Sunday, June 11, 2017

Rosie and puppies playing in the kennel.

Today is the hottest day of the year...
Regardless - we took Gigi's little guys to play outside.
Of course in the shady area.
Rosie wanted to participate, but not this time.
Still - they clearly had fun with each other.
She is looking very big compare to the little ones,
but  do not forget -she is a puppy too.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Manya and Tory... soon to be show dogs!

 Only month ago "puppy-puppy", Manya will be 5 months old in a week
and dramatically changed her looks.
She and her sister Tory both are also dramatically changing
their baby-teeth and we really have to watch out!

 Every time they finding something it goes strait to their mouth!
Of course not to say that adult dogs not giving them the same idea.
Below: two little butts on the left - Manya and Tory.
Substantial butt the right - Lusha.

 Girls are looking like teenagers now. Tory got those long legs!

 Of course there are constant arguments about "whose?.."

 Sometimes even Lusha participating.
But she is getting tired of chasing toys quickly and
pups are having great time with each other...
Their treasures are safe!

 Run, girls, run!
Very soon You will be trotting in a show ring.
But till then... just play away!
It is summer!

Gigi's litter, 6 weeks.

 Gigi's little guys are 6 weeks old now and (weather permitted)
we trying to introduce them to Big Outdoors.
Today was a very good day to play outside, therefore we did.
Much play, much fun. To make whole experience safe,
we did it at the time when adults dogs are having their lunch.

 Manya and Tory, who are almost 5 months old right now
were allover to interact with puppies, but only across of the fence.
Main concern was - possible arguments over toys!

 And last, but not least - everybody's favorite red wagon.

New Castle show cluster.

Last week Jim and I went for our longest-ever show cluster
at New Castle, PA.
Weather was challenging, we also had serious equipment malfunction 
on show grounds and our RV had good chance to burn down.
 Fortunately we ended up only with some roof damage
and nobody got hurt.
This is the most important part.
Regardless of all issues we put 3 more Majors on Lusha - 
GCH Shazzam Of Oz Tactical Solution,
what brings her to total of 60 points toward her
GR. Champion Bronze Level.
Taking few weeks of break now.
No shows... Taking care of puppies, grooming etc.
There is always more to do here with dogs then anybody could think
(including even my dear husband,
God Bless his Soul!).
Currently Jim is on RV fixing quest.
I'm getting group of young dogs ready for summer show season
and trying to catch up on many other things...
Including computer stuff.
Stay tuned. I hope to post more in a few days.

Goodbye, Basya!...

This week we finally had to let go our beautiful Basya 
(Shazzam Of Oz Basic Beauty)
amazing old girl, " Sergeant" of the house,
who always knew what is right (Basya's way) and what is wrong.
No one of young dogs were even picking at her, as she was 
"Thee Order".
Yesterday she joined her mother Casya 
(Shazzam Of Oz Cassandra)
on Rainbow Bridge.
May You run free, play hard and be young and beautiful again,
how we want to remember You both!

Above - "Basya" - Shazzam Of Oz Basic Beauty,
Philadelphia show cluster.

Below - "Casya" - Shazzam Of Oz Cassandra,
Harrisburg show cluster.

Loved and never forgotten!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Puppies and more puppies!...

Spring time... and we have few litters in the house of different age.
Of course the oldest are Time-sisters.
Manya and Tory, born in January.
Girls are over 3 months old by now, already in rolled show coats
and with perfectly set "show ears".
Still babies and not even started to change their teeth.
Here they are - sleeping together after much play.

"Litter" of Tutta and Tim resulted in singleton puppy girl this time...
But what a girl! She is almost 3 weeks old now 
and absolutely smashingly beautiful! 
Her coat and color will be to die for...

On other hand our other "special litter" from Time and Bea
is about two weeks old.
They are closely related to Awwa's "twins"
and hopefully we will have a show boy prospect from this litter.
Same as Awwa's sisters those puppies are not for sale.
At list not until show evaluation.

Lastly the newest addition to "Shazzam's" family -
litter from Gigi and Chant.
They had 6 nice looking puppies, surprisingly
all of them turned to be S/P color.
(It was possibility of having B/S puppies, but...
it didn't happen. Genetic is a tricky thing).

Here is all 6 brothers and sisters enjoying at the milk bar. 
This is probably the only time when You will see their photo with tails,
 as very soon they going to loose it.

Keep in mind, those are new-born puppies
absolute babies and look accordantly...
Eyes are closed yet, not much to be said of color
nor of personality. Do not even ask, it is too early!

Above - 4 boys. Extremely wiggly.
Below - two ladies.

All are doing well! All have homes.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Go Lusha!

Do not know how to start... But what a week!
Two weeks in fact...
First we went to small show in VA with 3 dogs -
Lusha, Awwa and their little sister Josie...
Girls did very well. Lusha went Best Of Breed one day
and Best of Opposite the other day.
Awwa got winner bitch and Josie reserve of winners.
Weather was not the easiest, so no pictures from that weekend...
Right on return Lusha and I went to Agility trials.
First day she had a blond moment and dropped off the bar resulting in NQ.
Second day she went like a PRO and was best it her class with her first Q
in Agility Novice Standard.

Here she sits, all proud of herself on a back of my SUV.
After trials we had to get ready for big show cluster in Harrisburg, PA,
what is our "thee most local show".
We had 4 dogs entered - same 3 ladies stated above
and Dora, our Xolo pup.
It was... much work I have to say, but we did well.
Bunch of ribbons, several placements, but most importantly 
Lusha picked up two majors and completed her final requirement
for getting her GR Champion Title!
Our friends did very well too and finished several dogs over this cluster.
It was great to see everybody happy and smiling.

