September 27, 2006
August 26 & 27, 2006
August 5, 2006
Tima was Best of Opposite at the specialty.
|Begbie - Blazingstar Brown Willet was Reserve Winners Dog at 2 specialties this summer!|
At the end of the month, Lupine was bred to Huxley, so we are hoping for puppies towards the end of September.
|In obedience (judge Shirley Hubenig, Calgary):
Tima won High in Trial from the Novice A class - it was her first time in the obedience ring! We couldn't have been more surprised and pleased. She did a super job.
Huxley's son, Ripley, also qualified in Novice A
Both Tally and Lupine failed in the Open classes - Tally anticipated the drop-on-recall and Lupine anticipated the broad jump - oh well, that's obedience competition for you.
In the Conformation Show (judge Per Iversen, Norway):
Begbie (Blazingstar Brown Willet) won the Canadian-bred male class and went on to win Reserve Winners Dog. Thank-you to Kim, Will, Laurel and Claire for letting us show Begbie on the weekend!
Indy (Blazingstar Brown Ruff) won the bred-by exhibitor class. Thank-you to Katheryn, Brad and Gwen for bringing Indy to the show. Indy also won the open male class in the Lethbridge show.
Tala (Blazingstar Black Turnstone) was Reserve Altered Female. Thanks to Adrienne for letting us show Tala and looking after the puppies at home for us.
Tima (Blazingstar Brown Whimbrel) placed 3rd in the Working Female class.
Tima and Tally won the Brace class
Tally won the Brood Bitch & Progeny class with the help of Tima and Begbie.
Huxley placed 2nd in the Stud Dog and Get class wilth the help of Angel and Jona.
In the Field (judges Mary Shillabeer and Judy Teskey)
Indy passed his Working Certificate test in fine style! It was the first time that Indy and his owners had even been to a test.
Ripley (Huxley's son) also passed his Working Certificate test. Congrats to Ripley, Darren and Michele!
Lupine did a super job in the WC test, but took a dramatic and inexplicable right turn on her way out to the last bird, so we did not pass.
|Liz and Tima with the judge, Shirley Hubenig. Photo by Sarah Novak.|
|Begbie, Reserve Winners Dog|
|Indy, First Place in Bred-by Exhibitor Class and passed his WC|
|Tally won the Brood Bitch & Progeny class|
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|Tala in the Altered Class|
Huxley's offspring have been having a successful spring. Dixie, CH Riverwoods Dixieland Delight finished her Senior Hunter title. Congratulations to Dixie, Jim and Sandi! Jona, Ch Prairielight Up at Dawn CD WCX got his Working Certificate EXCELLENT. And Ripley, Prairielights Believe It Or Not finished his CD title - well done Ripley, Darren and Michele!
We also found out that Tally was the #5 flat-coated retriever in obedience in Canada last year.
May 11, 2006
There was some very exciting news today. Huxley and Jazz's son, Raven (Riverwoods Rainmaker) was Reserve Winners Dog at the U.S. Specialty show in St. Louis! Congratulations Raven! Raven was bred by Lenore McKee in Minnesota.
We got a nice surprise in the mail - Huxley was the #3 flatcoated retriever in Canada in 2005! It was very unexpected, as he was only shown 5 times last year, but he did do very well when he showed. Well done Huxley!
At 9pm, Tally and Mikey's puppies were born. Tally has a litter of 9 beautiful black puppies - 7 males and 2 females.
The whelping was very stressful for all of us and after a long labour and little progress, we had to take Tally in to the vet for a C-section. Thanks to our wonderful vet and technician, it went smoothly and in no time at all Tally was nursing her puppies on the floor of the vet's office.
|February 4&5 2006
We took Indy and Tima to the Alberta Kennel Club show in Calgary. There were 11 flatcoats entered. Indy was Winners Dog on Saturday, for 2 pts, bringing him up to 5 pts. Tima was Best of Breed on Sunday! We were very proud of her as this is the first time we have shown her as a Special (champion).
We also found out that Tally has finished her SHDX title (scent hurdle dog excellent). It will be a while before she can race again, but hopefully she can get back into it in the summer.
We have two visitors to Blazingstar this month. Dillon (Blazingstar Brown Surfbird) arrived in early January for some training and fun. Later in January, Mikey (Ch Prairielight New Years Salute WC) arrived for breeding to Tally. If all goes well, we expect puppies in late March.
|Dillon and Tima in the wind|
|Dillon at sundown|
|October 30th, 2005
We went to a Howl-A-Ween party near Calgary. It was great fun!
|September 10, 2005
Our scent hurdle team, Due South, raced in Calgary and did very well. Tally finished her Scent Hurdle Dog title (SHD) and is now close to finishing her SHDX. Molly, the standard poodle and Buschman, the german shepherd both finished their Scent Hurdle Championships (SHDCH)!
|September 5, 2005
Dillon, Blazingstar Brown Surfbird was Reserve Winners Dog at a show in Michigan. Congratulations to Dillon and Terry!
