Sunday, December 13, 2009

My two-legged bred by!

Samantha has been on a fantastic roll! With her Flute she has moved on to the second round of state finals, Honors band for district, 1st chair at the UGA Midfest this past weekend, #3 Dalmatian Junior Handler and was the Star Student for "Respect" at her school last month. Could not happen to a better person. The rose began to blossom and bloom 3 years ago and just like a rose she gets better and better! The Principal at her school had me stand explained to the kids that respect starts with the one raising the student. I could not agree more. The most important thing with respect is you have to give it to get it.

Beetle is doing great in the show ring. Her personality is simply amazing. She has been the ONLY puppy at 6 months old that I would trust in a hotel room. She loves to just be with people and hang out. If anyone ever tells me again how "hyper" Dalmatians are I will just show them the Beetle Bug! She is 100% happy to lay on her back and have her belly rubbed!

Got a wonderful picture of Sierra for Christmas of the day she won her last points for her Championship and Lillie's "New Champion" photo. Sierra's movement still amazes me. She is like driving a fine car when showing her in the ring.

Ada with Green Starr Dalmatians and I have decided to bred Pat and Lillie again in the summer/fall of 2010. I have a wonderful show home for the pick of the litter that has had Dals for a long time and looks forward to getting back in the show ring. She has been looking at the past litters and really admires them.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Announcing CHAMPION Southern Chic Echo's Lil Secret "Sierra"

Traveling home yesterday from Concord North Carolina we had the privilege of having a new CHAMPION in the van with us! CH Southern Chic Echo's Lil Secret "Sierra". This girl has been such a pleasure to have with at Enchanted Hart. I love her dearly and to watch her move is really a treat in the show ring! Right now in the show ring we have a real problem with top lines in tail sets in my opinion. This past three days of showing Sierra stuck out for correct movement, top line and tail set! She won her 11 and 12 reserve to a major on Friday and Saturday and thanks to Judge Kenneth Buxton on Sunday Winners Bitch to finish her. I'm so thankful we did not have to make it to #13! Samantha has been using her in the Juniors ring and has placed in her class with one exception. Mud is a great, tail wagging, give me the win face show dog but we have learned with some Juniors Judges that does not work. Sierra shows is a very stand/stack tail out perfect and does not tend to move her feet when placed allowing Samantha to show her handling skills vs fighting with Mud on "no I want my foot here!". He is young and will grow into "oh ok this is what we are doing"!

We are going to schedule Mud for his therapy testing, I hope, in January. He is such a layed back love a bug I just can't wait to share him with everyone that needs a Dalmatian pick up. He will still show in the Juniors ring from time to time. Samantha is enjoying the variety now and can't wait for Beetle to mature for her to show.

Michele and Tom Wrath...what great people! At every show we are at they have been ringside for Juniors and not only giving advice to Samantha but any parent with a Junior in the ring. Tom has the best advice to very little things that make the biggest difference! Thanks for doing the things you do that mean so much. Michele I can't wait to go shopping after Christmas with your suggestions!

I had to go in the ring this past weekend and TRY to get a dog not to get the major. In other words mess him up something horribly. Well he won and not with my handling skills! He was in the ring to hold the major, so I did not use bait, I let him look at the boy behind, I almost walked around the ring and started to skip. As I got in line when the others where stacking up the dogs and I was not going to, I looked down and "BAM" four feet stacked perfect looking at me tail out wagging saying look at me! Have to remember in the future just how well Pam Fisher breeds and trains her Dalmatians! I have really liked that boy from the first day I saw him and what a joy it was to be on the lead for him to get his 3rd major after he was already a Champion. Congrats Pam for doing what you do so well!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thanks for the Reminder!

It's been way to busy! A good busy!

The blood draw last weekend in Knoxville was great. Thank you Donna and everyone that made it such a success! We got to see two of the puppies from the May litter along with owners and it's just fantastic! One puppy named "Gus" went to a home that had Dalmatian that did not get along with many humans and made it tough for them to have people in there home or go for happy walks. Well things have changed with Gus! Mike and Karen have done a great job with him! He had a hard time keeping all four on the floor and keeping his tail from wagging! Love it! He will be in the show ring in the spring.

Our Beetle was away for 5 weeks and boy did we miss her! We had a Dalmatian in the house for Samantha to show and Beetle spent some time at her Dads! I think she enjoyed her sister Kate and Dad Pat but man I am glad to have her home! Samantha finished "Danica" the Dalmatian we had here and she got to go home.

