We have had a great fall. The weather has been gorgeous with only a few days dipping below zero overnight. Cant complain about that! No bugs and no cold!
The dog scene is finally slowing down, shows are over with just the Brandon show left for the year local.
Alexis has new babies on the ground, they are 9 days old today! Eyes should be open soon. We have 2 Blue girls! 1 Blue boy and a Tri boy. Everyone is healthy and happy! Cant ask for anything more.
We've had a ton of things happening threw the past few weeks. Have to first off congratulate Jeff Mortenson on him & Dart's accomplishments in Agility in Canada & the US!
Ch. ATChC ADCH Cassbar’s Blue Hill True Flyte (AAC) Bronze Award of Merit, VBA, MSCDC, ExSt – Bronze, EXJ – Bronze, EXS – Bronze, (USDAA) SACH – Silver, SCH – Silver, JCH – Silver, TM – Bronze, RCH-Bronze, GCH, (NAFA) Onyx Thats how his titles go now. WOW and HUGE Congrats on such achievements.
We have tons of New updates and titles im sure, but will get to those soon!
We have a few oldies still out there competing in Agility. Carla & Rory are still playing! He would be almost 13 i think? WOW. Carla's says that he is fine to run agility but cannot do a course in the late afternoon, that can coincide with this NAP TIME! ;) Love it
Plese do update me with Titles & Photo's.
We've had a Few new Champions in the last few weeks also! "Lyric" My RED RED sable girl from Kensil Shelties is now a new CH! She finished up her title from the 9-12 puppy class! New Ch. Kensil's Lyrical World at Cassbar
Also from BC, Renee Hughes and her "Quick" (Miley x Robin) went out to do some work in Conformation, thinking she was a bit naked, but why not get some experience, cleaned up and finished Quick's Championship with one Winners female and 2 Best of Winners! What a weekend the two of them have had! Onto bigger and better stuff right Renee! New Ch. Cassbar's Agile Quick Step
Here in Manitoba, Claudia Proctor was working with her Alexis Baby "Rafiki" he was at 6 points already from the Junior puppy class going into the Thanksgiving weekend, Fort Garry Shows. Well the team did awesome, taking Winners Dog x 2 to finish up his Ch! Congrats you two you looked awesome! New Ch. Cassbar's Circle of Life.
I had entered a couple days also, with Bean & Jackson. My little Bean thought she deserved some of the spotlight also (Rafi's sister) and she went Reserve the first day and Best of Winners the second day of shows to put her at 5 points! Half way there!
These 2 babies are from Alexis & Nemo's litter, just 7months old, Rafiki is now the first Can Ch. for Nemo!
heres a shot of them both winning at MCA shows in August
"Jackson" Got to come out and play a bit, and on Monday took a Group 4th in a lovely line up, just being a baby, we are very thrilled with how he's maturing!
Well summer is hot, and its just flying by! Its already the middle of August, and 37 Celcius on the way home from work today!
The WASSA Specialty & MCA weekend is OVER, and done with, which was also hot!
"Bean" our baby bi black, Lexi & Nemo's kid took BOW the first day for her first 3 points! She had tons of fun! her brother "Rafiki" also got points on the weekend with his WD and first 2 points.
Suzanne Boldt came in from Alberta for the weekend with Token Cassbar's Flyin High Again, and he got to play a bit in the conformation ring! He got Reserve Winners Dog at the Specialty & Booster and went home with his first 2 points towards his Championship!
"Beau" was in the Specialty and got the BOS Vetran in Sweeps & Altered prize, thanks Claudia for showing him for me. She also showed Jackson in the Booster Saturday and took BOS with him, too!
The nicest part of the weekend was the tribute we did to Bev Parker, my friend and also Sheltie fancier who passed away this past June. She was a avid obedience competitor, even when her eyesight was disabled, she kept on and was busy training her dogs. We had a tribute obedience trial in her memory, which will now happen with every WASSA Specialty we have.
Not only was that lovely to have so many people including her husband Gary there to support it, but my Mom, Terry Lambert & Levi Cassbar's Classic Jeans won the HIGH IN TRIAL Ribbon and will now be the first named on the trophy tributed to Bev's name. That was truly awesome for all of us. I hope you watched over us Bev and approve.
Im preparing for a US weekend of shows, this coming Aug 26-28th, little more excited about the shopping more than showing, but will have news after the weekend.
We have had some huge win's with the puppers. Firstly, Baby "Kane" went to 2 days of the show in Kenora Ontario, he was just 6 months old and a few days. His first day in the ring he went with his best Bud Leanne Maciver to be shown to Denise Cornelssen breeder/Judge. His first Day he went onto getting Winners Dog and his First Best Puppy in Group! Thank you both to Leanne & to Denise for this lovely win. Second day i joined them in Kenora and we had a great day getting another 2 wins that day for BOW putting him on 5 points first weekend out! thank you to Judge Bart Miller
We had entered ALL 3 puppies in Thunder Bay Ontario the next weekend. So off i went with 3 puppies, and Jackson to the shows. I travelled up with Connie Krohn and was it a busy weekend for both of us!
