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Posted on August 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM

It's been a long time since I blogged!

We had a wonderful time in Waukesha.  NaNa was Best in Sweeps and Lestat Best Opposite in Sweeps at the Shih Tzu Club of SE Wiscobsin Specialty.  Mona won her Sweeps class as well and I am sure it was hysterical watching me grab people to take dogs back in the ring for Best!  NaNa won her 9-12 Puppy Bitch class in the regular clases and Lestat and Mona were second in their Bred-by classes.

I only showed NaNa on Saturday and Sunday and although she didn't win any points she looked stunning (thanks, Sarah!) and showed beautifully.  I was honored to take NaNa's litter sister Minzy back in the ring for BOB on Saturday and she went BOS over the bitch Special!

The Specialty show itself was beautifully-run and everything was smooth as a just-ironed Shih Tzu coat!  Prizes were fabulous, lunch delish, and at the raffle I won one of Barb Brem's gorgeous hand-painted brushes.  At that point, I announced I was having such a good day that perhaps I would just spend the night at the site!  Thanks to all the club members responsible for making this a truly Special Specialty!  The legendary JoAnn White (author of "The Book of the Shih Tzu") was visiting Susan Kilgore and I was delighted to meet her...such a lovely lady!

My traveling companions for the weekend were the wonderful Jan and Sarah Bebee of SarJan's Shih Tzu (breeders of our precious NaNa).  Ladies, thank you so much for your friendship and mentor-ship!  You totally rock.  Also got to spend a bit of time with Greg Larson and my buddy Chase.  PJ went home with "Grandpa Greg" from the weekend and he had her walking on lead within days.  Love you, Greg!

Specialty Weekend!

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Well, tomorrow we are off to Waukesha WI for the Shih Tzu Club of SE Wisconsin's Specialty (and related weekend of shows).  NaNa, Mona and Lestat will show in both puppy Sweeps and Regular classes on Friday, NaNa only on Saturday and Sunday.  I am staying the weekend at the same hotel with some dog friends and look forward to a fun and (mostly) relaxing time.  I am sure Rich is looking forward to a weekend of sitting around in his boxers with the dogs, watching TV and eating crap!

Kelly is confirmed in-whelp to Ch. Corbin, so we are looking forward to puppy breath at the end of August.  Nikki is keeping us guessing yet.

We have a bumper crop of tomatoes right now so there are lots of tomato sammies and various fresh tomato salads and dishes being consumed.  The season just isn't long enough!  Of course, there is all sorts of wonderful, locally grown organic produce and fruits at the famers' markets and stands right now and we are eating as much as we can and enjoying it to the fullest.  Who needs meat when you can make a meal of tomato and avocado sammies on wheat bread, fresh (barely grilled) just-picked sweet corn and just-picked muskmelon?  (OK...Rich the "meat and potatoes man" DOES want his meat now and then so I just add some wonderful smoked bacon to those sammies or marinate some chicken and grill it and he's thrilled.)

Our new living room chairs from Vignette Home Design are to be delivered shortly and we're looking forward to them!  The old ones have needed to go bye-bye for quite a while, lol.  They are incredibly comfy, neutral in color (taupe) and have a nice organic shape.  Now, to rip up the WTW carpeting and put down bamboo...not that the dogs have anything to do with that!  ;)

Busy, busy, busy!

Posted on July 22, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Coming up to the Shih Tzu Club of SE Wisconsin Specialty next weekend, I am working my fingers off making bows!  I am donating two dozen to our club raffle as well as making a bunch for customers and a few for friends.  Actually had to order more "centers" to get everything done!  It's fun, though.  I especially like looking at a new batch all done:  they are like little jewels.

If I had had any idea how much work it is to grow 4 show coats, I'd never have tried it, lol.  PJ will be leaving with Grandpa Greg from the Specialty, so that will be one less to deal with...but  it looks like Kelly is in whelp to Ch. Corbin and although Nikki isn't showing anything yet she is awfully clingy this week so maybe we will finally get some beautiful babies from her (bred to Ch. Drake).

I always love meeting new friends online and this week I had the delightful experience of finding out that one I've just "met" and talked with is a doll artist...and what amazing dolls she makes!  I truly had no idea what goes into these collectable dolls and can only say that I am humbled by the creativity and talent this lady demonstrates in everything she does.  People bash the web a lot (admittedly, with reason), but I have met a few of my dearest friends AND my beloved husband online and although there is a lot of mis-information out there, I thank the people responsible for this wonderful tool.

Rich and I were out running errands today and found - are you ready? - SMOKED GOUDA WITH BACON!!! at the Fresh Market.  I consider cheese a food group on its own, but with BACON added?  Total win.  Make it into a grilled cheese on whole wheat with slices of home-grown tomato and prepare to swoon.

Belvidere, Day 2

Posted on July 15, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Have I mentioned how much I despise outdoor shows in the summer?  Just wanted to make sure.

