgary, at the EKKOC show. Huxley won best of breed and then went on to win Sporting Group Third under judge William Taylor. Thanks to Jenna Cruthers for handling Huxley to this nice win at a very big show.
It was also a very successful weekend for some of Huxley's "kids".
CONGRATULATIONS to Huxley's daughter, Angel, who won Best of Winners and finished her championship. Angel is owned by Don and Cathy Fath.
CONGRATULATIONS to Huxley's son, Polo, who got 5 points towards his American championship. Polo is owned by Lenore McKee.
June 25-27, 2004
Huxley had a very successful weekend at the Lethbridge & District Kennel Club shows. He won back-to-back Sporting Group Firsts - three in a row! Thank-you to judges Allan Brown, Ann Hennigan and Archie Warnock for these wins and to Ellen Stomp for handling him so expertly.
April 24 - July 29th, 2004
We had a busy 3 months helping Tally raise her ten puppies. We would like to welcome the following ten flat-coats to the world: (registered names pending CKC approval)
Blazingstar Brown Avocet (Storm), Blazingstar Brown Dunlin (Dooley), Blazingstar Black Plover (Macleod), Blazingstar Brown Whimbrel (Tima), Blazingstar Brown Curlew (Kitty), Blazingstar Black Turnstone (Tala), Blazingstar Brown Surfbird (Dillon), Blazingstar Black Stilt (Harry) and Blazingstar Brown Ruff (Indy).
April 24, 2004
Tally whelped 10 puppies in the early hours of the morning. To follow their progress, click here.
March 19, 2004
Tally had an ultrasound today. She is most definately pregnant. There are at least 5 puppies (likely more, but an ultrasound can't tell you how many more).
March 7, 2004
At the Calgary Kennel Club show, Huxley won Best of Breed. His daughter, Angel, was Best of Winners and Best of Opposite. After only 2 shows, Angel has 7pts towards her championship. Lupine was Best Puppy in Breed.
February 21-26, 2004
Tally was bred to Karo. If all goes well, we should have black and liver puppies in late April.
January 31st, 2004
We attended the FCRSC booster at the Alberta Kennel Club show in Calgary. We had a wonderful entry of almost 20 flat-coats. Huxley won Best of Breed under judge Michael Woods and made the cut in the Sporting Group. Huxley's daughter, Angel (Alexcyril Guardian Angel) won Best of Winners and Best Puppy for her first 4 points! Piper competed in scent hurdle racing and helped his team, Due South, place 2nd in the race.
January 10, 2004
It's a big day here at Blazingstar. Our new kennel building arrived! We are moving a 24 ft x 32 ft Hutterite Kindergarten here and converting it to a kennel and training building. We were originally planning to build a new building, but then we found this one that the Hutterites were going to tear down. It's in immaculate condition and re-using an existing building is a much more environmentally responsible option. Along those lines, we hope to eventually run the building "off the grid", primarily using our abundant solar energy.
December 23, 2003
Piper and Andy made good use of the last day of waterfowl hunting. They came home with four enormous Canada Geese. Guess what we are having for Christmas dinner!
November 1&2, 2003
At the Red Deer & District Dog Show, Tally finished her CD (companion dog) obedience title. She finished in style - with a score of 196/200 and High in Class! Also at the show, Piper was in his first scent hurdle race. He did a great job, had a wild time and got his first 20 points towards his scent hurdle title. Our team "Due South" placed 2nd in the race. Lupine's made her debut in the show ring. She behaved well took everything in her stride. Our obedience coach, Maureen, and her dog, Shaker, also got their CD and on Saturday they won High in Trial. It was a successful weekend all round!
October 11, 2003
At the Working/Herding Dog Association's obedience trial in Red Deer, Tally got her 2nd CD leg. She was having a bit of an off-day, but still managed to place 3rd in her class. Piper was in the veterans class and he put on quite the performance. He placed 3rd, with a very nice score of 195.
Goose and duck hunting season has begun. On their first day out, Andy and Piper came home with their limit in ducks. Tally has also been out hunting and is proving herself to be a very useful hunting companion. Little Lupine has fun carrying the ducks around when we get home!
CONGRATULATIONS to Huxley's daughter Riverwoods Dixieland Delight WC JH (Dixie) on getting her American Working Certificate and Junior Hunter titles! Well done to her owners, Jim and Sandi Price. Great going for a one-year old!
