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Safe Travels Deedee!

Tomorrow morning is going to be a tough one.  11 hours from now, we’ll be leaving to take Deedee to the airport where she’ll fly to Kelowna to meet her new family.  Placing puppies isn’t easy…  but placing one who is a year and a half is even harder.

Deedee at the lake a few weeks ago (next to her sister Alice and mommy Roo)… and yes, those are my dirty camp toes.

 

We’ve known since she was only a few months old that there would come a time when we’d place Deedee.  This litter was a co-breeding between myself (Sidhe Dogs) and Em (HiLeigh Chihuahuas)…  so with two puppies one was ours and one was hers.  We chose to keep Alice as her temperament just fit in better with us.  Which meant it was just a matter of finding the perfect placement for our little tri-coloured girl.

Deedee is a lot like her mom: super smart.  She’s also super accepting and willing to just sit back and let the girl manhandle her.  After all, Lily-Ann has been holding the pups since they were a few days old.  At this point it’s just second nature for them to relax in her arms and have her cart them around.  She’s gentle with them, but she is a kid, and the pups learn quickly to just relax and go with it.  Because while they won’t always be carried around or treated in a dignified manner, it’s always done gently and with love.

Alice ended up being our pick, mainly because her temperament is more like her dad’s, she’s the snuggler.  And I need a snuggler.  Lily-Ann bogarted Marnie, so our family clearly needed a second.  And as much as we love Roo, one Roo is plenty for any household.  😉

Thankfully for her new family, while Deedee is a lot like her mom, she did inherit some of her dad’s easygoing nature.  She’s up for just about anything at any time.  She’s happiest on the go.  She loves hiking, hitting the beach, camping…  and as the only dog in her new home, she’ll be toted everywhere and doted on by this active family.  It’s also nice to know that all their past fids (furry kids) are all still so treasured (pictures hanging up as reminders of those who are waiting for them at the rainbow bridge).

We really are going to miss our little treasure…  but we wouldn’t let her go if we had any doubts about her being treasured there too.  It really is going to be a hard morning.  Lots of tears ahead (and some right now too).  The girl and I have already shared a cry, but I’m sure we’ll have another tomorrow.  Our little Deedee is one in a million, and she will always be loved.

Deedee getting a smoosh from Lil (after a bath) early in the Spring. This picture is the wallpaper on my iPhone.

Last Night in Regina

It’s our last night in Regina.  We’ll be heading home to Saskatoon tomorrow in the early afternoon.  So pretty quick we’ll start packing up our room, to make our morning a little easier.  I’m more than a little tired, I’m a little scattered just now.  My brain is simply too full – as usual the night before the trip home.  🙂  It’s all par for the course I suppose.  So, to save me from having to bumble through a blog post, as always when words fail, here are a few pictures of Alice and I in the ring this morning – when she won Best Puppy and Winners for another point (that’s three total towards her championship).

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Thanks to Judge Heather Langfeld for the point!  🙂

Sleeping Chihuahua (pic)

Long day.

Folks checked into the hotel room next to ours at 6 AM…  loudest people ever!  Seriously.  I gave up on getting any more sleep at 7:00.  We had no plans on waking before 9.  So by the time Alice and I were in the ring in the afternoon, we were already ready for a nap.  Which is exactly what we came back here to do:

Sweet little sleeping Chihuahua

My cow baby, snoozing on her cow.

 

No points for little Alice today, but hopefully with some rest and treats she’ll be back to her usual self, and ready to own the ring tomorrow.

A couple dog show photos of Alice.

We’ve had a couple super late nights…  Mom and Dad went out last night, and did again tonight.  So we were over at their place keeping an eye on everyone.

I had brought my computer and one of my hard drives along.  So I spent some time doing editing from yesterdays shoot, and also had a peek at the photos my sister took for me during the HCKOC show on the weekend.  I knew going in that today was going to be just as late as yesterday so I pulled out a couple photos from the dog show.  Figured I’d share them tonight.  🙂

It was Alice’s first weekend out, and I was quite pleased with how she did.  She was happy in the ring.  Stood pretty well on the table.  Her tail was wagging, and she focused on me.  And to take Best of Winners and Best Puppy two out of three times on a very first try?  That’s nothing to snub one’s nose at.

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My Little Junior

Well, today the big show news is all about Lily-Ann and Alice.  They were so cute together!  For both of them, it was their second time in the ring – but it was their first time as a team (you can see the girl’s first time here: junior handling debut) .  Sure, there were a few hiccups.  In an ideal world you put an experienced dog with an inexperienced handler or vice versa…  but they worked their way through it together, and looked cute doing it!

Damon took the video for me, from the other end of the ring.  You can actually see me, standing next to the ring steward (who happened to be the show secretary) at the table.  And Jewles took some photos – but I haven’t transferred them to one of my hard drives yet.  😉

Alice placed the same as she did yesterday, winning one point for Best of Winners, and winning a stuffed cow toy for Best Puppy.  Gotta love when someone has sponsored a booster and there are little gifties to go along with a win.  LOL

So, one more day left, and then it’s back to business as usual as we wait for the next show.  🙂

The Dog Show Family

I’m going to keep my thoughts to a minimum tonight.  I’m positively exhausted.  Alice did great her first time out, she loved being in the ring and had a blast (except when she had to be on the table or when the judge blew her dog whistle at her).  LOL  She took Best Puppy in Breed and Best of Winners for her very first point.

One thing you’ll come to notice, after you’ve been showing for a while, is that people at the shows become like part of an extended family.  They are more than friends, they are relatives you see a few times a year at big family gatherings.

There are your dog show parents.  People you can count on no matter what, who always seem to be there with guidance and support.  For me, that would be Kandy and Barry.

