Monday, April 25, 2011

Harrisburg & Timonium AKC shows - passing 100 ribbons to date!

Yes, we were at the epic AKC flood of Harrisburg, when it all went down.  It was pretty amazing to see all those RVs and ex-pens underwater, and then exhibition hall flooded.  But before that, we had an awesome time at the show.  Our Breed ring was early, so after picking up our ribbons, we went to socialize.  The Chair person of Meet The Breeds had contacted me a week or so before, and asked me to bring Solstafir to show in Meet The Breeds, where he was loved on, and returned love, to scores of adoring folks who couldn't seem to get enough of his affection and charm.  It turned out to be a VERY long day, as Herding group was not until 6:30, and then right after BIS, we got the announcement to evacuate the building, as the water was coming in.  Our Monday entry was canceled, per the mess.
We did two days in Timonium, and showed very well.  Not only did I run into lots of friends at these shows, but I am getting continually increased interest in Solstafir, and Icelandics in general, from Judges between rings, handlers, vendors, and spectators.  It may be that we have been in the Group ring so much more recently, and Solstafir is getting much more exposure.  Regardless, I love it, and so does Solstafir!  Highlights of the Timonium shows would be a Purina rep who travels the country with AKC shows, telling me that Solstafir was the prettiest Icelandic he's yet to see, and surpassing the 100 ribbon / rosette mark with our Monday show.  He has quite a gallery!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Our new arrival - Kari

Whitetail Icelandics proudly announces the arrival of our new puppy, Fox Meadow Thorra Kari.  Kari is from the same dam as his 1/2 brother Fox Meadow Hausti Solstafir, and is a wonderful match in type.  He is co-owned with Jo Ann Secondino.  In addition to Viking Lilia's fine North American, European, and Icelandic heritage, his sire Heimskauts Reike brings a very strong seven generation pedigree, which is mostly from the notable Thytur Stadir kennel, in Holland.  Reike is the product of the first Icelandic Sheepdog Artificial Insemination using frozen semen ever in the United States.  We expect young Kari to follow in the footsteps of his fine champion lineage; his first real showing as a 6 month old puppy will be on August 13, at the AKC show in Harrisburg, PA.  Please see his 8 week old puppy photo in the right sidebar, and below!