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Lincoln and Olathea

 

The kids made their show debut Labor Day Weekend at the Amana Colonies, IA show.

Lincoln picked up a best cardigan puppy and then went on to a puppy group 2. Thanks to Judge Ruth Tessendorf.

Riverbend Lincoln, Here for the Defense Puppy Group 2 (Photographer Downey)

 

The next day, Lincoln went on to pick up a Best of Winners for a 4 pt major under Judge Alice Inman.  It was a wonderful way to end the weekend.  Thanks to Judge Inman, Connie Whan, Kerri Carter, Missy and Chas Brees DeYoung, Rus and Sherilyn Mumme and, of course, Kathy Gibson and  for making it  possible for Lincoln and I to have too much fun.

Riverbend Lincoln, Here for the Defense Amana Colonies, IA BOW 4pt major. Judge Alice Inman (Photographer Downey)
 
We then moved on to the Des Moines, IA show the following weekend.  Olathea picked up her first point, and Lincoln picked up another one too.  All in all it was a great start to their show careers.
 
 

Two great weekends, sharing the wealth…

I hardly know where to start!  Kathy and I packed up the motor coach and headed a little west.  We traveled with good friends who had a spot of trouble with a tire along the way, but we all arrived safely.  And that began a weekend of good fellowship, food, dogs and a bit of winning for everyone!  In the four (4) camper group, we had several grand champion majors, a qualifying score in rally, major wins boys and girls, grand champion points, best veteran and …

After a pretty rocky show start…(Lincoln had some real fun putting on a hip hoppy show), we did alright by the end of the cluster show.  On Sunday, Lincoln picked up “best cardigan puppy’, and then went on to a Puppy Group 2.  What a difference a day makes!  Then on Monday, he decided he did remember how to gait…and took “best of winners” for the crossover 4 pt major.  Good boy, Linc!

Then we moved on to Des Moines for some more fun with friends and dogs.  Once again, we shared the wealth and everyone took a point.  Linc took “best of winners” on Saturday, and Olathea decided on Sunday she had enough of her brother getting all the attention.  She showed like a pro, and thanks to Sherilyn for taking her back in and beating me for “best of winners” on my girl!

It was a super fun ten (10) days!  Believe you me it wouldn’t have been half as fun without all the people we have grown to love and call family.  Congrats to all the winners, and let’s do it again really soon!

Pictures to follow…

Much Outdoor Fun…

It has been raining cats and dogs in Iowa!  So I took the break in the weather to get everyone outside.  Much fun was had by all…but I know 3 puppies that need baths!  That goes especially for Missy.  I took one look at her and saw her mother at the very same age—wet, full of mud and ridiculously happy!  (No worries Val and John, I promise she will be clean and smelling like a daisy by tomorrow morning.)

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Pipdate…

Pip seems to have been born to live up north.  He took to the ocean and rocky beaches like a veteran, and today he went to the lake.  (Now I have swam in northern lakes in July and still found them frigid, so I am impressed at his fortitude!)

He is learning much good stuff…sit, stay, touch, charming his peeps, and the like.  Good boy, Pip, you are making us proud!

Oh and for those of you who also follow us at www.cardicorgicapers.blogspot.com you will find some picks of Dinah, Rambo sister.  Dinah is being the model big sister, showing her little brother all the good ropes.  (Wish the same could be said of her sister!)

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It’s Official…

Yesterday I broke down the living room puppy pen, rolled up the vinyl, swept, mopped, and refreshed the hardwoods.  My living room is officially back to normal.  While I love the return to normal, I am kind of missing the Puppy TV channel!

The puppies are completely mixed in general population.  Mostly they run with Ella, Music and Russ…still working on Shaker and Rainbow.  Right now they are playing tug of war with their mother in the kitchen.  (I’ll try to get some pictures but it is a pretty fast paced game!)  They are spending a couple of hours a day in crates so that I can accomplish some real work.

The last puppy will move on to her forever home on Friday when Val and John make their way to Riverbend.  I can only hope it will go smoother than Nadia’s move!  I truly don’t think I can take another one like that!  Speaking of Nadia, her new mom started a blog www.legendofnadia.blogspot.com.

