Friday, October 21, 2011

All I want to do is looking for new classes for the dogs in varying things.. Puppy search.. When I should be doing homework, I find myself looking at my top 8 breeder pics hoping for spring litter news. I'm hopeless...

I somehow lost a microdermal in my sleep. Painless, popped out. I found it in my bed this afternoon when I realized it was missing. I couldn't really believe it. *sigh* I will let it heal and maybe get both missing microdermals replaced. I'm sad about removing my lip rings last week still..

I've been looking at doggie daycare options. I am so busy.. School, lab practising, soon there will be work as well and rideouts. I already lack time. I found off leash walks that sound promising. I'd think about paying her once a week to take my two, but I've never handed my guys off before and feel weird about it.

I'm anxiously awaiting the photos I had put on 16 x 20, and 16 x 24" canvases..

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cocker Breeders!

I finally decided to break down and ask cocker agility people. I'm on a yahoo group I use rarely. I wrote a novel and got a good number of emails. Many recommendations, a lot of the same recommendations ;) And 2 breeders I've looked at emailed me themselves. So I have a list of 5-8 with decent agility track records..

Here's hoping someone will have a litter ready spring or summer, and have a boy.. and it hopefully not be black as Smudge is just too hot all the time.. and good drive and be available, haha.

And be able to graduate... 6 more months to go....


Friday, October 14, 2011

Narrowing Down the Breeds..

So I had the I want a third dog convo with my mom today.. She seems to be okay with it.. She'd rather a cocker.. But she doesn't really know anything else..

So the list is American cockers, Mini poodles and Chinese cresteds..

I want the pretty breed standard puppy.. but I want proven performance lines.. TOGETHER!!

Sadly most are one or the other..

So Cresteds..

The pretty I adore.. Jewel's
The AKC top invitational agility dogs.. which has a still down website Chinaroad

American Cockers..

The pretty I love in colours I adore like roan.. but few performance titles and they didn't answer my emails (though they may have gone to spam and have an odd policy of not wanting people on their property I'm a little weird over). AJ Kennels
Then there's the top invitational dogs.. TellTail

And Mini poodles.. There's not much to pick from. I sadly like partis, but minis in any colour aren't doing much in performance. There's Songbird and not much else, at least not consistently. The invitational lumps all sizes together and standards dominate the list.. My fave breeder is local and has a sadly defunct line. Gone to the AAC Nationals an done well.. sadly her pick from her last litter was a one balled wonder, and it killed her line..

I'd like a pup 6-8 months down the road.. she won't have a new girl for years...

Another cocker sounds easy.. but I also want to make sure it's from parentage DOING performance.. Many of the rocking dogs are shown by other people and may not be being bred...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

AKC Invitationals......

I think Frenchies are out. We had a good agility weekend..

Cider got a steeplechase Q and a Master Jumpers Q saturday. The jumpers Q is her 10th MJ Q. She received an Expert Jumpers Bronze title. Makes her the 16th American Cocker ever to get one.

Smudge came home with a Master Jumpers Q sunday. Not bad for either of them as I haven't take lessons in ages thanks to a lack of time and money due to school.

Cider had a lovely MJ round on sunday as well as a lovely master standard. Sadly both were 5 fault runs. It was a good weekend.

3 Qs, 6 1sts, 2 2nds, a third, a fourth, and a title

So.. We met an agility Frenchie at the trial. Snorty and cute.. but I think I want anther good prospect.. plus a $3000 price tag ouch..

So.. I've got a cocker kennel with multiple invitational dogs. A crestie kennel with multiple invitees.. And mini poodles are still on the list.. but all the sizes are grouped together. I'm not sure there's a kennel or two I like yet.. Lastly there's still the cocker breeder with pretty show dogs I like. Sadly, who knows their drive. I'm finding the more I play with my two these days.. the sadder I am Smudge doesn't have more drive... I thought it would be easier, but actually, I'm frustrated. So I can't pick a breed, or a kennel. I'd adore a pretty blue roan.. but drive is more important...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

And no email..

I resent my email from my other email address. Here is hoping that it went to spam as opposed to not wanting to talk to me. When I wanted a second pup I had a bunch of un-returned emails and I don't think it was just a spam issue. I had rude phone calls.. I was too young, and inexperienced and no one would even sell me a pet, let alone a confo prospect...

So I resent the email. I really want a flashy puppy...