2011 News Blog
Not much to report so simply wishing a Happy New Year to all our friends - old and new. Looking forward to 2012 :)
A big Merry Christmas from us all at Fenrirkin. Our thanks go to Sarah Towers of Wintadreama for designing this card. This year all proceeds from her card designs have gone to AHT Research funds:
Thank you to Charlie Bowden (Staggan) who has forwarded on to me this video of myself and Lucie at LKA earlier in the month:
A lovely chilled (no pun intended) Winter backpack today. I took my own Lucie and Joan Sheehan's Womble, and Jo Cornah-Wade provided great company with his sister Porsche. The weather remained dry and crisp, with lots of icy puddles to keep the dogs amused, and all three carry 30% of their bodyweight and earn a leg towards their WPD titles. Well done pupsicles :)
Joan Sheehan snapped Womble, Lucie and I having a quick pose about 3 miles in:
And got us again coming in to the finish, all 3 dogs with energy to spare (and Womble particularly keen to go see his Mummy)!
The final Allerton Park Championship weightpull of 2011 where Lucie and I travel with friends Claire, Lee and the beautiful Willow for a fun-filled - but terrifyingly icy - day.
Lucie puts a smile on my face again, gaining her 3rd WWPD leg by pulling an equal personal best of 1500lb (over 21x her bodyweight) and coming 3rd in the 61-80lb class.
Roll on 2012 for the next pull!
A trip down to Birmingham for LKA Championship Show - the last CC show of the year - and being second in the ring and with large entries to boot it was a long but enjoyable day!
Under breed specialist Kath Howarth (Hawkam), I first got the pleasure of handling at her first Champ show the ever so sweet and beautiful lady in red Nebraska - Cedarcreek Exclusive - (bred by Marina Page and owned by Kirsty Marie Mount Stephens and partner Ian) in a 10 strong Minor Puppy Bitch class, who although not making the final cut showed her socks of and moved a dream.
I was then back in with the wonderfully enthusiastic Quin - Celticice Quinarius Nessie (bred and owned by Gary Roach & Paula Pyper) - who despite a distinct lack of coat and it being her first time out of puppy and in Junior Bitch got placed 2nd in a class of 9, with sister Xhanxi stood proud next to her in 3rd.
My final trip into the ring for the day was with my own Lucie - Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin - now out of Junior and in Post Graduate Bitch for the first time at Champ Show level. In a huge class of 19 entries (4 absent) she did me proud by taking VHC.
Charlie Bowden was on paparazzi duty that day with her phones and caught us warming up in the benching area...
And then having the once over from judge Kath (with her patented crazy smile rerved for when the judge is looking):
And one final shot from Charlie; for some people VHC wouldn't be good enough but for me it means the world and I hope Lucie is as proud of her rosette as I am :)
On this day a year ago I couldnt have seen myself back in the ring handling Lucie mysef and to not only be in there again, but then getting placed in such a tough class was extra special to me and I cannot thank judge Kath Howarth enough for making this such a special day for me, along with everyone else who has helped us get back in there together over this year (especially Sarah Towers for her skilled handling that helped build Lucie's confidence and Joan Sheehan for supporting me and letting me practice with her boys).
We start the month with an Open Show - Otley Canine Society - where under breed specialist judge Kat Copley Holland (Katabatic) Lucie takes 2nd place in Graduate Dog or Bitch despite my usual nerves.
Lucie clearly looking forward to her cheese!
And what a note to end the month on! At the Allerton Park Weight Pull Lucie does me seriously proud pulling a new personal best of 1500lb - over 21 times her own body weight - earning her second AMCA WWPD Title leg and coming 4th of 17 in her class.
Thank you to Joan Sheehan for getting some shots of Miss Small & Mighty in action!
Stan also came along for the day out. Of course all he wanted to do was have some cuddles but he did have a couple of turns in Novice class before retiring for the day.
Again, thanks to Joan for capturing the usual fuss about nothing!
And eventually a bit of forward momentum...
And even some actual pulling!!
Well done to everyone today :)
A wet and somewhat miserable day weather wise at the Allerton Park Weight Pull today, but despite this much fun!
Very pleased with Lucie who at her second competitive pull (and in slippy conditions) came 5th in her class by pulling 1200lb - more than 16 times her own body weight, a personal best and earning her first AMCA WWPD title leg.
Maya decided it was too wet for pulling and refused to even try at 500lb - cheeky girl!
Was a lovely day to catch up with friends and may thanks to friends Julie, Noobie, Pixie and Louis for great company :)
A pleasant surprise in the canine press this week as critiques from Driffield Championship Show are published, featuring judge Bob Gregory's critique of Lucie.
