Jazz gains her Beginner Novice (BN) title in AKC

If this blog post doesn’t make a lick of sense, blame it on my fuzzy brain.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday was the annual Bell County Kennel Club Obedience, Rally, and Agility show.  It also marked the start of my asthma and allergy season, hence the drug filled haze I find myself under this morning.  I promise I have sat here staring at the computer for a good five minutes, drawing a total and complete blank on what I should be saying.  That isn’t like me, let me tell ya!  In any case, I decided I would simply share my inability to concentrate with you, in hopes you will forgive my incoherence.  Is that working?  I’m not sure.

On to the dog show results!!

This was a three day show, starting on Friday the 4th and ending on the 6th of April, 2014.  One totally awesome and special moment was having a long time Poodle club friend judging!!  I had no idea she was attending this show until a few days before.  I’m not one to pick a show based on a judge.  I’m there to have fun with my dog, so I do not look to see who might be judging.  Jazz doesn’t have issues with men or older people, so it isn’t something I watch for when selecting a show.  Honestly, I’ve been out of the obedience show game for… oh my…  ten years??  I probably wouldn’t remember who I showed under back then anyway.  I’ve never been good with names unless the name belongs to a dog. :)  In any case, I found out Carolyn Wray (Toy and Mini Poodle owner,  fellow member of Versatility In Poodles) was judging Obedience and Rally at these shows.  I’ve ‘known’ Carolyn via Poodle clubs for as long as I have been showing Poodles.   I believe over ten years if I remember correctly.   I was excited to finally meet someone I have interacted with all these long years.  Ironically, she was not judging Beginner Novice until Sunday morning, so we really couldn’t hang out and chat until after she had judged our class.

Jazz and I arrive early Friday after dropping the kids off at school and grabbing a bite to eat.  I cannot tell you how amazing it is to show within 15 minutes of my home.  Rare and wonderful to say the least.  I get the girly settled into her crate, plant myself next to one of my nose work classmates who also has their young dog entered in Beginner Novice and relax for a bit.  JoAnn, my nose work buddy, pointed out the photographer’s on site and told me they would be taking photos of the dogs while working in the ring.  If you show in Agility, you always have an opportunity to get great photos of your dogs competing.  Obedience is a different matter.  Rarely does a photography group come, must less focus on the subtle sport of Obedience.  You can see a few of the photos I purchased below.  They did an excellent job of capturing the teamwork involved in this event.

What made me happy was that in all the photos Jazz had her tail high, she was happy to be there, happy to be doing something with me.  I have worked hard on making sure she understands “Yes, we are here to work, but we can do it and have a good time”.  It is a very hard line to walk.

To keep this from going to much longer, I will cut to the chase.  On Friday Jazz did amazing, it was her best day of the weekend.  She pulled off a first place in Beginner Novice B with 6 dogs competing.  On Saturday she had a small hiccup during the Figure 8 exercise.  The dog must heel with you as you walk around 2 people standing a few feet apart.  Jazz decided to check both of the people standing as our ‘post’ to make sure they were not hiding any treats in their pockets!  Due to this slightly rude behavior and failing to sit on one of the halts, she ended up with a 4th placement out of 7 dogs.  We already had qualified once in Beginner Novice last month and you only need 3 qualifying scores to gain a title.  This means we did not need to show on Sunday.  However, Carolyn was judging that show and if I moved Jazz up to the regular Novice class, I would not get to show under Carolyn.  I decided to keep Jazz in the Beginning Novice class for practice.   I’m glad I did.  Her level of focus was far from her best.  I had to use 2 of my 3 “Good Girl” praises allowed during Beginner Novice to keep her focused while heeling.  Still it was a bit sloppy, but we did end up with 2nd place out of 4 dogs.

After class on Sunday, Carolyn and I were able to sit down and chat.  Fast talking aside (I’m a half deaf southern girl, you fast talker kill my brain!!) it was a treat to finally chat in person.  She and I have a lot in common.  We both love so many different breeds, yet have settled into life with Poodles because our family’s health and husband’s love of the breed, which translates into us being able to have more dogs!  She told me of the great dog training offered in Oregon, and I lamented the wasteland of dog training I live in, having to drive over an hour to find something halfway decent.

My only regret for the weekend was my asthma and allergies kept me from being able to pick up Melody and Lina and take them in for great puppy socialization.  Thankfully we were close to the first dogs in the ring at 9AM, done by 10AM.  I would pack up my dog, head home and sleep most of the day away.   Speaking of… I think I could use a nap right now.

~Becky and Jazz (UKC CH RO1, Tintlet Rhapody In Blue RA, CA, BN, CGC) – jack of all trades, master of none!!!

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Marlane - April 7, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Love her excitement…shows up in her eyes, ears, and tail. You can almost feel the bounce! Congratulations on her accomplishments. I like “Jazz of all trades, Master of most”:)

Lisa Garza - April 10, 2014 - 12:44 am

What gorgeous photos! Love it!

Photos: Ziva and Jordan pups 1 week old

Kelsey is on the ball with the photos!  Thank you, Kelsey. :)  Hard to believe it has already been a week.  In a month and a half I’ll be making my way to North Carolina to pick up those little cutie pies!  So exciting!

I am slowly making my way down the applications.  Some people have already found a puppy, some folks have yet to respond, some are ready for their new babies!  If you cannot stand the wait, feel free to send me an email asking for an update on the process. :)

Enjoy the photos!

MALE: Aragorn

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FEMALE: Arwen
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MALE: Boromir

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MALE: Elrond

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FEMALE: Eowyn
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MALE: Mithrandir
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MALE: Shadowfax

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For more information on this litter, please visit the litter announcement blog post.

