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First CKC Title For Spirit

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We spent this weekend at the Battle River Canine Association rally obedience trial in Camrose. I signed Spirit up just to give her some experience in the trial environment. She can get anxious and reactive around other dogs so I wanted her first trial to be somewhere relatively close to home giving us the opportunity to just take her home if she was overwhelmed. She amazed me. There were only minor signs of stress and I was able to quickly focus and redirect her. Not only did she successfully complete her trial each day with a qualifying score, she earned her Novice title with scores of 92, 96 and 95. On Friday she also got a ribbon for Second in Class. She is now officially known as Tailspin’s Winter’s Spirit RN . Not bad considering we just finished our introductory rally course a couple of weeks ago. Yahoooooooooo  Thank you to Judges Karen Brearley, Margaret Chandler, Marie-Johanne Cloutier.

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Advanced Title – It’s Official

We received our official Advanced Title in the mail today.  I didn’t realize it but we received a gold level title which means we scored 96% or better in each of the disciplines.  Her started titled was a bronze so I guess it means that we are improving as a team….yeah us!!!

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Another Title

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We were up bright and early this morning to drive to Red Deer to participate in Nosey Pawtner’s Sporting Detection Dog Association trial.  We had a slow start but a great finish  with lots of swag.

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Spirit got a second place on the interior search component, 2nd place overall and she got her Advanced title today.  So proud of my big girl.  So now we have to move from the amateur steam and start competing in the working/professional scenting dog stream.

Throughout the photo shoot she had her eye on the cookie and couldn’t wait for permission to gobble it down.

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The beauty of winter

I can’t say that I am a big fan of winter, but sometimes I just have to stop and appreciate the beauty.   We live in the prairies so we normally have very low humidity.  For the last several days we have had lots of fog and hoar frost.  Each day the frost gets thicker and thicker.  Here are just a few pictures I took of the amazing ice crystals:

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Diablo Ninebark flower cluster

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Hydrangea bloom

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Rose hips

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Rose hip cluster

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Jackmanii clematis bloom

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And last but not least,  hoar frost on my big girl Spirit during our walk this morning.  She looks like she has giant white eyebrows.

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Happy New Year

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It was a beautiful, sunny New Year’s Day so my big girl and I went for a walk together without any of the other dogs.  Spirit has been having trouble getting used to sharing her “Mom” with our foster puppy McMullin.  Whenever I try and smooch him she pushes him out of the way and tries to get the attention.

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nailShe was spayed 2 weeks ago so she has been very bored hanging out around the house without any physical activity except 2 gentle walks a day.  Somehow she still managed to rip her toe nail almost completely off and leave just exposed tissue and bone.  I had the unfortunate job of having to trim off the nail.  I’m so lucky that we have such a strong bond that she completely trusted and allowed me to slowly and careful trim back the nail close to the base.  Poor girl.  She has sure had a run of bad luck health wise.  Let’s hope that 2017 is a new beginning for her.

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2 Years Young

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I can’t believe that she is two years old already.  Time is just flying by.  She got a huge, delicious dino bone to celebrate.

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You can get a perspective on just how huge the bone is when you see it beside her giant 97lb body.  One end is the same size as her head.  She can barely carry it in her mouth.

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Workout Buddy

No matter what I am doing, Spirit thinks she should be part of it.  I don’t know how she managed to sit her giant body on the narrow incline bench and polish my face.

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Berner Party

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Today we had the pleasure of attending the first annual Bernese Mountain Dog party hosted by Coreen and Steve Johnson of Tailspin.  They invited all of the families who had dogs from their breedings.  There was a bevy of Berners in attendance.  We managed to get a picture with 14 of them.

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There was only one dog there from Spirit’s litter, her sister Asha.

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This is Mom Sophie and her two daughters.

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We also had the pleasure of meeting Tailspin’s newest litter.  They are called the Olympic litter because they were born during the Olympics.  Each puppy’s registered name will be Olympic themed.  They will be six weeks old on Monday.

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20 Months Old

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July 26, 2016 · 12:47

Her first Title SD-S, SP

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Spirit and I competed in our first sanctioned SDDA trial on Saturday, April 23rd in Morinville, Alberta.  I am thrilled to announce that we qualified in all three components: container, interior and exterior/vehicle (3 purple ribbons).  Spirit now has her Sporting Detection – Started title: “SD – S “.  Because we qualified in all 3 components on the same day, we also earned a special designation making her title “SD – S, SP” (large purple/black ribbon).  And if that wasn’t enough, we placed 3rd in the interior search which is the hardest of the three (large white and black ribbon).  Thank you to SDDA Judge Paul Dyer.  I am so proud of my girl.  I think she was also the youngest dog at the trial.

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Thanks to photographer Bev Holoboff for donating her time to take pictures of the teams at work.

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A special thank you to Ryan-Ann of Doglogix Scent Detection for hosting an amazing trial and being a talented scent detection instructor.  Team Spirit’s success is because of you.

After a long, cold and windy day at the trial we came home and relaxed together in the La-Z-Boy.  Spirit loves to use me as her personal pillow. Note Tilly’s disgusted look.

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Another DOT

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On February 24th (the night before Spirit’s shoulder surgery) she participated in her Sporting Detection Dogs Association (SDDA) advanced Designated Odor Test (DOT) for pine.  Even though she was sore she still worked very hard and passed.  We just got our  ribbon and certificate so we thought an official portrait was in order.  Look how nicely the fur is growing back on her shoulder and leg.  With these two DOT tests under her belt, Spirit is now able to participate in sanctioned SDDA started and advanced trials.