Kane came away with another BPIG and to finish his Championship at 6 months and 10 days old under Breeder/Judge Mark McMillan
MULTI BPIG NEW CHAMPION AMANCHARA PROTOTYPE
We also put many points on the girls i had with me also. "Lyric" Kensil's Lyrical World at Cassbar is close to finishing her Championship. Here is a Picture of her BOW with Judge Mary White
"Presley" has also had some lovely win's including a Reserve WB at the Thunder Bay Specialty, she is now close to finishing, and this was a lovely win with Judge Jack Kilgour. Kane had also won BOW/Best of Oppostite, Best Puppy In Group under Jack Kilgour that day. Thank you for the lovely wins.
Jackson didn't get to be shown as i was so busy with the puppies, but we did get a win in that weekend, a Breed win and A group 2nd for our bratty Special. He's so much fun to show, cant wait till he is more mature and we can play more.
So we had our Vegas trip, and came home to start the show season here. I had Lyric in her first show just to get her out on mats, and she did really well, took some reserves. We then had a US show to go to, Willow still needs her last point for her American Championship, but she managed to dump every last hair on her body, but we went anyway. Both her and Jackson picked up Reserve Winners from the show, so we came home with no points, but we had some great shopping Kara & I. : )
We have a few puppies out or young adults all going at the same time. Of course Jackson as a Special. Presley who has 4 points as of the end of May. But another boy owned by Summer Armitt, "Harley" has been out with her exclusively. "Harely" is out of our Miley who just fnished her Ch in March. Harely and Summer played in a few Shows this summer and at Portage show on the long weekend of July he is now a NEW Champion Cassbar's High Performance. His sire is "Robin" Ch. Skyehaven Rockin Robin HT, owned by a good friend Paula Reid, and that is the first Champion Offspring for both Sire and Dam. CONGRATS SUMMER & HARLEY!
We've been to Vegas a few times now, but friends of ours hadnt, so we hit some of the great views of Nevada & Arizona! We did go see the Dam again, and this time at the Grand Canyon, we did a helicopter ride. Here are some pictures
The Bridge from the Hoover Dam. We had driven over it a few times, but never got to see the finished product. Looks Great!
Such an amazing structure, being in the business of big structure work, this feat amaze's us more than the Dam!
This was our Helicopter, we took a picture as it was loading the next crew out. The Helicopter took us over the side of the Grand Canyon, then down to the Colorado River, there we walked down to a river boat, that took us for a ride up the Colorado. She then turned off the motor and we floated back to the dock.
We had a great time on the Boat, and then back up to the Helicopter which flew us back up and over the Canyon wal, back the the Skywalk area to our bus home. We did some walking up at top, Pat & Dale walked up to the Highest point of the canyon.
That is the Skywalk, we had been on it before, so had Dale & Pat go on the Glass floored 4000 foot above ground structure, and we took pictures from the ground :)
Kind of puts life in perspective huh? WOW we are just tiny pieces of the puzzle. Very cool place on earth, glad we have gone and witnessed it.
We got home from ASSA, and Jackson & Willow were on their way to Thunder Bay for the First Specialty there put on by the Local Thunder Bay Area Shetland Sheepdog club.
I had Entered Jackson & Willow both in Regular & in Sweeps.
Jackson won the Sweeps Juvenile, and Willow won the Vetran's Sweeps!
Onto the Regular Specialty, they were both entered as Specials, and I was told that it was a toss up between Jackson & his mother for Best In Specialty Show. But Jackson Won it, our first home bred Best in Specialty! And his Dam Willow wont Best of Opposite, what a nice family win.
Presley was also at that show, she came home with her first points and a Reserve Winners Bitch in Specialty. Thank you to Trina & Connie for handling them to these wins.
Both were home, but not for long, Jackson went on to the West with Trina & Connie and we were off to Las Vegas for a short but fun trip with Friends Pat & Dale Burroughs. We had a awesome time!
