Elsas Big Adventure

Elsa went to Florida with Shelby to get acclimated to shows and learn to be a show dog.  The Florida circuit goes for 3 weeks and has 14 days of shows, it is a long grind but is outdoors and the weather is usually good.  We entered Elsa for the midweek shows during the second week.  The hope was she would be used to the people and hub bub by then.

Showing a 6-9 puppy is something you have to do with an open mind.  This is a time to learn, not to worry about points.  I feel like it is a Best in Show if they are not excused.  They just need to go in and have fun.

On Wednesday Elsa had he first go.  Shelby had ring conflicts so she asked for the puppy class to go last in bitches versus first.  The judge was fine with that so she literally never left the ring.  She stood good for examination but Shelby focused on her standing versus a great stack.  SHe won her class of one LOL but that was it and we called it a great day.

Thursday Shelby elected to not show her due to conflicts and also because she had been so good she did not want to have to rush her in the ring.  I was totally fine with it as this was more about her getting out then actually showing.  We decided instead to let her play with the Golden Retrievers in the big pen and have fun.  She has a very long career ahead of her so I am in no rush.

Friday was horrible weather, a torrential rain storm hit and then that afternoon were terrible winds, so bad many people elected to not show their dogs as some were scared.  Elsa is afraid on NOTHING so Shelby decided to show her.  And to our surpise Judge Elizabeth Muthard gave Elsa Winners Bitch and Best of Winners!  The competition while small in number included two lovely bitches who had won 3 majors over the circuit! 

I about fell out of my chair when I got the whoto of Shelby and Elsa, Elsa looks quite pleased with herself and really is loving Shelby and the team.  She is off for a few weeks and then will hit another show in February and is staying with the Browns so she can learn to be a show dog.  I have never had a dog get a point thier second time out!

We Have A New Title

Stinger and I hit the road this weekend to drop his daughter Elsa off with Shelby and to try Lure Coursing.  Lure Coursing itself is only for sighthounds but they offer an event called Coursing Ability where other breeds can try the sport.  You have to complete the 600 yard course within two minutes and there is no winning time it is just a qualifying score or no qualifying.

Last year Memphis and I tried it on a cold and miserable weekend.  He got one qualifying score then decided it was stupid.  That ended his lure coursing career.  Since Stinger is still on vacation, we decided to try it.

The weather on Saturday was much better than the year before and we were 8th to run.  Sting was REALLY excited by watching the other dogs and so I had high hopes for him.  I was not dissapointed as he thought it was Awesome.  He got two qualifying legs on Saturday and would have run 100 times.  He loved it.

He was extremely proud of himself.  And I think he felt he deserved a treat as while I was talking to some friends he spied a lady sitting in a chair minding her own business eating a Big Mac.  He went from sitting into a shark and leaped up and took a hunk of her hamburger when she went to put it in her mouth.  He leaped about 4 feet!

I was mortified.  The people witnessing were laughing and luckily the lady (after making sure all her fingers were attached, gave him another bite.  He was a VERY bad dog.  I am glad everyone else was laughing.  He is such a dork.  Needless to say he did NOT get a hotdog that night.

Sunday's weather was not as good, it had rained all night so the course was soggy, Stinger did not care he literally dragged me onto the course and had an even more incredible run.  He was barking like a fool before, during and after.  He was kept on a tight leash and not food was stolen but he did get a new nickname The Hamburglar.

Despite that he did get a new title and so now he is RBIS Silver GCH Bayshore Stings Like A Bee CA.  We will work on the next level the Coursing Ability Advanced next!

Hello 2016

I have really sucked in keeping up the Blog and as it is minutes after the beginning of 2016 I figured this was a good time to update. 

2015 was a great year for us - Stinger showed once a month-ish and showed that a nice dog can run with the big dogs and keep up.  At one point we actually were in the top 10 but I think we will end up in the top 15 Breed and Top 20 All Breed.  Considering we showed less than anyone else in the Top 20 I cannot complain at all.  We had some great wins including the AOM at Westminster and a bunch of lovely group placements and wins.  All in all a great year!

Looking to next year we are kind of building for the next generation.  I have a wonderful Stinger daughter in Elsa that we plan to send out this year.  Deuce will be finishing in conformation and then really pushing towards performance with him as well Memphis.  They both really like having a job.

Stinger will probably continue to show sparingly.  We are really going to focus on herding as I really want to show a good dog can do what he was born to do as well as be a winner in the ring.

We have some lovely litters on the way that I am excited about and am on some litter lists with some of the best kennels in the breed.  Stinger is our cornerstone but you need to have the entire puzzle which means we need to add some girls.

