Thursday, April 30, 2009

Multnomah Falls

This past Monday, Michael came down and took me to Multnomah Falls for my birthday. In all the years I have been to the Falls, I never had the chance to climb to the top, so we did! It was a lot of fun, although came home after lunch and crashed, as I was a bit out of shape. Did I mention that one of Michael's hobbies is photography? He is working on a website and will post it as soon as it is up and running for all to enjoy. In the meantime, here is a few shots he took from our hike! ~Emily

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Birthday Present!

As some of you may now, my Birthday was this past Saturday. I was of course at a dog show! Needless to say I got a very special Birthday present. Lincoln, Pawcific Signed Sealed Delivered won BEST BRED BY IN SHOW!!! Thank you to all who cheered him on in Best! And to judge Chuck Murray for BBBIS. Lincoln won WD both days, which brings him up to only needing two points to finish. I am proud of my boy!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The aftermath of Nationals...

It's always hard to come home from being gone so long. So much to get caught up on, so much to do, etc. Crazy person I am, I leave tomorrow for another show weekend!

There are many things I love about nationals, but one that is so important to me is the chance to reevaluate your breeding program. You get the opportunity to compare with others and ask your mentors what they think, etc. I came home from nationals this year, feeling like I am finally getting somewhere with my bloodlines. It has been my longtime goal to blend the American lines with the Australian lines, preserving the qualities in both lines, and coming up with some top winners. One of those special dogs is Lincoln. He may not be everyone's cup of tea, not everyone's love, but he is one of mine. And did I ever receive good comments back about him from well respected longtime breeders. I also am proud of Secret. Who, eventhough she didn't make any cuts, she showed her heart out. Diesel, another star, strutted his stuff and made his breeder very proud. I can't wait to incorporate his lines with my own and see if we can keep that type and style! Eventhough little Della was barely 9 months and looked very out of place in the huge 9-12 mth class...she did make the cut in Sweeps and took everything in like a little trooper. She may not see the ring again anytime soon, but I am sure she will uphold the strengths of her lines in her puppies someday. I came home to a mature Nola, who should be in the ring sometime soon (well as soon as I can afford it!). And Grandma Ash was very excited to see me and btw just turned 13!

One of the best memories from this national will be standing by ringside when Parade of Title holders was going on. Seeing Maggie shine just as much at 17 as in her winning years was breathtaking and brought tears to everyone's eyes. A legend in our breed that we will all remember and hold close to our hearts.

One of my other memories of this national is seeing my longtime friend, mentor, and adoptive grandmother, Dorothy Hartcher. I always cherish the time I get to spend with Dorothy. She has an amazing wealth of knowledge and truly is an insperation to me. I am hoping that I can save up my pennies and go back to Australia next year for the Corgi Nationals. It would be great to see my old friends and be able to help Dorothy at her nationals.

At the banquet...from left to right...Mom, me, Dorothy, and Guy Hartcher, with Evan in the front.

Evan all dressed up for the banquet! Isn't he handsome! He picked this out as an outfit to show his best friend Haze with. They both will be debuting in the summer!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 2

Since we had already had seen most of the scenery this day from the trip to Kansas...I didn't take many pictures. We went from Rawlins, WY to Pendleton, Oregon. Mom and I had thoughts of arriving home a day early...but we would have arrived at 1-2 am and thought better of it! Home today!!!!
A picture Evan made me take in Oregon.

Evan and his buddies...Spiderman and Pooh Bear.

The trip 1

We had a wonderful national and I will post more about it when we get all the way home. I thought I would post some pictures from our first day of travel back home. We ended up in Rawlins, Wyoming for the night. For the trip home we went through Kansas, cut through Colorado, and then picked up Wyoming, so it was a bit different.
Kansas...oil drill.

I have a couple shots from Colorado...but I guess they weren't as important as these. Mom and I decided that Wyoming is MUCH prettier with snow all over it. We just missed a 6 foot snow storm, but it certainly was pretty!!

The sunset was just gorgeous going through Wyoming.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

National results...

Camp Pawcific is having a good national! Yesterday in Sweeps we won 4th place in 6-9 puppy dog with the baby puppy of Jacque Chapman that I am showing for her. Little Gunner did great! Then in 12-15 mth dog, Lincoln won 4th place. Today in Dog Classes...Diesel won 2nd place in 12-18 mth dog and Lincoln won 2nd place in a very competitive Bred By dog class behind Paula's gorgeous red Winners Dog. I was very proud of my boys!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tracking Test

Well...the Cardigan passed! But...Mom didn't. She got off the start, took the first corner, and then Rocket took the first cross track. Darn!! Of course, he nailed the rest of the track, so Mom felt good about where Rocket is at in his training and knows that he is ready to trail, just needs a little more work on cross tracks!

Day 3

Here is our third day of travel. We didn't have that far to go compared to the last two days. We went from North Platte, Nebraska to Smithville, Missouri.
Sunrise in Nebraska

Nebraska again...

This would be a corn field if it was a different time of the year. Needless to say Nebraska was oh so much the same....plains, corn fields, and farms!

Because of the way we went...we ended up going through the corner of Iowa. Here is the only picture I got. Looks like Nebraska with hills in the background instead of flat land!

Welcome to Missouri...much more hills and more life!

In the farmlands of Smithville...

Smithville Lake where the tracking test is.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Day 2

Here is Day 2 of our trip! We went from Ogden, Utah to North Platte, Nebraska

The sunrise from the motel. I wish I could get rid of the telephone pole!!

The mountains around Utah are just gorgeous.

In one of the canyons...

I was driving...and made Mom take some pics!

Evan enjoying a hot chocolate while watching his new movie!

And this is the start of oh so boring Wyoming...not somewhere I want to live for sure!

A cliff side.

Snow...and a train!

More snow...

At a rest area...Evan decided to build something with one patch of snow he found.

And more snow...

Wyoming sign about the Lincoln Monument below...

Nebraska!! Oh so much more interesting...although we will see...

Friday, April 10, 2009

On the road to Nationals....Thursday, Day 1

We left Camas, Washington at about 7 am....we stopped for the night in Ogden, Utah. I thought I would post pictures each day. Remember....I AM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER! :-)

In Oregon...

Dead Mans Pass

Going up into the mountains....first spot of snow!

Mom driving

Evan in back seat


This was at a rest area right before we got into Idaho.

Our first stop in Idaho! Evan found a river.

My van all loaded.

Twin Falls, Idaho

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Centralia Show

This weekend was the show in Centralia, WA. Secret won BOS on Saturday and BOB on Sunday. Splash, the BC, won BOB both days. Lincoln won WD and BOS today for 2 more points. Congrats to all of the other winners!

3 more days left until we leave for Kansas, AAAHH!!! So much to do and so little time...can't wait though!