In February Ruffi and I travelled to the Big Apple with a couple of good friends. In the days leading up to the famous Westminster Kennel Club show, the city hosts breed specialty shows in hotels nearby. While Westminster is a lot of fun and certainly holds the prestige and excitement, I actually prefer going to the specialty shows prior to the big event. It’s just an easier way of seeing all the dogs and connecting with friends while you are there.
Ruff and I flew from Pearson to La Guardia, she’s a pro at the travel thing.
Her travel buddy for the week was a beautiful blenheim boy named Stuart who is owned by my good friends Marianne Creary and Carol Rose. After bossing him around and making sure he knew that she was for the week, they ended up good friends. Neither one was excited about having to wear boots or hats up to the potty area. Ruffi in general was absolutely disgusted about the bathroom situation, a balcony/patio with turf is just not her thing!
She showed beautifully and I was happy with the outcome. She was 4th in a very competitive open bitch class at Progressive and at the Meadowlands Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club specialty ended up winning the open black and tan bitch class. I was pleased, she still wasn’t in completely full coat from having her puppies in July.
The next few photos were provided by my good friend Beci (@millys.on.missions.with.ramsay) who was at the show. We’ve known each other on Instagram for awhile but it was the first time we met in person. Thank you for the photos, I absolutely adore them!
After the show was over we investigated the potty situation at Hotel Pennsylvania. Ruffi wasn’t super impressed although she did manage a spot suitable for a quick pee.
When we weren’t showing dogs, we were shopping! This is Spandex World where all 3 of us managed to find fabric to buy. I can’t wait to make a few coats with my purchases.
We also spent a wonderful mild evening at a get together. They had a private balcony and the views were beautiful. It was about 15 C, so unseasonably warm for NYC.
Until next time New York!
We’re now getting ready to head to Chicago for the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club’s National Specialty. Norma and I are driving down with Ruffi, Rex, Taz, and Lexi. It’s going to be a fantastic week to connect with friends and see some beautiful dogs.
January has been a month of ups and downs. Just after New Years Day I came down with a horrible cold that quickly turned into bronchitis. I was really sick for several days! The only good news was that my flight to Hawaii for vacation was quickly approaching. We had a fabulous time.. aside from that text message mishap and although I wasn’t able to snorkel as much as I usually do, I did manage to get some in. The sun and warmth was just what the Doctor ordered and I came home feeling more like myself.
I do have some exciting news to share though! Raven, now known as CH Embee’s Highland Moon finished her title at the Elora Gorge Kennel Club on Dec. 27th. She was Winners Bitch for a 3 point major under breeder Judge Kim Hamel. This was an extra special day for us as Raven is her Co-Owner Wendy’s first Champion and first show dog. It’s also the 5th black and tan Champion for our Molly (CH Mysticmoon’s Danika). That gives Molly her ROM title (not confirmed yet) and I couldn’t be more proud. I don’t think there has ever been a BT Bitch in Canada to earn an ROM, let alone a BT who’s Champion children are also black and tan! To say we are thrilled is understatement. Sassy pants Molly has certainly left a huge mark on our breeding program.
Yesterday I took my camera outside with the dogs in the fresh snow. There was lots of frisbee played before everyone started getting cold. It’s not the warm weather of Maui but the fresh snow is really pretty for photos. I hope you enjoy the action, my new camera and I are getting along fabulously!
My next doggy adventure is planned for mid February in New York… any guesses? Ruffi and I are going to have a lot of fun! We’ll try and take some photos.
Wishing all our family and friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!