We went herding! With my good friend Nancy Fitzhugh, Solo, Elle and I traveled to Arizona for another fun clinic with Dawna and Megan Sims (Scooter rode along as a groupie). Both dogs excelled given more time on the stock. Solo will stay with Dawna for 2 months to get targeted training on stock. We will miss him but he will have fun at camp!
Solo met ducks for the first time!
I was actually working both dogs by the clinic's end and making progress, especially with Elle!
The baton was passed to the next generation at the ASCA Nationals in West Bend, WI with Wizard GRANDkids doing well!
Grandson La Plata's Zephyer of Cocopah "Zepher" was Winners Dog at the ASC of Michigan Pre-show and 2nd Place in 12-18 at the ASCA National Specialty
Grandson CH Callisto's Badabingbadaboom"Bing" took 3rd place in the Nationals 7-9 Veteran class
Granddaughter Afterall's Head Over Heals "Lettie" was 3rd in the 6-9 class
Grandson SkyRyder's Wizard Of Oz "Oz" and Shelby Shanks win Best Junior Handler at Nationals!
We are SO BRAGGING! After many years of close calls, Solo got a Gamble Q in La Habra in June to finish his Open Gamble title. And Scooter got his first Elite Gamble Q! Both dogs and handler learned gamblers when it was embedded in the course and learning how to gain opening points and be in position for the buzzer has been TOUGH! But it can be done! Yay! Great weekend with dogs going 9 for 16.
2011 is the year of firsts for Wizard! Another Wizard offspring, CH Casa Blanca's Blue Eyed Bandit "Rebel", earned his UD title in Obedience to make him the first Wiz Kid to gain this advanced title. Wonderful! More pride!
We had fun at agility in Fillmore in May. Scooter was 3 for 5 winning third place and Q's in 2 rounds of Vet Elite Jumpers and a round of Vet Elite Regular! Inching toward that VATCH!
Another FIRST for Wizard! His daughter Zoltie, A-CH Casa Blanca's Sweet Dream'n Zoltie, owned by Roxanne and Jack Leon, attained enough agility points at the Elite level to earn her Agility Trial Champion (ATCH) title. It takes 200 points in regular, 100 points in jumpers and 100 points in gamblers to obtain this title - a lot of hard work! I was so happy to be at the trial when the final Q was earned. This is the first Wizard son or daughter to attain this title. Congratulations Zoltie and Roxanne - as usual, Dad is proud of all you do!
CH Testimony's In It To Win It "Swagger" picked up his 2nd AKC Major win recently in Carson City, NV. AKC champ coming soon!
Congratulations to Swagger, Testimony's In It to Win It, and Jill Ward who finished his Champion title with a WD/BOW/BOB in May. Look for this handsome boy in the breed ring!
Wizard had a birthday! Wizzie turned 14 in April and is healthy, happy and still moving like a machine. We celebrated with a fun walk with the family, biscuits and fresh tuna!
Congratulations to Magnum, Casablanca's Magnum Blast, on winning Best of Breed at the Palm Springs AKC show in January. Mag's continued success in the AKC breed ring also has earned him the title of GCH, Grand Champion, the first for Wizard offspring!