Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Hallowe'en

Red sky at night ...
"It looks a fine day to begin your search for Guineviz."

Drat, my bow is broken!
Must fix my bow for the journey.

Merlinz:  "Travel west to find Guineviz!"

King Vizslarthur:  "If you can pull yourself away from the looking glass, Vizsalot,
                        Idriz and Emryz are saddled and ready to go."

King Vizslarthur's rare floppy-eared filly, Idriz
Sir Vizsalot's steadfast stallion, Emryz

King Vizslarthur:  "Now I see why Emryz seems a little reluctant to be seen
                       with you in public! Seriously, dude, how are you going to ride
                       when you can't see?!"
"Speak to the milliner!"

Sir Vizsalot:  "You're one to talk, Vizslarthur!  Idriz takes one look at you
                and she'll head for the Highlands!  Come to think of it, Guineviz
                might just have second thoughts about being found!"

King Vizslarthur

"Safe journey, my son!"

Queen Guineviz


from the Supermodels

Diva, Miska, Tyro

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Deja Vu

Stormy Weather
Conformation Show



   October 27th, 2012
Grand River Kennel Club
United Kennel Club Show
Judge: Mrs. Joanna Hurst

Handled by Breeder/co-owner Sylvia Dorosh

My UKC registered name is now:

URO1 BIS CH Varazs Mokany Kiralyi Orban

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday's WHY?

Another frequently asked question:

WHY are you going to another dog show? Don't you have enough ribbons? 

I do not compete with my dog for the ribbons! Ribbons are the "icing on the cake."  The privilege and enjoyment of working with my dog in a competitive setting is the "cake."  I do, indeed, have more than enough ribbons. As an example, here is a photo of Milo with the ribbons and rosettes awarded while pursuing a single title which requires 20 Qs (or, more specifically, 10 pairs of Qs): CKC RAE (Rally Advanced Excellent.
CRMCH Varazs Mokany Ficko FDJ, AGNJ, AGN, RAE, CGN,
The ribbons and rosettes displayed above were the "icing". Milo's becoming the first Vizsla to earn the CKC RAE title was the "sprinkles" on top. Working and having fun with such a wonderful and joyous spirit was the "cake" and, thus, the ultimate prize.

Milo was my first dog ever and he came to live with me one week shy of his first birthday. Although he had impeccable training throughout his first year of life, I was a new dog owner with a steep learning curve ahead.  Everything was new to me and nothing came easy.  In spite of my challenges, Milo persevered and together we completed 28 titles in 4 disciplines.  

Bodi already has quite the array of ribbons and rosettes.  As Bodi is my first puppy, the past 15 months have provided quite a different and even steeper learning curve.  It's mindboggling to think that, as of today, Bodi is only 512 days old.

BIS CH Varazs Mokany Kiralyi Orban FDJ, CGN, URO1,

Ribbons awarded for work well-done provide a nice visual reminder of how we spend some of our weekends, the towns we have visited, the people and dogs we have met and where we are in our training.   Interestingly, NAVHDA expressly forbids clubs from awarding ribbons or awards of any kind to successful teams.  Rather, the prize is reflected in the title awarded (i.e., Prize I, II or III).  Driving home from our NAVHDA NA test without a tangible marker of our success did not make our day in the field any less special or exciting.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday's Work

This may look like proprioception work but I was actually doing my obedience class homework:  "stand stays" in various positions.  I held each of these "stands" for approximately one minute.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Caught in the Act

Close Up
Far Away
Why are Monarchs always so high up?
If I concentrate ... I can jump up another 2 feet
Foiled again!
Blurry due to full magnification
(the 2 "alar spots" on the hindwings indicate this is a male)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday's Work

3 "mainstays" of obedience
Last week: verbal cues
This week: hand signals only

Monday, October 08, 2012

A Vizsla Thanksgiving - Part 3

would a birddog serve a rotisserie chicken to his relatives at Thanksgiving?

I was in Highland, Michigan earning the remaining two legs needed to finish my

My first AKC title

One of our judges in the bird field with an earlier brace
with Jen Miller and my bracemate, Nova

Looking longingly at the bird field
(way in the distance beyond the yellow tree)
"Thanks for the road trip!"
Watching the judges going out
with another brace

"Small World"
Turns out that Nova and I were both in the Winners ring at the Regional Specialty at the VCA Nationals (I won the 9-12 mo class and Nova won the Bred-by class) AND Nova is one of my cousins!  We share a grandfather - 4x BISS Am CH Pirok Kannon JH. Since Nova is a brother to Ash (can't remember if full from a repeat breeding or a half-brother) that means Ash and I are cousins, too!!!  Wow, it was by pure chance and timing that Mom met Ash's human, Alex "Jr Handler Extraordinaire" Haberbush, and asked him to be my handler!

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend!

Thank you to all the judges and the volunteers of the Irish Setter Club of Michigan and the Nodrog Gordon Setter Club of Michigan for hosting the tests in such a beautiful setting. Thanks to Jen Miller for the candid photos.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

A Vizsla Thanksgiving - Part 2



WOW, Bodi!
You really are the King of the Kitchen!