Just some random photos for no reason at all. The first ones were taken by photographer Kathryn Ryan at the Waukesha and Kenosha shows this summer. Most of the others were taken in North Carolina, when I delivered Rosy back to Amy and picked up two new guests.
Dory and Rosy chillaxin' before their class
Table dog Rosy
Tigger, policing the area
Bedroom window view in North Carolina
Abby gets a well-deserved nap after our hike (Bolt & Dory's mom)
Kylie, one of the new girls. She is a Beli daughter, and Rosy's half-sister. Will she and Baby Bolt be a twosome? We'll see ...
And new girl Phoebe, back home in Michigan. She is Tigger's baby half-sister
Frost the new enforcer has arrived in town, and is making herself right at home. Rosy and the boys are playing so nicely with her, she has no fear even though they outweigh her by 20-30 pounds. I'm still thinking on her registered name (it will begin with C-Myste Baledwr SN), but she will stay Frost. And Frostie. And Frostie Paws. And Frostiepants. And, of course, Little Missy. And maybe Little Miss Frostiepants. She is a sweet, active, funny little girl. Thanks to Megan and Carolyn and Mandy and Jeri and Trent for creating such a wonderful little girl. And to Anne, for getting her here.
Frost chilling at Margaret's house, little suspecting what awaits her.
Ermahgerd! Ah herv errs!
She was actually very good about getting her ears taped. Margaret trimmed her nails while I held, then I taped ears while Margaret held. Collar. Ears. What other indignities await?
But I am also sad, for it is time for Rosy to go back home to her mom Amy in Florida. I am so grateful to Amy for letting me have her this past year, to show and love. I know Amy misses her, and I know Rosy misses HER, and also misses her beloved sheep. I've learned a lot from Rosy, how to connect, train, groom, and foster that sparkle in her. Her last four shows she looked and showed tremendously. She's still one major shy of her CH, but I know more herding titles await her. I love you, Rody-O, and you be good for your Mom Amy.
Dead perfect stack at Kalamazoo
JMHO, but I think she's the most correct and lovely dog in the WB lineup
Congratulations to Miss Rosy for getting her first major Saturday at the Muncie Kennel Club show! She definitely had her game face on and was a joy to show. Special thanks to Nancy for doing some last-minute spiffing on her ... she looked MAHVELOUS! Rosy says she's finally getting the hang of this Puffy Show Dog stuff, but she can't wait to get back to her SHEEP!
August 12, 2010 ... It seems like only yesterday that Abby's Eleven hit the ground! Amy did a tremendous job of matching Abby with Tigger, supervising the breeding, getting Abby through her pregnancy and C-section, and then raising the pups to be happy, well-adjusted and obedient. They are typical of Amy's breeding program ... healthy, intelligent, well-structured, and sparkling in the ring and in the home. I can't thank her enough for letting Baby Bolt come to live in Michigan, he is a sweet-tempered boy and a joy. Following in his dad GCH Tigger's paw prints, he's already earned his CH, and I'm hopeful he might become half the herding dog his mom, HC Abby, is.
Bolt celebrated his birthday by taking a special walk in the park, all by himself. Then we went to the dog bakery, where he picked out a toy (a martini glass!) and some special dog cookies.
It all looks so good!
Apparently one must wear a silly hat before eating cookies.
I'm eating a butterfly!
The martini glass, deconstructed in 30 minutes. What took me so long?
So happy birthday to my sibs Dory and Elliot and Remy and Merlin (Boo) and Bella (Cinder) and Flora and Alice and Crush and Cooper (Nemo) and Buzz! You guys are the best!
And not to forget, happy birthday to Grandma Libby!
Congratulations to Dory and Anne! Pending AKC approval, Dory will be CH Raglan's Just Keep Swimming. It was so fun to be there to see Dory finish at the Waukesha Kennel Club show. Dad Tigger, Mom Abby, Brother Baby Bolt, and Auntie Rosy are very proud of you both!
It was so fun to see Dory again at the Valparaiso show, and to meet her new mom, Anne. Dory is turning into a pretty young lady. It was awesome seeing how bonded she was to Anne ... they make a great team!
This is an important week in Cornerstone history ... Rosy (Cornerstone Revelation at Raglan HSAs) celebrated her third birthday yesterday, and Tigger (GCH Cornerstone's Wonderful Thing) will celebrate his third birthday on Thursday! Three years ago Rita certainly had her hands full, first with the MaraXBeli litter (9 puppies!) and then a few days with the FlashXBubbles litter (9 more puppies!) Rita did an awesome job of raising these kids. I am so blessed that Rita let me take home my lovable maniac. And it's been wonderful to have Rosy here for a while, she is so sweet and funny. She and Tigger picked right up where they left off as little puppies. So happy birthday to Rosy and Sterling and Zsa and Lila and Tigger and Nibbs and Ivy and the rest of the kids! And also to Petal at the Rainbow Bridge.
Well, Rosy is a herding dog, but it turns out she's a tracking dog, too! At the Indy show she tracked down this golf cart AND she tracked down a cute firefighter as well! She rides around in a cart at home in Florida, so it's no wonder she made a beeline for this cart. And she looks so pretty in her winter coat.
Tigger's Aunt Rosy had a very nice Superbowl Sunday. She went to the Kalamazoo Kennel Club B-Match, stole a cheeseburger, won Best of Breed, and was Adult Herding Group 1! Her new Cardigan friend Marie was Puppy Herding Group 3, and her friend Claude the Cavalier was Puppy Toy Group 2. Then home to play with her prize, and then a nice long nap.
Rosy, waiting for the start of Group
Pretty Marie! Marie's brother Dean would not hold still for a picture
Rosy enjoys her toy, but in the end finds the cat more interesting
And then, Tigger swoops in ...
And finally, Bolt stakes his claim
Bolt also has a new show lead, which he will debut this Sunday at Indianapolis:
Here are Dory, Elliot and Henley celebrating their various wins. As Henley and I were waiting for our photo, dog toys came sailing through the air from the photographer. For some reason, Henley took exception to this and decided the photographer was the Spawn of Satan. He looks wonky because he spent most of his time barking and trying to face Kim. Silly boy!