Monday, September 17, 2012


Here is the "official" picture from Durham KC of Wesley finishing his CH.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

CH Wesley

It's been a while since I updated the blog. The most exciting news is that Wesley finished hs AKC championship at Durham Kennel Club 9/01 and is now CH U-CH U-RO1 Blackthorn Ravenwood Come Fly With Me CGC TDInc. Now we need to get to work on some titles after his name. He also got his cardiac clearance so he is bilateral, CERF, and cardiac normal. He is only 17 months old so we won't be doing hips and elbows until spring.

Peggy Copeland generously shared some pictures she took of Wesley at Durham.

Wesley is also a therapy dog and has been a big hit with the patients and staff at Fauquier Hospital. I am so proud of my, brains, and a wonderful personality.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Weekend shows

Wesley was WD, BOW  for 1 point yesterday and WD, BOW for 2 points today. Have to start hunting for that 2nd major.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy Birthday, Jamie!!!!!

Jamie celebrates his 11th birthday today. It seems like only yesterday when I was off to the NL to bring him home. He is an incredibly sweet, wonderful, talented boy and I absolutely adore him. Here he is enjoying a nap on the deck this morning.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Wesley URO1

Wesley and I went to some UKC rally trials this weekend and I am pleased to say he earned his URO1 title in 3 trials. He had a few moments of excess exuberance but for a year old puppy I am really pleased with his work. Good boy, Wesley!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Pet Therapy Visit

I had to test and then do the first evaluation on a dog for Pet Therapy yesterday so I took Wes along and let him make a visit after the other dog's evaluation. He loves to go to the nursing home and meet everyone. He is so calm and gentle and is always ready with a little kiss for those who want it. Everyone thought he was quite dashing wearing a collar that looks like a tuxedo bow tie. I think he is ready to go through his therapy dog evaluations so I'll be setting that up in the coming weeks. I had to wait until he was a year old to start the evaluation process even though he has been visiting the nursing home since he was a puppy.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Catching Up

I have been so busy that I have completely neglected this blog. Wesley celebrated his first birthday on March 17th. He earned his CGC a few days before.

Yesterday we showed at the Old Dominion Kennel Club and Wesley was BOW for his first point. Award winning photographer Linda Davis kindly shared this gorgeous photo she took of Wes gaiting.

Today he was BOW again at Baltimore County Kennel Club for a major. He showed really well and I got tons of compliments on him. I am thrilled with how well he is maturing. Of course, he thinks the best thing about dog shows is all of the people who pet him.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Wesley and the rally run through

I took Wesley to rally run throughs today and was very pleased with him. On his first run two dogs got into a little spat just outside the ring right next to the 2nd station sign as we were approaching and he got distracted but then so did I. He refocused in just a couple of seconds and finished the rest of the course quite nicely. The facility has brand new fake grass and I really thought he might try to sniff his way around but he only sniffed once and that was while he was in a down. His 2nd run was much better. He had a slightly crooked sit on one station but the rest of the work was just a lot of compliments from the other exhibitors. I was very pleased with that run because we had been standing away from the ring and a whole bunch of children were petting him when the woman pretending to be the judge called me. He went in completely cold turkey and sat very straight at the start line with his eyes on me. He met a bunch of new people and dogs and had a very good time. I'm so pleased with how well he handles new situations. Weather permitting, I'll take him to run throughs again next weekend.