Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Road Trip!

Tomorrow Lync and I are headed for Helena Montana for Lync's very first American Dog Show!! I am very excited for this 4 day show and the opportunity to get some American points on him.
Wish us luck!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Modern Science

2 weeks ago I took Lync to a collection clinic in Calgary.  The clinic doing the collecting was a well known one from Red Deer and that is where the collection will be stored.  It is something I have been meaning to do for a few years now and I am relieved we got a great sample.  It amazes me that I will be able to get a puppy from Lync even if ,God forbid, something unforeseen happens and he is gone.  We got 4 breeding from the collection so 1 will be used by me one day,  Isn't science wonderful!

Sunday, July 21, 2019


I loved the picture that I got of Lync winning Select Dog last week at our National Specialty.  I didn't like the background however!  I contacted a talented lady by the name of Wendy Reyn and voila the background is changed! Here is the new background, see last weeks post for the original...

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Great weekend!!

Wow, what another fantastic Flatcoated Retriever National Lync and I had!!!

This past weekend I drove to Trochu AB which is 3 hours North of Lethbridge.  The judge was Karen Joyce of Stranfaer Flatcoats in England.  She picked Lync as her Select Dog.  That means her 2nd choice for Best of Breed, it's a huge deal to be chosen.  There were 30 Champions competing.
I am just so thrilled! What a good boy he is :)

Kort and Ash were looked after by a dog sitting service.  They also had a great time and I was happy they were cared for so well.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Furless Fun!

Ash and his friend Areo

Last weekend I brought Ash and Lync out to Lync's breeder house.  The Oldman River runs behind her property so we took the dogs down for some fun after they tired themselves out chasing each other.
It was nice to see Ash running and splashing about and not having to worry about his coat being full of burrs or getting matted!
The pictures were taken by Lync's breeder Liz of Blazingstar Flatcoats.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

A New Look

On Friday June 28 I finally shaved Ashes coat off!   I have been wanting to do so for quite some time and finally bit the bullet.  I'm sure there are some people going to say hurtful things because I did it, they already have on Facebook .  Those people have no idea the struggles I had with his coat.  Since he was neutered it has tripled in size.  The neuter hair was horrible to keep and matted easily. His rear end and neck were the worst.  To keep him up I would need to bath and dry him every 3-4 weeks and I didn't have the means to do so. Ash also did not like to be tugged at. I work in a grooming shop and had been bringing him there for bathing as I cant do it myself anymore.  He started taking longer and longer to do and my employer had finally said no more as it was taking my co workers away from doing the paying customers.  In order to have him fully bathed and brushed out I was looking at paying about $100.00-$150.00 which I couldn't possibly afford.
He looks like he is shaved to the skin but he isn't , there is a layer of fluff there.  My plan is to now grow him out for 3 months then keep the hair in a fluffy teddy bear groom about 3/8" long.
I think he looks super cute and Ash loves it!  He's been acting like a puppy since it was done.  This morning I was able to take him and Lync swimming at Lync's breeders house.  If he had his full coat he would have stayed at home.  He had a blast and is happily sleeping now :)
So that's the story behind the shave, Ash is the first Collie I have owned that didn't have a coat that was easy to keep.  He is my 5th Collie.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

New Title!

Lync and I attended our local trial last weekend entered in Excellent Rally.  We already had 2 legs from last November so were hoping to get our last one.  We did it! Lync passed in both trials on Saturday to earn the title RE and qualified for a bonus leg as well.   Unfortunately there was a blizzard Saturday night so we didn't take the chance on driving on the Sunday.
Lync got all 3 Rally titles in 3 straight trials, what a clever boy! He is now Gr CH Blazingstar Galwey WC CD RE RATI RATN CGN HIC !
Super proud of him !