Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
At the Blackthorn side:
CT CH PatchMtn C Pepper N Paisley RE OA OAJ NF OAP OJP RD
Open Standard Preferred Agility
Open Jumpers With Weaves Preferred Agility
CT GCH CH Blackthorn Coreopis of PatchMt RN NA NAJ
Variable Surface Tracker
CH PatchMt Spring Thyme at Blackthorn TD
GCh CH Blackthorn’s Flower Power - Grand Championship, #1 Dalmatian in the country
CH Dapper Dan’s Dancing at Blackthorn RE - Rally Advanced, Rally Excellent
CH Black Thorn’s Lucas Legend RE NA - Rally Excellent, Novice Standard Agility
CH Blackthorn Violet of PatchMt OA NAJ - Open Standard Agility
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
On Friday, Daisy was BOB and Group 4, and Spring was Select Bitch for her first Grand Champion points. Half sister Lucy was Winner's Bitch, Best of Winners for her first major. Corey was not entered.
On Saturday, Spring was BOB - what a thrill! Daisy was Select Bitch and Corey was BOS. Corey's puppy Derry was Winner's Dog for his first 2 points, handled by Ann Smith.
On Sunday, Corey was BOB and a Group 4, while Spring was again Select Bitch. Daisy wasn't shown on Sunday.
What a fun time. I'm was so pleased with how well Spring show and behaved. I showed her in the classes and Linda McCartney-Roy took her in for group. What a big thrill for Spring - lots of noise and plenty of other dogs to be fascinated with. Let's hope for more experiences like that in the future!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
He is now:
CT GCH Blackthorn Coreopis of PatchMt RN NA NAJ Canadian CH TDX
Monday, October 4, 2010
While this photo was not taken at the Finger Lakes show, I wanted to post it. Corey and Spring sitting at the Cape Cod Shows.
Sure had mixed results at the shows on the Finger Lakes in beautiful central New York. COLD and WET = MUD and miserable conditions.
I showed my sister's Cardigan Welsh Corgi - Arthur. What a nice puppy. She has done a really great job starting her first show dog. He was solid and confident on the grooming table and happy to let the judge exam him. Still needs some polish to be real competitive, but very nice start. Now to let him mature so when we do show him some more he can win! Arthur sure was friendly, happy and out-going even under noisy tents and around more dogs than he has ever seen in one place. Love his temperament.
Dal judging was a very mixed bag. Thanks again to my sister for helping me keep things in perspective. Only a dog show, and only that one judge's opinion on that one day. Corey did end up with 1 Select Dog award - for another major and 4 points towards his Grand Champion title. Up to a total of 18, all 4 awards have been majors.
And Spring was very competitive on Sunday shown at the last minute by my friend Stephanie. Maybe we'll keep her out and about some just so I have something to show to keep myself busy.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
On Friday, the Dalmatian Club of Southern New England had their first of two regional specialties. There were about 50 Dalmatians entered each day. Spring was awarded Best Senior in Sweepstakes, and then was Winners Bitch/Best of Winners for 4 points. Dad Corey was awarded Select Dog – kind of like First Runner Up in the beauty contest. That gave him 5 points towards his Grand Championship title.
Then on Saturday, Spring was Best Senior and BEST in SWEEPSTAKES. She was, also, again, Winners Bitch/Best of Winners for 4 more points. That was enough points to complete the requirements for her AKC Championship. Dad Corey was awarded Best of Opposite Sex, again for 5 points.
On Sunday Spring was shown as a Champion. She is just a little too young yet to compete at that level of competition. Corey was again Best of Opposite Sex, another 5 points.
Spring showed wonderfully. She was so calm and steady throughout the 3 long days of shows. Wagged her tail and trotted around the ring happy and confident. What a fun dog she has been. She is now:
Am/Can CH PatchMt Spring Thyme at Blackthorn TD
Monday, September 13, 2010
Wow, what a great weekend!
At the big circuit in New Jersey Daisy WON the Non-Sporting Group show, and picked up 2 more Best of Breed wins over big entries.
Saturday at the shows in North Conway NH Corey was BOB, Group 2 with his new handler Linda McCartney-Roy.
Sunday Morning at the University of New Hampshire campus Spring PASSED her Tracking Dog test - on her first attempt!
And then, Sunday Afternoon Corey was again in the Group ring with his new best friend Linda and WON the Non-Sporting group. His second group 1 - YEA!!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
On August 1st the Dog Tracking Club of Maine held its second Variable Surface Tracking Test at Colby College in Waterville Maine. To PASS and add to his name, Corey is now CT CH Blackthorn Coreopis of PatchMt RN NA NAJ. It is one year to the day that his mother, Carina, passed her test at this same site. Both had drawn Track 1 – now I will always be happy to be the first to go!
