Sunday, 29 April 2007

What's in a dog's name?

Roxy -Black Diamond Rox
Roxy is a rescue from the Humane Society. She was found hanging around the City bus garages after a late summer storm. The name Roxy just seemed to suit her. Later when we registered her with AMBOR in order to compete in ASCA obedience we picked the name Black Diamond Rox. Roxy was totally black and had a very shiny coat, she also has a black mark on her tongue that is shaped like a diamond.

Kate - Lady Kate
Kate was the favorite pup of the breeder's daughter, she named her Lady. We picked the name Kate, but kept Lady in her registered name as Kate really did think her self a Lady.

Ardis - Oakenpride’s Ardwinna
Ardis – Latin meaning eager; fervent.
Ardwinna- from Britain – other names Dea Arduinna
Ardwinna was a Woodland and animal Goddess who haunted the forests of Ardennes riding a wild boar. She commanded a fine for any animal killed on her land, yet asked for animal sacrifices on her feast day.
Rules over: Animals, familiars, woodlands.

Ribbon - Nordais Pride of the Ring (Ardis' Dam)
Ribbon is named after her breeder's first Chessie "Pride" (Westernoak's Yukon Pride). She didn't want to call her "Pride" again, so made her registered name "Nordais Pride of the Ring". Now when you go in the ring and win... what do you get? A "Ribbon"!!! and Ribbon has done a lot of winning for her!!!

Curry - Meadowoods Quiet Riot (Ardis' Sire)
Curry’s name 'Quiet Riot' comes from the rodeo. Quiet Riot was one of the top bucking bulls at that time. Curry's mother, Zippy, and sister, Spring, were named after the top bucking horses of 94 and 97, Zippy Delivery and Spring Fling.
The Meadowood name came about because they have a large meadow on one side of their property surrounded by oak and redwood trees.

Kitt -Del Brave Katepwa
Katepwa is a Cree word meaning "Who Calls?".
In Saskatchewan, 45 minutes from Regina is the Qu’appelle Valley where there are 4 lakes making up the Calling Lakes and Echo Valley Provincial Park. This area is rich in history and lore. Legend tells of a young Indian brave canoeing home from a hunting trip one evening when he thought he heard someone calling his name. "Kâ-têpwêt?", "who calls? he asked aloud. There was no reply. "Qu'appelle?" he tried again, this time in French. Then came a reply from the hills on the other side of the placid, moonlit lake: "Qu'appelle?" It was his echo.
I spent many summers, while growing up, at my uncles cabin at Katepwa lake, with lots of fond memories. We never noticed until someone told us that Katepwa echos Kate. Kate was our 10 year old Chesapeake we lost 3 months before we got Kitt.

Merry -Meadowoods Merron Del Brave (Kitt's Dam)
Merron means mermaid in gaelic and Merry is typical of chesapeakes in their love of water.
Del Brave is derived from the breeders first stud dog’s registered name, Meadowoods Home of the Brave. Del means "of the" in Spanish.

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Spring Fling or was it a FRAP?

Last night we checked out our summer agility field. Where we walked the dogs off leash last year, is a huge slough. Kitt and her pal Aire took off and headed directly to the slough. We could not get them out they ran and dived and slide and spun and chased for a good 10 minutes.

Aire(6 months) and Kitt (8months) on a F.R.A.P. Last Fall

The slough is not deep enough to swim in, but too wide to walk out and get the pups. Ardi went in after them once and they paid no heed to her and nearly knocked her over with their antics,she came out indignant that they would not pay her any mind. We took the two big dogs back to the vehicle and brought a bumper out, waved it in the air. Eventually they noticed and came on the run. We gathered the pups up and took them to the vehicles.
I don't think I will ever forget the look of joy, fun and freedom the 2 young dogs had as they cavorted in the slough. I hope to see this same joy as they grow, train and eventually compete in whatever dog sport they choose.

Saturday, 14 April 2007

She's too young to drive!!!

The snow is just about gone for the 2nd time and I am really anxious to get Kitt out and try the things we've been working on over the winter. I’m itching to work on some retrieving marks, get to the wide open spaces, string together a few agility obstacles and try out some new skills.

I really have to keep the reins on myself. I think this is where many young dogs and not so experienced trainers (like me) run into trouble. In retriever training they call it the transition period, it is where you go from yard work to field work.. The distractions to the dog are higher, skills learned singly are now being put together and it is hard not to have high expectations. Like anything else, my expectations should be based on the work and effort I have put in. I think Cheryl Bartlett talked about this at Puppy Agility Camp.

Okay, so I’ve got a bit of a plan for the retriever stuff, I'm still scratching my head about agility, I know I’m not going to hand the keys over to Kitt and let her drive. Any suggestions or advice for making these transitions would be very helpful and appreciated.

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Happy 1st Birthday Kitt

Let the party begin !!!!!!!!

April 11th is Kitt's 1st birthday. She is shown laying beside her buddy Ardi.

Kitt is a pup in training. Kitt's first year has been spent working on house manners and basic obedience, foundation agility skills, and some structured retriever work to enhance the natural retrieving ability she came with. She is a great swimmer and is proving to be a pretty good marker. She will be starting her 1st formal Retriever class next week. With Kitt around there is never a dull moment and no object will be left un-retrieved.

Here are some pictures from Kitt's 1st year