"YB. 1. Blaney's Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin. Much to like, but today I found her a little heavy in front which caused a slight flaw in her action. A good topline, correct in angles and drives behind."
In other news the girls fab new weight pull harnesses made by Jen Effler of Powderhound in the USA arrive via personal courier today - cannot wait to try them out next week!
A trip to a local Open Show held by White Rose Canine Society where Lucie takes Reserve in Special Yearling under breed specialist Avril Roper (Tokosha).
Not many shows are this local, and with temperatures now dropping, it's lovely to be home by midday so that all three dogs can enjoy a nice long walk on a crisp Autumn afternoon.
Today the Allerton Park Weightpull Championship kicked off, with both Maya and Lucie out of novice and competing this year.
Lucie pulls 900lb (which if she weighed just 1lb less would have been enough for a WWPD leg) but sadly gives up halfway through her 1000lb pull - nonetheless, not a bad first attempt and a good base for the rest of the season!
(Thanks to Sammy Taylor of Samnooshka Designs for this shot)
Maya clowns around and is as cheeky as always but beats her previous personal best in competition also by pulling 900lb before deciding she wasn't even going to try 1000lb and walking out the chute -she wouldn't even pull when the trolley was being pushed through for her - but enjoyed it all the same!
Thank you to Nick Cornah for capturing perfectly her cheeky smile :)
And more thank you's to Joan Sheehan for these photos of her ladyship actually pulling (and for allowing Maya to borrow Porsche's pretty pink harness for the day)!
Looking forward to the November pull already!
Contrary to my last update, Autumn is now definitely upon us with temperatures dropping and the rain drizzling constantly throughout a trip to North East of England Working & Pastoral Breeds Society Open Show at Newcastle Racecourse.
Despite the damp weather it's a lovely day and I am pleased to handle Lucie (Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin) to take 3rd in Yearling:
Joan Sheehan takes this lovely headshot of Lucie looking rather serious while we're waiting to go in the ring:
And then snaps us standing in the line up:
Thanks to Jonathon Horsman for taking this lovely shot of Lucie:
A great day for Joan and Womble too, who takes 1st in Open and then BOB - Lucie was chuffed for her crate-mate (though very envious of his pretty rosettes)! Not a bad day all in all!
Hard to believe we're nearly in October on a day like today where a trip was made to the very local Driffield Championship Show in absolutely blazing sunshine.
I made the decision to handle Lucie - Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin - myself and was chuffed to see her earn her first red rosette at Champ show level by getting a 1st in Yearling Bitch (albeit as a solo appearance) under judge Bob Gregory.
(Many thanks to Joan Sheehan for the below photos)
I also handled Gary Roach and Paula Pyper's homebred girl Quin (Celticice Quinarius Nessie) for the first time and was pleased to see her gain a second in Puppy Bitch.
Well worth taking a day off work for - and I don't even think I got sunburned!
End of the month and it's time for the AMCUK Speciality Championship Show! And what a busy day it was!
As well as Lucie - Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin - being handled by Sarah Towers (Wintadreama) in Junior Bitch, I also took my turn at handling her in Special Rescue Stakes Dog or Bitch, as well as then handling friend Joan Sheehan's boy Womble - BJISS Hawkam Leading The Trail Via Amaqqut WWPD WTD - in both Special Rescue Stakes Open Dog Class & Limit Dog. I also took two of Womble's puppies into their first ever puppy classes: Willow (Celticice Semisses Cholet) owned and loved by Claire and Lee Wilkinson - and Hunter (Celticice Sesterius Tomsk) owned and loved by Bonnie Lindsell (Team Tarqaq - please see my links page).
Lucie did me proud by being shortlisted, though sadly not placed, with Sarah, from a 17 strong entry in Junior Bitch under judge Dolores Montgomery.
I then took her into Special Rescue Stakes Junior Dog or Bitch where under judge Kirsty Terry (Koyukuk) she gained 2nd place, the highest placed bitch in this class - which I was thrilled with!
I swapped leads and went on to handle Womble who gained a 3rd in Special Rescue Stakes Open Dog under judge Kirsty Terry, and then straight into Limit Dog class where although sadly not placed, he showed his socks off!
Willow loved every second of her first show and got VHC in Puppy Bitch.
Hunter was sadly feeling a little off colour and wasn't placed in his Puppy Dog class against a strong entry, but was a very good boy despite feeling under the weather.
Hunter and I on the move:
(Thanks to Alexis Rutherford / Joan Sheehan for the above 4 photos)
In other news Lucie had her BVA Eye Screening for HC and came back clear / unaffected - so yay there!
