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CH Jema’s Deja Brew, BPIS (x 2!)

CH Deja wins Top Conformation trophy for 2017! I am so proud to be not only her owner but also her breeder!

Dog names generally originate from a deep meaningful place no matter what a puppy’s future may hold. In my litters, I usually have a “theme” to help folks think of a registered name for their future puppy. The “call name”, of course, is whatever the person or family wishes to call their puppy/dog. In the dog show world, the call names usually include some part of the registered name. This is true with “Deja”. Her “call name” is in her registered name.

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Deja’s litter theme was “coffee”. All the pups from that litter have names that relate to coffee in one form or another. This is a repeat litter theme; one I did for Deja’s sire, Tazo (GCH CH Jema’s Mocha Kiss, BISS), many years ago although his litter included both coffee and tea. Hence Deja is a repeat of her sire or Deja Vu or… Deja Brew!

Deja, like her dad, Tazo, is a happy dog! She exudes confidence in everything she does. They both can be a bit “bouncy”; all that energy needs to go someplace! I remember showing her once and as I did a courtesy turn getting her lined up to do the down and back, she jumped almost six feet straight up in the air, landed and was ready to gait down the diagonal!  The funny thing about this is that I never felt her feet leave the ground! If it wasn’t for a friend who took a cell phone shot of her doing this, I would never have believed it!

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Almost ALL of my puppies have won Best in Specialty Sweepstakes or BISS! Deja did not being a bit slower to mature to be competitive in the ring. She did, however, take Best Puppy in Show not once but twice when she was young! Those memories will stay with me forever not only for the recognition of this puppy amongst many other puppies but also as a proud breeder moment!

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Deja finished her AKC Champion title with a professional handler. Finding (and winning) those bigger shows meant more travel than I could do at the time. But I believed in her and so did her handler. Deja won her second major fall of 2017 needing one single point to finish this title. Because I had not entered her in any shows after that major show, I had to wait two weeks after entering her in a local show where she won that last point needed. YEAH! Deja now sports the coveted “CH” before her name! Her sire, Tazo, would be so proud! And so would her paternal grandmother, Saga; a puppy I purchased so many years ago!

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On a lark (and because I was asked), I sent in Deja’s show record and points accumulated throughout her show career. Our dog club does an Awards Banquet every year where high-achieving dogs are recognized. I had not made plans to attend the Awards Banquet this year and in fact, completely forgot about it until a friend notified me that Deja had won “Top Conformation Bitch From The Classes”! I’m very grateful that my friend at the banquet accept this trophy on my behalf! WooHoo for Deja!!

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As my sweet girl lies here at my feet being the completely calm, well-mannered house dog she is, I remember her energy whenever anything is asked of her. I remember that enthusiasm whether being in the show ring or chasing a tennis ball in my backyard. Trophy or not, she is my perfect dog! I need only look at her for her to wag her tail ready for the next game we can play together!  And I look at her daughter, Pixel and think… It is almost time to have Pixel shown. She will be my next winning dog;  the fourth generation of Jema Golden Retrievers!

Rooster: The Golden Retriever

Time flies… Never take it for granted!

As the Rooster X Avery puppies go to their new homes, it made me think of Rooster when he was younger (he is 6 years old now). Going through old photos always brings mixed feelings… Some wonderful memories but also some sad ones thinking of dogs no longer with me. But seeing the 8 week old pups sired by Rooster… Just DARLING!

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Rooster x Avery pups at their first vet appt. All checked out and did fantastic on their first adventure.

Rooster is ALWAYS ready for a game of “fetch” or “tug”. I found this old photo of Rooster as a young pup playing tug with my old girl, Luna. Luna was always very patient with puppies and young dogs but she wasn’t going to just give up a toy either! I miss Luna very much; she was my constant shadow.

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Rooster (left) and Luna (right) playing tug-of-war with a dog toy.

It is hard looking back on old photos. They always bring to mind so many memories. Here, Rooster is only two years old or so out in our pasture waiting for me to throw that ball. His natural stance is practically perfect! Now like back then, he looks better with less handling. It is hard to imagine that 7-8 week-old puppy has now grown up into the champion (almost grand champion) I believed he would be when he was just a pup.