A friend of mine does Goals every year and I decided to follow suit:

2016 Goals

  1. Herding title on Stinger
  2. Performance titles of Deuce and Memphis
  3. Finish Elsa's Championship
  4. Show at a Specialty show
  5. Complete a Therapy Dog title

Long Term Goals

  1. Special a second generation Calabrone dog
  2. Win a ribbon at the USASA Nationals in Best of Breed
  3. Win a ribbon at Eukanuba
  4. Put an agility title on a dog (Memphis hopefully)
  5. Win a Best in Show

 

 

 

A Letter to Governor Pat McCrory

Governor McCrory,

Animal Welfare is important to both you as well as your wife Ann.  I applaud you for taking steps to ensure the safety and welfare of animals who have no voice.

As a small hobby breeder of Australian Shepherds I do everything in my power to do things "right."  My dogs have all of the genetic and health screenings that are part of our parent club Code of Ethics.  I go over this by adding 5 or more other genetic screenings that are not required.  I do this because it is another tool in ensuring my dogs are healthy.

My dogs have adequate vet care.  My vet and his staff know me by name.  When new studies come out on health issues I am one of the first to go and discuss it.  Every treatment done on my dogs includes discussions on option and we make decisions together. 

All of my dogs show in various venues, we show conformation, do sheep herding and basic obedience.  They live in my home and are part of the family.  It is important to show they are good examples of my breed.  The litters I produce are my ambassadors.  I choose to sell most into pet homes where they are sold with limited registration which does not allow breeding.  Any puppy kept intact is for my personal use to show.  No dogs leave intact unless on a co-own contract so I can ensure that they are true great representatives of the breed.

I know this is long winded but I wanted to make sure that you understand where I am coming from.  I do not cut corners anywhere in my program.  Period.  This is why I had concern with the recent Animal Welfare Act which put my breeding program in the crosshairs of the Department of Agriculture.  It would have treated me like a criminal.

Let's fast forward now.  I was asked by a local all breed rescue to foster some kittens.  I said sure I had an open crate why not.  What I got was an emaciated mother and four listless kittens, one with a badly infected eye.  There had been five kittens but the County Animal Shelter inoculated them before leaving and as they were in poor health one died. 

I have spent the last 48 hours nursing these cats into health.  The mother is skin and bones, the kittens were wobly on their feet.  The one with the bad eye gets his eye treated four times a day with medicine - medicine that he only got AFTER leaving the county animal shelter.

Why do I tell you this?  It is not to say 'Wow look at me what a great person I am.'  No it is because after reading the paperwork I found out these kittens who I thought were 3-4 weeks old are in fact SIX weeks old and born in the "care" (I use this word loosely) of a state run Animal Shelter.

The mother has been in almost 2 months.  Had these been animals in my care I would be charged with animal neglect at best.  Yet the Department of Agriculture (who would have been telling ME how to run my breeding program) seems to have no issue with allowing animals to be neglected using my tax dollars.

I have been at other shelters and have not seen this lack of apathy.  If it were up to me this *shelter* should be shut down or at minimum there should be a wholesale change of the guard.  There is absolutely NO reason for stunted, sickly emaciated kittens to be living in a shelter...BORN in a shelter.

I would love to have you or your wife come and see these pitiful cats.  Cats that MY money will be taking care of (made smaller because of a large chunk being taken through various taxes from federal state and local governments).  I will be doing the job that the state and local governments should do.

I truly think before the Department of Agriculture is asked to judge how I breed and care for dogs they should get some experience by actually caring for the animals IN THEIR OWN SHELTERS first.  Once you and the state are running YOUR shelters per the rules and regulations for basic animal husbandry, then by all means come tell me how to care for my animals.  Because I refuse to lower MY standards to those used on these poor defenseless creatures in my home.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Respectfully,

 

Jodie Strait

 

Day 3 - Cats

Prada and Gabana continue to get better and better. They are playing up a storm and acting more like normal kittens.  Coach has flashes of acting normal and Dolce is better but you can tell feels puny still.  Absolutely no discharge from his eye when we medicated it (I clean it 4 times a day).  I am taking him to the vet tomorrow - the rescue will not reimburse but I want my vet to check his eye for me and maybe help to ensure we dont get cocidia or giardia going.

Gucci is progressing well - she is eating up a storm and is so sweet.  When I say emaciated I mean it she is hair and bones.  The fact she still has milk amazes me.  She is a good mommy.

I finally opened the paperwork that came with them and was floored.  I though these kittens were 3-4 weeks old.  Nope they were born 8/13/14 AT THE SHELTER.  Mom came in on 7/29/14.  The amount of rage I have I cannot express.  These little skeletons were in THEIR care using MY TAX DOLLARS or not using my tax dollars their entire miserable lives.

I know what a 6 week old kitten is supposed to look like and this is not it - they should be ASHAMED at minimum and in jail if it was up to me for animal neglect (please not this is NOT the Mecklenburg Animal Control it is another county).  I am horrified that they would allow poor Dolce to have an eye infection so bad he will probably lose an eye.  It is disgusting and if these are the people who are supposed to be the advocates for animals no wonder society is so messed up.

I have to walk away from typing more.  I wish PETA would spend more time cleaning up shelters than attacking people like me.  UN REAL