OH BY THE WAY!!!! Mama Lillie is now....CHAMPION Volunteer's Enchanted Hart!!! Love that girl! I will post the picture as soon as we get it.

No puppies planed for a while! Enjoy having them but Samantha has many goals to get accomplished for the next 12 months. 10 wins for Westminister and 5 wins (one of which she got last weekend) for Eukanuba. She is also very focused on her Flute and will be competing in District in the next 4 weeks and attending the University of Georgia by invitation also.

Beetle will enter the show ring for the first time next Sunday!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

All things work out for the best

I'm so thankful for God and they way he works things out! Puppies go to better homes, what goes around comes around and we are blessed with special people in our lives! All things work out for the best if you just let it happen!

Beetle wore herself out this morning and pulled the clean whelping box pads down from the chest so that she could go to sleep.

Ada will be arriving today to spend some time and (ok here is the real reason) Cindy is coming to "visit" Mud! Since Sierra and Cindy came into season a day a part Mud will REALLY be happy to see Cindy! I didn't know a male could wine so much......*slap on the forehead* yes I do. LOL Sorry backtrack moment!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's quite!

It's been a long time since we got to train a puppy! Beetle will be staying here for training with Samantha. We got to go to her first Confirmation/Puppy Kindergarden class this past Sunday and it was a blast. We have a little Lillie in the house! Pre-ma-donna to the hilt! Everyone got a kick out of her sitting her hind end on the balance beam like a human. Not once, not twice but three separate times! Everytime a puppy came to "check her out" she politely but very snobish like turned to face them and sat her butt to the floor! Of course the looked great on the lead and the trainer was impressed. Samantha has worked hard with her on the leash training and for 8 weeks to move around the ring without pulling is great! Stood in a stand stay for exam from both a man "judge" and female "judge". Need some work on the teeth but that will not take much to get her to settle at people looking at them.

Got the house back in order after puppy whelping.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Moving on!

The last trip to the farm for awhile...well I say that but you just never know! We figured out that it was over a year since I have been there but Samantha has enjoyed making visits often. That won't happen again for me to be gone! Sorry but it's just my slice of heaven in the mountains and I did not know HOW much I missed it until I got to spend some time again. Looking back it has been a year of very mixed emotions. Puppies have been a big part of it. Don't like having back to back litters we do know that! We love the puppies and for the most part the wonderful people we get to meet when our kids are going to there new homes but for those that just put a bump in the road just frustrate me to heck! Which brings me announce:

We have a black/white brown eyed fantastic male available!

He is our only black/white boy from this litter. We have been calling him Pat Jr. this past weekend because he is so much like his daddy. Layed back boy just wanting a lap to lay on!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Life is good!

Samantha and I got back last night from another wonderful trip to the farm! Hearing test were performed Friday morning at the University of Tennessee and no surprises great stats once again for this group! For the first time in 3 litters Lillie has produced show girls! ALL THREE will be placed in show homes and I could not be more excited! Oh yes I could! Looks like the two liver boys are also going into the confirmation ring! We have to wait for one another breeder to finish evaluating next Saturday to confirm the other evaluations. All things work out for a reason. I got to meet one of the puppy owners yesterday. She made me cry which often happens remembering the loved dogs we have lost and meshed with holding a new family member brings a rush of emotions! Originally she was to get a girl but as I knew once she met the boys she was in love. Boys always do that to the right people that have open hearts. As I tell all of my puppy people when I start talking to them. I don't know what we are going to get and to be open to color and sex. I have not had one puppy placed that it has worked out for the best! Rachel and Nash from the last litter has been the best example of that! This also includes puppy people that are so closed minded to spotting, color and sex. If I have a person that does not even care about meeting the puppies and seeing personalities vs looks and sex of the puppy it's just best to move that person on to someone else. In the long run no matter what is placed in that home they won't be happy.

We thought most of the puppies would be going home next weekend....looks like I will have a few to stay on due to vacations. Oh I just hate that :)....puppies that I get to enjoy, love, play with!

Looking forward to the next couple of weeks. Back to the farm Thursday and than next week Samantha and I have high hopes that we will finally get to close a chapter in our lives that has been a complete nightmare for us. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayer that what comes around will FINALLY go around!