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Closing the Chapter

    beginning with Ruby I knew the day would come that my Labrador breeding would come to an end.  I didn’t expect it to be now. I thought I would have a few more years.  My dogs made the decision for me.  In some ways, that made it easier. I’m too long

Closing the Chapter2020-05-19T01:19:06+00:00

My Schedule Has Cleared

    With the corona virus scare, the Cat Fanciers Association has cancelled all shows through the end of May. Wow. I took a look at my calendar and deleted all the shows I had planned.  No dog judging assignments or cat shows for the next 2.5 months! I thought about what I will do

My Schedule Has Cleared2020-03-16T01:08:11+00:00

Bling’s Surgery

Anyone that follows my limited Labrador Retriever breeding program knows I was unsuccessful in producing the much anticipated litter from Bling in 2018. I tried again in spring 2019, again with no luck. After that, I made an appointment with a reproduction veterinarian to check her out. She had an ultrasound, a culture, and blood

Bling’s Surgery2019-12-11T02:19:55+00:00

Orchid’s Checkup

  All my animals get yearly checkups. Yes, I see them at home on a daily basis. But, I make it a point to haul them into the hospital every year for a physical examination. I put on my doctor hat and look at their teeth, check their ears, listen to their heart, etc. I

Orchid’s Checkup2019-11-17T23:39:19+00:00

CFA International Show 2019

I just came back from the 2019 Cat Fanciers’ Association  International show in Cleveland, Ohio. It was an epic event.  Hundreds of beautiful pedigreed cats, rescue cats available for adoption, celebrity cats for meet and greets (think Farrah Pawcett) , tons of vendors, a cat costume contest, educational seminars, and entertainment by the Savitsky cats

CFA International Show 20192020-05-19T01:25:59+00:00

AKC Judge

The email came today. It’s an important one for me. I was notified that I am now an American Kennel Club judge of Labrador Retrievers. It’s been an ongoing process for the last two years. I began showing Labradors in 1996. Since then, I’ve competed in conformation, field, obedience and rally. My dogs have earned

AKC Judge2019-08-09T17:05:35+00:00

North Atlantic Regional Banquet

Pixi Stix's 2018-2019 regional trophies   Every June, it’s time for the big event.  Cat show people gather  to celebrate the previous season. This year the NAR ( North Atlantic Region) chose to hold the event in Cromwell, Connecticut. It’s further away than I generally travel, but, my Pixi Stix was getting two

North Atlantic Regional Banquet2020-05-19T20:05:40+00:00

Jelly Belly Had Kittens

        My sweet twenty-one month old CFA Grand Champion iCandy Jelly Belly was due for her first litter this week. Her due date was Tuesday. Monday morning she was acting a bit different and went in the nesting box , joining another litter of kittens and their mother. By two PM she

Jelly Belly Had Kittens2020-05-16T02:08:02+00:00

My First CFA Regional Awards

    The last half of the 2013/2014 cat show season was busy six months for me at the cat shows. I missed the first half of the season, but then took out my Grand Champion, Kaerik Canterbury Nougat as a premier. Premier is the category at cat shows that is made up of the

My First CFA Regional Awards2020-05-19T20:33:27+00:00

Pet Transportation Safety

  a crate can be a nice place to nap too!   Most of us wear seat belts in the car. At least, I know I do. How much thought do you put into the safety of your pets in the car? With any luck, nothing will happen, but what if there is

Pet Transportation Safety2020-05-16T02:11:20+00:00