We arrived later than I wanted to because Monster Lestat took far too long to bathe and dry this morning.  (Yes, I know...I could have bathed him last night but I was exhausted from the heat.  I don't do well in heat.  I'm about to fall over right now having been back in A/C for several hours.)  He also had to be held down at the show to put some kind of topknot in because he was so excited.  I swear, he's aiming to go to a pet home.  On the other hand, I haven't worked with him much so bad on me.

Despite everything "Stat" managed to win his Bred-By class and then Reserve.  Idiot for grooming or not, he's a very happy and entertaining show dog.  He can hang around for a while.  ;)

NaNa didn't do anything today, although she showed beautifully in Winners.

I am quite proud of my kids!

Belvidere, Day 1

Posted on July 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I really, really hate outdoor shows in the summer.  Takes me back a few decades to S FL (where I was introduced to dog shows).  However, in S FL the actual SHOWING generally took place in an air conditioned building...the grooming was done outside under tents or whatever shade you could find.  I was, quite honestly, less heat -sensitive in those days.

On to Belvidere.  Outside show, inside grooming (in the Poultry building, lol - I always love looking at poultry at fairs) at the Fairgrounds, not air conditioned.  I've got to hand it to this particular facility - there were HUGE fans mounted inside the building to move the air and every door in the place was open to catch any breeze that happened by.  We were also lucky that there was a nice breeze and cloud cover for most of the day so it wasn't too suffocating.  And...we all had our own fans.  The dogs, of course, had their nice cool ice beds.  In my next life, I want to be a show Shih Tzu.

Sarah and Jan continue to educate me - thank you, ladies!  It was great to see Jess.  And of course, it's always fun to see puppies you've known for months starting to mature.  New GCh Damon (WOOT-WOOT!) won Breed (wearing a bow I had made especially for him...I'm almost preening).  Rockstar Special puppy Annie Walker was BOS.  Cutie Gabriel was BOW and sweet Minzie was WB.  Our NaNa was Reserve (although she SHOULD have won the points...everyone agreed, lol!).  She looked beautiful (Thanks again, Sarah and Jan) and showed like a dream.

Tomorrow is another day!  Maybe NaNa's first points?


DeKalb, Day 1

Posted on July 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM

An uneventful day at the dog show in DeKalb (at least for us), although apparently the central A/C in the building wasn't working early in the day.  Everything got moved back 30 minutes, which wasn't a bit of a problem for us.  Na Na 2nd in 9-12  and Mona 3rd in Bred-by.  NaNa showed her little heart out and Mona was much more confident and gaited far better than her last show, so those are positive things!

We also saw a few show friends we hadn't seen in a while, and that's always nice.

Back tomorrow with NaNa only:  Lestat is entered but is being such an idiot right now I don't want to deal with him at a show.  Teenage boy puppies are insane...but not usually THIS crazy!  Somehow, some way, he is going to learn that he's NOT the boss.  Stay tuned for future updates!

Just talked to Greg and it looks like PJ will be leaving for "Camp Ista" tomorrow.  I have to find two ladies (traveling together this weekend who have another toy breed) to pass her on to for the trip.  Being my usual shy and reserved self, I will probably ask every person in that breed I spot at some point or even shortly before they show, "Where can I find X or XX?  They are supposed to transport a bitch for me."

Have a great evening, everyone!

Still Sweltering

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Our storms on June 30 didn't seem to affect us much, so once things cleared up and the sun started to shine we went out to run errands.  As we proceeded on our little circular trek, not a single business had power!  I told Rich, "You know, I have a funny feeling we'll be out when we get home, too," and I was right.  We were without power for about three hours, and then again for about the same amount of time the following morning.  These are the time one is grateful for a 1950's brick ranch house with basement!  The temps indoors stayed under 74 and all dogs and humans remained comfortable.

I did spend a little time being thankful that our old central A/C failed and had to be replaced at the end of May, as I'm sure the HVAC company couldn't have done the job in a single day had it happened now!

We are off to the shows in DeKalb IL this weekend:  NaNa will show both days, Mona on Saturday and Lestat on Sunday.  In anticipation of the Shih Tzu Club of SE Wisconsin's Specialty next month I had purchased some extra ice bags and we will bring those along "just-in-case" the A/C at the Expo Center can't keep up.  The humans can melt...the dogs MUST be comfortable!


Posted on June 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I feel like I'm back in S FL!  According to Tom Skilling (go-to weather guy), hottest June temps in nearly a century.  The dogs go out and come back in FAST, and everything is already brown.  Luckily, we did get some rain yesterday and more is expected today and do we ever need it (OK, not as much as they need it out west, but still...).

I feel pretty confident we will be seeing Corbin/Kelly puppies at the end of August and Nikki and Drake are about ready to "do the deed".  So, fingers crossed for them as well!

Well, it's settled.

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

PJ will be going to Grandpa Greg to learn to be a show dog and earn her much-deserved title!  I have been showing dogs since the mid-80s (with a loooooooooooooong break to raise the boy and care for Mom) and have never in my life had a dog that flatly refused to walk on lead.  Actually, not only will she not walk on lead for me...if you put a lead on her and don't touch it she will stand in one place until you take it off!  Here's hoping Greg can convince her it's not such a bad thing!