Late July, 2003
It is a hot, dry summer here at Blazingstar. The dogs like nothing better than hanging out at the river and swimming, swimming and more swimming..... even little Lupine has learned to swim and is very confident in the water.
July 18-20, 2003
We travelled to Vancouver, to the FCRSC National Specialty show. Tally was entered in obedience, but she sat up during the down stay, so we did not qualify. Both Tally and Huxley were entered as champions, and they both made the first cut in the ring. It was fun to visit with so many of our flat-coat friends and their owners. Lupine came with us and got to experience many new sights and sounds. She was a great little traveller.
July 13, 2003
At the Duck Toller Specialty Working Certificate Tests in Calgary, Tally passed her Working Certificate. She is now "Ch Flatterhaft Foxy Brown WC". She did a fine job, despite doing the water retrieves in a thunderstorm!
July 5, 2003
We had a great day at the Lethbridge and District Kennel Club Show. In the morning, Tally was entered in her first obedience trial. She did a lovely job, getting her first leg on her CD and winning High in Class! In the afternoon, Huxley won best of breed and then went on to win Sporting Group 1. It was fun to cheer him on in the best in show ring! Thanks to Ellen Stomp for handling him so well.
June 25, 2003
Huxley and Ramona's puppies were born in Saskatoon. Two black males and five black females.
June 13, 2003
Today our new puppy, Lupine, arrived from Saskatoon. She is a confident and calm puppy and is quickly settling in to life here.
May 31 & June 1, 2003
Huxley was Best of Breed at the Edmonton show both days and on Saturday, he got a Sporting Group 3! Thank-you to Jenna Cruthers for her expert handling.
May 15 & 16, 2003
Huxley's son, Polo, placed 2nd in his large 9-12 month puppy class at the Amercian Flat-Coat Specialty in Pennsylvania. Polo's dam, Prairielights Jazz Pizzaz placed 3rd in her class of 33 bitches! Congratulations Polo, Jazz and Lenore!!
May 10 & 11, 2003
At the Medicine Hat show, Huxley won Best of Breed both days. Tally was Best of Opposite Sex. Flat-coat friend, Lukas, owned by Judy and Allan Hunt, was best of winners on Sunday, for two more points towards his championship.
May 3, 2003
We went to a CKC sanction match held by the Lethbridge and District Kennel Club. Tally had a good day. She was "Best Graduate in Match" in conformation and "High in Trial" in obedience! She was very pleased with the enormous toys she won. The conformation judge commented on her "outstanding movement".
April 13, 2003
One of Huxley and Frida's puppies, Jonah, owned by Hans and Margareta Berin, won Best Puppy in Sporting Group at the North Battleford Show. Congratulations Jonah!
March 7, 2003
Huxley and Duchess's puppies were born in Black Diamond - 3 black females and 7 black males. Congratulations Don, Cathy and Duchess!
February 1 & 2, 2003
Huxley and Tally were entered at the Alberta Kennel Club show. On Saturday, Tally won Best of Opposite over several female specials. On Sunday, Tally was Best of Opposite again, and Huxley won Best of Breed.
October 18, 2002
Tally finished her championship at the Regina show. She won "best of winners" and 2 points.
August 18, 2002
We went to the Labrador Retriever Club of Alberta's hunt tests. We took Piper with us and he passed his first junior hunter leg. Mikey (Ch Prairielights New Years Salute), owned by our friend, Bev Creed also passed the junior hunter test. Well done flat-coats!
Huxley's first two litters were born this month. His first litter is out of Prairielights Jazz Pizzaz, owned by Lenore McKee (Riverwood). His second litter is out of Ch Prairielights Top O' The Morning CDX WC JH owned by Hans and Margareta Berin (Prairielight). There are 10 puppies in the first litter and 5 puppies in the second litter. We are looking forward to seeing how they grow up!
August 2 - 5, 2002
The FCRSC National Specialty Show in Calgary. Although we were busy organizing the event, we were also able to show our dogs. Tally placed 3rd in the 12-18 month class. Piper placed 3rd in the Field Dog class and Huxley (handled by Jenna Cruthers) made the final line up in the best of breed ring! Huxley then went on to pass his WC test the next day.