Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring!

While we are a long way from flowers blooming or green grass, the river opened this week, the mountain bluebirds returned on the 18th and the dogs all seem to have a spring in their step.  We've resumed field training, which the dogs are very happy about.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Collar Crazy

One of our Blazingstar dogs lives with the very talented owner of Nearly Naked Neckwear in Calgary.  Christine makes gorgeous collars.  She generously made 705 cotton collars (yes, really 705!) out of a variety of colourful fabric as a fund raiser for the FCRSC's National Specialty.  They are for sale for $15 each, with $5 from each sale going to the Specialty. We helped her out by photographing 235 of them (one of each design).  With an assembly line going and Adobe Lightroom to help with the post-processing, it went surprisingly quickly.

Here is just one of them:

You can see all of the collars here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.283406331732025.65301.106947779377882&type=1

They were hard to resist!  We already have quite a few of Christine's collars and don't really need more, but we did cave and buy these two:

As well as photographing collars, it was great to visit with Christine and her 4 dogs (collar models!).  Here is her gang:

And here's the gorgeous Willow, Blazingstar Brown Buffalobean, now 3 years old.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Agility Trial Champion - Lindy!

We are very excited to announce that Lindy became Blazingstar's first Agility Trial Champion of Canada last weekend.   We are so proud of Rod and Lindy - they are an amazing team.  

Lindy is HR ATChC Blazingstar Linnaeus CDX JH WCI RE AgIS AgIJWWS CGN (from our scientist litter, Huxley x Lupine).

This is a HUGE accomplishment and there are not many flat-coated retrievers in Canada that have achieved this title - only 10 dogs to date!   Lindy completed the title under judge France Becker at the AVID trial in Saanich BC, by qualifying in the Masters Gamble event. 

The Team!

HR ATChC Blazingstar Linnaeus CDX JH WCI RE AgIS AgIJWWS CGN

Lindy pondering her future in agility at 6 weeks old

The agile Lindy on a visit to Blazingstar in 2010