Saturday, December 19, 2009
Back row: JJ (Ebbtide Careful What You Wish) & CH Ebbtide Fern
Front row: Ebbtide Turbo & Maddie (Ebbtide Madam President CD)
We headed farther up the hill, into the sheep pen, where I set Turbo on a mossy rock I had admired earlier this week. I'm wondering if I can get the tractor to it and relocate it in to my garden. I love mossy rocks. Some of those bare branches may be poison oak, I realized AFTER I tried to move one out of the way. I have been known to develop a "skin allergy" to poison oak. WebMD reports "Serious symptoms may include: Swelling of the face, mouth, neck, genitals, or eyelids (which may prevent the eyes from opening). Widespread, large blisters that ooze large amounts of fluid." Hmm. Been there, done that as a child. I'm confident (overly?) I will enjoy an itch-free holiday season, and think the risk was well worth this engaging photo:
We'll see...Left to right: Maddie, Fern, Turbo and JJ.
And I'd be disappointing my one loyal reader if I left out yet another cute photo of the J Man:
"JJ" - Ebbtide Careful What You Wish
Or his very beautiful mom:
CH Ebbtide Fern
But all is not Sweetness and Light in the holiday season here. Once, last year, there was a vicious attack on an unsuspecting cowgirl ornament. Her boots, and sadly, her entire feet! were dismembered. I was too late to save them for surgical re-attachment. Save them: I couldn't even FIND them. I fear they were..gulp...eaten. Not too worry: Being the tough cowgirl she is, she hangs today on the Christmas tree, with nary a discouraging word:
Look Ma: No feet!!
Did I mention there was great sentimental value attached to this cowgirl ornament? But, I, too must suck it up and not be brought down by this seemingly completely unprovoked attack. The worst part: The suspect in this dismembering, was, shockingly, JJ!! Yes, reader, that same JJ whom I constantly shower with undying love and accolades. I had attributed this lone attack to media-induced, credit card holiday stress (that and the fact he was 10 months old). I could not, with all my heart, fairly judge JJ too harshly. Could you? Of course you could not.
Which is why it pains me to show you this photograph of The 2009 Attack of The Christmas Tree Ornament: Warning: Extremely Graphic! Due to extremely graphic nature of photo, only those 18+ years may view the following:
Oh no, Mr. Bill Soldier! One of Mr. Husband's Favorite Vintage Ornaments. From His Grandma. There was mention of "handmade". crap. And who were the only dogs in the house when this happened? Turbo and....gasp.... JJ.
I know. You are just as shocked and saddened as I am about this random act of violence by JJ. I told my husband: "I can fix that!" Hot glue the dismembered hand: Can do. Hot glue the Hat back to the head and attach the bill back on the hat: Can Do. Buy another 1" Styrofoam ball and paint brown hair and a face on Mr Soldier: Can do. Allow JJ access to the Christmas tree when un-chaperoned: No Can Do.
Will I ever be able to look at JJ the same after this second mauling. Yes (I never liked that soldier, anyway. I never liked the look on his face...well, I guess you can't tell any more..). Perhaps I'll grow to like Mr. Soldier after his face reconstruction :-)
What does Maddie think of JJ and his "transgressions":
One can hardly blame her.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Saturday's show was attended without any Ebbtide groupies...which made JJ sad. Especially since we ended up grooming surrounded by Irish Setters and German Shepherds. Nice dogs, don't get me wrong: But have you noticed how Aussies LOVE being with their own? Saturday's show ended up with JJ 2nd out of 2. I always wonder in these situations: Were we Second Best or Last Place?? hmm. Sad to say: I think " last place"...
