"Spin the wheel of life and it will land on either the Red or the Black. The rest goes by the Grace Of God." - Bruce Dickinson
Well, CC was bred. She came up negative for mycoplasma and she had her lovely date with Cruiser. Now to hope she wasn't rendered sterile from her last bout which caused (to the best of our knowledge) her to lose the last litter. Pups will be here Halloween if all goes well.
Ryka got Double Q number 7 and 11 more points at Dream Park. She needs 2 more legs for her MJP title. I hope to get her up to 10 QQs before the winter break.
Our next shows will be Morris and Essex in October. Once every 5 years this prestigious show comes to NJ. It will be a spectacular for sure!
I tried ICKC dog shows for the first time ever. I heard a lot of good things, but never got around to making it to a dog show.
They held 4 shows in 1 day and ICKC has judges fill out a critique form on each dog - ranging from Excellent to Good.
To get an Intercontinental Championship your dog needs to be rated either "Excellent" or "Very Good" by 5 judges. All 3 of my dogs entered (CC, Lzzy and Priscilla) got either Excellent or Very Good ratings!
For your International Championship, a dog must get 15 points with 2 majors (just like AKC) and points can be won in Group and Best In Show. CC went Breed over Lzzy all 4 shows and got a group 4 over competition for her points and her first major! Priscilla got Breed and Group 1s in altered for 2 shows as well.
Also, this makes CC and Priscilla my first dogs to place in groups in all 3 major dog show venues in my area (UKC, ICKC, and AKC). I am very proud!
It was a lot of fun, very low key, great quality of dogs being shown too. Despite the heat the dogs all showed their hearts out for me.
I jumped into the hotel pool on the show site with my clothes on before driving home - it was that hot.
There has been a lot of talk and an uprising of breeders crossing Cardigans and Pembrokes and calling the crosses "blue merle pembrokes".
I have nothing against responsible breeding of mixed breed dogs but these breeders are conning buyers into thinking this cross is "rare" and charging more for merle colors...they are also claiming the dogs are AKC registerable. This is not true unless they are registered under the PAL program (and they must be spayed and neutered to be registered).
Also, the most these breeders do is test for DM. No other health testing is done, nor are the dogs being bred structurally sound.
There are LOTS of breeds and mixes in blue merle. If you want a mix, by all means buy one. But do not fall for the trap.
Me and Mindy were turned away from the gate at Vans Warped tour with our service dogs. This is the first time I was denied access at a major event. The reason? They illegally questioned if the dogs were vaccinated. Then they said the dogs were a health and safety hazard.
News12 NJ stepped up to the plate and did the interview. I also filed a complaint with the Department of Justice and will file with the NJ State Attorney General.
Wish I could say how much I enjoyed Warped Tour but I guess not.
I had the opportunity to see my favorite band, Rush, twice on what will more than likely be their last tour.
The setlists were nothing short of fabulous, and glad I got to see a good assortment of tunes.
Plus this was Lzzy's first major concert. I wasn't sure how she would handle the pyro in 2 of the songs but she did just fine. Handled a 3 plus hour concert like it was nothing.
"Roll The Bones" from our seats in Newark
She *just* fit under my seat in Newark. And those are specially made noise cancelling earmuffs for dogs called Mutt Muffs. (she also got a tour bandana)
"Xanadu" from our seats in Philly
On that note, Lzzy is officially retired from AKC agility. She had a soft tissue injury that mimicked a back issue. I rushed her to my vet who did xrays and sent them off to a specialist. It 99% is a soft tissue injury which was solved by crate rest for several days and painkillers. She is back to her old self but I do not want to risk her jumping and climbing when she doesn't have to. I need her with me for a long time as my service partner. We will still do NADAC agility in classes that don't have contact obstacles.
Mindy drew some designs and I chose this one to start the booster campaign. $20 a shirt and it will help Mindy with her medical bills for dialysis. We need to sell 50 for them to print and it will go to a good cause. I ordered shirts before from this company and the shirts are not cheaply made so it is a good value.
Lzzy finished her Novice Standard Preferred agility title on march 28th!!!
CC bombed out on the 28th but on the 29 got 20 more PACH points and her 5th MJP leg. Halfway there!!! No videos from this weekend sadly.
Ryka is in season so she was scratched from the past 2 weekends of trials. Bummer! But she will not be in season for the CWCCA national specialty!
Gloucester County trial I was only entered on Friday with Lzzy and Ryka. Since Ryka was scratched it was just me and the marshmallow face. Our first time in Open level agility she had to visit the judge and zoom around in Standard but she got it together for Jumpers and got her first OJP leg!
I was hoping it would be warmer out but Old Man Winter still had his stranglehold on the Northeast.
However, we start HERDING Lessons again! Yay!
Hoping to get CC trialing sometime this year (if I get over my feat of sheep). And agility trials are going to be plentiful.
I have not done conformation in a long time and we are starting back up again this month at some supported shows. Lzzy is halfway finished and I hope to get that done this year so it is over and done LOL.
Right now Lzzy has this: eosinophilic furunculosis
Don't worry I can't pronounce it either. Good news is it is on the mend and she should hopefully be back in the saddle soon.