Thursday, October 7, 2010

Exciting News! Puppies expected!!!

We have an exciting announcement to make!  Very exciting opportunity for both Heather and I!  Kathy suggested that we do a co-breeding and Miss Priscilla is expecting a litter around Thanksgiving!

Priscilla was bred to MBIS/BISS GCh Heart of Gold Power Play, aka "Powell".  Powell was a Number 1 Cardigan, Best Stud Dog CWCCA 2010 National, AOM Westminster 2009 and 2010.  On paper, this is a repeat breeding that produced Will Smith Jacob who was Reserve Winners Dog and Best Puppy at the 2010 National.

Priscilla is mom to Tollar, who won the 12-18 month class at the 2010 National.   

I can say that for myself, I am beyond excited about this opportunity!  Thank you Heather for letting me be apart of this and thank you Kathy for helping us!!  Pretty sure I am forever in debt to you :)

This will be a huge learning process for me... though it's been overwhelming at times, I look forward to what the future will bring :)  Here's hoping to a happy, beautiful, awesome litter :)

For more information, please contact Heather or myself and we'd be happy to answer any questions!!  We are still accepting puppy applications for pet homes!

Counting down the days...

In other news.. Uno and I will be heading to the Chesapeake Specialty in MD next weekend!  Very excited to see more Cardigans and meet more Cardi people!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Attention Uno

Barking at the pear tree and glaring at it while doing so will not help your situation.  Barking at it will not cause the pear tree to share it's fruit with you.

Much love,
Mom & Dad

Yes.. it's pear season.  Chuck has this big pear tree in the yard and originally it was there for his deers etc for the Upstate NY property.  Well, he thought wrong because last year we learned that Cardigans apparently love pears.

Cooper is the smart one as he knows that if there are none on the ground then he can just jump and shake the branches that are low enough to get some pears.  However, Blue wonder over here is convinced that by barking at it, it will rain pears.  He has this logic simply b/c one day when he was barking at the tree demanding it's fruits be rained on himself, Cooper got sick and tired of his yapping.  Coop jumped up, shook the low branches and of course it rained pears.  The pears however bonked Blue wonder in the head which left him a bit more disgruntled.  Now you can see why he thinks barking at pear tree = pear mania.

Good thing about pear season?? HELPS ME KEEP WEIGHT ON BLUE WONDER!!!  He has been eating well lately!  We're doing a partial raw diet.  1 cup Fish Orijen in the AM with his supplements,  4oz Satin ball in the afternoon for training and then dinner is his natures variety Venison medallions!  Supplemented with Pears from the yard too!

In other news, started the new job this week!  So far so good.  Certainly have to adjust to the whole office environment thing, but no big deal.  Happy for the consistent weekly paycheck and job stability :)

Next weekend will be the Macungie show!  Can't wait!!  Dawn and I will be driving down probably around 4:30pm and hopefully get to the hotel and meet up with Kate by 9pm!  Woot woot!!  Cardi mania here we come ;)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Update! Ahh I'm slacking I know

I know, I have been slacking.

So for updates.  Uno went Reserve to the Major last Saturday at West Springfield.  I was really happy with him!  He was such a good boy and showed really well for me.  Looking forward to Macungie for sure!!

Today we took a trip to Quechee Gorge in White River Junction, VT !  Boys had a great time and it was just a perfect day for the trip!

Today also marks Chuck and I's 2 yr anniversary!  Woo hoo!  Can't believe we are getting married next October.. ahhh.. excitement and being overwhelmed all smooshed together for feelings about that haha.

Oh.. and because Fall is right around the corner.. that means PEAR season is starting.  The boys have started collecting their pears and feasting.  At least that will be one way for Uno to stay within the weight that I'd like him to be in! hahaha  Anybody else have Cardis addicted to pears?  You should see them.  They knock the pears off the tree by jumping up and shaking branches etc.  Pretty smart!

So with this update I bring you pictures as well.  Here are some shots from today and a pic from last weekends show!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Rise and shine people! I kid.. kind of

I don't suppose the neighbors would find me too amusing if I had decided to blow out Uno's coat with our new blower at 5 this morning.  Instead I opted to take the boys rollerblading around a few blocks and then bathe the blue dog.  7am seems like a better choice to blow him out no? ;)  RISE AND SHINE PEOPLE!! 

