2008 Results and News

December, 2008

We were lucky to have two of our "puppies" with us over Christmas, Begbie and Tala.

Tally and her offspring (Tala, Begbie and Pipit)

November 23, 2008

Pipit was entered in her first ever obedience trials. She did a lovely job, qualifying both times in Novice. She won High in Class in her first trial and Second in Class in her second trial. We also were thrilled to win a special award for the "Highest Scoring Breeder/Owner/Handler Team".

Pipit and her first obedience ribbons.

Congratulations to Roekkr!

With so much happening this summer and fall, we forgot to congratulate Roekkr on his Rally Novice and Junior Hunter titles - sorry!  Roekkr is now Ch Blazingstar Longspur at Labrys Am/Can WC JH RN PCD CGN. He also has some legs on his Rally Novice in the US. Congratulations to Roekkr and his owners Linda and Joey!

November 2, 2008

Liz took Lupine up to the Red Deer show and she managed to finish her CDX, winning high in class again.

Ch Prairielight Blazingstar Kini CDX WC, showing off her ribbon.

October, 2008

We visited family and friends in the UK. We also met up with some flatcoats and their owners and thanks to Hayley from Rainesgift flatcoats, we even got to go on a pheasant shoot! You can see some photos from our visit here.

September 27, 2008

Tinbie and his littermates turned two years old today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the scientists! We had Sasha here for a visit and he and Tinbie had a great time together.

Tinbie, two years old.
Sasha, two years old

September 14, 2008

Our first Blazingstar tracking dog - woo hoo!! Sam passed his TD test today, with a "spectacular track" reports his owner, Sylvia. Congratulations to Sam, Syliva and J!!! He is now Blazingstar Bobolink JH WC TD. We are very proud of this hard working team!

September 21, 2008

Huge congratulations to Annie, who finished her Hunting Retriever title today!  This is an advanced field title, requiring the dog to handle on land in water - very impressive for a young dog that is not quite two years old!  Well done Annie, Brian and Katy!  Annie is now HR Blazingstar Beaufort CDX JH CGC.

September 2, 2008

We have finished putting together our 2009 Calendar - full of photos of our dogs, the prairie landscape and wildlife!

August 30 & 31, 2008

On Vancouver Island, Lindy (Blazingstar Linnaeus RN WC CGC) entered her first hunt tests. She passed the tests both days, getting her first two Junior Hunter legs. Congratulations to Lindy and her owner Rod! 

Lindy has also started running in AAC agility this summer and is showing a lot of potential there too.

Lindy at the Junior Hunt tests

August 30, 2008

Tally's grandpuppies in Indiana are growing quickly and doing really well. Their sire is Blazingstar Snow Bunting (Wally). They are 5 weeks old already.

August 13, 2008

We heard from Rosie's owners (Blazingstar Say's Phoebe) and her hips have also come back as OFA Good. That makes 5 "puppies" from our songbird litter that have had their hips x-rayed, with good results.  Thank-you so much to their owners for getting the x-rays and evaluation done - it means a lot to us to have this information!

Rosie and owners are very much looking forward to the upcoming hunting season in Wyoming.

Tally's grandpuppies - Wally x Gusty puppies in Indiana

August 3, 2008

This weekend we went north and attended the Labrador Retriever Club of Alberta's Working Certificate tests. It was a great day filled with retrievers, their owners and a lot of ducks. Tinbie passed his Working Certificate test on his first try, so he is now Ch Blazingstar Tinbergen WC. Tally and Lupine were entered in the WCIntermediate and unfortunately they did not pass. We need to do more work on our doubles!  Andy took some super photos of the event - please check them out!

Tinbie bringing back the ducks at the LRCA Working Certificate tests

July 25-27, 2008

We travelled back to Saskatchewan, this time to visit with Hans and Margareta at Prairielight kennel near Saskatoon. It was a great flat-coat filled weekend!

Prairielight Quinta and Andy Ramona, Ch Prairielight Talk is Cheap CDX WCI
Jona, Huxley's son. Ch Prairielight Up at Dawn CDX WCX JH Trails through the aspens at Prairielight Lupine's uncle Nick, Ch Prairielights Black Onyx CDX WCX JH

July 28, 2008

Tally's first grandpuppies were born today! Gusty (HRCH Songdog's Red Sky in Morning CDX SH WCX CGC) whelped 6 puppies sired by Wally (Blazingstar Snow Bunting). There are 3 liver males, 2 liver females and 1 black female. You can see them at Songdog's website. Congratulations to Gusty, Wally, Katy and Brian!

July 19-20, 2008

Liz took Tally and Lupine to Regina for hunt tests. Sarah and Kaleb joined us. There were other relatives competing - Huxley's son Jona and Lupine's uncle Nick were running in the Senior Hunt tests.

Both Tally and Lupine passed the Junior Hunter test both days - we are very proud of how well they worked. That completes Tally's Junior Hunter title. Lupine needs one more leg, which we will have to wait for until next year.

Lupine bringing back a pheasant in the rain on the land tests.
Sarah and Kaleb in the holding blind
Liz and Tally waiting for a bird.

July 18, 2008

Annie (Tinbie's sister) finished her CDX in obedience today. She did it by winning High in Class. Annie is now Blazingstar Beaufort CDX JH CGC. Very impressive for such a young dog!  Congratulations to Annie, Katy and Brian!

