3/2019: We’ve had a temporary lull in showing…Skip is still living and working in Alaska, and has been coming and going back and forth to Houston—and I’ve been doing the reverse. I really do love Alaska, earthquakes and all. Incidentally, we had quite a big one last November, and our house took a beating. I think if there’s a sheet of drywall in there, it cracked, and the master bedroom and garage are off the foundation. Quite a lot of things broke. It’s always something—! There have been literally thousands of aftershocks, some quite large…it’s a long story, but in and around it all, Skip managed to adopt a cat up there recently. The rescue group who fostered her named her Magnitude: she had kittens just before the quake, and during the quake itself (while everyone around her was panicking) she coolly picked her kits up one by one and moved them to what she felt was a safer closet elsewhere in the house. The name stuck, and we call her Maggie.
Our August 2018 litter was a nice one, sired by UK/AKC/CKCSC CH Pascavale Nathan, ROM and out of our wonderful Chadwick girl, Prima. All four puppies were, as you’d expect, very pretty. The two girls stayed here and are total teenagers right now. One has an ok head and a great body, the other is the exact reverse. It’s always the way—! I’ll be bringing at least one of them out soon just to see how it goes and will make some decisions afterwards. Zoe could be working on her Grand Championship for fun—she looks great…BUT a small monster named Tess chewed both Zoe’s ears nearly to the leathers and I could kill her. Zoe’s home for now, looking a bit like the village idiot. Meanwhile, we’re looking at one or possibly two litters later in 2019…still deciding on potential sires.
We took six dogs (including our 9, 10, and 12-year-olds) recently for their annual heart, eye, and patella checks with board-certified specialists here in Houston; pleased to say that we had very good results, which is always great news.
9/18: We’re enjoying a new litter—our first in 18 months. None are currently for sale: if I decide to release any after making my own decisions and their health clearances, I’ll be screening potential homes. Please note that I only sell my puppies with AKC Limited registrations and with a spay/neuter contract. I do NOT sell breeding dogs.
8/18: Zoe finished her Championship during the CKCSC/GH-Toy Club specialty weekend here in Houston; thanks and affection, as always, to Rose (who started with us nearly a decade ago showing Zoe’s grandmother!).
7/18: Several things have happened. My husband's job has taken him temporarily to Alaska, and we've leased a house there...it was always on our bucket list, we just never expected it to occur quite this way! I mean, we were thinking "cruise." Skip is at home here in Houston as often he can be, and I've been going back and forth to Alaska as well. We love it up there; it's been fun (and challenging) to get to know such a fabulous place in far greater depth than we ever dreamed would be possible. Zoe has been there too--and even got to go to a show. We're still Houston-based, though, and that won't change.
Zoe still has just the one Major in order to finish her Championship...and they're proving darned hard to find right now. Lots of shows, lots of points...no Majors.
So exciting: we have a new kid! Her name is Tess, and many, many thanks to her breeder, Dana, and her sire's owner, Kevin, for letting her come to us. We love her. Stay tuned.
2/29-3/30/18: Zoe was WB/BOW both days at Mid-Del-Tinker KC in Claremore, OK; she's pointed out and just needs a Major to finish her Championship.
3/10-11/18: At the San Antonio Kennel Club shows, Zoe was Winners Bitch and Best Opposite over three specials on Saturday for a 4-point Major, and WB again on Sunday.
3/4/18: Zoe was Winners Bitch yesterday and today at Brazos Valley Kennel Club; she was also Best of Winners today. She's had a great start, going WB (or better) at 5 of her 6 shows. Thanks again to Rose!
2/26/18: Zoe was Winners Bitch, Best of Winners, and Best of Breed over a Special from the puppy 9-12 class at only her second-ever show weekend. Interestingly, her grandmother and her mother did the same thing at about the same age, so Zoe's continuing a nice streak! Thanks, as ever, to Rose for showing her when I can't.
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