And while at the show we picked up a copy of the 2012 Rescue Calender which I am proud to say features pictures of Lucie for the months of April (her birthday month!) & August, and Stan in October. If you haven't brought one already, please donate to a good cause (and get a fab calender for the price) by contacting AMCUK Merchandise Officer & Rescue Co-Ordinator Sam Arnold via email: email@example.com
A fun practice day at Allerton Park where I decide to take Stan (Chevy Bel Air Cruiser for Fenrirkin) along for a day out and a break from the horomonal havoc of a seasonal Lucie at home! Having never pulled in practice at home I enter him in novice expecting a lie down protest, so am amazed when he goes on to pull 800lb before I withdraw him from competition.
There was some initial protest...
And general goofing around....
But eventually the concept of pulling sunk in (I think the desire for the cheese in my hand had a lot to do with it)!
Many thanks to Marina page (Cedarcreek) for these shots. Chuffed with my Stan the Man and looking forward to getting the girls back out there in October!
September starts with a little bit more coat and a return to the ring for Lucie (Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin), with an outing to Birmingham City Championship where under specialist judge Jim
Broadberry she gains VHC in Junior Bitch (6 entries, 0 absent).
(Thank you to Jo Sugden for the above photo of Lucie standing at the front as the judge does the first look round)(Photo Credit: Tate Shrimpton)
Earlier in the day I handle good friend Julie Botterill's girl Noobie - Chayo Black Magic WPD WWPD* (*stc) - in Veteran Bitch (10 entries, 5 absent) where she gets a 3rd against tough competition, qualifying her for Crufts for the second time this year!
(Many thanks to Jo Sugden for the below photos)
Congratulations are also in order for the dog classes where crate-mate Womble gets 2nd in LD and Lucie's Sire BIS / BISS Snowolf Canuck Bullit gets his second RCC - so big well done to Sharon and Bullit too!
With Lucie now even more out of coat than before it's a slow start to the month on the showing front. So instead of the 400 or so round mile trip to Bournemouth Champ show we have a nice chilled Sunday stroll to get Lucie some practice with her backpack. And as the lighting was still so nice we actually got pictures!!
Stopping to enjoy the breeze...
And to smile for the camera :)
A quick pose from Lucie and Stan...
... before lunch is spotted!!!
And finally on the way home with a tuckered but satisfied Lucie :)
As the month comes to an end Joan and I venture to our Local Champ Show at Leeds where I am down to handle both her boy Womble (BJISS Hawkam Leading The Trail Via Amaqqut WWPD WTD) and, in a rare moment of bravery, my very own Lucie (Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin).
The rather naked Lucie and I manage to get a 3rd in Junior Bitch. (Photo Credit: Joan Sheehan)(Photo Credit: Jo Sugden)
Womble sadly is not placed in a tough Open Dog class but behaves wonderfully for me and moves an absolute dream!
(Photo Credit: Joan Sheehan)
The weekend ends with a practice weightpull session where I am pleased to see Lucie (at only her second real attempt) manage 1000lb before we scratch for the day not too bad for a lady who only weighs 70 or so pounds herself! Roll on Autumn and working season :)
Thanks again to Joan for capturing these shots:
Getting a feel for it...
... And nice and steady to the finish line :)
July continues well seeing Lucie - Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin - and handler Sarah Towers (Wintadreama) take 3rd at East of England Agricultural Society Championship Show in Junior Bitch (9 Entries, 3 Absent) yesterday. Well done ladies!
(photo credit: Joan Sheehan)
Also pleased to see her sire Bullit - BIS / BISS Snowolf Canuck Bullit ShCM - take the RCC - so big well done woos there too!
A lovely surprise tonight in getting to read Lucie's first ever published critique from Blackpool Championship Show back in June. Many thanks to John Phillips (Stormwinds) for his kind words!
JB (13,3a, 1 withdrawn) Excellent class and disappointed that some quality bitches did not even get a place...
.... 3 Blaney’s WINDBERG PAPARAZZI TO FENRIRKIN. Black and white bitch, a bit nervous but has quality. Lovely feminine head with good length of neck and layback of shoulder and correct tail set. Clean coming and going and excellent extension on her side gait. Well presented and handled.