We didn't do anything yesterday at the show.  Today I opted to have Sarah (his breeder) show him for me so I can see if he is better in the ring with somebody else.  And I'd also like to see from an outsiders point of view of how he looks in the ring in comparison to other Cardis.  I certainly will be able to learn from this situation.  And I almost feel as maybe with me he's too mushy and isn't as sharp as he should be when with someone else.  So today, Sarah's showing him.  And next weekend Chuck's mom is going to show him all weekend at W Spfld!  4 pt major from what I hear for next weekend!! YAH!!   Let's go blue dog let's go!!   I am okay with the thought of having someone else show him..  I just don't want to be the one keeping him from earning his points.  So figure may as well see how he does and go from there .  Can't hurt to try out my options!!

In other news.. in laws to be approve of 3rd Cardi addition.  We are opting for a puppy.. just waiting for the right one to come around.  Right now this moment is not a good time to bring in a dog because of my respiratory issue.  I cannot express how frustrating it was for me to be so winded, short of breath and WHEEZING after rollerblading around the block with the boys this AM.  Better than 2 wks ago.. so we are improving slowly.  The problem is I am usually able to run miles on end with out being winded!!!!  People that know me well are really disturbed to hear that I have no lung capacity at the moment.  It is disturbing.  And worst of all, severely frustrating.  Yesterday was the most I've done (activity wise) in 2 weeks.  I was so drained by the time we got home from the show I developed a heinous headache and was useless the rest of the day.  You'd think the way I am right now that I was severely deconditioned and had some kind of chronic smoking problem.. Yep no.  Clear lungs from x rays, and fabulous heart supposedly according to the cardiogram.  Docs have not a clue as to what's wrong...  Anyways, I'm improving so.. had to resign from my position working at the jewelery store due to what I believe is the main cause of this respiratory issue.  So we'll see.. job hunting again.  I hope the previous interviews I went on will pay off and someone will call me back.  Certainly there are quite a few good options that I interviewed with.. so I'm willing to take whatever!  This tues I have an interview at the vet office near by.. so maybe that could work as well!  SIGH.

On the bright side, CHUCK GOT THE JOB at westover airbase!! As one of their main electricians!! HOORAH!!! ;) 

Okay time to groom and make food and then off I go to Fitchburg!  Wish us luck!!!  I will be playing paparazzi and video'ing today :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Finicky Eater that is named Uno.

Am I the ONLY person in the world who has a Cardi who is a finicky eater?  WHO DOESN'T finish satin balls or chicken thigh?  Other Corgs would die to eat the amount of food you get blue dog.. UGH

Though I love you to death Blue dog... BUT, YOU DRIVE ME INSANE SOME TIMES!!!

That was a pic Chuck got of him yesterday... He was kind of blah yesterday compared to usual.  We worked on trotting up and down the street with distractions etc. 

Waiting for all our grooming supplies to come in!  Should be in today.  Blower is en route.

Anybody doing the Chesapeake Specialty show in October?  I'd really like to go!  It's in MD!

Dremmeling was interesting to say the least.  At least the nails got done!  Took both of us to do it but it's done.  It wasn't so much Uno screaming or anything.. he really didn't make blood curdling noises.. it was just that he is such a worm and he was freaking out.  It's okay, just need to work on it and I suspect he will eventually become desensitized.. or one could at least hope so ha!

In other news.. hopefully the docs will figure out what the heck is wrong with me today!!  I have not been able to run, work out, or do ANYTHING since Wednesday.  Stall/crate rest, har har har. Not so funny.  I feel 100% minus the horrid chest pains, inability to breathe properly due to my lungs feeling as if they were filled with water, light headed/dizziness, and so on.   The tests showed I was 100% healthy.. yet I feel this terrible.  I suspect black mold... due to a similar reaction from before when dealing with it.  Black mold in one of the places I work at that is.  NOT at home.

Well until then.. we shall see!  Stay tuned!

Friday, August 13, 2010

yee haw

we are getting bamboo wood floors for the living room and dining room as well as an area rug! in addition to that we are also getting new floor for the kitchen!

and... path to us becoming a tri corg family may just become a reality after all! :) excite excite!

can't wait for fitchburg next weekend and then west Springfield!

desire my respiratory issues.. things are going well! we will get more info on what's wrong with me on Monday follow up appointment. but for now the doc says my hearts in great shape as are my lungs. what gives!? Rawr
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Uno's new show lead!

ring bling for Uno!
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Word on the street

is that Mrs. K ( mother in law to be ) is super excited to show Uno at West Springfield this month for me! 