To show how difficult this test is, the pass rate is about 5 percent. In the 15 years the test has been around, only about 248 dogs have passed. There now 6 Champion Tracker Dalmatians, quite an accomplishment for our breed.
To become a Champion Tracker a dog has to earn their Tracking Dog, Tracking Dog Excellent and Variable Surface Tracking Dog titles.
To add to Corey’s credits, he has passed all three tests on his first attempts, and has also passed his Canadian Tracking Dog and Tracking Dog Excellent test on his first attempts. Maybe we will now try for their Urban Tracking Dog titles. (Karen Hopmans – want to offer that one in conjunction with a Canadian National?)
Corey wowed the gallery with his near flawless performance, pulling me down the line like he was on a mission. At each of his articles, cloth, plastic, metal and that final wonderful leather, he threw himself to the ground, so proud of what he had found! We have worked hard to accomplish those “indications” and I was so pleased when I saw how excited he was to show me his finds. He did 648 yards of grass, dirt, asphalt and mulch in 14 minutes. A record for the 2 judges, Mary Thompson and Ed Presnell.
I love all the compliments I receive at these events. Things like “Boy, are all Dalmatians such great trackers”, how wonderful his temperament is and what a great working dog he is. He was so focused to the task at hand. Who says you can’t work intact boys in performance events?!? One visiting judge said she had heard great things about my Dals before the test and was so pleased to see all those nice things were true.
And, a very, very special Thank You to my very best friend, Linda McSherry. Corey was first alternate, and Linda withdrew Maeve so Corey could have his chance to shine. I owe her big time – and now it is Maeve’s turn to add CT to her name!
Monday, July 19, 2010
What a great weekend we had!
First, at the Vermont circuit shows, Daisy - GCH Blackthorn's Flower Power continued her winning ways, picked up 3 more BOB wins, with a Group 4 on Sunday. VERY small entry of specials only. Daisy is owned by Bertha Little and Joan Eversole and expertly presented by Jeff Langevin.
And at an agility trial in New Hampshire her siblings:
Am/Can CH Blackthorn Violet of Patchmt Am/Can TD NA OAJ qualified in both her Open Standard and Open Jumpers courses on Saturday to finish her Open Jumpers titleand get a second leg on her Standard title. Violet was run by Linda McSherry.
Am/Can CH Blackthorn Coreopis of PatchMt Am/Can TDX RN NA NAJ qualified in Open Standard to pick up his second leg. Corey would have qualified on all his runs if his inept handler would quit sending him over the wrong obstacles and through the wrong tunnel entrances! I had such great attention and he was so tuned into me. What a good boy he was all weekend.
AND, most importantly, not to be left out, their mother:
CH CT PatchMt C Pepper N Paisley (with her many titles) qualifed in her Open Jumpers Preferred run to finish that title. That gives Carina a total of about 23 titles in AKC and CKC events! Now she can just relax and enjoy trail rides for a while.
And, never ones to be bored, Linda McSherry and I got to meet and evaluate the puppies for the Corey and Holly litter. Their pictures can be seen at: http://blackthorndalmatians.com/HollyCoreyPups.html.
We couldn't be happier with this litter. Complete trim, dark, dark brown eyes, good hearing numbers, pretty puppies. Thanks Ann for bringing them all the way to New Hampshire and special thanks to Karen Rochin for flying in to see the litter. It was a great visit.
And, anyone interested in doing agility in New Hampshire in the summer this is a great site - at least in my opinion. Indoor sports complex, huge creating area, rings on padded artificial turf and most important Air Conditioned! Thank you Yankee Golden Retriever Club.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Thetford Mines Canada
Maeve also finished her Canadian championship title on the Sunday afternoon show by going WB and then BOB over a special under judge John Rowton. She had only needed a single point to finish.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sire: Am/Can CH Blackthorn Corepois of Patch MT TDX RN NA NAJ CGC CAN TDX, ( CH Ozzie x CH CT Carina ...) CHIC 40120
Dam: CH Sunrunner Mapleleaf Ode to Joy RN CGC (CH Andy x CH Joy) CHIC 62099
Ann's website is: mapleleafdals.com
Hopefully pictures soon.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Judges were Ilene Morgan and Doris Viguers
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Stay tuned for more information
Monday, April 12, 2010
We have had some good dog show and agility happenings in the last couple of weeks.