Here is the picture from very last day of cluster.
Left to right - Shawne Imler, Becca Wilson and me...
 with 3 newly titled dogs!
And lastly - winning photo of Lusha:

But we are not done yet!...
Stay tuned, more to come!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Our first official Agility Titles!

Look what we got in mail yesterday!
Lusha is now officially ACT2 Title holder!

Now we waiting for York dog show photos and...
For delivery of our spring litters.
Not too long to wait, but so far they are not on ground
safe and sound,
I'll post nothing. Do not even ask.

Also.. later this week we have another agility trial with Lusha,
and if we make it here (considering the fact of puppies can arrive any time),
she might get her third Q for her first JWW Title.
If not - it will be another time for that Q.

Sooo... much is going on. Stay tuned for updates!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

York dog show cluster 2017.

 After some x-amount of digging we got my car out.
But it was no way to bring it down to our back yard
to pick up all stuff and dogs.
Therefore we used JR's shuttle services -
Jim put into good use his UTV
and was daily getting everybody in and out...
Whatever works!

 Long story short - show cluster went well.
Baby Josie got some good ring practice
and collected beautiful ribbons and even really beautiful
big rosette for the Puppy Group 4th placement.

 Lusha did outstandingly well and went two days
Best Of Breed and other two days -
Best Of Opposite Sex to Best Of Breed.
She had another major win on Saturday
and went Owner/Handled Group 2 as well.
She mean business!

Dora on other hand did very well on day one,
but no so well other 3 days.
We figured she need more ring time and as result
she will be going to the Club as often as we can take her.
I think she is getting idea - shows are good
and fun. Not sure why she forgot about it.
She was perfect in December, but...
 she is Xolo and doesn't need reasoning to do what she does.

And of course our puppy Rosie also need her ring practice,
therefore she makes company to Dora
in our Club outings.

Now we will have few weeks without shows, 
but in April girls are going back to the ring
and Lusha has more of agility trials too...
I believe she is starting to really like those...
and she is getting very good in it too...

Stay tuned to her adventures!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

To York... or not to York?...

Our first show cluster of the season is coming up this week...
and of course we got a fluffy little blizzard!
First and only blizzard of this winter, but trust me it was enough.
All show thing was under big question mark,
but look like "they over there" figure it out and only canceled ONE day
out of five days cluster.
We over here also figured it out
and dig out our cars and ready to go.
Meanwhile dogs had no care in the world
and had great time in cozy warm house!
Just look at Awwa playing with her puppies
and You will know they are very comfortable!...
Best part - we didn't get any power outages this time. Good times, good times!


More fun with agility.

This Monday right before the storm we went
for another agility trial with Lusha.
Our Diva made herself comfortable and pretty much
slept on our lap most of the time before her run

 ...and how can You resist her really ?!..

Regardless of her lazy attitude when it was her time to go,
she woke up just fine and went and did great!
Another clean run of 100 with second placement in her class!..
Go Lusha!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Our ACT agility tests.

Long story short - all went well!
Not like it was simple, but a bit more relaxed then regular trials.
However Lusha had to do 4 runs and normally we do not do more then one..
Therefore I wasn't very surprised to see her getting tired by the end of third run.
But she finished well that one and one more... 
and ended up with all 4 Qs!
What mean we have two new Agility titles
and ready to move on "standard" equipment.
As soon Lusha finishes her "Jumper With Weavers" (JWW)
or Standard Novice title she will be eligible for her 
Versatility Dog Award, issued by
American Miniature Schnauzer Club.
 To receive that award dog has to have titles at at list 3 different disciplines
and meet specific points requirements. She is almost there.
Sooo... here is our first run for AKC ACT1.
Irina recorded whole thing, so far we with Lusha were running.

And below is one of two ACT2 courses we did.
A bit different obstacles vs ACT1.

We both enjoyed it... I love my little lady!
Go, Lusha!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

.. and more of agility practice with Lusha!...

Last practice before our ACT trial.
We even took effort to set tire jump 
(for the first time, she never done it before).
Not a problem, just one more jump!..
I believe we are ready for Monday evening.
We will keep You updated on what will happen there...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Getting ready for ACT !

ACT1 and ACT2 are new AKC tests for dogs, who are just starting in agility.
ACT stands for "Agility Course Test" and two test levels are available.
Both those test requiring dog to work on so called "standard equipment"
what is including various contact obstacles.
Unlikely Jumpers trails, what we did before,
dog has to work teeter (seesaw), A-frame and several other things,
what are new for Lusha.
This upcoming Monday we going to try out what she learned
 and hopefully pass both ACT levels...
We believe she is ready, but You never know till trial.
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Manya and Tory are 6 weeks old!

 Today is a girls' Birthday. They are 6 weeks old now,
it is a big mark for little puppies.
When they turning 6, they starting  to be social, playful, very curious
(sometimes too much curious for their own good!)
and very photogenic... Yet very hard to take pictures,
as those little things wouldn't stay still for longer then an eye blink.
This is why we scheduled this BD photoshoot NOW.
Who knows, if we would be able to make them stay still for us tomorrow.
Some time ago I ordered new photo background
and this was a great way to try it out.
It worked out fine, so I can order more of the same brand.

 Above - Tory. Reminding me a lot of her Sire.
Below - Manya - reminding a lot of her aunt - Lusha,
when she was a baby!
They only getting better day by day...