Chuck brought Uno and Cooper (along for the ride) for Uno's follow up lyme booster and also had him weighed.  He came in at 37lbs yesterday!!  3 lbs up since his last visit 2 wks ago.  I think he is almost where he needs to be.  Still has a very obvious waist line etc.  He does seem to be getting sick of satin balls.. hmm maybe I'll change it to chicken after this batch runs out?

Anyways.  The vet mentioned to Chuck about how excited Chuck's mom is to be showing again.  She is already shopping for clothes to show in ;)  hehe.  I am so excited for her to be back in the ring again.  She hasn't shown for a few years now after she retired her Basenjis but it will be great to get her back in there again.  We know how much she loves it!  Yahhh!  Who's going to be showing at W Springfield at the end of this month?  I'll be showing him on Saturday and she's doing Sunday.. was hoping maybe somebody would be around to help Chuck and Barb out etc just in case of any questions etc. 

In other news.. I am really really really jonesing for a black.. or blue female pup!  AHhhhhhhhhhhh Fingers crossed for January for the new addition ;)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Did I just hear this?

THIS MORNING I heard some amazing words.  "Uno, Mommy is going to get another Corgi.  How do you feel about that?" - Chuck

Good news.  We have progress!  Perhaps a 3rd one will be coming to us for early 2011 after all !?

In other news... does anyone have the problem of getting their dog to finish all their food?  He gets 1 cup orijen AM and PM.  and 1 4oz satin ball AM and PM.  I'm thinking of breaking up the foods through out the day in hopes that he can maybe eat everything?? 

Chuck is bringing him to the vet this AM for his follow up booster for Lyme.. and is going to weigh him.  I guess we'll see how much progress we've made since the last weigh in 2 weeks ago.

In other news.. MACUNGIA, PA SHOW!!  Everyone should come :)  it will be a blast!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Matchmade? dog show family

Handling class went well tonight!  Our trainer said Uno is definitely looking much better already in just a week and I mentioned that he is now eating satin balls in addition to his food.  She said maybe 1/2 -1lb more and he should be where he needs to be!  Woo hoo!! 

Chuck helped with class today and acted as a judge and went over all the dogs (except Uno.) and helped with a lot of dogs who are not used to men.  Everyone went over everybody elses dogs to help build confidence.. it definitely helped.  Then we switched handlers and Uno was not happy to be separated from me haha but he put on a show and paraded happily and proudly.. as usual.  It did give me a chance to see him move and he is moving a lot better now in comparison to last year! 

We keep getting loads of complements on how great of shape he is in and how he is so muscular (especially his hind end!).  In addition to that, they love his personality- so happy, full of it, and friendly.  

Very excited for Fitchburg!  Paid for the entrees today.. for Sat & Sun.  Will be entering Uno at West Springfield for the end of this month at all.. however I will only be showing him Fri and Sat.. and then Chuck's mom is going to show him for me on Sunday :)

I don't know if I have mentioned it before but..  Chuck grew up ringside at dog shows b/c his mom bred and showed Basenjis.  Her male that she bred and campaigned ended up being Top 3 in the breed in the country!  In addition to the breed ring she did obedience as well as a bit of lure coursing with them.  Pretty neat!  So it is quite nice to have a dog show savvy fiance.. and dog show savvy mother in law :)  I thought I'd ask her if she'd like to show Uno for me that Sunday at the W Spfld show this month and she is quite excited about it!  Yay :)

For next month.. MACUNGIE, PA show!!  Weekend of Sept 18/19th!  Who's going!?  I got convinced into doing it by Kathy (not that it took much convincing)... and she's trying to build a major!  Let's get a group of us to go!!  Cardi party :)  Entries aren't closed until Sept 1st so we still have a month to plan etc!

That's about it!  Blue dog is doing well.. still full of himself.  Can't wait to go visit at Keene this Sunday too!

The look of ...

Somebody wishes they were eating satin balls along with his breakfast today....  Poor Cooper LOL

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Question for Multiple dog (of both genders) house holds?

Hi Everyone

I have been thinking about acquiring a third Cardi in the future.  A main concern that Chuck has is if we were to get a female, would the boys fight more now that a female would be in the house.. especially when she goes into season?

Cooper is neutered, Uno is not.  They rarely fight and if they do it's a small spat over a bone or toy.  I guess that my concern is would it be a bad idea to introduce a female to our pack (in the future) or would it not really be a problem? 

For all you multiple dog households out there that have 2 males and 1 female or 2 males 2 females etc (you get the idea).. how are they around one another?

