Monday, March 22, 2010

Four Against One

The puppies persuaded Darby to play a quick game of "Storm the Castle," which is basically a game where Darby is on the sofa, and the puppies all try to jump up on the sofa and overwhelmed Darby tries to keep them OFF her sofa. Oddly enough, they all really enjoy this, so who am I to ruin their fun? And even at four against one, Darby needs no assistance. She's quick, and she's coordinated!

I'm easily amused, and thankfully, so are the puppies!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

2010 Auction, Spectacular Artwork of YOUR Dog!

This is an auction to help raise money for SVCA's 2010 Specialty. This is our first independent specialty, and the show committee is raising money to help make this a fantastic specialty for all who attend.
Take a peek at these sample sketches, Jette is very talented, and she can draw ANY breed. I love that she captures expression so well. :-) See below for details on bidding!

A drawing, donated by Jette Holmes, of the winning bidder's dog!

Drawing details:

1. Pencil sketch on good drawing paper.
2. Size will be 8 ½ x 11 inches.
3. The winner is sole owner of the sketch so they can copy it and do with the sketch as they see fit!
4. A disc with the sketch picture on it can also be included (the winner could make stationery, letterhead with matching envelopes, cards, or use the picture on their business cards and able to choose their own paper!! The winner could also make mugs and T-shirts)

From the time the artist receives the photo, two weeks are needed to complete the sketch. When sending the photo, please send on a CD (jpg) or a hard copy photo (3x5, 4x6 or 5x7). Contact details will be given to the winner privately.

Whole body pictures can be cropped with the head only sketched if wanted by the winner.

The bidding started at $100, contact Bonnie to place your bid!
**At last check, the current bid is $245. ** Bidding ends Wednesday, March 24.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


First, my apologies for no Vallhund blogging recently. As you might know from Syd's Blog , we've been up to our eyeballs in puppy stuff for the last few months. And since the Princess Darby finished her championship so quickly as a baby, and Hawk enjoyed taking 2009 off from the dog shows, we didn't have much exciting Vallhund news. But that's about to change! Darby has just started her agility class, and I'm afraid, very afraid of her level of intelligence.

And, The Hawklet is back on the blog, and he's getting ready to hit the show scene... Here's our handsome boy. And guess what? He actually has a name. No longer "The Hawklet," although I still call him that all the time, baby boy is now known as

Caval Outrun the Sun at Hurrikane or he'll affectionately be known as Jasper or Jazz.
Jasper is currently on "spring break" in Florida with our friend, and Darby's co-owner, Cheryl. It was a last minute change of plans literally less than 24 hours before his travel, but everything worked out, even though I'm missing seeing the little guy in person. Cheryl says he's really sweet, he's not barky, and he's still super smart. Of course, I have no doubt he is smart, after his early inclinations toward genius when he lived with me. :-) This photo was taken the first day after his arrival, and Cheryl said it took just a few minutes to teach Jasper to free stack like a real show dog.
The little man sure reminds me of his daddy, and I can't wait to see him again. . .