Saturday, March 24, 2012

From Show Girl to Country Princess

There is nothing like a good run on the farm!

Spring/summer like temperatures in Southern Ontario made for a wonderful excuse to get out and about. The girls took no time at all to enjoy the fresh air.

Who said Cavaliers don't make good farm dogs?
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Molly and Zoey, ears flying!
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Smiley Mylee
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Peek-a-boo
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Molly in the potato field, not quite planting time yet
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Enjoying the fresh air
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Potato inspector
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To many more warm days soon.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

2012 Purina National - Recap

Last weekend the Princess and I attended the Purina National at the International Centre in Toronto. It's Canada's biggest dog show and it didn't disappoint. There were beautiful dogs everywhere, tons of shopping, and a good dose of education through breed club booths along the way.

I had a wonderful weekend spent with Cavaliers and good friends. I was even cajoled by two ladies with impeccable tastes into buying Molly a gorgeous gold with black beads show lead. They carefully picked it out for her and insisted that Molly needed it. When I saw it I completely agreed. I didn't necessarily need a new show lead but I have been on the look out for something nice. Turns out that gold lead must have came with a special kind of sparkle.....

First some photos of the weekend.

I was only able to bring my camera on Saturday and was late arriving to the show due to not feeling well in the morning. Molly wasn't showing on Saturday and I missed the Cavalier ring time, so no Cavalier photos. However I did manage to capture some pictures that I am very pleased with. My new camera and I are finally starting to get along.

Bring it on!
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Adorable expression. This guy is a Dandie Dinmont Terrier that was educating at their breed booth.
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Its not just Cavaliers who are subjected to snoods!
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I'm in love with this photo...
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Once again the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Canada setup a breed booth during the Purina National. This year they teamed up with the Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario in a joint effort.

I find it incredibly rewarding meeting people and talking to people at the booth. Molly and I spent several hours at the booth on the weekend. We handed out lots of our brochures. Hopefully with the help of our brochures, individuals who are interested in purchasing a cavalier will understand the importance of supporting a reputable breeder.


Our booth
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Our brochures looked quite spiffy on the table.
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You can almost see the wisdom and intelligence in his eyes.
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Show time!
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I'm also in love with this photo...so many to choose from and so many to share.
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The life of a pampered show dog is clearly rough..
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To top it all off, on Sunday for the Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario booster show, my gorgeous girl showed her heart out for me. She strutted onto the red carpet like she owned it, and came home with Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex. I'm so proud of her.

A special thank you again to her breeder and co-owner Karen Murray (Mysticmoon Cavaliers) for entrusting her to us. We now have to hunt down our final point for her Canadian Championship. This is a race against time as Molly is due to come into season anytime and will hopefully be having her first litter soon. That last point may have to wait awhile yet.

Congratulations to Orchard Hill Shirmont Backtalk "Macho" owned by Shirley Henry and Elaine Whitney for taking Best of Breed.

Winners Dog and Best of Winners was Burbrook Storm Chaser "Chase" owned by Carol Rose and Darlene Petralia.

It was a special win for us so Molly and I had a show picture done. I am thrilled with the picture but pissed about the quality of the printing. I've requested a re-print..hopefully it is better or I will really be mad. I hate being hard to please but it looks like crap in person! Printing lines right through it.

Here is a quickly Photoshopped version. (I edited myself out) If you'd like to see the real version let me know by email.... too many creepers around!

Mysticmoon's Danika (Princess Molly)
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Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Purina National 2012

Its that time of year again. The time where Canada's most prestigious dog show takes centre stage. The red carpets, the sound of dryers, and the smell of clean dogs fill the air, as dogs and handlers their stuff in the conformation and obedience rings.

Last year I wrote about the 2011 Purina National and how I wished I could have taken part with Molly. Here are some horrible Iphone photos of the scene from last year. Cavaliers were first thing in the morning so things were still pretty quiet.

Let the judging begin, Peggy and Kaylee(I think)
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Joan and Teegan strut their stuff!
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Winners line up
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What a difference a year makes.

A year ago our Princess was looking very immature and had only just begun showing in conformation. She was lacking confidence and wasn't sure what to make of the whole show scene. I elected to sit out and watch from the sidelines.

Over the past year Molly has transformed into a confident and mature show girl. She loves to "get her show on" and wiggles with excitement when I say those magic words. I am really looking forward to taking part this year at Purina.

So we will do some last minute training on small details.

Nika (Molly's half sister)
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The Princess will have a leisurely bath tonight.

Despite the sad eyes she really doesn't mind being bathed!
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She will have an evening at the spaw where I will dry her, clip her nails, brush her teeth, put on some satin cream, and dress her in a drying coat.

Zoey demonstrating
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And we will pack our things and head to the International Centre for an amazing weekend.

Molly at a show earlier last year
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Hope to see you there!

For those living in the Greater Toronto Area the show is open to anyone who'd like to attend. There is an entrance fee with proceeds being donated to the Canadian Kennel Club Foundation. Besides beautiful dogs everywhere, there is a ton of shopping, breed booths, and demonstrations going on.

If you do come check out the festivities this weekend, make sure you drop by the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed booth to say hi. I will be at the booth most of the weekend. You'll even be able to see our new CFSO 3 panel brochure in person.

For those interested in seeing the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed judging, have a look at the judging schedule. The times are different on each day. Molly and I are entered Friday and Sunday, however the most entries are for Saturday.