~Becky

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Photos: Ziva and Jordan pups

Kelsey sent me some photos of the babies and has selected a ‘baby puppy name’ theme for the litter.  It is the Lord of The Rings litter, which we both love, but the names are horrible to spell so bare with me if I get them wrong from time to time.  I just about killed her for picking Mithrandril for one of them.  REALLY Kelsey???  ::::SIGH::::   We have both been wanting to use this theme for a while, but most litter have far to many girls to make it work.  With the high number of boys it was a good litter to play around with.

There is not the theme for registered names, so don’t freak out and think you will be required to have some obscure elvish name on your new puppy.  We are not that cruel.  I was thinking maybe a literary theme for the pups, though.  Tie in these puppies with classic literature.  Let me know your thoughts.  With Jazz and River’s litter being themed to music, I think literature might be a nice progression.   Anutta Scarlet Letter (Scarlet or Hester), Anutta To Kill A Mockingbird (Scout, Jem, or Boo), Anutta Great Expectations (Pip, Estella).  The options are limitless and in most cases can be used for either sex.

Below are the photos!  Enjoy!

MALE:  Aragorn
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FEMALE: Arwen
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MALE: Boromir
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MALE: Elrond
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MALE: Mithrandir
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FEMALE: Eowyn
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MALE: Shadowfax
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~Becky

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Marlane - April 1, 2014 - 8:51 pm

One word….Precious!

Summer - April 3, 2014 - 1:48 am

They’re so tiiiny!

Lisa Garza - April 10, 2014 - 1:05 am

How about a Game of Thrones litter? Lots of lovely boy and girl names. You could even just use family names like Stark, Baratheon, Lannister, Tully, Tarly, Mormont, Tyrell, or Targaryen, before hitting first names. Or maybe call the girls by some of the first names like Daenerys, Sansa, or Arya.

Ziva and Jordan Puppies! Born 3/28/14

Last night Ziva decided to get down to business and had her babies!!!  7 lovely babies were born, 5 beautiful boys and 2 twin girls!!!  We couldn’t be more pleased.   Kelsey wanted to freshen up Ziva for her photos, but mom refused to leave her babies!  Good girl, Ziva!!

For information on this litter please refer back to Ziva and Jordan information blog.  There are photos, pedigree, COI information, health testing results, etc.

I’m going to start down the waiting list and let everyone know.  Watch for emails about this litter in the coming week!

~Becky

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Marlane - March 29, 2014 - 12:52 pm

I’M SO EXCITED…CAN’T QUIT GRINNING!!!

Dylan – Jazz and River puppy boy

Sometimes even the best laid plans do not work out.  Dylan was adopted by a lovely family in Austin, but sadly he has proved to be a poor match for their home.  I took Dylan back last week.   He was barking for attention or when he was upset.  I’ve all but eliminated this problem with the use of a bark collar, which I will review and discuss in a later blog, as time allows.  He wore the collar 24 hours a day for about 4 days.  The last few days he has not needed the collar until this morning when I was training Lina and Dylan was watching.  Oh that was NOT FAIR!!  The collar went back on and he was able to stay in the computer area and watch quietly while Lina and I worked in the living room.  The magic of modern technology is amazing and makes my job so much easier.   His temperament is pretty solid for a 4 month old poodle boy.   I’ve walked him by trash trucks, other dogs, people, busy streets, none of that bothers him.

TRAINING: He has not had an accident in the house.  His previous home had a doggy door and he knows how to use it.  Here I have just made sure to take him out after a nap and he is good about emptying his bladder on command.   He knows basic obedience commands, though his stay’s are lacking.  I’m working on that now.   He automatically sits while heeling and his heeling is really pretty.  He was a touch laggy, but he is grasping that I want his head by my knee and to sit close and right by my leg, not slightly behind.  I’ve also had him doing a sit on ‘come’ in front of me, so he is well on his way with competition obedience behaviors.   He has been having a blast digging in the sand box outside and I found a few other spots he was digging.  I’m going to work on that next and nip that issue in the bud.

TEMPERAMENT: Dylan is laid back and super easy going.  He is not going to be a high drive dog.  He would make an amazing therapy dog, you should see him with my kids.  Very level headed.  Most pre-teen pups are all over them, bouncing and trying to knock them over.  Not Dylan.  He is a little mouthy, but nothing like the average Standard Poodle pup.

STRUCTURE: Dylan is beautiful, one of the nicest pups I have bred as far as conformation.  There isn’t a huge glaring flaw on him and I could easily grow out his coat and finish him in AKC if I had the desire.  He floats when he moves and stands square.  Tail set is perfect, almost zero curl to his tail.  He was my pick boy and with his return I am sorely tempted to foster him here in Texas to use with Mica in a few years.  He is a blue and combined with her we would get a little of Blues and Silvers with really nice structure and temperaments.

So, what does this mean?  I’m going to keep him and train him for a couple more weeks before I firm up what I would like to do with Dylan.  Right now I am leaning towards Fostering him to use with Mica, it really depends on what Ziva has as far as boys and colors.  I need a blue boy in  my breeding program so bad it hurts.

~Becky

 

 

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Tess Driskill - March 26, 2014 - 9:58 pm

Wow he’s beautiful.

Marlane - March 27, 2014 - 8:52 pm

He is a gorgeous boy. I’m sure it was difficult for his Austin home to give him up but he’s lucky he has Miss Becky to place him in a perfectly posh poodle palace!