Sunday improved with the attendance of brother Beau (Ebbtide Wish On A Rainbeau) and a first time visit with the Stephens Family's new puppy, Luci, from our good friend Tina Beck. JJ was thrilled to meet Luci - his first red tri friend - I'm proud of JJ expanding his color palette of friends ;-) Here is photo of Luci with the toy JJ picked out and bought just for her:
Goldcrest "Luci Stephens" - honorary Ebbtide dog ;-)
Wow - those Goldcrest dogs are beauties! Thanks again to Tina for helping find a wonderful dog for Jim, Susie, Scott, Lindsey and Matt!
Back at the dog show...Jim, Susie and Cathy Baird and Beau fawned over JJ and made him much happier. Since we were one person short a handler (Judi was home with a sick kid), we abducted, I mean, borrowed a Jr Handler (Thanks, Alex the Corgi handler!) to help show Beau. Beau was a trooper and, true to Ebbtide form, went about his assigned tasks with aplomb and acceptance AND WON FIRST PLACE in OPEN BLUE MERLE dogs! JJ, being a happy camper, now that his admiring fans were in attendance (!), managed to place FIRST, and WINNERS DOG for one point! Don't poo-poo that One Point: Over the years I've been in a position of needing that dreaded One-Point-To-Finish-Your-Championship situation. Not a terribly fun place, for some reason.
So there it is: JJ has both his majors and 12 POINTS towards his AKC Championship. Brother Beau will be next in line to go forward and conquer. He's looking good and showing well.
Here is an action shot Jim took of JJ and I in the Best of Breed competition:
JJ and me in the center spot. Winners Dog, Wine Country KC, 11-8-09
He DOES have a neck!!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Be that as it may, I received these wonderful photos from Ariela Karasov (Ebbtide East ;-)) our good friend in Madison, Wisconsin. She owns two Ebbtide dogs: "Naya" Ebbtide Glamour Girl CD RA JS-N (Baron x Maddie - the "G" Litter) and, along with her mother, Corliss and myself, "Capri" Ebbtide Wish You Were Here (Biggie x Fern - the "Wish" Litter).
"Naya" The Bee and "Capri" The Butterfly
I like how Naya is peaking through Capri's wings
And these would be the two young handlers of the dogs: Daniel and Ariela.
I'm hoping Ariela can squeeze some time in for dog shows from her busy medical school schedule. Oh. wait. Perhaps there are some better priorities there?!
Thanks for the great photos, Ariela!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
No, this is not the Castle, above. It's just "the Priest's House".
BELOW is part of the old castle ruins, originally built in the 1530s , which was restored by famed poet, writer and garden designer,(and interesting lifestyle trend-setter) Vita Sackville-West and her husband, writer and diplomat Harold Nicholson. The two famously collaborated to create the incredible gardens known throughout the gardening world, as Sissinghurst. This life-work began in 1930 and ended with Vita's death in 1962. Harold "survived her by six years, sad and lonely. Visitors would see him sitting in the garden with tears running down his cheeks." The estate was left to their son, Nigel, who couldn't afford the large death taxes nor upkeep of the huge grounds and buildings. In 1967 The National Trust (akin to our National Parks) received Sissinghurst from Nigel. There is much, more history to be learned by the curious.
A small garden by an entrance. Perhaps the Queen came through this very door in August 1573?
The climbing rose, 'Mermaid':
And perpendicular to the wall above, the lovely Purple Border:
A closeup in the Purple Border:
And then the Tower, built in the 1560s. It had 4 rooms on the left as you climbed the 78 stairs to the viewing roof. One of the rooms was Vita Sackville-West's workroom. Yes, I think I could design great gardens, too, in such inspiring digs...sigh...
The view from the Tower was invigorating. I can still remember the warm breeze that smelled of farmland, flowers, and, perhaps, the sea. These are the barns and oasthouses (funny funnel shaped guys). Oasthouses were used to store grain for ale. The long roof in the foreground is part the old castle, which became their library:
Moving to the right of the oasthouses, was this view over the Kent Weald (hills):
Below, the view of the potager (kitchen) garden. And behind it, some un-named, un-important accessory buildings (!). Servant's house, perhaps? Another wing of the castle in the foreground.
