Cascade Cluster

We haven’t had much opportunity for photography this show. Since our club put on the Thursday and Friday show I had to work all day after showing. And I’ve had Tom busily holding dogs and shuffling them in-and-out of crates during the Cardigan judging.

Results so far (after 3 days): Molly earned her first point first time ever in the ring on Thursday. Hannah was Winners Bitch both Friday and today (Saturday) and today Hannah was also Best of Winners with Molly taking Reserve Winners Bitch.

Hannah is up to 14 points (it takes 15 to finish a championship) so we’re holding our breath!

Here are a few pictures that we managed to get today.

Digger on the table getting beautiful. You can’t tell how cold it is, so you’ll have to trust me. We had an 8 a.m. ring time all 4 days so I was outside the trailer grooming before 7 each day.

Molly awaiting her ride to the arena.

And Hannah says that you have to get up far too early when you show at 8 a.m. When you get back a good long nap is required.

There were puppy groups today and Molly was best Cardigan puppy by default. Kelly had a puppy boy but he was entered in Bred-by Exhibitor.

Molly and mom after making Molly all pretty again.


Once around in the puppy group ring.


In the herding group line-up.


Awaiting our turn behind the Sheltie.


It helps to kiss the judge, right?


“Where are we going, mom? That nice man wanted to kiss me.”


“More great bait, please.”

In the final line-up working hard . . . and the end result was a Puppy Group II. The Aussie was first and the much-better trained Sheltie was third. Molly is trotting really nicely on a loose lead after just 3 mornings of in-the-ring training.

Walla Walla

Walla Walla is actually quite pretty when there’s no tornado at the dog show. Yes, the first and only other time I had been to this show there was a tornado. This year it was sunburn weather. We were glad that Henry was able to bring the canopy to groom under on Sunday.

Here’s Wally getting ready for the show. He was Best of Breed on Saturday when Mandy had to show him. Sunday nothing, but I don’t think anybody was disappointed about not staying for group.

Pilot is growing up. Here he is at 6 months, 1 week, 2 days old. He was best Bred-by exhibitor Cardigan both days over 4 bitches, and Group IV bred-by on Saturday with 8 breeds showing. Mandy and Henry elected not to stay for bred-by groups on Sunday since Wally didn’t win and I don’t blame them.

Pilot getting ready. He may eventually learn that he can’t fly using the table as a launching pad. Pilot earned his first point the weekend before in Lewiston and his win picture will be posted soon.

Big sister Hannah was Winners Bitch both days and also Best of Opposite Sex on Sunday to earn three points total. That brings her up to 12 points with both majors: just 3 to go. She came home with me for the Southern Oregon shows which are coming up and our fingers are crossed.

This is a lovely Cardigan front. Just in case you’re wondering (insert smiley face).

Hannah is having a delightful time visiting with her brother Digger, baby sister Molly, and the rest. She learned the dog door in nothing flat. It’s so nice to have a big group which all gets along. As long as the old crotchety one lives back in the bedroom, that is.