Final Puppy Pics

I made the final trek to Albemarle yesterday to get new shots of the puppies.  At 7 weeks old you can really see what is in store in the future and I have to say the future is bright for these little monsters.  They are all super friendly and active, Shirley and her family have done a great job socializing them for sure.

What we did get was GREAT heads, strong fronts and real toplines - something I don't always see in the breed.  We also got some strange coloring that I had never seen.  Luckily I have some really good mentors that I could go to and cautioned us to wait and sure enough they were right.  We had three dramatic color changes.  And what is interesting t me I have seen more puppies with similar coloring posted on Facebook and the *know it all* answers were so wrong I actually reached out to the owners to caution them.

I don't run around living my life online - Facebook is not real life (I know shocking)  What I do have is a network of people I trust...implicitly.  People who have been in the breed and know the dogs in my pedigree and who want me to suceed.  When they talk, I shut up and listen.  Positioning yourself for success is finding people to trust that will tell you the truth.  And in some moments you listen to a truth you may not like but digest it and move on.

I am super lucky.

So what of these pups?  Well they all have spectacular homes.  Most wil NOT ever have a career in the ring and by my choice that was the plan.  NONE of these puppies were offered to show homes, all of them were sold before birth, many before conception.  I have no interest in building a show empire with my puppies all over the place.  Saying that there are three puppies who will be registed full registration to grow out to see the possibilities.

One is staying with us, the other two are going to people who have been waiting for years (one since Bummy's original litter)  If they don't turn out, they are staying as pets with their families - that is the ONLY show puppy I will sell.  My rules.Have you guessed who is staying?  She will be living with me, her Daddy, Uncle Memphis and Granny Bummy!  Welcome Calabrone Uwharrie Keep The Faith or FAITH.

Mud Bowl Wrap Up

Stinger capped off the weekend with a Select behind Trent - We now have 17 Grand Champion points in two weekends - absolutely astounding.  While I know Stinger is a wonderful dog had you asked me two weeks ago I would have told you the probablity of getting points was probably not in the cards.

We are showing against well know advertised dogs.  Stinger met Lenny less than two weeks ago.  But as with everything Stinger gives his heart and it is working.  I love this dog so much.

I had to get my Australian Shepherd Journal ad in so I got a copy of his win photo.  Even in the mud my RedDog is sure handsome.

We are not afraid of MUD

The Newman Georgia show was outside and it rained.  I am told it was all mud.  Lots and lots of mud.  Luckily herding dogs love mud - Stinger thinks mud is great.

As luck would have it the judge (who probably did not love mud) thought Stinger was awesome.  So awesome he was named Best of Breed over 20 Aussies (including the #1 Aussie in breed points) and then so awesome that he was the third best herding dog at the show.

My FIRST Best of Breed.

My FIRST Group Placement.

Lenny said the ring was a mess and the win photos show a mud caked RedDog and he is in jeans that are covered in mud.

It is going to be my favorite photo EVER I think!

RedDog does it again!

Stinger is always doing the right thing.  He is the honor student that is also an All American in sports, everyone's best friend - you know that guy in high school you wondered if they ever had a hair out of place or if they truly were too good to be true.

Well in RedDog's case he is.

Putting him in an impossible situation, a really tough circuit (one of the toughest shows of the year), after a YEAR out of the ring, with a brand new handler he took on the number one dog...and while David did not beat Goliath (again we were Select) we did give him a run for the money.  And I could not be prouder.

In that class was the dog that won Eukanuba and a Group 1 winner and three other dogs and this sweet young boy went out with there and tried his best.  And I am still beaming.

We have no real advertising (I only do the Australian Shepherd Journal which is pointed to other breeders not the larger magazines for the shows) we are not campaigning but it is nice that my sweet baby boy is being recognized for the structurally correct boy that he is.

We got eight Grand Championship points - we need 25 points in total and in that we need three majors and three champions defeated.  With these two events we have two of our three majors and two of the three Champions defeated. 

Go RedDog Go!

Go Stinger Go

Raleigh show has not been kind so far.  Memphis has been reserve twice torturing me for that final major he needs!  Stinger is showing okay but the specials is deep (#1 Aussie in the country, 2013 Eukanuba winner and then Jamie's Special Richie) with three of the six male specials being in the Top 10 of the country. 

It is really tough because Jamie and Richie are right behind Stinger and Stinger wants his Daddy Jamie and keeps looking back for him - it is cute yet sad.

Today he was still rattled a bit but when he was focused he showed really well.  And it seems well enough to get Select to Trent the #1 Aussie in the county!  This is huge because this is deep show and he held his own AND is still learning the ropes.  Cannot thank Lenny enough for the great handling on Stinger.

Luckily the next few weeks we are not going to be seeing Jamie so Lenny and Stinger can get more in sync.

And we got four Grand CHampion points plus have one of our three majors and dogs defeated. Go RedDog!

Also please note THIS is untouched - this is 100% all Stinger!