Below: The famous White Garden is adjacent to the Tower. I must return in Spring to see this in full bloom. Not much white to see in September. The small building in the upper right of the photo is the Boathouse. It straddles the moat there:
Down the Tower stairs and out into the White Garden. This is under a simple square tubing arbor. (Yes.Yes I did say "I could make that!!"). Nigel Nicholson designed the arbor using paperclips in his model. You can see their arched ends here:
Since Pam had the sense to buy us a picnic lunch earlier, we sat here at an old wooden picnic table in the Boathouse over the moat. We were refreshed by the cool air and relaxing view. Lunch grew a little long...
We ended up a bit later in the Sunken Garden - another cool spot. Originally the Lion Pond was here, but, in true gardener fashion, it was redesigned into a sunken garden by Vita:
Here's a close-up. Note the embossed detail on the ancient galvanized trough. And I love the Baby Tears creeping along the wall. The salmon Fuchsia really brightens this spot.
My last photo: The Red Summer Border that lines a long flagstone path back towards the "house". I must return to Sissinghurst again in Spring, to see these incredible gardens in their full glory. "I simply must!" she wailed, as she ran off into the Nuttery, with her ever-faithful and beautiful companion, JJ the Dog, following her... (from my novel).
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Not that it wasn't enjoyable....
Which brings us to the actual Nationals Conformation competition. First shown was EBBTIDE FENNEL HILL CD in ALTERED OPEN BLACK DOGS - FIRST PLACE and WINNERS DOG!! Again. That's right - it's been almost a year since I had the pleasure of showing him at the Las Vegas ASCA Nationals (where he won the same award). It took us 3 tries in Greeley to get back on our game, but, happily, it came together on Wednesday ;-) By the way, he is now called ALTERED CHAMPION EBBTIDE FENNEL HILL CD ! Nice way to finish a championship!
Next up on Wednesday (after Spencer's awesome Novice B win), was the BROOD BITCH class. EBBTIDE MADAM PRESIDENT CD "Maddie" at 11 years young, WON THIRD PLACE with those over-achieving offspring of hers: CH. SPENCER CD, A-CH FENNEL CD and A-CH GOTCHA CD! It was icing on the cake to look down at those pretty faces and realize all 3 had made a significant win in the Obedience ring the past 2 days!
That was Wednesdays Nationals results...let me catch my breath....
Thursday, EBBTIDE AS YOU WISH "Cali" made a beautiful showing in the BRED BY EXHIBITOR BITCH class, but failed to make a placement. We're not calling it a failure, thanks to our many long-time breeder peers who complimented us on her showing that day. Thank very much to all of you for taking time to give us a thumbs up. It was appreciated.
Friday: EBBTIDE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH "JJ" and I got our game on and were thrilled to win the BRED BY EXHIBITOR DOG class! We missed some of our old cronies in there (but wait: maybe we wouldn't have won...!). What an honor to win that class at Nationals! Later that day we returned to the Winners Dog class and got sooo close, ahhh, oh well - we're happy, too, with RESERVE WINNERS DOG! Yes, the old handler, surrounded by the young, quick and wrinkle-free (I'm not talking dogs here) dug deep and trotted soundly (again: not talking dogs) with that amazingly huggable JJ to the bridesmaid (best man? I need oxygen to think) spot. Yes - oxygen: Did you know Greeley, CO elevation is 4, 860 feet? Did you know Cloverdale, CA is 800? Yes. Yes, I should win an award for not dying. Thank you. But, enough about me...
