Group 1 for Acadia Windstorm Desert Sea

Leslie and I co-own Acadia Windstorm Desert Sea, aka "Desi".  This summer Leslie sent Desi here to be shown, but there are not as many shows as I would like to go to.   Leslie decided to come out to visit and the two of us would go to Washington state to the Sammamish Kennel Club.   We analyzed the entry prior to going and we had noticed that we could win a major if Desi won the Herding Group.  If only it were that easy.

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!!


*PACH2* Acadia One Very Special Puppy

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.


Acadia Keep Me In Mind

"Keeper" is off to a GREAT start.  She is from GCh. Acadia Presence of Mind (Cassia)'s last litter.  She has won Best of Breed over Champions twice and both times she placed in the Herding Group.  That is a really great record.   The day pictured Keeper had a Great Day.  She was being shown in the Bred-by-Exhibitor class and the show was offering a special "Best Bred-by-Exhibitor" competition.  She won the Bred-By Herding Group in addition to placing in the regular group.    I love Keeper and I am very excited to have another Cassia daughter to show.