A nice start to the month at Windsor Championship Show where Lucie - Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin - takes 3rd in another good sized Junior Bitch class of 11 entries and only 1 absent, handled expertly by Sarah Towers. (thank you to Charlie Bowden for this photo)
(thank you Joan Sheehan for this picture)
We are pleased to see our "crate mate" Womble - BJISS Hawkam Leading The Trail Via Amaqqut WWPD WTD - take 2nd in Limit too! Lucie and I say well done all :)
A fabulous day at Blackpool Champ Show where under Breed Specialist John Phillips (Stormwinds) Lucie - Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin - gets a 3rd in a big Junior Class of 13 (3
absent). Many thanks as always to Sarah Towers (Wintadreama) for the great handling and Marina Page (Short Bark 'N' Sides, Durham) for the superb grooming.
(Thank you to Joan Sheehan for the above photos)
I later on went on to handle good friend Julie Botterill's beautiful girl Noobie - Chayo Black Magic WPD WWPD* (*stc) - in Veteran Bitch where she got a 3rd, qualifying for Crufts! So very pleased for this lovely lady.
(Thanks to Marina Page for these photos)
To top it off, travel partners Joan and Womble - BJISS Hawkam Leading The Trail Via Amaqqut WWPD WTD - got a 1st in a tough Limit Dog Class! So big well dones all round!
Joan and I took a trip to Honley Show Society's annual Open Show with Lucie - Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin - and Womble - BJISS Hawkam Leading The Trail Via Amaqqut WWPD WTD. Handled by myself for the first time in 6 months, I was delighted to see Lucie get placed 1st in Junior Class! I then went on to handle Womble in Open where he got placed 2nd to what was to be the BOB winner. It was a lovely, relaxed (well, once I finished with Lucie!) day out for us all.
Here we see a very chilled Womble and Lucie having finished their bit in the ring:
Many thanks to Joan for the fab day out and to Judge Irene Rushfirth (Hikays) for thinking so well of my girl despite my obvious nerves!
A lovely gift to start the month from talented handler and designer Sarah Towers of Wintadreama! Please go to my links page and visit Wintadreama's Site to see more of her fab work :)
Thanks again Sarah!
What a fun weekend!
Saturday kicked off travelling down to Leicestershire with the Amaqqut Crew - Joan, Jeff, Womble, Porsche, Kodi, Kai, Tika - and of course Miss Lucie! First things first was the annual AMCUK Open Show.
Now firm partners in crime, Sarah Towers handled Lucie - Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin - in a very windy Junior Bitch class under Judge Jo Sugden, where against 12 entries, 3 absent, she got a VHC: (Photo Credit: Joan Sheehan)
With bitch classes clashing with dog classes, and Sarah busy with her own girls, I then (to my terror, having vowed I wouldn't be going back in the ring for some time) handled Womble - BJISS
Hawkam Leading The Trail Via Amaqqut WWPD WTD - in her place where he earned despite my nerves a VHC in Limit Dog and a 2nd In Stud Dog (under judges Nicola Singh and Jo Sugden respectively). I also
got the pleasure of handling Kodi - Hawkam's Initowinit WPD WWPD WTD - on what was to be his retirement show. He was smiling the whole way through, getting a 4th in Veteran Dog under Nicola Singh,
and although unplaced, stood proud in the undoubtedly massive Special Working Certified Class (22 entries!) whose very trophy was named after the efforts of himself and Scooby in becoming the first
UK dogs to earn an AMCA working title. Thank you to Joan and Jeff for the opportunity to share this moment!
Kodi and I in the lineup:
Smiling for Nicola (and quite possibly the camera)!
(Photo Credit: Joan Sheehan)
Serious stuff out the way, it was time to wind down for the evening (with the good company of friend Julie, Noobie and Pixie, and new friends Nikki & Alaska) in preparation for the fun day. And much fun it was! Lucie and I enjoyed the chance to chat and catch up with friends. She got shortlisted for Prettiest Bitch in the Fun Dog Show, had a go at agility (which she enjoyed and is bugging me to let her try again). The highlight of the day had to be the Fastest Malamute Competition. On seal duty for the task, I took Princess Porsche down first to see how it was done (on the left) before Lucie gave it a go - both girls loved it, but weren't too keen on the bit where their lead got put back on at the end - running free was much more fun!
(Photo Credit: Andy Mellor)
It was a hugely enjoyable weekend and much in the way of thanks has to go to all the committee members and volunteers for AMCUK who's hard work helped make it such a success!
Another groundbreaking day for myself as Lucie - Windberg Paparazzi To Fenrirkin - become my first ever dog qualified for Crufts. Handled again by Sarah Towers (Wintadreama), she did me proud by getting a 3rd in Junior Bitch under Judge Mary Deats, again with a respectable entry of 10 with 3 absent.
