|Ch. Barwoods D'Lightful, aka "Joy"|
We did talk about it a lot. We talked about how much fun it would be, and what a great way that would be to win a major. We even told another exhibitor we wanted to win the Group to win a major. They said, "good luck." In order to even get to the Groups, first she would have to win Best of Breed. When she did, we looked at each other and smiled a big smile. Step 1- Done.
We took the Best of Breed picture and the judge was very complimentary about Desi's structure. She told us what a nice front Desi has- and that is a difficult virtue to find in shelties these days. She told us that she has found many short tails, but Desi has a nice long tail. She thanked us for bringing her such a nice sheltie.
As we were waiting for the Groups to begin, I said, "let's go win the Group". Desi showed her heart out. The judge smiled when I put Desi on the table to be examined. My hopes went up. When the judge was doing her last look she walked all the way down the line, looking at each dog. When she got to us she said,
"Sheltie- 1st." We did it!!
Congratulations to Heidi Stum and "Piper" on completing the PACH 2
Rich Knecht took this beautiful photo of the new title.
Heidi has been working hard and having a lot of success. In addition to all of her successes with Piper, she is training the young dog, "Cheer".
Cheer is now, Acadia's Quiet Cheer, ACT 1, NAJ, NA. I am very excited that Cheer is doing so well and hopefully she will continue to be a successful partner with Heidi.
Bliss was a beautiful puppy and I showed her when she was in the 6-9 month class. She won a major reserve. I was so pleased with the way she handled herself at shows. She was quietly confident and steady. During the winter her ear tip started to get lower and lower- until I could no longer show her. She had so many qualities that I did breed her, but then she went to live with my friend Penny.
Penny is a remarkable trainer and I knew that she would appreciate Bliss. There was just one problem. Penny has a family member named Bliss- so Bliss got a name change to Tess. Tess is training in Obedience and Rally. I was getting messages from Penny telling me about Tess' high scores in obedience, and she completed all 3 CD legs with scores in the 190's. The highest score possible is 200, so she was near perfect.
At the ASSA National Tess competed in Rally Novice for her first time. There were 43 shelties entered in that class and Tess placed FIRST! I am sure she will finish the RN (Rally Novice) title quickly. I am super excited that Tess will have so many opportunities with Penny. I know that Tess really loves pleasing her- it is obvious in the pictures I get.
|GCh. Acadia Presence of Mind|
This Mother's Day I am paying tribute to the contribution of a very important mother, GCh. Acadia Presence of Mind, "Cassia" as she is known to friends. Cassia is my favorite because of her wonderful personality. She is happy, willing, sensible and a comfort to be around. Cassia is now sharing her love with a family in Pennsylvania, which was difficult for me, but at the same time, Cassia is just too great not to share.
|Acadia Essence of Joy, UD, RE, AX, MXJ|
|Acadia Sea Porter-left Ch. Acadia State of Mind-right|
|Ch. Acadia State of Mind|
|Best In Show winner, GChS Acadia Stage Presence, CC|
Cassia's sons and daughters:
GChS. Acadia Stage Presence, CC- Best in Show and Best in Specialty show winner
Ch. Acadia State of Mind
Acadia Essence of Joy, UD, RE, AX, MXJ
Acadia Teagan Rose, CD, NF
Acadia Sea Porter (7 pts)
Acadia Windstorm Desert Sea (pts. Herding Group Winner)
|Acadia Decibel and Cadence|
Acadia Just for the Fun of It
Acadia's Next Top Model
|Acadia Decibel and Cadence|
|Acadia Windstorm Desert Sea|
|Cassia- left, Liza-right|
|Cadie & Cassia, Amy & Acadia Just for the Fun of It, Acadia Teagan Rose, CD,NF|
Amy turned 94 today, and she ran Joy at an Agility trial to celebrate. Twelve years ago my friend Pam called and said her 82 year old friend wanted a sheltie to train in obedience and agility. Pam said that she would be the co-owner and take the dog should anything happen to Amy. I sent her Quill, who became Acadia Aquilegia, UD, RE, MX, MXJ, MJB, MXP, MJP2, under Amy's guidance. Last month, at age 12, Quill passed away. So much for worrying about an 82 year old owner.
Joy is fully trained and she and Amy are on "auto pilot" and Amy's only other dog is a retired Border Collie. She is ready for a new training challenge. Why not. I think the dogs, the mental challenge of training, the physical activity, the responsibility, keeps her young. I will send her another sheltie and look forward to writing about Amazing Amy for years to come.
|Lookin at Lee|
just based on his pedigree.
This website on the Derby entry's pedigree's states, "Lookin at Lee descends from a strong female line going back to a full sister to Fair Play, a Hall of Famer himself but best remembered as the sire of Man o’ War. Derby rival McCraken (see #15) comes from another branch of the same line" The website further states, " Lookin at Lee is a case study in how classy female lines can spring to life again."
|Ch. Kawartha's Fair Game, ROM|
|Ch. Sea Isle Rhapsody of Halstor|
For Cindy and others who just ask for "more puppy pictures". I do not have puppies at the moment, so if you have a sheltie from me, you might say, "hey, that looks like...." and it might very well be. Enjoy the cute puppies.
It seems that many Acadia shelties enjoy children's reading programs. LeaAnne takes Lucy to participate in the "Paws To Read" program in Maryland, while Lori takes Tryk and Cache to the "Paws To Read" program in Tucson, AZ. Penny takes Tess to the "Read with Me" program in Chicago and Karen takes Allie to schools and libraries so children can practice reading.
|Tryk and Levi|
Shelties are such a great fit for these programs because they are not an intimidating breed. Penny describes Tess as, "fluffy and gentle", which really is just a perfect combination for a reading partner. LeaAnne said that Lucy is one of the smallest dogs in her program, and that makes her popular with the kids. Karen says that Allie has a magnetic pull to all she meets.
I LOVE the fact that these owners share their dogs and allow the special gifts these dogs have to offer be bestowed upon others.
|Staten at 13 weeks|
He is the 2nd champion for his mom, Cassia.
In October my sister and mother took an “epic trip” across the country visiting friends, family, historical sites, and national parks. Mom, of course, began her journey in CT and took the train to Philadelphia where she joined my sister and they began the drive: final destination- Seattle, WA. My farm was the 1st stop on the journey which took just over 2 weeks.