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!



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






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.










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










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 !

Well done little man !IMG_0957


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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 😉


IMG_0929 IMG_0930Spring decided to show itself, just long enough for the crocuses to come to life!

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







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.








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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