There was more Friday: JJ's cute cute CUTE (and sound) little sister, EBBTIDE YOUR WISH'S MY COMMAND "Panda" (you know: from Texas) made the final cut and unofficially won 6th place in OPEN BLACK BITCH. There were, like, 20 in that class. Nice job, Nancy & Panda! And just 20 months old and still growing hair ;-)
Which now brings us (thank God) to the very last day, Saturday, and Best of Breed. 193 Special Dogs?!?! We were pleased that CH EBBTIDE FINE FELLOW CD "Spencer"made the first cut. It was brutal out there ;-) Congrats to our fellow Northern California buddies, Maddie Ruble and her crew, AND longtime friends Cathy & Alan McCorkle for their BEST OF BREED win with CH Heatherhill Dazzle Park Laine.
Time to go home. Believe me, there are many more stories to tell...but I'm beat!
In the Open Finals Division, EBBTIDE FENNEL HILL CDX "Fennel", won 6th PLACE after finding out the morning of the competition, as alternate, he would be able to compete. Congratulations to owner/trainer/handler Laurie Rubin and Fennel!
The next day, CH EBBTIDE FINE FELLOW (AKC CD) "Spencer" was handled by owner/trainer/handler Judi Scherrer to FIRST PLACE NOVICE B with a 197!! Out of 70 entries! Let it be known that his heeling brought tears to the eyes of a certain highly critical breeder. I'm not going to elaborate on the minus 2 points for the sagging Long Sit...I'm just happy I missed that.
OH! SPENCER also won HIGH SCORING CHAMPION OF RECORD !! How sweet is that?! Answer: Very sweet!
Thanks to Susan, Trish, Laurie & Judi for representing Ebbtide dogs in such a fantastic showing. All three were happy, attentive workers and a joy to watch. Carry on...
Sunday's Pre-Show: JJ & Spencer took the day off. Fennel won 2nd Place Altered Open Black.
Monday's Pre-Show: Spencer was still waiting for Judi to arrive...EBBTIDE AS YOU WISH "Cali" won 2nd Place in BBX - that made me smile. As well as JJ's 2nd Place in BBX Dogs!! Things are looking up! EBBTIDE YOUR WISH'S MY COMMAND "Panda" 4th Place Open Black Bitch. EBBTIDE FENNEL HILL CD "Fennel" FIRST PLACE Altered Open Black dogs. Gotcha and Susan had an awesome individual work in Novice B obedience, but was felled by a little rest on the Long Sit :-(( Did she sneak out to the Texas Roadhouse the night before?
Monday, October 5, 2009
- A-CH Ebbtide Gonna Getcha CD CD RN CD JSN GSN RSN "Gotcha"
- CH Ebbtide Fine Fellow CD (AKC) "Spencer"
- Ebbtide Fennel Hill CD "Fennel"
- Ebbtide As You Wish "Cali"
- Ebbtide Careful What You Wish "JJ"
- Ebbtide Madam President CD "Maddie"
And our Dallas, Texas buddy drove up (with her crew, Nancy, Cathy & Flirt):
- Ebbtide Your Wish's My Command "Panda"
We opened at the first Pre-Show (Saturday's ASC of Utah show) where Panda and her owner/handler, Nancy Pantusa, started things off with a really nice 3rd place win in Open Black Bitches (18 in this class). The "Wish" litter is 20 months old. A very nice win. At the 2nd Pre-Show, I suggested I show her (you know - the Expert helping the Non-expert). Panda & I got nothing. Ok. Next day Nancy shows Panda and gets 4th Place Open Black Bitches. So much for the so-called Expert... Way to go, Nancy and Panda!!! You two rock!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thanks to owners Susan Gore & Trish Maddan for their efforts. And thanks to Raine Lutz for handling. Gotcha is from the infamous G Litter, out of "Maddie", Ebbtide Madam President CD and by "Baron", CH Rainedance Written In Stone OA AXJ.