July 12, 2008

We travelled to Springbank, near Calgary, for the Flat-coated Retriever Society of Alberta's regional specialty show. Our dogs had some success in the ring. Maggio (Blazingstar Mountain Bluebird) was Winners Dog for his first 2 championship points. Begbie was Reserve Winners Dog. Tally won the veterans female class and Pipit won Best of Opposite (best female). At the regular all-breed show, Begbie won Best of Winners, completing his championship. Congratulations to Begbie and his owners!!

New Champion!  Begbie finishes his championship in Springbank. He is now Ch Blazingstar Brown Willet.
Maggio - Blazingstar Mountain Bluebird. Thank-you to Maggio's owners, Annette and Steve for letting us show him in the regional specialty!
Pipit and her Best of Opposite ribbon Huxley and his Best of Opposite in Veterans Sweepstakes ribbon

March - July 2008

HIP HIP HOORAY! We have OFA hip results back on four of the dogs from our songbird litter: Pipit, Wally, Sam and Roekkr all have OFA Good hips and normal elbows and patellae.

June 9, 2008

Sad news...we were expecting a litter from Lupine and Begbie this month, but something went wrong and the puppies died during the last week of gestation. They were removed by C-section. The good news is that Lupine is recovering well and she will be alright.

June 8, 2008

Lindy passed her Working Certificate test at the Pacific Rim Hunting Retriever Club tests. Congratulations to Rod and Lindy (Blazingstar Linnaeus WC RN CGN)!

June 1st 2008

Huxley turned 8 years old today. He is a happy, healthy dog, that still acts like a puppy and doesn't show his age at all! 

Huxley at eight years old

May 31st 2008

Annie (Blazingstar Beaufort CD JH CGC) got her 2nd CDX leg, also placing 3rd in the class. In the show ring, Annie was Best of Winners and Best of Opposite for another championship point. Well done Annie and Katy! In other news from Songdog kennel in Indiana, Gusty (UH HRCH Songdog’s Red Sky in Morning CDX SH WCX CGC) was bred to Wally (Blazingstar Snow Bunting) last week. We look forward to hearing about this exciting litter in the future!


May 25th 2008

Lindy completed her Rally Novice title on Vancouver Island, with three straight passes, an extra fourth leg and a High in Class. She is now Blazingstar Linnaeus CGN RN. Congratulations to Lindy and her owner Rod! 

May 7th 2008

We have a new veteran in our household - Tally turned 7 years old today. She is showing no signs of slowing down!

Lindy and her ribbons (photo Rod Deacon)
Tally at seven years old

April 7-11th 2008

Liz and Michele (Teva's owner) took four dogs to Oregon for the Flat-coated Retriever Society of America's Specialty Show. We still don't really believe just how well we did, but we came home with an embarrassment of ribbons and trophies. Tinbie won the Bred-by Exhibitor class. Begbie also won his class. Tinbie went on to win Winners Dog. Pipit won her class, Teva placed second in the same class and then much to our surprise, Pipit went on to win Winners Female. Both Tinbie and Pipit then competed alongside many gorgeous champion dogs in the best of breed competition. Much to our complete amazement, Pipit won Best of Breed. We are still in shock! Thank-you to breeder-judge Ms. Charlie Stewart-Fippin for these awards.

Thank-you also to all the people who clapped, hollared and cheered us on in the ring - wow! And thank-you also to everyone that has phoned and e-mailed congratulations. As usual, the best part about the specialty was spending time with new and old friends and their flat-coated retrievers! We have been very busy after the show and do not have many photos of the event, but will update our website as soon as we can.

A break on the trip home - time to run, swim and play in the Columbia River!

March 30th 2008

Roekkr was entered in his first obedience trials, with his owner, Linda, in Thunder Bay. He passed the Pre-Novice class all four times! He also passed the Canine Good Neighbour test (CGN). Roekkr is now Ch Blazingstar Longspur at Labrys Am/Can WC PCD CGN. Congratulations to Roekkr, Linda and Joey!

March 26th 2008

Liz drove to BC to pick up Begbie (Blazingstar Brown Willet). He is staying with us for a few weeks - first to be bred to Lupine and then to go to the FCRSA Specialty show in Oregon. We are looking forward to spending time with Begbie!

Linda sent us this photo of Roekkr and his toys. The duck is same one that he left here with at 12 weeks old!!
Begbie's Spring Break at Blazingstar
Tally, Pipit and Begbie

March 2008

We took all five dogs to our vet for annual check-ups and to get titers drawn to check for immunity to parvovirus and distemper. For the last 7 years we have elected to check titers rather than re-vaccinate. Tally, Lupine, Pipit and Tinbie have not been vaccinated for parvo or distemper since their final puppy vaccination at 16 weeks, yet they all continue to have adequate immunity to both diseases (Tally is now almost 7 years old). Huxley had his last vaccine at 18 months old and he also continues to have adequate immunity.

February 29th & March 1st, 2008

Liz took Lupine to Calgary to compete in Open obedience. Lupine did two beautiful performances, winning her class both times with scores of 196.5 and 197!

Tinbie showed in conformation on the Friday, winning Best of Breed.

Lupine's ribbons were almost as big as she is!

February 1st, 2008

Indy finished his Championship at the Alberta Kennel Club show in Calgary. He was Best of Winners for 3 points.

Indy is now Ch Blazingstar Brown Ruff CD WC.

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Indy - he is our fifth Blazingstar champion!!

Indy (left) kissing Tinbie after getting his ears groomed for the show ring!
CH Blazingstar Brown Ruff CD WC (Indy), owned by Katheryn and Brad Taylor.
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