Monday, April 23, 2007

It Matters To ALL Of Us.

When the Animal Rights Nazis came for the Pit Bulls,
I remained silent;
I did not own a pit bull.

When they outlawed the hobby breeders,
I remained silent;
I was not a hobby breeder.

When they abolished dog shows and performance events,
I did not speak out;
I was not a dog exhibitor.

When they came for me and my pets,
there was no one left to speak out.

D. Newell

PETA, HSUS and many other "animal rights" groups are trying to take away your rights to own pets. It's starts with breed specific legislation (already in place in many areas) and then expands to the people who carefully and ethically breed only the best dogs to the best dogs with health and quality foremost in their intent.

You will be next.

Help support the fight against anti-dog legislation today! Visit this site and sign the petition now!

Monday, April 02, 2007

CH Sunnyside's WhiteStar K'Boom WSX HIC - May 21, 1994 - April 2, 2007

Boom'r was not my first Samoyed, nor even my second.

But she was the first dog I ever put points on.
The first dog I ever put a major on.
My first champion.
My first Best of Breed Winner, my first Group placer.
She was the mother of the first litter of pups I ever had.
She was the first of my dogs to earn a Herding certificate.
The first to earn Working Samoyed and Working Samoyed Excellent titles.
She was my first sled dog and my first lead dog.
She, along with her half brother Icer, was my first multiple Best Brace in Group winner and a 3 time Best Brace in Show winner.She was my first "calendar girl" - appearing in numerous publications over the years, in fact she was Miss March in this years Avonside Samoyed wall calendar - a picture of her taken in Santa Fe at 5 months of age.

Boom'r taught me more about dogs and dogs shows (and myself) than I ever could have imagined when I first saw her at 6 weeks of age.

She taught me that there is nothing a dog can do that will embarrass me to the point where I actually die.
She taught me the true meaning of the word "counter surfing".
She taught me to put away my shoes and keep my closet door closed.
She taught me that a dog can eat a 10 pound bag of dog food and not get sick.
She taught me a dog can and will eat a hairbrush and it will make them VERY sick.
She taught me what a good lead dog is (she was a natural).
She taught me what a good show dog is (she was a natural).

Late last November Boom'r was diagnosed with very aggressive mammary cancer. The vet removed her mammary chain, the surgery was much more invasive and extensive than originally predicted. Her recovery was slow and painful and I questioned myself daily as to whether I should have put her thru it. But three weeks after surgery, by Christmas time, she was back to her old self, in fact she was happier and more mobile than she had been in years. I gave her three more good months and she gave me three more good months. Seems like it was a good deal. Today it was time to let go.

Run free Boom'r.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Gee, It's Been Awhile.....

A really quick catch up post...

Sam and Taiya went to the big 4 day Denver shows and Sam came away with a Best of Opposite in Puppy Sweeps and a brand new shiny **5 point major**!! Not bad for 9 months old.

Then Babe, Sam Taiya and I went to Arizona and came home with an Award of Merit for Babe from the Specialty and another 2 points for Sam.

Don't feel too bad for Taiya.... she was acting like an idiot in Denver and in Arizona the first 3 days. Once she got her act together and figured out how to move in straight line, she did very well, placing in her very big class both of the last 2 days in Arizona. Just like her mother, I think Taiya will be really something when she hits her stride.

Baby Ryan has gone to a few matches and classes. In fact she's going to two matches this weekend with her brother Winter. Ryan's first show will be Albuquerque over Mother's Day weekend. Maybe she'll be trained by then??

Max now has two sisters with Rally titles. Blue in Illinois got her RN title last month joining Rio in Iowa who has her RA title as the first two WhiteStar dogs to have AKC performance titles. Max really needs to get his fluffy rear in gear and catch up to his two sisters! Actually I've started training her grandmother Kachina and she'll be the next WhiteStar girl with a Rally title (I hope!)

The snow finally melted and the dogs look like mudballs these days. I'm trying to give at least two - three baths a week to various dogs to keep on top of it but it's a losing battle. Sam Ryan and Taiya all had baths on Sunday and by Monday afternoon were filthy. Oh well. Springtime in the Rockies.

Monday, January 01, 2007

How Much Snow?

What people who don't live in blizzard country often don't know is that it's not about "how much snow?", it's about "how much wind?"

12 inches of gently falling snow, lying softly on the ground, doesn't make a blizzard. A few inches of snow being driven horizontally across the open plains by 50 mph hours winds... THAT is what makes a blizzard.

And so I offer up these pictures... the first is of my side yard, taken not after any melting has occurred, but right after the storm subsided. The gate behind the snow is 5 feet tall. How much snow do YOU think I have?

Why yes, that IS bare dirt on the right side of the picture...

And here is a picture of my front door.

My kennel runs are made up of 6 foot high panels. When I complained about not being able to use my kennels, a friend asked why I didn't dig them out. And the answer is:

My poor dogs are on house arrest. They are used to having multiple acres to run. Why can't they go out? See the red arrow in the picture below? It's pointing at the TOP of my 5 foot fence....

I have a Ford F-250 4 x 4 Super Duty Truck. It's BIG. There are three ways to get out of my neighborhood. Do I get snowed in during blizzards? You be the judge?




A neighbor starts to dig out his garage. This is where he stores his motorhome. The door is 10 feet tall.

Another neighbor doesn't even want to contemplate what digging out is going t take.

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Why Yes, I AM a New Champion.

CH WhiteStar's Beyond Thunderdome HIC

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A Few Quick Brags

I've been spending all my time on Kelly's blog and with the puppies.....Seven keep you mighty busy..... but I want to drop a few quick brags for anyone who might be reading this occasionally.

This past weekend in Amarillo Max finished his chmpionship! Yay Max!!!!

His son and daughter Sam and Taiya made their ring debut.

Sam was first in his puppy class (out of 2) all 4 days and took two Reserve Winners Dog awards.

Taiya was first in the Bred By Class (out of 4) 2 of the 4 days and 2nd once. She got one Reserve Winner's Bitch Award.

The day after Max finsihed, he won Best of Opposite Sex over the dog who won that award at the National. Maybe I will try to special him a little bit before we start trainig for Agility....

Max's brother Sunny won his first major on Sunday so all in all it was a Very WhiteStar Weekend!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Together Again

Sam and Tina