The National Dog Show- one of the few remaining Benched shows

Yesterday was the National Dog Show, held in Philadelphia.  It is a "Benched" show. There are only a few benched shows left in the country- Westminster being another one.  Historically there was an actual "bench" and each entered dog was assigned a specific space on the bench.  At this show, there is no actual bench, but dogs are still assigned a specific space and much be crated in those assigned spaces.  Benched shows are really for the public to come and see the different breeds and learn what makes them unique.  I think of them as an all day "Meet the Breeds".  Breeds are assigned spaces together so that people coming to see shelties, for example, will find them all in one place.  The dogs must be in the assigned spaces all day, 11:00-5:00 were the required time, but once a dog was in the building it is not allowed to leave, and are only allowed to be absent from their assigned space, during their ring tine (when they are being judged) and for short potty brakes.  Yesterday our ring time was 9:00 am, so we were in the building at 7:45am and couldn't leave until 5:00.  The goal is that no matter when the public arrives, they will still be able to see all of the breeds entered that day.  This is different from "un-benched" shows in which the dogs can arrive and depart the show site at will.

As a competitor in these benched shows it is a long day, and it is important to enter a dog that can be available to meet the public and be an ambassador for the breed.  Not all dogs are up for that challenge.  Luckily for me, Luke, Ch. Acadia's Crown Prince, is one of those dogs.  He was a trooper and greeted people almost all day- usually with a tail wag, and occasionally with a kiss.  I was thankful to see so many people coming to see the dogs.

Last year, Liza won Best of Breed at this show and then went on to win a Herding Group 3rd place. This show is televised on Thanksgiving Day- and it was fun to relive the positive experience while surrounded by family and enjoying a good meal.


Agility Prospect available

Devyn is a 6 month , 13 1/4",  sable and white female that is ready for an agility home.  She is clicker trained, food motivated, small and FAST.  She already knows how to target. This is going to be a "rear cross" dog, meaning that she will be working out a head of her handler.  She get a long  fine with other dogs, but she has no interest in playing with big dogs.  She is the littermate to Porter, Staten and Desi.


Up 'n comers- Porter, Staten, Desi

Acadia Wyndstorm Desert Sea   aka- Desi

Acadia Sea Porter   aka- Porter

Acadia State of Mind-   aka- Staten
I am very excited about these littermates.  Porter won points at the 1st shows in which he was entered.  Staten and Desi were not so lucky, but they both did great and had a good experience.  They are just 6 months old which is the earliest age they can be shown.  It is important for puppies to have fun and all positive experiences so that they enjoy shows later.   Puppies experience growth stages just like children do.  Sometime around 7 months (all) puppies experience a second "fear period" and it is important to recognize this stage and avoid any new and scary experiences.  If puppies experience something they consider "traumatic" during this stage it will be an issue for the rest of their lives.  We have not yet entered that phase and they had fun.  Now we will stay in our regular routine until they are more mature.


New *CDX* Acadia's Catch Me If You Can, *CDX*, RAE, OAJ, OF, T2B,

Good Job Ladies!
I think this picture is cute.  The English Cocker Spaniel, Boomer, didn't win the toy, Lucy the sheltie did- but sporting dogs just gotta have something in their mouths.  Since Boomer also qualified in his Rally class,  Lucy let him carry  it around.

LeaAnne said she has waited a long time for this title- it just took her too long to get a sheltie ;-)


New *PACH* Acadia's One Very Special Puppy, MXP, MXJP

"Piper" and Heidi earned the needed 750 points and 20 double Qualifying scores in Master Preferred Standard and Master Preferred Jumpers with Weaves to complete the Perferred Agility Championship (PACH).  All championships are hard work and take dedication.  I am so  proud of this team.  Congratulations Piper and Heidi.
Piper is the litter sister to "Dove"- Ch. Acadia Peace of Mind


Liza joins the Century Club

This is an American Shetland Sheepdog Association designation for shelties that have won 100 Best of Breeds.  It is considered a Lifetime Achievement and is awarded a special silver pin and the right to put CC following the name.  


Pawsitively Pets April 2015 issue featured Liza

The following article was featured in the April 2015 Pawsitively Pets.  It is fun to see our story in the pages of magazines.  I hope you enjoy the article.  If you click on the picture, it opens in a different window- a bit bigger.  I hope you can read it.