I'm going to Colorado in two weeks and will see him soon.
June 29, 2009
June 21, 2009
June 20, 2009
Snapped some photos with my iPhone on our walk this morning. Beautiful day!
Turq met my friend's dog on the way home from the walk. He is certainly a big boy!
No Miikka, I'm not throwing that for you. And people wonder why my shins are bruised.
The girls teaching Turq the fine art of the river patrol.
June 16, 2009
June 15, 2009
I love getting e-mails hearing about how the "puppies" are doing. Hard to believe they are all grown up now.
Dottie dropped a line the other day to say she's doing great!
Holy smokes, does she ever look like her mother. Spitting image. I wonder if she snores as bad as her mother does too.
Dottie is from the Shaq x Miikka litter of 2007.
June 14, 2009
Man oh man, it was a HOT one in Lethbridge this week-end. Gross hot. "This ain't fun anymore" hot.
The "girls" did not have the best showing this week-end.
Miikka tried her guts out on the first series both days, but struggled with the short retired both times. Poor Peanut. It has always been a weakness of hers. Funny enough that the short retireds were her strongest birds when she won two weeks ago.
Darbi went out after the water blind on the first day and finished with a Certificate of Merit the second day. Her blinds were good, but her marking was not up to her usual standards. Not sure if she is lacking confidence, not feeling well or she was just suffering in the heat, but it is something I am going to pay particular attention to in the coming days and weeks. Her blinds have always been her weak point, so maybe she is just out of balance right now as we've worked so hard getting her blinds to a higher standard.
My new dog Turq (Prime x Darbi 2008) was the star of the truck oddly enough. He finished SECOND in the puppy stake. He was an orangutan to run and he made me laugh out loud. I felt like I was taking a snorting bull to the line. Time to get the boy going on obedience work.
Pictured here is Matti, who finished SECOND in the Junior this week-end. She is the Shaq x Miikka pup who finished third last week-end. I got a chance to see her run the last series and was impressed with her focus, drive and tractibility. She was fun to watch!!
Also congrats to Meg (Prime x Darbi 2008) who finished FOURTH in the puppy stake this week-end in Ontario.
I get the same amount of pride when the pups I've bred do well, as when my own dogs do.
June 11, 2009
Meet Elmingo's Second Chance, "Emma". She is from the Tiger x Darbi litter of 2006.
Emma was named Second Chance for a reason and she taught me a lot as a breeder. I sold her as "pick" female at 8 weeks old to a guy in the U.S. The guy talked a good game and I fell for his lies. Emma was flown to her destination and low and behold, the cheque bounced.
After some persuasion involving law enforcement, the pup was delivered by the guy to a local field trial pro who offered to take in the pup for a short time until I could get her back to me. Emma was full of worms and did not look well. Turns out she was purchased by said guy to be used as a brood bitch, and not be trained as a field trial dog as he had told me.
Enter Todd. Todd is friends with Yankee's owners and said he would be willing to buy Emma after a 30 day trial period to be sure she was not sick or injured after her brief sojourn in hell. Todd met the field trial pro half way and took her into his home.
And the rest, they say, is history.
Emma has Master Hunter passes in VERY limited tests (2 a year) and Todd wrote in a recent e-mail that he is "proud to be her partner".
I learned many lessons from the sale of Emma.
Indeed she has had a "Second Chance" and I think she's a pretty lucky dog.
June 10, 2009
A friend and I went for a walk with the dogs in Bragg Creek and it was a beautiful day.
Darbi is seen here enjoying the crystal clear waters.
I bought a new dog this week. His name is "Turq" and he is 7 months old. Turq is from the Prime x Darbi litter of 2008. Turq will be headed to Horsetooth Retrievers in Colorado in 2 weeks to begin his training.
I don't know much about him yet, but so far he is friendly, happy and fun to be around.
Here is the dog walking gang. From left to right: Miikka (picturesque as usual), Darbi ("she beats me, I swear she does"), Maiya (the cousin from a previous blog owned by my friend Mike) and Turq.
Maiya had a fun time chasing Turq with his stick...around and around and around.
My new family. Darbi, Turq and Miikka
He's a handsome dude isn't he?? I'll keep everyone posted on his progress.