Rally National Championship Invitation Rhea is proud of her two daughters, Sierra & Heidi, for qualifying for Rally National Championship this past year! Big congrats go to Sierra (Rhea x Zoom) and her owners Jim and Julie Franklin and Heidi (Rhea x Titan) and her owners Thea & John Sperline. Thank you for all the love and work you give these girls.
Odyssey and Zelda had a fun visit to the sheep barn, these puppy girls are keeping me on my toes with their energy!
Greater Clark County Kennel Club Show Introducing Ch. Trout Creek's Alice In Wonderland "Hazel" who finished her AKC Championship this December rounding out her show records with five shows and four major wins. Hazel is from the Alice In Wonderland Litter (Sophie x Gunner) and gives Sophie her first AKC champion. Thank you to her owner Rick and Nancy Ruiz for all your help and to Luke & Rowan Baggenstos for your handling!
Whidbey Island Kennel Club Show Handsome boy Cascade finished his championship with four majors in November at the Whidbey Island Kennel Club Show. Thank you to his owners Jill Trescott and Jill Bishop for making this happen and also to his handler Cheyenne Schlecht of Sirius Handling for her expert handling. Cascade is from the U2 litter (Onna x Max) and gives Onna her second AKC champion.
I had a great day in Hood River with the girls and quick hike at Cascade Locks to enjoy the nice fall colors. Zelda & Odyssey had a play date with Stella (Quest x Gus), we visited the Children's Park and Gorge Dog They were a great hit! Later in the afternoon Onna, Quest and Dash went on the Eagle Creek trail with their friends Cutter & Gypsy...I'd say they all had a happy Halloween full of both tricks and treats.
Onna with Gypsy
Stella, Odyssey, and Zelda
Vancouver Kennel Club - Ridgefield, WA On the heels of returning from California there was the Vancouver Kennel Club show the following weekend where Hazel, Dash and Cascade were entered. On Saturday, Hazel went WB/BOS for a 3pt major, Cascade went RWD both days to the major, and on Sunday Dash went RWB to the major. So proud , they did great in and out of the ring. I also took the opportunity to take the puppies to expose them to the show environment and they were super stars...they loved meeting all the people who greeted them. To top it off, Nash (Onna x Timber) and his family traveled up from Eugene for a quick visit, he is quite a looker!
Golden Gate GSMD Club Western Regional Specialty-Pleasanton, CA We packed up the van and headed down to Pleasanton, CA with Tucker, Rhea, Hazel and Butler to attend the Western Regional in Pleasanton, CA. At the last minute Cascade's co-owners, Jill & Claire, decided they'd be up for trip to Northern California and they joined us that show. We had great time visiting with old and new friends and getting to see many swissies -- there were 55 the day of the specialty, which is very large entry for the western part of the country. The dogs were WONDERFUL traveling companions and were great company in the hotels along the journey. The first night we arrived in California everyone got baths a self-wash store and then the next day was show time. Thank you to my co-owned homes for trusting me with your pups to take along for the trip and big thanks to handlers; Luke Baggenstos, Valerie Nunes, Ellen Cox, and The Schultz's.
Friday: Golden Gate GSMD Club Supported Entry Hazel won Winner Bitch for a 5pt major from the 12-18 class, Butler, Tucker's kid, earned a very respectable 2nd place in his large open dog class, and Cade won Winners Dog & Best of Winners his first day in the ring for a 5pt major
Saturday: Golden Gate GSMD Sweepstakes and Specialty I got to show my special Veteran girl, Rhea in the 9 and over class and was so proud to present her at her age of almost 11.5 years! I also showed Hazel in sweeps and Tucker's kid Rocco (Millie x Tucker) who won his class. Thanks Jo Fink for this opportunity. During the specialty Hazel won her 12-18 class as did Butler winning the open dog class, for the second day in a row Cade won Winners Dog & Best of Winners for another 5pt major and Tucker also won Best Stud Dog -- Huge thank you to the families of his get for participating.
Sunday: Golden Gate GSMD Club Supported Entry Butler (Tucker x Ruby) won Winners Dog and Best of Winners bringing home a 5pt major and Tucker's boy, special Enzo, took Best of Opposite Sex beating his dad in the breed ring. Tucker made the cut in group and I personally thought he looked the best I'd seen him.
The Pacific Northwest group (Myself, Lisa Simonsen, Allison Allen, Rebecca Martin, and Michele Slate)
With Allison and Michele at the Western Roundup
Odyssey & Zelda's big adventure! Zelda and Odyssey just got back from a great vacation at Camp Jones! While I was down south in California at the regional specialty they welcomed two young little swissy girls into their home and took the best of care of them. The Jones' took them all over town and they got to meet so many people, get tips from their auntie Scwhinn, experience life in the city and have two boys (and all their friends) love on them -- the best socialization I could ever ask for. Ody and Zelda were very busy little pups going to the Hillsboro Farmers Market, football practice, they were office visitors with Joe to work, and they were special guest in Shannon and Colby's classes to name a few of their adventures.
