Sunday, June 26, 2011
We had a great celebration for our beautiful "LuAnne"...aka MBISS Am/Can Ch Laureate Louisiana. I have lots of pictures in an album on Facebook, sharing them there as so many of our friends gave me some good suggestions for the cake...it was sweet potato shortcake this year with greek yogurt instead of whipped cream. Happy Birthday our sweet "Boo", hope you have many more!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
It was a hot and humid day for the start of summer. I waited until supper time to take the group out for a run.
I haven't let LuAnne out on our walks lately, but she wanted to tag along; she'll be 15 years old on the 27th of June. I thought it was neat to see her standing watch over the youngsters which were all her descendants; Eden and Sushi her great-granddaughters and Trix is her great-great granddaughter.
Pete has mowed the perimeter of our fields but our guys like to go through the long grass
It was difficult to photograph them as I was losing them in the grass!
Love this shot of Finn with the wild flowers, his tongue the colour of clover.
The boys in the field
Evan coming into view
Finn having a rip roaring good time!
Bridgit, Lola , Trix and Mayer darting through the long grasses. They would leap like gazelles...
Pretty Lola in the newly ploughed field
Lola closing in on Trix
Finn wishing there was water in the ditch...
The Valerie litter continues to grow at a nice steady pace. They seem advanced for their age as they can both see and hear at 15 days of age. Can you tell which one is the girl?
Thursday, June 16, 2011
It is great when a litter is fat and healthy and content. This bunch have been quiet from the start; their every need is tended to, so they nurse and they sleep. Val keeps them clean. You can't ask for better than that. So they are growing nicely and the eyes are just beginning to open.
The girl just beginning to see the light...
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
We headed down to the Western New York Shetland Sheepdog Club Specialty in Albion NY over the weekend with three of our hopefuls and our 3 year old girl Jivara. This is "Finn", Laureate Inception showing his lovely side gait en route to his Best in Sweeps win under noted breeder Tray Pittman.
Making a picture showcasing in the ring. He won WD/BW for a major on the first day as well. We were very pleased with how he behaved and how well he was received by other breeders and exhibitors.
We were lucky to have our friend Joyce Woolridge visiting from Calgary. She handled Finn's brother "Corbin" (Laureate Double Exposure) who was in the same class. He is a darling little guy who is so easy going and just does everything that is asked of him.
We are loving how sound these puppies are! Showing off his reach and drive, which is impressive for a 6 1/2 month old puppy.
Our clown "Rehannah", (BPIS Can Ch Laureate Immortality) won her class both days in Sweeps and 6-9 puppy.
Great drive in the rear, but went around on three legs quite often trying to scratch her collar off! She makes us laugh...
Cocoa is in full coat and has been sitting at home as we had bred her (but she missed), so now we need to get our act together and get those last two points for her US title. She came close this weekend and picked up two more Specialty major reserves.
Her wide open side gait. Standing still or on the move we are very pleased with the young dogs we have at the moment.
We had a great time at the Specialty. It was great to spend time with our good friends. The club spoils the exhibitors with coffee and donuts in the morning and held a pot luck dinner Saturday night. We were well looked after. Afterwards we lingered and practised our puppies in the ring. We hope to make this a yearly event.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Valerie held off until after Pete's birthday party to have her litter. The down side was she waited until 1:30 am to have her first puppy and was done by 6:30...so it was an all nighter. A textbook whelping, she could have done it all without my help, but I was there to welcome the newborns by weighing them in and removing dewclaws.
We have four new boys and a girl
The girl is second from the left
Pile of pups...I think the girl is now top right with the brown right leg (I'm still getting familiar with them)
Girl on the bottom
Monday, June 6, 2011
Yesterday was Pete's birthday and we had a nice dinner outside on the deck. I invited a few friends to join in the festivities. Rehannah thought the party was put on for her benefit...give me the cake please!!!
Ice cream...my favourite! (How did you know?)
We had a mug that had a cat balancing on one paw doing a handstand. It said "it's hard to resist such cuteness and talent". We always said that was our Hannah's motto in life. I think Rehannah has the same outlook...:-) She may be bad, but we're perfectly fine with it.