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Rooster out in the field. Such a GORGEOUS boy!!

Time flies for all of us! Remember to hug your doggies and never take them for granted. If I was to find a fault with “(wo)man’s best friend”, it would be they are never with us long enough.

Puppies: They Grow So Fast!

Puppies growing; start on solid food.

Seven puppies IS a lot for mom but Avery is doing a wonderful job with her babies!

I can hardly believe the Rooster X Avery puppies are already four weeks old! Time seems to just fly by!! I am so thankful Sandy, who chose Rooster for the sire of Avery puppies, keeps me “in the loop” by sending puppy photos. And here I share those photos with you…

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Belly Up to the Milk Bar! 
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Helping Mom out by starting pups on solid food
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Pups are really growing! 
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Definitely a full tummy here! Love when pups sleep like this! 

January Snowstorm!

Barn Duties With the Dogs! They LOVE the snow!

Well, they did predict we would be getting snow… And they were correct! January 2018 goes out like a lion dumping a good 18-24″ of fluffy white stuff! (Personally, I had told hubby we would need to pull out the hose to “winter water” our trees this weekend because we’ve had such a dry winter so far. Well, he must have been in cahoots with Mother Nature (because winter watering trees is NEVER a fun thing to do!) so now he doesn’t need to worry about  doing it this weekend!

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Deja catching snowflakes!

The dogs absolutely LOVE the snow! Blitzing here and there hoping to chase up a bunny or two, they plow through the drifts enjoying every minute of Mother Nature. Even Beanie, our “honorary” Golden Retriever keeps up with the big dogs; she is not about to let those dogs do anything without her!

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Go, Beanie, Go! (SO FUNNY! It looks like Beanie has no legs or feet?! LOL!)
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Doodle “dashing through the snow”!

 

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Oh Rooster… You SO NEED a good bath and grooming! (I don’t think he cares as he watches that bunny get away!)

Out to do “barn chores”, the donkeys are less than thrilled with the snow. They carefully keep their distance to stay OUT of the snow much preferring the overhead roof that allows shelter from the elements.

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Jack is just NOT into the snow even though his coat is so thick; heat just radiates from his thick, plush winter coat!

Now tired, the dogs individually lick off the “snowballs” built up on their feet. And then, a good nap was had by all! You just can’t beat “playing in the snow” to exercise/tire out the dogs!

1.5 Week Old Puppies

Puppies smell “mom” and make their way to the “milk bar”!

Aww… Miss Lavender seems lost in finding mom! How cute to see pups squirm to get to the “milk bar”! Mom is Avery; pups sired by our boy, CH Rooster.

While it may seem like a good idea to help this puppy, it is so important for the puppies’s development to move on their own. If helped, which I frequently do with my puppies, it can lead to development delays in learning how to use their legs to walk later. Having had this problem with my last litter of puppies, I will, from now on, cheer them from afar as they learn to move on their own!

P.S. Thank you, Sandy, for sending me this vid! Too cute to NOT share!!

Miss Lavender negotiating her way to the “milk bar”

Jema’s Strutting My Stuff

Jema’s Strutting My Stuff having a blast at a recent agility trial!

It is wonderful when dogs can be multi-purpose excelling in a variety of venues! Here is “Strut”; one of my “puppies”! All grown up and competing in agility trials now. Kudos to his owner, Michele, for not only the training she does with all of her dogs but also the mutual love and adoration she has for her dogs! I couldn’t ask for a better home for one of my “puppies”!

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Coming out of the weave poles with a stunning tight turn over the double jump!

 

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Jumpers Run on January 7th. Tight tuck over the jump! 

NEW PUPPIES!

So happy to hear Avery and pups are doing well. 5 girls and 2 boys!

HUGE congrats to Miss Avery whelping her 7 puppies (5 girls; 2 boys) in the wee hours this morning! Rooster? Well, the guy is definitely smoking his cigar patting himself on the back, LOL!

Mom and puppies are doing well, I’m told. I predicted Avery’s due date to be tomorrow; I guess the babies were ready sooner so… Here they are!