Thursday, October 15, 2009

Catching Up

As things get more and more interesting around here I thought a blog would be a great place to keep everyone apprised of the more personal and in depth happenings at Inseguire than our website does. 2009 has been a pretty exciting year for us, we attended our fist JRTCA shows in 5 years and did quite well. In a very limited number of outings Sadie was Best Open Bitch 1x, Reserve Best Open Terrier 1x, Best Brood Bitch and Produce 3x, and Reserve Family Champion 2x. King did not disappoint winning his puppy class every time in the ring and was Dog Puppy Champion 1x, and Reserve Dog Puppy Champion 1x. Cali was the big hit of the summer though, Reserve Bitch Puppy Champion 3x, Reserve Puppy Champion 1x, and always in the top 3 bitch puppies every time in the ring.

This year also saw both Sadie and Cali make thier flyball debuts. Sadie earned her FDCh-G in only four tournaments, and by the end of the season was running 4.8s. She was pulled from the lanes early in October though as she came into heat and was sent to see Gaye Redpath and Conquest Jock in Ontario. These things usually happen at the most inopportune times and this was no different. We had entered a team of 4, the bear minimum you can run in flyball, including Sadie and were now coming up short to a tournament. After much debate we decided to put Cali in her mother's spot even though she was not quite ready to run. Never having passed before, and no box turn to speak of, this young lady was rock solid and earned both her FD and FDX and running 5.3s. Hopefully a winter of work on that all important box turn will have her shaving a fair bit of time off this posting.

Although our conformation and performance seasons have come to an end 2009 is far from over for us. As I mention before Sadie is expected to be whelping a litter, some time around the 6th of December, and JRT puppies are always a lot of fun at every stage. We will keep everyone apprised of the happenings and keep you fingers crossed that they ultrasound booked for November 7th shows a nice litter of healthy puppies!

Summer Celebration I & II

08.18.2009 - Inseguire had a strong showing at Summer Celebration I & II in Harding Illinois. It was a long drive down but we decided to make the trip partially to get one more show in for the puppies before they turn a year and partially to see Shirley Buist of Cairnbrae Terriers, who provided me with Sadie, my first 'show', terrier 6 years ago. I haven't seen Shirley in a long time and was excited to hear that she was judging the second day of this trail.
Jeremy came with me and we made a good and proper road trip out of the over 21 hours of driving. This trip provided to be well worth all the extra effort in getting there. The Mid-West JRT Club put on a great trial with everything from the typical JRT events to trailing and locating, agility, and lure coursing just to name a few. All these events attracted a lot of dogs (over 200) and some of the top kennels in Canada and the US. I have to admit I was a little nervous when I saw some of the kennel names set up around the conformation ring. Class sizes were large and deep but my nervousness proved unfounded as all our terriers showed well and still brought home plenty of ribbons.

On day one, under Joan Crouse, King won his class (9-12 mo Smooth Dog Puppies) and Cali came in second to the eventual Puppy Champion in the 9-12 mo Rough/Broken Bitch Puppies. She was also one of the last 3 dogs in the ring for Bitch Puppy Champion but finally ended up placing behind two very nice dogs. Sadie too did not disappoint and placed 2nd in her class (12.5-15 Rough/Broken Open Bitches) against some very tough competition. She was also awarded Best Brood Bitch and Produce. With all the performance events being offered and the dogs not the least bit tired we took in some activities other than the usual go-to-ground. The Barn hunt was a big success with King placing 2nd and Cali 3rd. Sadie was also 3rd of the adults, but where she really shone was at trailing and locating. She worked in a fast enough time to earn her 5th (of 40 or so dogs) but what set her apart was the way she worked, in constant communication with her handler , and the judge commented on this. Not to be outdone by her mother Cali also worked very well (all off lead) and won the puppy class along with the admiration of the judge who commented that "she has all the making of a really great hunting partner, take good care of that one".

Day two was just as successful as day one and even though we got rained out of many events,and had to move conformation inside the dogs did great in everything they participated in. Barn Hunt and Brush Hunt saw high placing on all three dogs and the ball toss was a cinch for the girls, Cali winning puppy and Sadie taking second in Adult. The highlight of the day was conformation though. Sadie had to watch from the sidelines as Shirley Buist, her breeder, was judging but she has the best seat in the house to watch her son King win his class and her daughter Cali win Reserve Bitch Puppy Champion! A great trial all in all, new friends made, old friends reconnected with, and 3 tired dogs on the trip home. This is how we judge success.

Mid America Working Terrier Trial

06.30.2009 - Inseguire attended our first trial in almost 5 years, the MAWTA trial in Norfolk NE. We had an amazing time, met some new friends, and brought home plenty of 'loot'. Our Terriers showed very well with Cairnbrae Inspiration taking home Open Bitch Champion, Reserve Open Terrier Champion, Best Brood Bitch and Produce, and Reserve Family Champion on the first day. She was also awarded Best Brood Bitch and Produce and Reserve Family Champion on the second day. Littermates Inseguire Calliope and Inseguire King's Ransom were equally impressive. 'King' was awarded Puppy Dog Champion on the first day and Reserve Puppy Dog Champion on the second day. 'Cali' won Reserve Puppy Bitch Champion and Reserve Puppy Champion on the first day and Reserve Puppy Bitch Champion on the second day.
We also had the opportunity to go hunting with Stephanie Poppe and Candy Butterfield, two amazing women with a great sense of humor. Although we never did find anything other than skunk we had a blast looking. Sadie checked every hole and even Cali entered and looked around. It never ceases to amaze me the instincts of these little dogs, see hole = stick head in. It was a great outing all in all, well worth the 16 hour drive down. Also a big thank you to Patti Podliska of Hidden Acres Jack Russells for organizing the hunting trips, introducing me to some new friends, and generally welcoming us, dogs included, with open arms. Thank you Patti you are the reason this trip was so much fun.