Introducing our little Miss Ginger

Introducing our little Miss Ginger

At 14 months of age our little girl is already turning heads:Ginger AKA ” Champagne Ginger Rogers ( Champagne Totally Bewitched x Ave Concorde Magnifique ) has been attracting notice in the Show ring.

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Lia still got it !

When we attended the Standard Schnauzer Club of Canada Specialty this summer in Winnipeg, Lia came out of retirement to show as a veteran at the specialty.  In fact Lia was the oldest dog entered and she caught the eye of the Judge as she entered the ring ! Lia hardly needs me to go in the ring, she would likely get it all done without me 😉 coming back from the diagonal the judge asked me “She has done it all hasn’t she ?” with a big smile! As we took the picture later, I said  BIS GChX Dinsdale Champagne Celebration RN, CGN  ( and one leg short of her RA title) has had a full career with over 100 group placements, a Best all breed in Show , Rally title; but we might still go for that last leg for her Rally advance, who knows 🙂

Here is Lia posing for her nice win !

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Meet Ginger our new girl !

Last summer we did a few shows with our latest addition to the family  Champagne Ginger Rogers ; Ginger is the daughter of Champagne Totally Bewitched – Sammy and Ave Concorde Magnifique – Sammy !

 

Little Ginger did not take long to get noticed by the judges – on her first outing she won a Best Baby Puppy in show ! Ginger movingGinger BBP Show

She is growing up to be a nice young girl and we should see more of her in the near future!

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Spring has…sprung ! Finally !

This has been the longest wait for some tangible sign of spring.  Even Monday a week ago we received a covering layer of snow ;( .  But this week it seems to be all behind us !  Lets hope for some continuing nice weather for when the puppies can go outside !

I love how crocuses just announce that spring is officially on !

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Almost sunny afternoon !

Sammy, who is residing with us while she is raising her litter, took a little time off her maternal duties to soak in the sun with her mom, sister and nephew:

3 yardsm Sammy looking for interesting stuff while Louie thrones on the slab and Ciara soaks in the sun!

Ok, I was trying hard to ignore that there is still snow… on the ground4 yardsm Lia, the sun worshipper ! Sammy enjoying the coolness of the .. grass.Lia sunsm Sam yard2sm And Sammy looking regal ! Sam, Ciara Louiesm Samyardsm

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Sammy’s New Family !

Well there was not much to show this winter except snow, snow, snow… Now it is spring and as it is melting away we have a new addition to our family !

Sammy – Champagne Totally Bewitched gave birth to four fabulous puppies, 2 boys and 2 girls on April 13th.  You can follow the little family on their own page  Sammy’s Nursery.

 

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The Year that was 2014

The year 2014 started with a lot of promise,  our beautiful Lia was bred  in January and we were excited to welcome puppies again !IMG_0810

I had also enrolled in classes in genetics and molecular biology, that took a lot of my time but it was really interesting!

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In February, Louie came to a show in Halifax, he was hum.. a little non plussed about all the fuss 🙂

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Towards the end of February, Lia did not feel well and we soon discover that a puppy had died and Lia miscarried her litter.  Poor Lia was devastated and so were we, the little hydrant clip on her bandage made us smile, but Lia took a long time to get over her loss.

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Our friend Laurinda was going through treatment for Lymphoma all through last year and a group of her friends managed to do a few silent auctions at dog shows and also an online auction to help her.  I donated this fun quilt to be auctioned off..IMG_0866

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In March we Celebrated St Patrick’s day and our little Irish Girl’s Birthday.Happy Birthday Ciara !

In April Louie obtained his Elite Championship and a third place group placement at the European style show in Truro !

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The Backyard was brimming with action the Eagles had nested in a pine nearby and we were over run with pheasants!

It was fun to watch the little eaglet take his first flight 😉

 

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And along with them, the deers now travelled right in front of the house!

 

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DSC00892 IMG_1261Our favourite artist Michael Steddum wanted to paint our girl Ciara.

See the original and the painting !  Just fabulous 😉

So came June and I took a little vacation with my sister to visit her son who was apprenticing in a Michelin Star restaurant in the Burgundy region of France.DSC01491

 

This is Chez Greuze in Tournus; needless to say a most memorable evening , even more memorable as Alex, was in the kitchen! The food was, of course, unbelievable ! DSC01701

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of our trip, we spent a few days in Paris, I have tons of pictures of a rather ugly old metal tower that dominates the Paris skyline but I though you would enjoy these more! DSC01879 DSC02106

The Moulin Rouge, where you can take in a show and dinner, just like in the old days.  We stayed in Montmartre, which is a little village onto itself within Paris.

 

 

 

You can actually find a replica of this gargoyle in my curio…  the original sits a top of the Notre Dame Cathedrale.

 

 

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We enjoyed summer and  fires in our schnauzer fire pit!  And then it was time to harvest and eat the tomatoes!

DSC02580In August I travelled to Ontario to take in the National Schnauzer Specialty, I took some nifty pictures !

 

 

 

DSC02661One of our friend got married in September, it was nice to be part of their very special day!

 

 

 

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We took a little vacation in the highlands where I got to really put my new knees to the test, or may be the scenery was such that I did not pay attention ?

We need to do more of this 😉

 

 

 

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I decided to do a different type of quilt for a round robin project, where several people will contribute to my quilt.  This is my backyard with the pond, the eagle and the schnauzers.  I had fun trying many different techniques including free hand embroidering Louie !

IMG_1239And then it was Christmas time again …

and Charlie wishes you Happy New Year !Charlie_Dec2014

 

 

 

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