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Saturday, December 26, 2009

2009 Year In Review

I thought I'd include in this entry some of my favorite photos taken over the year. It was hard to choose, as we've taken a LOT of pictures this year. Many are great shots, but these are a few that matter to me. This one of Pete with the dogs shows our beautiful Mais Oui demanding affection. We lost this wonderful girl to pyometra this April, so this is one of the last photos of her. On the far left is her dam, Tiramisu who also passed away this year...she was Pete's shadow and constant companion. Lexus, our oldest, not in the photo passed away in April as well.
We also had some happy times to offset the sad moments. Good times with great friends. Showing our Portuguese friends Rui, Paula, Henrique and Isabella our little part of the world. Raising a beautiful healthy litter, a successful ASSA, and travelling in Australia, going to Westminster in NYC, the National in Georgia and visiting with family and friends in Vancouver. Most of all, we enjoyed our quiet moments at our farm with the dogs.

This photo shows that even though we have almost 50 acres, the dogs tend to wrap themselves around my legs! I have an entourage of my old girls that follow me on our walks. It is the boisterous youngsters that will break away from the group and go wild.

Characteristic of our photos this year...muddy, grubby and very happy dogs out on their walks.
Babies...we enjoyed playing with our puppies this year. Emma and Barbie grew up together.
We had a ball with our summer litter...Miley and Maisie (Mayer and Mandy).
Stormy and the deer fly. One of my favorite photos...taken with Brenda's lens.

2009 Show Results

ASSA National

1st 12-18 month Futurity: Can Ch Laureate Jivara
1st 12-18 month sable and white bitches: Can Ch Laureate Jivara
1st Open Blue Bitches: Can Ch Laureate PaRay Per Se (co-bred by Tray Pittman)
1st Over 12 Years Veteran Bitches: BISS Am/Can Ch Laureate Louisiana
Award Of Merit: BISS Am/Can Ch Laureate Louisiana

Canadian Champions:

BPIS Can Ch Laureate Embelish (co-bred by Aneita Frey, owned by Kim Aston and Peter Culumovic)
Can Ch Laureate Lancome (Bred by Kim Aston and Peter Culumovic and co-owned by Pennylynn Woodruff)
Can Ch Laureate Lutece (breeder-owners Kim & Pete)
Can Ch Laureate PaRay Per Se (co-bred by Tray Pittman, owned by Kim and Pete)
Can Ch Laureate Rachael Ray (co-owned by Pennylynn Woodruff)
Can Ch Ruffleith's Remy Martin (co-bred and owned by Pennylynn Woodruff)
Can Ch Ruffleith's Rose In Bloom (co-bred and owned by Pennylynn Woodruff)
Can Ch Ruffleith's Tina Rufette (co-bred and owned by Pennylynn Woodruff)

Other Titles

Am Ch El Solo Serenity (co-bred by Marjorie Norstrom, owned by Marjorie and Shirley Wong)
Laureate Due South, Am CDX (owner Lori Drouin)
Laureate Tiramisu, ROMC (co-bred by Karen and Robert Henley)
BPIS Laureate Epitome

Many thanks to the co-breeders and owners for making this possible!

Our best wishes for a Happy and Successful New Year!


Pennylynn December 26, 2009 at 4:53 PM  

Storm and the fly is my fav too. What a capture!

As far as your Champions for 2009 - Congrats on your successes.

I have to say... I could not help but see the Wheel of Fortune inside my head as I read your Canadian Champion accomplishments - this very tiny voice inside my head say "Pat, I'd like to spin - **cheers for $5,000 *** Is there a letter 'N'? I'd like to buy a Vowel - Is there an "O" LOL!!!!

I would be rich!!! Way to many double letter in my full name.

**sorry... I blame this on lack of sleep...

Nat December 26, 2009 at 7:09 PM  

Reading your blog and seeing the beautiful photos of happy shelties (and poodles!) has always been a bright moment of my day :)

Congrats on all your accomplishments! Wall-e is especially proud of his mom!


Shelties kennel December 26, 2009 at 7:42 PM  

Your blog is phantastic, your dogs are phantastic and your photos are phanatastic !!! You must be very proud :).
Congratulations Kim ! Let's hope so forth !

Mont'Alves December 26, 2009 at 8:56 PM  

Dear Kim, reading you blog along the year is a privilege that i ask you to continue to provide to us. thank you.

I am happy that you remember our visit to Fox Hill this summer :) It was absolutely momerable to us and i would like to repeat it again soon :) Maybe during winter to see the difference and to have less bigs ahahahahahahah

Many kisses and congratulations on the achievements. I am sure b the end of 2010 you will have more to share and some very new one's ihihihihihihihih

Julie December 27, 2009 at 12:13 PM  

I wish I can visit you again sometime next year when I visit my family. It would be so nice if I can take Baron with me but it's such a long flight for him.

Your blog is so live and full of love for Shelties I really love reading it. Thank you.

I hope you and Pete have a wonderful new year.

Cool Design Shelties December 27, 2009 at 8:14 PM  

I love all your pictures and can't choose a particular picture - just love them all!!

Congratulations on all your fine wins during the year :o)

Happy New Year

suzanne December 28, 2009 at 8:35 AM  

I think my favorite of all your spectacular photos this year is your "caught her" showing Eva, Cocoa, Bridgitte and Stormy in the snow. That is a really great shot.
may 2010 have all the highs as 2009and none of the lows.

anamchara1 December 28, 2009 at 11:59 AM  

Such a year for you both, the lows so very low, the highs just phenomenal, and all the "midtones" in between :). I was delighted to help share in some of the highlights, and to just "be there", to help cushion the disappoinments. Congratulations on your many achievements in 2009, and may 2010 bring so much more!!


anamchara1 December 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM  

P.S. Your stellar photography has been a constant inspiration! The shots you chose to highlight in review are certainly some of my faves, but there were so many more ... looking forward to another superb year!

Acadia Shelties December 31, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

Happy New Year!
I too have really enjoyed the photos and the ability to "peek in" on your life and dogs. Beauty abounds! Thanks,

Priscilla December 31, 2009 at 8:27 PM  


I just came across your blog.
Your pups are really beautiful - actually all your shelties are!

It's nice seeing sheltie pups grow up isnt it?
Please visit our blog when you have time to see our 35day old sheltie pup, Princess Eva.

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