|August 27-28, 2005
Indy and Tally travelled to the Cranbrook show to meet up with Begbie and his owner, Kim. It was Begbie's first show and he did a great job in the ring. He was Best of Breed on Sunday and Indy was Best of Breed on Saturday. Tally competed in obedience, but failed the drop-on-recall both trials, so she did not qualify in Open. Inbetween the breed and the group ring they all got to go to a lake and retrieve balls! The dogs voted that "the-best-part-of-the-entire-weekend".
|Begbie, Blazingstar Brown Willet|
After the Specialty Show, we spent several weeks relaxing at the cottage in southern Ontario. The dogs learned how to jump off of the dock and they spent most of their time in the lake!
|July 22-24, 2005
We travelled east to the FCRSC National Specialty Show in Thunder Bay, Ontario. There were over 130 flat-coats entered and we had a great time visiting with old friends and making new ones. We took Huxley, Tally and Tima with us and they enjoyed some successes:
In Puppy Sweepstakes
In the Regular Conformation Show
Huxley's son Polo, placed 3rd in the Open Dog Class. Another son, Jona, made the first cut in the Best of Breed ring.
Tally made all the cuts in Best of Breed and was in the very final line-up.
Tally won the Working Bitch Class (for females with a WC or JH).
Tally also won the Brood Bitch Class, with the help of three of her offspring, Kitty, Dillon and Tima.
Tally and Tima placed 2nd in the Brace Class.
Huxley won the Working Dog Class and the Stud Dog Class.
In the Field Events
Tally passed the Junior Hunt Test and got her first JH leg
Huxley almost passed the JH Test, failing because of a handling error on our part on the very last bird. Ooops!
|Tima in Puppy Sweespstakes|
|Tally wins High in Trial and finishes her CDX|
|Dillon (Blazingstar Brown Surfbird) in Puppy Sweespstakes|
|Tally in the Best of Breed ring|
Huxley's daughter, Dixie (Riverwoods Dixieland Delight WC JH),finished her American Championship. Congratulations to Dixie and her owners Jim and Sandi!
|More big obedience ribbons for Tally and Lupine!
On the left, Tally flying high with her High in Class ribbon won from Open A.
On the right, Lupine with her High in Trial ribbon - she finished her CD and her championship over the weekend.
|June 24-26, 2005
It was a good weekend at the Lethbridge dog show. On Friday Tima was Best of Winners and finished her championship. On Saturday, Lupine was Best of Breed, finishing her championship. In obedience, Lupine got her 2nd CD leg with a High in Class. Tally got a CDX leg, also with a High in Class. On Sunday, Lupine finished her CD and surprised us by winning High in Trial!
|May 26-29, 2005
Two of Tally's puppies, Tala and Macleod, came to stay for the weekend. They had a great time playing with our dogs and reuniting with Tally and Tima. We are very pleased with how Tally's puppies are growing up.
May 28, 2005
May 14 & 15, 2005
|Tala - Blazingstar Black Turnstone|
|Tally and Lupine show off their obedience ribbons|
|April 22-24, 2005
We took all four dogs to the Edmonton Kennel Club show and had some success there. Huxley was Best of Breed on Sat and Sun, our friend's dog, Lukas, was Best of Breed on Friday - congratulations Lukas! Huxley won a Group 4th on Saturday. Tima did remarkably well - she was Best Puppy, Best of Winners and Best of Opposite Sex on Friday and Saturday, winning over specials (including Tally!). She now has 9 championship points. Sunday was a family affair - Huxley's daughter, Angel, was Best of Opposite and his son, Brutus, was Best of Winners. Brutus finished his championship - congratulations Don, Cathy & Brutus!
Another Huxley son, Ripley, was busy in the obedience ring and he earned his 2nd CD leg with a High in Class - congratulations Ripley!
|April 28, 2005
We got exciting news today - Huxley was the #3 flat-coated retriever in Canada last year! We are very proud of him, especially as he was not shown all that much. Thank-you Lena for sending us this handsome dog! And thank-you to Ellen Stomp for handling Huxley in 2004!
|Tima and some of the ribbons she won on the weekend|
|April 4 - 8, 2005
The U.S. National Specialty show was held in Atlanta, Georgia. We are very proud that two of Tally's puppies showed there. Dillon and Kitty both showed in puppy sweepstakes and Dillon also showed in the regular classes. Their classes were huge - with 25-35 9-12 month old puppies! Dillon made the final line-up in his huge class and got lots of attention! Congratulations Dillon and Terry. Thank-you Karen, Paddy and Terry for taking these two to Georgia! Huxley's and Olivia's two puppies were there too, but they were too young to show - maybe next year!
|Dillon, on his way home from the specialty show.|
|March 4, 2005
The dogs are very happy to report that swimming in the river has resumed! Other signs of spring include the return of the mountain bluebird and prairie crocuses poking up out of the ground (but not blooming yet).
|Lupine and Huxley enjoying early spring swims|
February 8, 2005
February 4-6, 2005
|Tima, Lupine, Huxley and Tally with the ribbons they won on Saturday February 5th|
February 2, 2005
January 22, 2005
January 11, 2005
January 8, 2005
|Huxley contemplating whether it's too cold to swim or not in early February|
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|Lupine with cold feet|