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...

Friday, February 10, 2017

Manya & Tory are 1 month old!

 Today we are celebrating puppies first important anniversary -
they turned to be month old... And what a difference did it make.
Sometime I can not believe it, how one more day may totally change 
all behavioral pattern of little puppies.
From cautious little creatures they all the sudden turned
into fearless little predators ready to play with everything on their way.
To commemorate this day we did this little photoshoot,
when girls were posing on purple -
the color of Westminster Dog Show,
where in a few days their Daddy will be competing again
against of very best dogs in North America...

Girls know nothing about dog shows yet, 
but in a few months that will change too...
Meanwhile they enjoy all their toys and games 
and this is what childhood should be about...

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mid-winter news and updates.

Well now... time is going quickly, things are changing rapidly...
We are in February now...
What do You know of February 14?
Hearts and candies, right?...
Not only that. This year it is only Thee Day
when our favorite Breed will be shown at
Thee Most prestigious dog show in USA -
Westminster Kennel Club show in NYC.
Our "Diva" - Lusha was supposed to be a part of this show,
but Nature had different opinion and Miss Diva came in season...
Not the best, nor easiest way to be shown.
Therefore we had to drop whole idea and getting ready
for spring performance events instead.
Barn Hunt is calling her name and we need more "legs" in Agility.
And her Grand Championship campaign has to be finalized too.
So no Westminster for Lusha... not this time.

Now... meet our newest addition - Gypsy Rose "Rosie".
Finally in our family came to live with us another Standard Schnauzer.
Last one I had 20 years ago, but always knew -
it will be another right day and...
So this day has come. Rosie is here to stay, 
thank You to our wonderful friend Shawne Imler!

Awwa's twins got an addition to their living-room.
They also got bunch of new toys and learning to eat
on their own. We found out - those two are not big on meats,
but love their dairy!...  At list for now.

 Awwa  continue to be Mrs Perfection 
and gracefully fulfilling her motherly duty.
She is to go back to show ring at fall of 2017.
Only 5 more points to go to get her Championship.

Spring is not that far and girls are starting to come in season
one after another.Hopefully we are going to have
several beautiful litters later this spring.

Currently Tutta was bred to Timmy for her last litter.
Puppies expected to be born sometime in March.
Availability - end of May/beginning of June.
It will be Black/Silver litter with no other color options.

Gina and Gigi are going to be bred in February as well.
Gina is going to have another Black/Silver litter
and Gigi is going to have Salt/Pepper litter.
Litters should be born in April, available in June.
We still discussing their breeding partners.

Later at spring Ziva will be bred to Timmy
for another litter of black and Black/Silver puppies.
Availability - first part of summer.

It will be very busy time, I can tell right now...
Perhaps it will be lesser of blogging too.
So far I have more free time I'll try to do more posts...
But then - who knows.

To be continued......

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Manya and Tory are 3 weeks old!

 Girls are modeling for us together with Amelia.
Amelia is the French-born bear, who came to live with us this summer.
She was originally from Toulouse,
 but I talked her into coming with me in USA.
She makes good Nanny for the girls! 
At list on the photos.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Awwa's puppies over two weeks old.

Love bugs are growing and only getting better and better...

Above - another photo with eyes not open yet...
forgot to post this one when Ira tool it.
Below - it is hard job to be a puppy!
Dealing with all that food is so exhausting!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Good things, bad things...

Unfortunately how some of You know already litter from Elly didn't happen... Not everything is nice and simple every time when it comes to delivery... not at all.
But thankfully Elly is alright and doesn't even realize her litter is gone...
Instead she is totally sure it is all Awwa's fault. Awwa should be the one who took her puppies
(regardless of fact Awwa's two girls are two weeks old now.) 
Luckily for Elly Awwa doesn't care what Elly thinks, so her furry butt is safe...
It wouldn't be the first time when Momma Dog suddenly decided that other Momma's puppies should belong to her... And not always their negotiations between those two are peaceful...
Now about that Awwa and her little girls.

Girls are in fact anything, but "little".
Yesterday they turned to be two weeks old and now have their eyes open
wide on big World around. Awwa has tons om milk and those two are huge and fat.
Awwa loves them and taking great care of both, but she is not one of those crazy Moms
who will not step away from their litter. Instead she feeds them , clean them up
and asking to go check other things out...
Mainly to find out what is going on on kitchen, of course.

Above - Awwa and girls are enjoying their family time.
Girls are 10 days old on this photo.

Above: Tory (on a top) and Manya (below). Two weeks old.
Bright eyes and bushy everything else...
They have big future ahead, but they care less,
so far there is a milk and warm pace to sleep.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


One of my very favorite articles what I had to share with You, guys... as I couldn't write it any better.

