Six Puppies!

Sunday morning this bellyful of puppies arrived…

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Six puppies. Three boys and three girls!

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The sire is Ch. Kunza Drin Lan at FFT Melou and the dam is GCH CH MACH2 MeLou Shambhala MXS MJG. If you are interested in purchasing one of Myth’s puppies, please fill out this questionnaire


Playing with the dogs this past weekend

What do you do with dogs when you don’t go to dog shows?

Here’s what Julie did…

Ricki just passed his canine good citizen test and attached is a picture of Payton doing weight pulling. She did awesome, pulled the wagon 2 times with no issues.

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And I went to the Chili Cook Off with a Freedom Service Dog (in training)…

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That’s me with Plume and mostly a bunch of swim coaches.


Elliot, the Fast and Furriest

Overshadowed by the Gompa wins, only my close friends know what Elliot finishing his Championship that same weekend meant to me. Well, and maybe the lady that quietly presented a kleenix over my shoulder after the judge pointed to him for WD.

Champion FFT MeLou Spill The Wine. Elliot. You’ll find the letters in his call name in his registered name. His father is Ch. FFT No Wine Before It’s Time. His dam, the fabulous Josie, was sired by Connor. Josie is the only Grand Champion Master Agility Champion ( MACH6, I think) Lhasa Apso. She’s currently the #1 agility Lhasa in the country. Elliot’s sister, is #3. Elliot came home with me 4 years ago as a 3 month old puppy, expectations of another champion and the beginning of my journey Down The Quiet Path.

We started agility training with Puppy Foundations shortly after.

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Elliot is fast, fast, fast.

He is also the most hyper-vigilant, sensitive to his environment dog I’ve ever had. That has been a HUGE challenge. Two years ago Elliot and I traveled to MN for the Specialties. A fancy dog, he was in top show condition. Having finished too many Champions to count, I deemed him ready for competition that weekend. I’m usually right on. Each day his attitude in the ring declined. The final day the worst. There was a grooming setup ringside with a high-velocity dryer running the entire time he was in the ring.

Elliot was not shown again until this past April. The two years in between we continued agility training, along with playing conformation after agility class.  A small show in a small town at a small county fairgrounds in Nebraska (my home state) we met Melissa and Julie. Elliot was going to MN for a few months with three goals in mind. A breeding. A permanent height card. A Championship.

What happened at that small show in that small town was awful. I still feel like I threw Elliot under the bus. His head and tail held high, we headed around the ring and made the first corner. With ‘perfect’ timing a high-velocity dryer – not 10 feet from the next corner – went on. His tail dropped as we continued to head that direction. What could I have done? I still ask myself that question. Pick him up and ask to be excused?

A Championship title? Oh if only Melissa could pull it off! She showed him two weekends using different strategies each weekend. Still struggling, he picked up a 5-pt. major the first weekend (photo below). MN Specialty weekend he was spot on, tail remained up even as 2 different judges reached down and touched him at the end of the down and back!  Gulp! This time as the weekend progressed, he only got better in the ring. The last day, the day he finished he stood out above all the other dogs. And I don’t mean height-wise. Another goal, his permanent height card lists him at 10″.  There was no denying him that win. What a great way to finish his title!

I am anxious to bring him home. Once again we’re meeting midway. This time at an agility trial.  🙂 As an FFT dog, he’s part of my Fast & Furriest Team.   

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Dance on!

Still reeling from the history-making weekend in Minnesota. A Tibetan whirlwind a friend pointed out, adding it’s time to change into my dancing shoes. I asked her what those shoes would look like.
Her response, titled She Who Dances with Gompas:
You need to dance in 2 pairs of shoes…one that reflects the hard journey you have made–walking/stumbling…building your own pathway from your heart to the Gompa…find your oldest shoes that you wore daily to the kennels–maybe add some spiffy new laces, to celebrate.
And you need a new pair of shoes…
Dance On!
Dance? I can do that! Dance for joy, dance under the moonlight. I can do that! Those kennel shoes? I got ’em!
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It’s been a journey, every step of the way accompanied by friends  and supportive people.  And my Keens.
Taken by Paul Bagley August 22, here’s…
Champion Kunza Anticipation at FFT 
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Kunza Drin Lan at FFT MeLou – Best in Sweepstakes, August 23 – WD, 5pt. major, August 24
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Dance On!

Breed history made

I will expand on the past weekend, fabulous as it was, in a day or two. Written by Vickie, here’s a synopsis:

At the shows this past weekend in Lake Elmo, MN, breed history was made.  One of the Gompa bitches (Payton) achieved her CH title with back-to-back-to-back 5-point majors.  Another of the Gompa dogs (Landin) took Best in Sweepstakes and a 5-point major. 
Payton is sired by Kunza Rishi. Rishi’s half-brother – Kunza Danba – sired Landin.

If The Shoe Fits,

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wear it…

If the words are pouring out…write them.

Months and months ago, in Keep Writing Your Story,  I shared my thoughts, feelings and breeding plans. Most have not changed… well except for the breeding plans. Ella ended up bred to Danba, producing Zopa, Tanner and Landin.  Jena was bred to Rishi producing Payton and Indy. And that’s it. That’s all she wrote. Ha! I could stop there. That’s all she wrote. 

But that ain’t all I’m gonna write. Not today. Not in the future.

Stymied by an additional workday along with wondering what words would be valuable to readers, I stopped. I didn’t stop writing. I just stopped putting words here. That’s gonna change. Not sure what the change will look like, but I’m headed back down the writing path.

The Photo My Photo. That’s the name of my current photography project. Based on favorite photos by real photographers, I create an image inspired by the photos. And it usually has to do with dogs. This photo by Nancy Warner inspired the shot of my agility shoes sitting on a cloth given to  me by Madame Yolande de Zarobe.

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So, Deb, Put On Your Red Shoes. Let’s Dance. Or write.

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Weathergram in memoriam

for the buddha baby…

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It has been forever since I’ve visited this blog, let alone posted. I see the last post was also a memorial too. Thanks Susan for sharing about Dom’s departure and for sharing your memorial photo.