Odyssey and Zelda with Schwinn on their way to the farmers market
Having a blast with Tucker while he's visiting and his sister Onna thinks he's fun too. Onna was so happy to go on her first outing since having her puppies and enjoyed some kid-free time. It is so nice to get out on the trail now that the weather is starting to cool off. On Labor Day we had a nice time on the Pacific Crest Trail and Tuck thought cooling off in river was a great pit stop.
Puppy outings! The puppies are now old enough to go out on adventures for socializing. One of my favorite places to go is the Gorge White House in Hood River. The puppies were adorable and they had fun with their pseudo aunt Gypsy. Visit the puppy pages for current pictures.
Hazel (Trout Creek's Alice In Wonderland) attended her first show and from what I hear she was a superstar! Hazel was the only bitch entered so this was just great experience for her to get out and start her show career. A big thank you to her family for getting her to the show and to Luke Baggenstos for handling. Tucker's son Butler also earned his first point this weekend. Love watching this new generation mature!
Snowy Mountain's Frankly My Dear "Butler"
My favorite big guy Tucker is visiting of the next couple of months and he is such a pleasure to have! I love looking out the window and seeing Onna and her brother playing together, they both remind me so much of their sire Klaus...it is nice to have a piece of him here. Thanks to his co-owners Kris & Jena for sending him on a summer vacation.
This has been a busy summer with the puppies, but I was able to get away for a couple hours for an adventure with Dash. We visited Hood River and she had her first go in the Columbia River, I surly wouldn't call her a lover of water, but she did enjoy exploring the water and it was nice to get out and enjoy the warm weather we've been having.
Rhea (Best Veteran)
Tualatin Kennel Club AKC Match I had a great weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds showing my veteran Rhea, puppy Dash, and Tucker's boy Butler. It was such a good experience for all of us, they dogs all did great. Thank you to the kennel club for offering this event and the pre-show handling class was a terrific addition for the young dogs to get extra practice. My girl Rhea had fun coming back out in the veteran ring and Butler showed like he's been doing it whole life. Now, can't wait to get to some shows with these dogs!
Dash (puppy working group 4)
Butler (Best In Show)
Butler (Best In Show)
The weather has been so nice lately so it has been great getting the dogs out and enjoying some outings before the puppies arrive. This weekend I took Onna & Quest with their friends on a hike new to me on Hood River Mountain. The views were spectacular, we missed the peak of the wildflower blooms by about a week or so, but it was still very pretty.
Onna and Quest
Rhea and I have been hard at work trying to earn her novice draft dog title the past several months. At the end of May we attended a Bernese Mountain Dog draft match in Everett, WA and the first weekend in June we attended the real deal trial down in Salem, OR. Being that we are Swissies and not Bernese Mtn. Dogs we were listed as alternates all days and didn't get in the first two days. Sunday was our day to shine and we were lucky to get the opportunity to trial, but lady Rhea was having too much fun playing. Unfortunately, Rhea broke her sit stay which disqualified us, but I was still very happy with her performance and it has been great fun working with her towards this goal. We'll try again in the fall to hopefully be successful. My friend Gypsy came along too as did puppy Dash and I think the three girls all had a good time on their special weekends away enjoying the nice weather we've been having.
The Yellowstone puppies have all gone to their new homes and have been blessed with wonderful families! Looking forward to more pictures and updates in the years to come.
Rio, Dawn and swissy sister Zoe - Eugene, OR
Jeff & Paula Pyatt - Bellevue, WA
Lenardson Family - The Dalles, OR
Woodenshoe Tulip Festival I love my puppy homes, I got to spend the better part of a week visiting with John & Thea Sperline and their swissy kids Heidi (Rhea x Titan) and Ruger (Brie x Yuri). They were such great company and it's always nice to see my puppies as they grow. We were able to meet up with some other swissy friends at the Woodenshoe Tulip Festival which has become an annual outing that I look forward to each year. So glad spring has finally made its appearance.
Rhea (center) with her daughter Heidi and grandson Ruger
March has kept me busy with the arrival of the darling Yellowstone puppies, but I have been trying to enjoy the start of spring. Rhea and I, along with our trusty helpers, have started brushing up on our draft skills. She's pushing eleven and she's still getting around great! We're hoping we can make into some of the local draft matches and trials this spring to give her a go of earning her Novice Draft Dog title, I love working with my Ree-ree.
Covered Bridge Cluster / Linn County Kennel Club Albany, OR So proud to announce two new Grand Champions! Littermates Onna & Tucker both finished this past week. Congrats also go to Michele Slate's girl Quinn for finishing her Grand Champion title as well.
A busy and fun four days at the Rose City Cluster in Portland Thursday: Quest earned her championship going WB/BOW and Onna BOB for 5pt major Friday: Onna BOB again for another 5pt major Saturday: Quest moved up as special and won BOS for a 5pt major Sunday: Onna BOS for 5pt major and Quest SB for a 4pt major