Cooper is 3, Uno is 2 now.  They are very well behaved and great around other dogs.  Around other females they are fine too.. but I guess I'm concerned on whether or not their behaviors may change if we were to bring a female home?  Or should I just stick to having males?

Thoughts and Input would be much appreciated!  Thanks Guys!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Free stack pics from today! 1 wk after being on Satin balls

These pictures are from this afternoon!  Chuck helped me with these shots.  This is after being on satin balls for 1 wk!  What do we think?  i absolutely love the last picture!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Somebody is happy to be on the table

He is always so happy to jump on the table!  Can't wait for me to give him a boost on there!

This afternoon we worked on free stacking and learning "step up" -- which he caught on real quick too!  So smart this boy is!  Then we had a few goes on the table.  He is always so excited when we go near the table.. starts wiggling and wagging that tail like a mad man :)  So I guess that's a good thing huh?  We're certainly getting more and more confident on there so I am so pleased with that!  Hopefully come Fitchburg he will be more solid on there!  In addition to all this we did some gaiting by trotting up and down our street with kids playing, cars driving by, and many other distractions!  All of which did not phase him at all!  Yay Uno!  So proud of him and really cannot wait to show him!!

I guess the dog show world is quite different in comparison to the horse world.  When I was showing at the national level with Profit, we showed conservatively.  We did 4 shows tops each year.  1 qualifier for regionals if he needed to qualify.. but mostly just to get him in the ring once before regionals.. then we'd do a Large A rated like Buckeye and then Regionals followed by nationals.  Or we'd do 2 regionals and then nationals.  I was told by many that for dogs it's the complete opposite!  To go out there and get exposed etc.  So this is something will have to get used to, but that's fine with me!  Makes sense I guess - the more you're seen, the better?  As long as we deserve to be in there.. and aren't beating a dead horse (no pun intended). 

The satin balls seem to give Uno supercharged energy post meal... or so he thinks.  He turns into a rocket and blasts around like a maniac after.  Poor Cooper longingly stares at Uno eating his gigangic meals...  Cooper is the kind of dog that looks at food and probably gains weight!  Maybe this has to do with him being neutered now?  Or is that just a myth?  Both boys are super active.. but Uno seems to be hard to put weight on... perhaps I should go do a weigh in this week to see if much has changed.. b/c certainly to me I don't see much of a difference.

Mission Convince Chuck to let me get a pup sooner rather than later is in progress -- his wedding gift to me ;D  I would love love love to have a third Cardi for early 2011?  Hmmmm.. we'll see :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Look at my new bling for the E!

Look what came in the mail last night ;)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Uno @ 2 yrs old

Thoughts and suggestions anybody? Critique away! I love constructive criticism.. I know my table skills need to be better with presenting him.. but I'm getting there bit by bit I think!

We're back! After a long hiatus

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been absent for so long. I know I've been neglecting this blog but I figured it's time to start up again.

Been very busy lately with working 2 jobs. Personal Training and also now a sales associate for a very awesome jewelry company in Auburn, Ma ;)

The boys have been great. We've brought them to the summer home in Ithaca/Lansing once this summer already and they were so happy to be back there. I swear it's like a dogs dream there! Lake front house on Cayuga Lake in NY! 50 acres to roam!

Uno has been doing very well.. We are starting back at handling class tonight in Agawam with Cathy.. and then starting obedience class next week! I will upload pictures of him stacked on the table in a separate post.

We're looking to do Fitchburg as well as West Springfield next month! Hope to see everyone there!!!

Exciting news.... I AM ENGAGED!!!! On Cinco De Mayo this year ;) and we will be getting married October 2nd of 2011 in Sturbridge, MA at the Publick House!!! Very exciting!!!!! I have managed to convince Chuck to let me get a 3rd Cardi as my wedding gift ;) I hope he means a literal dog.. and not a cake shaped like a Cardi. Hmmmmmm Yes I will post pictures of the bling ;)

AND!! This past weekend I bought the Corgi-mobile aka an ELEMENT!! It's a 2010 Element EX! Bright orange and I am in love! Ordered my magnet to represent our breed yesterday! Same thing as Holly's! (thank you for helping me with ordering it!!). Cannot wait!

Okay so excuse this post for being overloaded with pictures! Enjoy ;)


Not the greatest picture.. Apologies. Will have to get better ones. But that was from the day of engagement. And excuse my heinous nail polish job.

The boys at Cayuga :)