Tonight Olathea and I will hit our first conformation class, and tomorrow Lincoln will begin his first class.  Puppy kindergarten starts for them this Saturday and next Thurs respectively.  Looks like I am going to be busy keeping two, but I knew what I was in for and I am ready!

But the official part is…yesterday they found the dishwasher!  Now it is real, they really are Riverbend puppies!

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What a Ride…

Hang on this one is going to be a ride…

We packed up Shaker, Ella, Rainbow, Russ and four (4) puppies (Olathea, Lincoln, Nadia (Faith) and Missy) and headed to Ohio for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Specialty.  We were gone nine (9) wonderful, fun packed days.  The kiddos played in mud, grass, water, learned to potty on leads, travel in an RV, enjoy the sights and sounds of grooming and ring side.  They also all enjoyed being loved up on by TONS of different people.  To add to the fun, they all met the most wonderful momma St. Bernard.  She laid down and let each of the kiddos approach at their own pace.  Of course, they played with other puppies and well mannered cardigans.

On Sunday, we pointed the bus toward home.  The last quarter of the trip was rainy, so I and my fellow  caravan driver were quite tired when we pulled into Riverbend.  Then the real circus began. Move this car, unhook that one, unload and reload this car, put the tow vehicle in the garage, then back the first bus into the driveway, then the second Class C.  All of this was accomplished in a matter of minutes as we were essentially blocking our entrance road!

Just as we finished this crazy round, Kate and Joel arrived to gather their new puppy…Faith now known as Nadia.  Round two…print contracts, gather food, shot records, registration papers, AVID chip info, toys, health certificate, towels…you get the picture.  We were just finishing up with instructions and answering questions, when I remembered we were drying the towel that was to go with Nadia.  I opened the dryer and smoke filled the laundry room!  SMOKE!!!!!  Bless Joel’s heart, he helped us move the dryer out so we could get it unplugged.  I walked Kate, Joel and Nadia to the car, and came back to find SMOKE still billowing out of the dryer.  Kathy called the fire department, and they wanted the RV’s out of the driveway.  Let the circus begin again, except we only got one out before the first fire truck arrived!  We live in a rural area and they arrived in about 3 mins!  WOW!!!!!!!

They pretty quickly determined that it wasn’t the dryer but the belt.  One firefighter asked if we had a big load in the dryer, to which I replied…one hand towel!  We have decided to give up on our 3 yr old Bosch dryer!  Don’t buy a Bosch!!!!!  (We went and bought another front loading only this time an  Electrolux  steam dryer last night)

So we got the Class C back in the driveway, and started, well drinking first, but dinner too!  Then the phone rang and it was Kate.  She wanted to make sure we were alright and to tell us a funny story.  As they were pulling out of our place the fire trucks were rolling in.  We have no street lights, so it was quite dark and Kate’s front right tire went off the pavement and created a loud crunch.  The car tire was completely off the ground…much swearing ensued!  The firefighters saw what happened and stopped.  Six (6) Le Claire firefighters picked up Kate’s car and put it back on the road.  YEAH for rural firefighters!!!!!   Kate reports, “Nadia slept through the whole thing!”  Good dog, Nadia! Or should I just say what she was thinking…”just another day in chaosville!”

Suffice it to say, it is a puppy send off, I will never forget, and I am sure the same is true of Kate and Joel.   Well, Nadia, it is not good bye…it is “until me meet again.”  See ya around the pond, baby girl.

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Rock-a-feller has settled in…

Rocky’s new mom reports he is confident and athletic.  She says, he happily accepts all that comes his way.  But I am most pleased to report that she says he is house broken!  Can you imagine at 9 weeks?

Well among his many outdoor chores he helps feed the chickens.  They are bigger than he is right now, but that won’t go on for long.  Glad he has gotten used to them while he is small.

I couldn’t be more pleased that Rocky is so loved and that he is bringing much joy to his new home.

Without further ado…A Rocky slide show!

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