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July Freestyle

In July the Oregon club, Dogs Gone Dancin’, hosted a freestyle competition in Kent, WA.  This was my first foray into the Novice level with Reardon, and just for fun I also entered Gael in a non-titling, demo class called Innovation, and put Rozzie into an evening match.  While Reardon didn’t pass on Saturday, we only missed qualifying by 2/10s of a point.  Sunday we improved and earned our first Novice leg in this sport where I’ve never before gone beyond the Beginner phase.  Next is the WCFO National in Portland, OR in late October.    Below are some great pictures from the show by photographer Kathy Kolatski:

Gael danced to Bill Whelan's "Caracena," a piece from Riverdance.

Gael danced to Bill Whelan’s “Caracena,” a piece from Riverdance.

 

She astounded me by being quite attentive throughout her little routine.

She astounded me by being quite attentive throughout her little routine.

Naturally our routine had to show off Gael's natural exuberance.   Any other option would have spelled disaster.

Naturally our routine had to show off Gael’s natural exuberance. Any other option would have spelled disaster.

 

Roz danced in the evening fun match, so no costume other than her cute collar. We're working on a routine to The Nutcracker.

Roz danced in the evening fun match, so no costume other than her cute collar. We’re working on a routine to The Nutcracker.

Roz doin' her weaves!

Roz doin’ her weaves!

Last but not least is Reardon's routine to the theme from the movie Van Helsing by Alan Silvestri.

Last but not least is Reardon’s routine to the theme from the movie Van Helsing by Alan Silvestri.

 

This is my favorite shot of Reardon in motion.

This is my favorite shot of Reardon in motion.

More freestyle updates to come after the National in October!

 

 

 

 

 

Roz is back!

It’s been a rough summer for Rozzie: a surgical implant in June (not my decision, but her breeder’s), absorption of the puppies by July, a pyometra scare in early August and a course of antibiotics. I scheduled a spay as soon as she recovered, just in case we had any left-over problems. So Rozzie has spent a summer highly restricted and in discomfort. Thank goodness it’s all over now and Rozzie can just be a working girl. To celebrate, I’ve been trying to get her out doing what she loves most in the early fall weather: swimming and retrieving.

Today we were at Cherry Valley, and while the ponds were too low for any real swimming, Rozzie got to get down and dirty with her new love, a plastic orange bumper.

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Gael got into the action too:
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Things got a bit swampy at one point:

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But the run back to the car was as merry as the run out.  It does my heart good seeing Rozzie back to herself.

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I’m so pleased that Gael finished her Junior Hunter title today, with great scores and 3 finds. Her pointing keeps getting more stylish, and today she waited for me to start kicking up the bird before she broke. (Junior dogs have to establish point, but they don’t need to be steady to wing and shot.) For her previous leg, she received 1 “9″ (out of 10) from each judge, and the rest 8′s; this time, both judges gave her 2 9′s and 2 8′s. It’s neat to see that improvement. The AKC apparently had confidence that we would get this 4th leg, as they erroneously sent us our certificate with the 3rd one.

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I’m not sure how much further we’ll go on in hunt tests; there are just so many other things I want to do with her. I do know she would enjoy the retrieving of Senior Hunter. We’ll see! Now on to rally and tracking!

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Last month Rozzie was bred to a field champion Melchris springer, and we’ve been waiting for today, the day of the ultrasound. She’s been off her feed a bit, a wee bit moody and lethargic, and to me just a bit full in the tummy. So we went to the vet’s quite expectantly.

But no puppies. The vet found four little blobs that are not developed, and appear to be re-absorbing into the uterus. She suspects that Rozzie’s uterus, being that of an older bitch, has too many “cystic changes” and so was unable to bring the puppies to term.

The heart is a strange creature, subject to erratic shifts and irrational dreams. When this adventure began, all at the behest of the breeder, I was apprehensive and reluctant, simply ready to get an obligation (a “litter back”) done and move on with our lives. But as the possibility of puppies grew, and as Rozzie showed signs, I began to resurrect an old hopeful dream about what Kani, and now Rozzie as her daughter, could bring into the springer world. Perhaps I would take a puppy from this litter. If not, Rozzie would now be “viable” and I could breed her to a sire of my choice next year. Perhaps I’d see Kani coming back to me in one of her grand-puppies.

Those dreams really do have to end. Rozzie needs to be spayed–mother nature is making that very clear. And I now realize what those resurrected dreams are really about. I just want Kani back. I want her to come back, and it’s not going to happen. At least not in this life. But that’s all I want. And I find myself right back in the grief of two months ago.

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A day at Marymoor Park, with Gael and Journey just being dogs.

Let's go!

Let’s go!

The race to the ball...

The race to the ball…

That Gordon bitch has my ball!

That Gordon bitch has my ball!

 

Ah, victory!

Ah, victory!

Running pals

Running pals

Where'd she go?

Where’d she go?

Scanning the fields

Scanning the fields

One last longing look

One last longing look

 

Mom! Quit your moping! Let’s go train!

 

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Kani 2012

“Kani”
Melchris Constitutional UD SH RA
July 21, 2003 – May 1, 2013

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