The un-official win photo
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Above: Judi and Beau in the Open Blue class on Friday
Five siblings from the "Wish" Litter (HOF CH Tri-Ivory Make A Big Wish x Ch Ebbtide Fern) congregated at last weekend's 4 days of AKC shows in Santa Rosa. Since this is our local show (hosted by Mensona KC and Lake County KC), we HAD to attend. I knew 3 of the group had been seriously out of coat this summer, so I informed the owners it was their call on how many days to enter: But that we should at least go one or two days to get them back in the swing of things...do a little training, support our local show, have an excuse to bathe and groom our dogs, kill some time, eat cake, etc.
In other words: No big expectations to win much. And, our motto, as always: Have a good time!
So here's what happened: (hmm, short version or long version??) I showed all classes, except those listed otherwise. And, yes, I can still run today...sorta
THURSDAY: Judge Daniel Fleitas - with Ann handling both dogs:
EBBTIDE AS YOU WISH, "Cali" Bred By Exhibitor 2nd Place (out of 2)...we had some training to do...we did it AFTER I showed her...slow down!
EBBTIDE HANDFUL OF WISHES "Emmy" American Bred First Place.
Above: Lesson # 1: Beau sees his mom taking his picture. Mom learns to leave the immediate area. He manages to get back on track and wins 2nd (out of 4) in Bred By Exhibitor (BBX) on Saturday. Yay!
And there is a reason I cropped my head off this pic.
Above: JJ is a good boy in BBX on Friday! And wins First Place !
EBBTIDE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH "JJ"
Bred By Exhibitor First Place, Reserve Winners Dog
EBBTIDE WISH ON A RAINBEAU "Beau"
Open Blue Merle 2nd Place Judi Scherrer handling
EBBTIDE HANDFUL OF WISHES "Emmy"
American Bred First Place, Reserve Winners Bitch Judi Scherrer handling
EBBTIDE AS YOU WISH "Cali"
Bred By Exhibitor First Place, Winners Bitch 2 points !!
Novice A Obedience First Place
Saturday: Judge Edeltraud Laurin
EBBTIDE WISH ON A RAINBEAU "Beau"
Bred By Exhibibtor 2nd Place
EBBTIDE EXPRESS WISHES "Dash"
Open Blue Merle 2nd Place Suzanne Deghi handling
EBBTIDE AS YOU WISH "Cali"
Bred By Exhibitor First Place, Reserve Winners Bitch
** BEST OF BREED Bred By Exhibitor **
****HERDING GROUP Bred By Exhibitor FIRST PLACE ! ****
EBBTIDE EXPRESS WISHES "Dash"
Open Blue Merle First Place, Reserve Winner Dog
Photo credits: All by Cathy Baird, Beau's owner. Thanks, Cathy!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Congratulations are in order for a special senior dog-citizen:
CANADIAN CH SILVERWOOD'S VICTORY LANE, "Tory", age 12 (13 in October!), wins BIG in her home country, Canada! Shown above with owner-handler Ann McPhee of Salt Springs Island, BC, winning Best Veteran In Sweepstakes! AND she won the only Award of Merit! How cool is that?!?! Tory is bred and co-owned by Marge Stovall, Silverwoods Aussies, WA. Thanks to CKC judge Michael Hill for this sterling win.
Here's Tory loving every minute back in the ring:
You rock, Tory!
Tory is a daughter of our late, CH EBBTIDE I'LL REMAIN CD, "Remy", seen below winning an AWARD OF MERIT at the USASA NATIONAL SPECIALTY in Vallejo, CA in April 1995:
Remy still holds a very dear place in our hearts. This kind, charismatic, honest, elegant, biddable, sound, extremely handsome dog was thoroughly enjoyed and loved by all who knew him in his lifetime: March 1991-October 2005. Remy came by his attributes honestly: His mother was the incredibly talented, vivacious, multiple Premier CH Nationals bitch, High In Trial Obedience winner CH EBBTIDE A BEE IN YOUR BONNET CD, "Gatsbee". His sire, and Remy was from just his second litter, the legendary HOF CH MY MAIN MAN OF HEATHERHILL.
Where does the time go?