There are your dog show Aunts or Uncles.  Those who are always there for a laugh, but whom you know you could count on whenever you need a hand.  That’s how I see Lisa.

Then there are all the cousins.  The folk you love to laugh with, those you can just be silly with.  Share a drink and a story.  But they too will be there through thick and thin.  I’ve got a few of these…

And for us lucky few, we’ve also got real family there too.  Like my Uncle Dan, Auntie Kim, and my sister Jewles.

Dog shows are about the dogs, but once you’ve been there a while, you’ll find there’s a whole lot more to it than that.  😉

Another handling class, and a fabulous compliment.

Just a real quick post tonight.  🙂  I’m tired, but it’s a good tired.  A satisfied tired.

The puppies and I were out at handling class again this evening.  These guys are fabulous and are going to be such wonderful little show dogs.  And we received the most wonderful compliment too.

Big dog people don’t always appreciate these tiny dogs.  They’ve got a bad reputation, and get a bad rap.  I’ve shown big dogs, small dogs, toy dogs, giant dogs, and all those in between.  Chihuahuas, typically, have been the most challenging of them all.  But gawd help me, I adore them.  Big dogs are a lot easier to show, and big dog people don’t often understand how much harder you have to work when you’re in the ring with something so tiny.  So, when a big dog person makes sure to pull you aside to tell you how impressed they are with your dog…  how they can’t believe the way your dog just “floats around the ring”…  well…  it feels darn good.  And it’s true.  Little Alice is an amazing mover!  And her self stack is just getting stronger and stronger.

I’ve been involved in Chihuahuas for the last decade…  this is my first litter.  And it was SOOO worth the wait!

First Class Puppies!

So, yesterday evening was the first drop-in handling class of the year down at the SKOC.  And it was the first ever class for Alice and Deedee, our Chihuahua puppies.  It was a first for me too…  the first time I took puppies of my own breeding out to a class.

You know?  You do your best to prepare them.  To give them a solid foundation.  To help them be confident, brave, outgoing, and friendly little things.  But in a world of giants, you never really know if you’ve done enough.  There is always more you could do.  So that first real test can be a little nervy – for them and you.

My girlz are rockstars!  Clearly I had nothing to worry about.  First time in a new building, surrounded by dogs who were more than ten times their size (some way more than ten times their size), tons of people, noises, smells…  it’s an overwhelming experience for people – forget two little dogs no more than ten and a quarter pounds COMBINED.

Alice and Deedee did great!  Tails up in the ring.  Stood on the table (well, they were a little squirrely, but it was their first time).  We had no pretzel puppy action.  No tangled leads.  Generally confident, happy puppies, all set for this new adventure.  It really got me excited.  These guys are going to be a blast at the shows this year.  I’m SOOO looking forward to it.

I mean…  okay…  I was ALREADY looking forward to it.  I knew they were awesome.  They are smart, sweet, cuddly, typey, good looking, sturdy, generally fabulous pups.  But the experience in class just confirmed everything for me.  It’s not going to take much work at all to have them become little superstars.  It’s going to be a fabulous year!  Yay Deedee!  Yay Alice!  And Yay for me and Em (my co-breeder and fabulous friend)!

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Lighting Bug and a Vet Visit

I have to say, I’ve never seen a bug come and go so fast.

The girlie and I were reading our nightly chapters and all of a sudden she heaved.  I grabbed a cup that was sitting beside the bed.  She began sweating profusely, and was burning up.  She vomited about two tablespoons worth, and cooled right back down.  Feeling fine again.  The whole thing lasted about six minutes.  Now she’s sleeping soundly  Have you ever heard of some type of bug that is lightening fast like that?  It was just crazy.  I’m very relieved she’s feeling right as rain so quickly…  but jeepers.

As for our other news, the puppies had a vet visit today.  They got their DAPP shot (their one and only shot), were weighed and inspected.  Deedee weighs in at a whopping 2.2 kgs (which is roughly 4.8 pounds) and Alice is a massive 2.5 kg (roughly 5.5 pounds).  Okay, so they are absolutely a perfect size for female Chihuahuas – and right about where I guessed they were.  But still.  They are big compared to the other two – especially Marnie, who may not be itty bitty for a Chihuahua, is pretty darn tiny compared to the rest of them.  In no other breed is size so wide spread.  Can you imagine another where you can show a dog who is 1/3 the size of another both in the same breed?  The vet said they are both in great condition, and was impressed by their temperaments as well.  What can I say, the girls are awesome!

8 Week Puppy Pictures!

Can you believe it???  The puppies are already eight weeks old.  Kinda blows my mind a little.  I have to admit, I’m already looking forward to their show careers.  I love seeing their different traits (both personality and physical), and imagining how they’ll end up.  Both are promising.

Here are a few photos from some of our stacking practice and post-stacking play session:

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Deedee isn’t a fan of the table.  She’ll stand on it, but doesn’t want to be stacked.  Same on the floor…  she has no trouble walking into a stack, but doesn’t want you to mess with her beyond just delivering a treat.  She’s definitely got the most confidence and attitude – and even when she isn’t happy about something her tail just keeps going.

Alice does really well allowing you to hand stack her.  She’ll stay wherever you put her (even if you totally overextend her, just to see if she’ll hold it).  LOL  She will stand on the table without issue, she doesn’t like it, but she behaves really nicely.  She gets her confidence from her sister on the floor though.  The difference in her self stacks when she’s alone and when Deedee is with her, is crazy-huge.

Both girls are super cute (though I may be a little biased).  And while they are quite different they are both nice.  I really am looking forward to watching them growing up.  It’s been such a privilege so far.  🙂

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