Waiting in the line up... (Photo by Charlie Bowden)
On the move with Sarah:
(Photo Credit: Joan Sheehan)
Big well done to her father Bullit - BIS / BISS Snowolf Canuck Bullit ShCM - who got 2nd in Open Dog, and also to travelling partners Joan and Womble, who although not placed in a big Limit Dog class got to see 3 of his pups (bred by Paula Pyper and Gary Roach of Celticice) earn Crufts qualifications at their first show! Well done Womblets and owners.
What a wonderful day at WELKS Championship Show on Friday 29th! Lucie and I travelled down with friends Womble and Joan. Having not shown much interest in the ring at her first two shows
(particularly the bit where the judge goes over her), after nearly 5 months out from showing Lucie surprised us all by taking VHC in Junior Bitch under Judge Marion Sargent, in a tough class of 11
entries with only 2 absent.
Many many thanks going to Sarah Towers of Wintadreama (please see links) for her patient and skilled handling, Marina Page (ShortBark N' Sides, Durham -again, please see links) for the fabulous grooming.
Lucie waiting in the ring...
Photo Credit: Joan Sheehan
And on the move with Sarah...
Photo Credit: Joan Sheehan
Her mum Kirei - BPIS / BPISS Mottomo Kirei No Yukimigata - earned VHC in a tough Open Bitch class and our travelling companion Womble also got VHC in Limit Dog - so well dones all round :)
Another fun day at the end of season weight pull with Lucie & Maya and our usual partners in crime - Julie, Noobie, Pixie, Stripeless & other ratty friends. It was glorious weather and Maya decided it was entirely too sunny to pull - and bailed out at a mere 500lb! But had great fun being a cheeky mare about the whole situation!
Many thanks to Sam Lawrence at Samnooshka Designs (and Luponooshka Malamutes) for these pictures - please go to my links page to visit her site(s).
Lucie had a much more succesful day as she had her first go in novice class.
Admittedly she seemed a bit bemused by the whole idea at first:
(thanks to Jeff Sheehan at Amaqqut for this pic)....
But soon the concept of pulling clicked into place...
She pulled 800lb before I decided to withdraw her. I'm sure she would have happily given 900lb a go but I didn't want to push her too far - and just shy of 12 times her on bodyweight was more than I could have asked for on her first attempt! So pleased with her!
(thanks again to Sam Lawrence at Samnooshka Designs for this shot)
Well done to all dogs and owners who have done so well over the season - roll on next Autumn!
A fun start to the month at the Allerton Park Weightpull. Maya, Lucie and I went with our friends from Mudiwarx - Julie, Noobie, Pixie (and the ratties Gonzalez and Fabio) - where a fab day was had by all. Noobie got the last leg she needed for her WWPD title (big well done!); Maya had her first time out of novice and in competition where she equalled her current best of 900lb; Pixie meeted and greeted her fan club and Lucie enjoyed the social experience and making new friends :)
It was a great day for title legs and personal bests for all our friends, so a big well done to everyone!
It wouldn't be March without mentioning the C word - Crufts of course!!
No entries from me, obviously, but I had a great day on Friday as official Amaqqut assistant (thank you Joan and Womble for the great company), and the opportunity to catch up with more far flung mally friends.
On Sunday I went back solo to spectate and photographise the Japanese Akita Inu classes, and has a really lovely time catching up with old and making new friends alike.
Well done to all the beautiful dogs who did their owners proud on the day!
Well, lots of fun at Allerton park this month.
At the weight pull event on Saturday, Maya had her first ever go. We entered into the novice class but I am very proud to say she pulled 900lb without any lead, bait, or crossing the line on my part. And I rather think she enjoyed it too!!
Many thanks to Joan Sheehan at Amaqqut for these photos please go to my links page to visit her site...
It was the trek on Sunday. Joan and Jeff at Amaqqut were kind enough to stick me on their rig with their own Womble (BJISS Hawkam Leading The Trail Via Amaqqut WWPD WTD) & Porsche (Hawkam Lucky Break WWPD WTD). It was a rainy, muddy 10.5 miles - and I provided most of the comedy moments for the day when I realised that the mud and my brakes were not compatible, earning the "most times fallen off" and "muddiest musher" awards - but it was lots of fun and the dogs were absolute stars!
Setting off - mud from the outset:
(Many thanks to Janine Horsman-Phoenix at Nordicwinds for these pics)
(thank you to Joan Sheehan at Amaqqut for these photos)
A slow but steady start to the New Year as a result of post-Christmas work commitments - so not as much spectating at shows as we'd like!
But on a positive note, as Lucie is maturing, she has started succesfully working together in harness with Maya. Both have proved good motivators for one another and I am ever so proud of my girlies :)