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She’s Maturing

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Today Spirit is 11 months old (weights 85 lbs) and just finishing up her first heat.  I knew it would be a challenge with two intact dogs in the house but I was still overwhelmed by Wally’s response to her.  My old boy will be 15 in April but he still has his “mojo” firmly in place.  I think it put a bit of a twinkle in his eyes and a spark in his step.

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New Puppy Bed

We started making this raised dog bed over two years ago.  The various pieces have spent 2 winters on our deck waiting for some attention.  Well I’m thrilled to say we have finally assembled it and it has Spirit’s seal of approval.  I think she will find it nice and cool to have the air circulating underneath her.  It creaks and groans with all her weight on it but it should support her just fine. (Thanks Auntie Patty for finally lighting a fire under our butts to get us to assemble it)

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8 Months old…time is flying

Our girl is growing up way too fast….where is my cute little puppy???? She now weighs 32.8KG or 72.3lbs.
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How about a celebratory roll in the grass….

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Bait & Gait Class and Mock Dog Show

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This morning Spirit and I took a Bait and Gait class as a warm up for the mock show this afternoon.  She did pretty well for a dog that loves to sit….a big no no for the show ring.  Then this afternoon the handler took her and worked her in the mock show.  Her brother Samson, her big brother Axel (same parents first litter) and the breeders’ Newfie Ryder were all in the same show.  Axl made it to best in show but lost to a beautiful Golden.

Spirit was so wiggly every time the judge touched her and when she tried to look at her bite.  She made the cut for the female working dog group but ended up losing to a cute boxer.  I think it was a great experience for her that hopefully will have her better prepared for the real show. The handler Jo-ann said she did a good job so hopefully she will do her breeders/grandparents (Steve and Coreen Johnson of Tailspin Bernese Mountain Dogs) proud next week at the Northern Alberta Canine Association all breed show.  This video is for you Coreen since you didn’t get the opportunity to see your grand-daughter “strut her stuff” in person.

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6 Months Old

Spirit6Months-2Our girl is 6 months old and full of herself. One minute I love her to bits and can’t smooch her up enough and the next minute I would like to give her away to the first person I see. I guess it is the joy of adolescence. She can be so sweet and then so rotten a millisecond later.  We went to the Vet for our monthly weigh in and she was 28KG or almost 62 lbs.  She now weighs the same as Wally and she is almost as tall as he is.

Next weekend she will participate in her first Dog Show (All Breed).  We are doing a mock show on Sunday to give her a chance to work with her handler for the first time.

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Spirit the Cheerleader

We all got up bright and early to head to St. Albert so that I could participate in the Run Wild Half Marathon. Spirit was a great cheerleader at the start line and attracted tons of attention. There is something about a Berner puppy.  Everyone just wants to meet her and smooch her up.

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After the race we had to go to Spirit’s conformation class. Her brother, handsome Samson, was in the same class so we finally got a picture of the two of them together. Although Spirit is about the same height as Samson she looks dwarfed beside him. He also weighs about 13lbs more than her (that’s about 20% heavier).

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5 Months Old

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Our little girl is 5 months old today. On the way home from a play date at the off-leash park we stopped at the Vet for a weigh in. I was shocked to discover that she was 54 lbs (see Grandma….no worries). I took a bunch of pictures of her and the rest of the kids so that you can see how much she has grown and how quickly she is catching up to Wally.

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Spirit loves to cuddle. Unfortunately she is so big and klutzy and she doesn’t recognize her own strength. She usually ends up hurting me when she is trying to give me lovin’.

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Look out….here I come

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Mmmm ears!!

Giving Mom a big wet willy

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Our first water adventure

Now that the ice jams are gone, I felt it was safe for Spirit to be introduced to the river at the dog park.  The first time she followed a bunch of dogs in and came bounding out.  The second time she ran in and hit a deep spot and her head went under the water (at 2:14). She was a bit surprised but recovered quickly.  It took an extra 30 minutes of running around to get all the dirt, mud and excess water off her coat before I would let her back into the car.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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A new playmate

Hope, a beautiful English Lab and a former foster puppy, came over to meet Spirit.  She really needs another dog to play with.  She is too rough with Tilly.  She treats her like she is her own personal squeaky toy and believe me Tilly squeaks when Spirit jumps on top of her.  Wally is almost 14 so he doesn’t really play all that much any more.

At first Spirit was afraid of Hope as she did laps around the back yard and did fly-by’s really close.  Over time she relaxed a bit and they had a little fun together.

I also got some cute video of the girls in our family room and even Wally played a little.

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Ten Weeks Old

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This is Spirit’s third day with us and she is settling in just wonderfully.  I’ve always dreaded getting a puppy in the winter because potty training can be a nightmare when they don’t want to go out in the cold.  Well this doesn’t seem to be an issue for Spirit.  She loves the snow and never seems to be cold.  I’m freezing but she is sprawled out on her belly luxuriating in all the fluffy white stuff.

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I’ve been playing around with the GoPro and the head mount.  I don’t seem to be able to get the angle adjusted properly so that I can keep her in frame most of the time.  Frustrated, I gave up and used my old Canon Powershot and got this short video of her playing in the snow.

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