So much happened in March that i didnt even think to mention it before my last post. I've been meaning to write this for awhile. "Kane" Amanchara Prototype, our new puppy was LOST in March! He had either gotten out of our front gate, or ??? it was 9pm on a friday we still dont even know how it happened. Kane was 12 weeks old, 6 pounds & out for over 36 hrs in the cold (-20c). I've never been threw such hell. I was sick, didnt sleep, couldnt think straight. We had SO many people come out to help us, the sheltie community never mind just the dog community was so helpful. They scoured bush, neighbors, sheds, land, snow, crevices for hours a day, night and day. Never did we see him. I even had a plane do a overhead search to possibly pick him off the snow being so white. Nothing. A good friend of my Dads, Harvey Bell, brought out a Quad Saturday night. Well i got on that thing and never wanted to get off. I could cover so much ground on it. I was so sore already from being up and out day and night. I searched till it was too dark to try anymore. Next morning (sunday) i went and got dale and said lets go eat, we cant keep up like this with no food. Then back to the Quad. It was sunny out, but still cold. I spent that morning going threw the Colony's (Hutterites )Equipment areas, garbage dump area. they have such huge areas for hiding. I saw so many coyote's, hawks, i couldnt help but bawling my eyes out knowing this was getting so hopeless. I pulled up to Dale, he was way out in a bush across from our house about 1/2 km. I had my head low, and just said, let me drive you back to your truck, this is nuts, we are looking for a needle in a haystack. Another neighbor pulled up on his Sled, which the snow was getting less and less with the spring melt. I said well, im gonna drive out to this small shed in the middle of the prairie, maybe hes moved in there since the last time we checked (last night) Dale wouldnt take the ride to his truck. Thank GOD he didnt, as i wouldnt have gone the way i did. I drove maybe 500 meters away from where they had been, and there he was!!!! lying on his side in the snow. Not moving.......... I thought, and said out loud as i turned off the Quad. OH MY GOD KANE NO! i thought he was gone........... he lifted his head, stumbled a little bit, and came right to me, i was already on the ground off the quad, not sure how i got there. Well i stuffed him in my jacket, and tried calling Dale, i was sobbing like a crazy person, i still think Dale thought he was dead but i found him. I said no hes ALIVE, just phone everyone, he's alive!!!! So me sobbing, him licking my face like "what the heck is your problem mommy" we tried to share a piece of pathetic cheese strip that i had been carrying around in my pocket the last 36 hrs! i kept him in my jacket, threw my helmet on the back of the quad and made the trek across the prairie back to the house. By this time my mom was on the driveway i could see her, jumping up and down like a crazy person too ( i think the neighbors totally GET dog people now, they know we are nuts, its no longer a question) I thought, nope im driving this guy right up to the house! I ran in the door, kicked off my boots and snow suit (oh my it was muddy that day!) and phoned my vet Shannon Stuart immediately! "What do i do? i found him, does he need fluids? what do i do" shannon in her calm voice says "well is he lethargic? concious?" I said "no he's in the cupboard looking for lunch, on his hind legs" She started to chuckle and said then no, dont come meet me, just start food and water in small amounts every hour. He's gonna be fine. So i tried to calm myself down a bit, as the flood of people started to hit the driveway, so many that were out there, came in to see our famous little boy who got threw -20c nights. No frost bite, not even sore, or lame............ nothing. He was just as happy to visit with everyone, and man did he have alot of loving up to do that day!!!! Poor boy, cause after that he wasnt aloud out of my sight! He was fine with that too, gosh i wish they could tell us the story themselves. What did he see? how did he get threw the nights when the coyote's were singing? WHY didnt he come in to my dogs, the morning breakfast ritual is pretty loud and i made sure everyone would hear it across the prairie those days. But he's home and has no issues from the ordeal. ~THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED IN EVERYWAY~ From Facebook messages, emails, texts and phone calls all over the world supporting us, it was a amazing thing to know so many were helping us. There was the Northwinds show that weekend, i didnt even get there, but Trina & Connie (KanineKru Handling) were staying at our house. They wanted to help and did, i still have this picture in my mind, Connie standing next to me in a field its midnight -20 out and shes in a show suit and shoes, me saying, go back to the house! We thought we had him Friday Night, but lost him as all our big lights went dead. The girls still wanted to be out there but their job is to show dogs on weekends, so off they went everyday and i know they felt helpless, but the show must go on! I had dogs entered that weekend also, and they took them in the mornings and showed them for me. I Got a New CH out of the weekend, and Jackson had more BPIG's and a couple Group Placements! "MILEY" Ch. Cassbar's Roadside Attraction finished that weekend. So Thank you girls!
It was the worst weekend in my life, but thankfully it ended well! That Picture is of Kane about a week before we lost him. More to follow in the blog.
Now im just wishing on spring with old pictures!
Well we thought it was here! warmed up in the plus's, melting began, and woke up to -21 this morning again! Thinking of Lilies, i so need to see some grass & even ground thats not white!
and my favorite, painted Daisies!
Thats all i have to say for now. Well didnt say much, it was mostly pictures. So SO done with winter.
Ok these pictures are from some of my puppy people. I was having a really bad day at work, and having a bad "dog" week too. But heres how someone can just brighten your day and they dont even know it. Thank you Robin & Craig! We have hard times as breeders, trying to do the right thing, and usually means putting out hearts and our pocket books on the hook. So i opened these up and almost cried. I think the best part is not even Bella the B day girl, its their old dog, the look on his face like "why does she get the damn present" Gosh, thank dog for Old dogs! Again thanks!
And Happy Birthday to Quick, Bella, Harley, Rylee & Ziva on your First B day!
Well its almost the end of February and the wind is howling out there, completely white out and its about -34 with the windchill, warmed up at noon. Can we say we've had enough? Dale and i decided to try to get some new pics of "Kane" our new blue boy here that arrived just this past Wednesday. Well we ran him outside, took some shots and ran him back in to thaw him and the camera! Here is one of the shots
We will try for more when it warms up.
Here is a few shots of Lexi's Babies at almost 3 weeks!