What Is A Breeder ©1986 is a gentle, prideful reminder of why we do what we do and the people who inspire and enable us - reprint permission freely granted.


Webster's gives us some interesting definitions: "To nourish, generate, cause, to bring up, to nurse and foster," and more to the point, "to produce by special selection of parents or progenitors."
Anyone who puts two animals together for the purpose of producing young does "generate, engender, cause, or occasion" the propagation of that species or breed. Most breeders, thankfully, "nourish, cherish, bring up, nurse, and foster."
Ahh, but here's the rub: Only a handful of persons involved in the production of companion animals can be said to "produce by special selection of parents or progenitors." A Breeder (with a capital "B") is one who thirsts for knowledge but never knows it all, one who wrestles with decisions of conscience, convenience, and commitment.

A Breeder is one who sacrifices personal interests, finances, time, friendships, fancy furniture, and deep pile carpeting. A breeder gives up dreams of a long, luxurious cruise in favor of turning that all-important specialty show into this year's vacation.

The Breeder goes without sleep (but never without coffee) while watching anxiously over the birth process, and afterwards, every little sneeze, wiggle, or cry. The Dog Breeder skips dinner parties because a litter is due or the puppies have to be fed at eight. He or she disregards birth fluids and puts mouth to mouth to save a gasping newborn, literally blowing life into a tiny, helpless creature that may be the culmination of a lifetime of dreams.

A Breeder's lap is a marvelous place where generations of proud and noble champions once snoozed. A Dog Breeder's hands are strong and firm and often soiled but ever so gentle and sensitive to the thrust of a puppy's nose. A Breeder's knees are usually arthritic from stooping, bending, and lifting puppies but are strong enough to enable the Breeder to show the “keeper” in Sweeps!

A Breeder's shoulders are stooped and often heaped with abuse from competitors but they're wide enough to support the weight of a thousand defeats and frustrations. A breeder's arms are always able to wield a mop, support an armful of puppies, or lend a helping hand to a newcomer.

A Breeder's ears are wondrous things, strangely shaped (from being pressed against a phone receiver), deaf to criticism yet always fine-tuned to the whimper of a sick pup. A Breeder's eyes are blurred from pedigree research and sometimes blind to his own dog's shortcomings, but they are ever so keen to the competition's faults and are always, always searching for the perfect specimen.

A Breeder's brain is foggy on faces, but recalls pedigrees faster than an IBM. It's so full of knowledge that sometimes it blows a fuse. It catalogs thousands of good fronts, hocky rears, and perfect heads... and buries in the soul the failures and the ones that didn't turn out.

The Breeder's heart is often broken but it beats strongly with hope everlasting - and it's always in the right place!

Oh yes, there are breeders, and then, there are Breeders.

~ Barbara J. (bj) Andrews © September 1986

Dedicated to Bill Andrews

Friday, January 13, 2017

3 days with us!

Mrs Awwa enjoying her time with children!
They are 3 days old and more likely it is the last time we will see them with tails.
Puppies are growing rapidly and looking very healthy and happy.
We can not dream of anything better.
At case if You wander about soundtracks...
 Those are compliments of our canaries acapella.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

It is official now!

Lusha is an "official AKC Agility dog"!
With her first award recorded.
Best of all - she started really like the game and looking to please.
Yes, it is all game to her, not work and she is enjoying it just as much as we do...
perhaps even more.
Still due to the weather all our future trials are not before the spring.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Time of new beginnings!

Introducing Daddy of our new born litter we were patiently waiting for....


This outstanding dog from Mexico, belong to Octavio Martinez,
Yanga's Kennel.

His house name is "TIME" OR "MEXICO", but here in USA 
breeders refer to him often simply us "Time".

This beautiful dog has won just about everything in United States,
including the most prestigious show of Champions  -
Westminster Kennel Club show 2016.
See him winning at the end of this video.

We had an honor to breed our beautiful "Awwa" -
Shazzam Of Oz Awesom News
to this outstanding stud.
Original plan was to finish Awwa's Championship and have her litter after it is done.
However we couldn't pass rare opportunity to use him, and surely we did it!

This breeding resulted in two gorgeous baby-girls, what we are hoping to bring out
later on in 2017 together with their mother, who still need to win her last major
to complete her Championship.

Above - Awwa winning at Macungie, PA fall of 2016.

Above - Awwa with her babies. Bea is supervising on grandkids..

Welcome new addition to Shazzam Of Oz family!
"Manya" and "Tory"!
The wait is over, but this is only the beginning...
All adventures are coming up!