Fruit of the Tree
If you follow me on Facebook, you know I’ve been Dachshund-obsessed for several months now. When I first started thinking about adding a Longhair to the pack, I spoke with Cheryl Snedaker-Sims after watching her dogs move beautifully around the show ring. Unfortunately, Cheryl moved out of the New England area.
However, at a subsequent show I noticed a LOVELY puppy bitch who showed the same beautiful movement I had appreciated in Cheryl’s dogs. A glance at the catalog revealed that — lo and behold — one of Cheryl’s dogs had sired her. That puppy was the delicious red Apple:
I made it a point to talk to her breeder-owner, Jeani McKenney, and learned that not only did she have another litter coming up, but it was a REPEAT BREEDING of the one that produced Miss Apple!!
So, now y’all know why I had to have Mina! If she is half as lovely as her sister, I will be delighted.
This week also marked the 6-month birthday of The Goths, making them eligible to be shown in conformation. Heathcliffe — and hopefully Amelia, if Elyse can make it — will make his debut in West Springfield at the Spring Fling shows. That will be his only set of shows before the National, so we’re looking to cram a lot of experience into a very short amount of time.
Crappy cell phone photo grabbed from a video, but the best I could do being by myself in the house at the time:
He looks like what he is, a 6-month-old Cardi puppy. But every day he grows a little more handsome, and I’m hoping that March will give us a little break on the weather so I can get him out for a little conditioning before he starts his show career. We also need to go to some handling classes. Too bad the nearest ones are a couple of hours away!