Last night we lost Shadow very suddenly. In true Shadow style, she went on her own terms as we were preparing to ease her suffering, in the company of myself and Dad, at the vet's office.
She was my first dog and my first Weimaraner (even though my Dad was always her person). The last several years she lived with my Dad and lived the best possible life a dog could have. She was opinionated, stubborn and the sweetest, snuggliest girl. She was the first dog I almost completely finished myself, and my real introduction into this crazy world of dog showing - I had dabbled a bit with some other dogs, including her mother. She was a cross of my two favourite dogs at that time, Aero and Tyco.
I adored Shadow even though she was an epic brat, who at the age of 2.5 decided she no longer deigned to be crated and destroyed every crate or pen I attempted to put her in. She would not touch anything once she had freed herself, except occasional kleenex boxes and remotes, and one time, a brand new unopened bag of flour from the cupboard - she held grudges like nobody's business and even though you never knew when she was going to reward you for whatever indignity she felt she had suffered, you sure knew when she had.
She was the first dog that I knew to smile at me, and she had so much character. Shadow and I got her Canine Good Neighbour and she started me wanting to do more with my dogs.
She raised Molson for his formative first year - and did a wonderful job - before she went to live with Dad and Titan and keep Titan in line, when I had to move back home with Mum - Shadow and Ripley were not each other's favourites, even though they were half sisters.
She went through many tough times with me and my family, and she was brave and loving and stubborn and smart.
Rest in peace my dear girl, Do-Do, Dozer, Dozie. Love you to the ends of the earth and we will meet again at the Rainbow Bridge.
CH Instar's Shadow Dancer CGN, November 20, 2006 - September 26, 2017.
On September 16, 2017 we got up at the crack of dawn to drive to Pointblank Dogs for the Ontario All-Pointing Breed Field Dog Junior Tests.
Molson achieved his final leg for his FDJ title. His new title is Official Couch Warmer as he is retired (save for occasional forays into the show ring as a Veteran). Now to figure out how to apply for his Versatility rating with the Weimaraner Association of Canada.
Vedder was super duper awesome at her first test and earned her first 2 legs towards her FDJ title. Very proud of this silly girl who really impressed me - especially in her second test where she rocked 3 gorgeous points and even WHOA'd for me! Can't wait to get her back out in the spring!
Molson - Can GCH/UKC CH/UKC BVIS/UR01 Instar's Simplee Canadian CGN RN TT FDJ. (7.5 years, owner handled for all performance and almost all CH/GCH points).
Vedder - Can CH/UKC CH Wynder's Beneath The Waves CGN TT (now has 2 legs for both FDJ and RN, and only needs a single point for her CKC GCH). Always breeder/owner handled.
Great weekend at the Oakville show. Vedder was entered yesterday in the Pointing Breed limited breed show and got Best of Opposite for grand champion point number 17.
Today Vedder, Hunter and Molson were all entered in the WAC booster at Oakville.
Vedder and Hunter were awesome, with Vedder earning a 2-point Best of Opposite win to put her at 19 Grand Champion points at a mere 13 months and 5 days of age. One more to go! She also won a very cool crate pad, which she will not be allowed to use unsupervised - because one of her two nicknames after all is Shredder (the other is Velociraptor...).
Hunter debuted as a special with one of his favourite Junior Handlers on the lead - Audrey Harvey who got his first Grand Champion point with Select Dog.
Mr. Grumpus (aka Molson) wanted to remind me that I have told him repeatedly that he is retired. Too bad for him I keep lying... we had fun though! LOL
September 2017 - WAC Regional and Cornwall shows
Vedder, Hunter and I traveled on Labour Day weekend to the Cornwall District Kennel Club show and Weimaraner Association of Canada Regional specialty and booster.
Proud to announce we have a new Canadian Champion - CH Wynder's Yellow Ledbetter CGN (Hunter) who took Reserve Winners Dog at the specialty under breeder-judge Rosemary Shoreman, and Best of Winners x 2 on Sunday at the WAC Booster (under Rafael Malo Alcrudo) and the Pointing Breed Specialty (under Joyce Love). Special shout out to Jaydyn Patterson who helped out by taking Hunter into the breed ring (and getting Best of Winners with him twice, to finish his Championship!!!)
Vedder also took a HUGE 4-point Best of Opposite Win under Joyce Love at the Pointing Breed Specialty as well as making the final cut for specials under breeder-judge Rosemary Shoreman at the Regional specialty. Vedder is now at 16 points towards her Grand Championship in very limited showing.