At the dog shows in Syracuse New York:
On Friday Lucy, owned and shown by Linda, was Winners Bitch, unfortunately there was no cross-0ver major.
On Friday and Saturday Spring, shown by Sara, was Reserve Winners Bitch. And on Sunday pulled it off for Winner's Bitch, for 2 points. Again, no cross-over for the major, but those will come in good time.
Then this past weekend at an agility trial in New Hampshire Ghost, owned and run by Dawn, QUALIFIED in both Novice Standard and Novice Jumpers with Weaves. Boy, have they both come a long ways. All that therapy dog work has helped Ghost learn to pay close attention to Dawn and follow commands from some distance. Way to go team! Those titles are within site now!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
And, I have taken the plunge and starting working on a web site. Still very much a work in progress, needing to add more pictures of past dogs and pedigree links. Take a peek at:
And, the good news is that Carina is doing just fine. Treatment could be long term, but I have high hopes for a very positive outcome.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Here is a picture of Amber - PatchMt's & Blackthorn's Atlantic Time at 8 months old. Amber is owned by Linda McSherry and Janice Dorey from Nova Scotia and went to her first dog show last weekend. Shown by Janice, Amber was Winner's Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex on Saturday. On Sunday they were again WB/BOS PLUS Best Puppy and a Puppy Group 1! 2 shows = 2 points. What a great way to start!
We couldn't be prouder and I think it's fairly safe to say Janice and Dean couldn't be happier.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Because a friend asked for some picture of dogs being massaged, Spring got a special treat. Here she is laying in front of the wood stove having a massage on her front shoulders.
Her grandmother Carina always gets one before and after every agility run. It helps loosen her muscles, and then relaxes them again after all that jumping and twisting. Carina will even spread here back legs out - frog-dog style - so I can run her thigh muscles. Since she closes her eyes and falls asleep it must feel good.
And a massage is the BEST way to calm Corey during thunder storms and high winds. He particularly likes his head, neck and ears rubbed.
Why not take a Tellington Touch seminar and find out what YOUR dog enjoys best?
While the local Gordon Setter club was the host, everyone commented that maybe it should have said a Dalmatian club instead. Only 2 lone Gordons, but 6 Dalmatains.
First, Elaine Hamill was there with Alvin and Linus. We got to Alvin do a great Excellent Jumpers run on Saturday. One would never guess his real age. Still sound, healthy and happy at eleven. One can only hope their own dogs hold up so well. And I believe Linus qualified in both his runs on Saturday. Sunday I wasn’t in the building as much and missed some of her runs.
Carina got to add ANOTHER title to her name by qualifying in Open Standard Preferred on both Saturday and Sunday, with a first and a second. She also qualified in her Jumpers run on Saturday but knocked a rail on her Sunday run. Its hard to jump and sneeze at the same time!
Linda McSherry and Maeve also had success on Sunday, qualifying in Excellent Standard for Maeve’s second leg. Maeve has only run Excellent Standard courses 3 times and has 2 legs – way to go Brown Girl! Maeve is also known as CH PatchMt’s About Time VCD1 OA
Dawn Eliot-Johnson’s hard work paid off with Ghost qualifying in his Novice Jumpers class for a first place. That is their first agility leg and was very exciting to see such a good run. Ghost is also a wonderful therapy dog – doing visits to the local hospital and nursing homes, not to mention the elementary school Title 1 reading program. Ghost is aka CH Blackthorn’s Lucas’s Legend RA CGC TDI
And finally Corey had really good runs on Sunday, smooth, focused, perfect weave poles, – but his incompetent handler caused NQ’s on both courses. I could hear my instructor telling me how I goofed up – and she wasn’t even at the trial! Point here – don’t point there. And poor Corey did just what I told him to do. Good dog – bad handler.
And it is so much fun to take our Dals and continue to have active fulfilling lives after they have finish their Championships. Wonderful compliments about our handsome and stable temperaments dogs. What a fun weekend all around.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Day 1 was Dr. DiNardo who gave her Winners Bitch for her first breed points. She stood her her exam like a champ, but trotting with another dog in front was WAY exciting. When it came time for Best of Breed with several dogs in the ring I don't think she had all 4 feet on the ground but about half the time. Guess we need to work on that! At least she was happy and just wanted to run and play!
Saturday we lost of our wonderful sisters Lucy and Jenna.
Sunday we were second in our class and then went back in for Reserve Winners - kind of like being First Runner Up at the beauty pagent.
The other great news is that half-sister Jenna finished her AKC Championship title in great style on Saturday and then was Best of Opposite Sex on Sunday. Wonderful weekend for her owner and handler Dawn!