Friday, June 25, 2010

Birthday Wrestling

Jazz and Darby enjoying a wrestling match on Jazz's birthday. Except that Jazz forgot to get Darby's consent before the wrestling began. . .

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Hawk has a great smile, and he has a lot to smile about!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Official Champion

It's official, Mr. Jazz is now a Champion. And I guess he earned a Gr CH major his first day as a move-up. Because as you all know, I refuse to learn the point system for Gr CH! haa.

CH Caval Outrun The Sun At Hurrikane - DN25330202

Conformation - Awards Processed Through 30-MAY-2010

Number of Points 15
Number Major Wins 3
Number Major Judges 3
Total Number Judges 6

Number of Points 3
Number Major Wins 1
Number Major Judges 1
Total Number Judges 1

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Good Trip to Flagstaff!

We had a great (although very quick) trip to Flagstaff, AZ for the Swedish Vallhund Club of America National Specialty.

Because Jazz finished in Bloomington, IL a few weeks ago, I opted to move him up to BOB and not keep him in the classes for the specialty. I was torn about it, because at 11 months, I felt it wasn't exactly fair to ask him to compete with the specials. But I moved him up, and it turned out pretty well!

The results for Team Hurrikane were pretty good!

Hawk won BEST OF BREED, and BEST STUD DOG (thanks to son Jazz and daughter Fancy).

Jazz won SELECT DOG and he also won BEST PUPPY IN SWEEPS (under judge Earl Karas).

Our judge was breed specialist judge Mr. Christopher Millard from the UK. After the judging was over, and I was thanking Mr. Millard for the thousandth time, he said he had a hard time choosing between the two boys for Best of Breed. I told him they were father and son, and he said that was good, and made him feel better about his judging consistency!

I hope to have some pictures soon, and I hope above all hopes that Hawk *might* have taken his first good show photo ever for this big win. sigh.....

Darby was, um, let's see, how did Mr. Millard put it? "Totally devoid of coat" is how he put it, and he was absolutely right. Poor Darbs, not even an illusion of hair was possible, no fringe on her pants, no neck fur. The nice thing is that the judge said not to worry about it, he was so happy to see the dogs, and he understood about bitches being out of coat. She got an Excellent rating, just as the two boys did. He was very complimentary in his critique (will be able to post judge comments once they are transcribed), and explained to the judges ed gallery that the coat should not be penalized, but that the dog just doesn't have that same sparkle and polish without hair!

Missing from the photos is the big rosette for Best Stud Dog. I have no idea where that went, because it's not in my stack of rosettes, and it is not in the van anywhere. I'm hoping if I left it in the photo area or meeting room that someone picked it up for me.

And a special thanks to Jennifer Roberson for helping show Jazz, and showing him to Select Dog!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Stolen Vallhund Friends

I wish it weren't true, but five of our Vallhund friends are missing (and two of their beagle friends). The humans had them loaded in the van, ready to continue on their trip to the Swedish Vallhund national specialty in Flagstaff. Just a couple of minutes away from the van, Richard Hooper came back to find the van gone, with all the dogs inside.

Click HERE to read the news story.

I know many of you have already heard this story, and I'm really encouraged to see how many times this has been forwarded to me via different lists and friends who have other breeds, so people are definitely spreading the word around the dog community. Please share this with others, whether they are "dog people" or not, and we just hope for the safe return of the dogs.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

And the winner is...

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#10 AMANDA!!!

  1. Mami2jcn

  2. Claudia

  3. Janet

  4. Red Dog Mom

  5. Ashley

  6. susitravl

  7. SolDucky

  8. coopercreek

  9. Pixie

  10. Amanda

  11. Melisse

  12. Lybertygirl

  13. Lybertygirl

  14. Jinnie

  15. Liam’s Mommy

  16. Debbie

  17. Cindy

Thanks everyone for your comments, I will be getting some ideas together for some summer projects, since I am taking most of the summer off from all things dog show related.

And please keep an eye on the other Hurrikane blogs, as there will be additional giveaways there later today and tomorrow!!!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Time's Up!-It's GIVEAWAY Time!!!!

Winner will be announced later today, and watch for two NEW giveaways to be posted to the Hurrikane Chronicles and Hurrikane Puppy blogs (links on the right sidebar).

It's not specifically Vallhund related (although you can buy something for your Vallhund if you win!), but here comes the first of the $40 CSN Stores giveaway blog posts.
You'll have to keep up with the other Hurrikane blogs, as two of our other blogs will feature giveaways as well. You can use your gift card at any of the over 200 CSN stores.

Since Janet did her blog giveaway, I have been poking around at all the CSN online stores, in hopes that maybe this year, I can get serious about giving my little house a makeover, one room at a time.

So, first things first, my living room has always bothered me, because there is NO lighting. It's a small room, it never gets much natural light, and there are no fixtures. I'm thinking that perhaps the way to go in my living room, to save space and create more uniform lighting, might be Track Lighting. What do you all think? Looking around at the website, I am leaning toward one of the Track Lighting Kits, so that I know I have all the pieces and parts that I need. I think the pendant globe lights above are ultra cool, but they probably wouldn't be right for my living room. It has low celings, and I'm a pretty tall person.

I should probably stick with something a bit more traditional, not too flashy, clean lines.

Now on to the important part: HOW TO WIN!!!

First, since I'm completely indecisive about important things like what to eat for lunch on any given day, I can't possibly be trusted to pick out something important like permanent lighting for my living room. So, you'll have to go to the CSN store for Track Lighting and leave me a comment telling me which Track Lighting KIT (there's a link specifically to narrow down to kits) I should consider for a small room, low ceilings.

Or, you can just leave me a comment telling me you don't care about track lighting, and put a link to this post on YOUR blog (you have to let me know you did it!).

Second, hold your tongue to the left, blink three times while hopping around on one foot, chanting, "I want to win the giveaway" 800 times.

See, it's pretty easy, and I'll leave the giveaway open through the weekend, and we'll close it out on Monday, at 10 PM CENTRAL time! The winner can use their gift certificate at any of the over 200 CSN stores, including pet supplies.

For Swedish Vallhund content, Darby would like to suggest that the winner use their gift card toward a purchase of this fit-for-a-princess chaise lounge, and have it shipped directly to her!

For those who liked the little white ex-pens I used for my puppy pens, well, those came from CSN.

Good luck, the winner will be chosen at random, and announced by Tuesday morning!

*Also, please remember you may have shipping charges, or if the winner is from Canada, international fees.