I was off to Southern California for the Claremont Specialties with Sage, Cardiff & Soleil. First I stopped off in the desert to spend a couple of days with Pierre's parents. I had a great time visiting with them and especially enjoy talking with Pierre's dad. I ADORE him. Mom made me a drink (ok.....3) that were so strong I was sure she was trying to kill me. It tasted like straight whiskey. But I love her regardless. Later she told me I didn't have to drink it all but I just hate wasting anything........
The third and weaker drink.
Pierre's spot in his parent's yard. Awwwhhhh...it is planted near the cherry tree I gave them to plant in my dad's memory.
The visit was short and sweet and it was VERY windy there. I love and miss the desert but I don't miss the wind.
From there I went to stay with Dina at her new home. We had a great time and so did the girls.
When I came into the kitchen early the second morning Dina said my dogs might have dragged some stuff out to the center of the yard. My dogs??? What the heck does she mean????? Lawn chair cushions and the cover to Al's meat smoker. O oh........apparently my dogs are badder than her dogs.
The first night we had Mexican food. Y u m m y !
Margaritas always go with Mexican food.....
My main goal was to get Cardiff's majors, but I also obviously wanted to do well with Sage & Soleil. These being Sage's first official shows, we wanted to make a splash. Well, first off her registered name in the catalog was not so pretty. It was missing the "C" so she was listed as "Entais Hardonnay". Funnier thing might have been that several people wondered if that really was her name because I am weird and I have weird names for my dogs. Poor Sage Brush. At least it was printed correctly in the Sweeps line-up.
We showed under Grace Kosub, Jackie Caruso and Barbara Zimmerman. Grace gave both Sage & Cardiff their classes, but nothing in Winners. I was very happy because Sage's 6-9 month puppy bitch class was the largest class (5 ) and several in there I was worried about. Funna funna.
Jackie Caruso gave her back of the bus and Zimmerman gave her 3rd out of 5. Cardiff won her class 2 of the 3 shows. Soleil was Select Bitch at all of the shows. Better than a sharp stick in the eye.....I guess.....
Today Sage won Best in Sweeps under Vickie Kniss of Lonepine Collies with a very nice puppy entry. That was very excting because I actually was thinking of pulling her from sweeps. Not only did I have to try and cover the hair loss from SeaB nailing Sage in the face, I brought her in the bedroom the night before and saw she had a NEW scratch on her face and a huge bump. At first I thought someone nailed her again, but my girls are so good with each other and since I didn't hear any altercation, I figured she ran into something in the yard. All was good, because Vickie said she didn't even notice anything wrong with her face.
Here is poor Cosmo getting stuff piled all around him waiting to go for the day. Dina has a GREAT day with him having won Best of Breed. He looked gorgeous and showed really beautiful. My friend Marilyn also finished her sable bitch Katie and went BoS to BoB to Cosmo, so she had a wonderful weekend.
Dina's kitty Sweet Pea. This is another amazing iPhone feature ~ I was on the phone with my friend Sherry who was driving home from the CCA (Herding) and I was able to tell her to hold on for a second so I could take a photo of this. Love the cat & markings! And, of course she loves her pink bows!!
This am I walked out to the yard and saw two dog beds in the grass, one with stuffing out, and then some green plastic garden unit with 3 AAA batteries flung around the grass ~ I figured it was time to pack up. I told Dina when she finds out what the unit was, let me know the damage and I'll send her a check.
Cardiff is starting to shed and gosh....Soleil still hasn't come in season for a year, so she just is a FLUFF BALL! I could keep trying showing her but now she needs 1 more major for her Grand Championship and I'm not sure there are any in the near future. I will take Sage out as she's cute right now, but nothing in the immediate future. So that's it for now. Time to ride horses......