It is with a heavy heart that we let everyone know that our Sweet Annie, our foundation, our love was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. She has been very healthy with just some arthritis which at 10 1/2 is to be expected. But, she was having some other difficulties so we took her to our wonderful vet. All her labs were perfect, she had a urinary tract infection and they were going to give us antibiotics and send her home. But, a very observant vet tech noticed she was having a hard time taking deep breaths. They immediately x-rayed her chest and found that she had several marble-size lesions. We are heart-broken. We don't have any real treatment options for her but, our goal is to give her the best quality of life while we still have her and enjoy every second with her. She is well-loved and we will miss her very much when she is gone.
We have been busy this past 6 months here @ BlackRidge. We are thrilled to announce that Aspen is back with us and currently living the good life with our friends Russ and Jaylene. She has her sister Cosette for company and gets to go to the fish hatchery everyday with her dad to work. We are hoping to get this adorable girl back in the ring this spring to continue her show career. Russ is hoping to get her started on hunt tests and got her started this past fall by introducing her to grouse hunting which she LOVED!
Poppin and I are going to try Rally this summer and we hope to finish Poppin's Fast cat title.
Zuko got started on scent training which I think he will really enjoy because it involves his 2 favorite things - sniffing and ;lots of treats!
We are hoping to get everybody's Canine Good Citizen titles this summer so that in the fall We can get certified as part of the Idaho GO TEAM which is a therapy and crisis dog group in the Boise Area. This is an area that I am super excited about. I have seen therapy dogs at work and the comfort and love they bring to others is a wonderful thing.
Stay tuned as we keep you up to date on our progress!
This is Aspen and her sister Cosette. We just love when they come to visit. it is wonderful to have these 2 so close to us so they can come play with their other sisters Poppin and Rosie. It is crazy having 9 Labradors running around but they have a GREAT time!
We try really hard to introduce our dogs to new and fun things. I had the opportunity to take Zuko, Mia and Finn to work with our friend Sonja on hunting skills. All 3 dogs have had water and bumper exposure but not actual frozen or live duck. Finn and Mia LOVED IT! Mia is 5 years old and never chased anything but a ball or a bumper. When exposed to a live duck on the water she went right to it, retrieved it and brought it back! It is amazing to me the instinct that is in these dogs. It was beautiful to watch. Finn did great with the live duck and the frozen ducks as well but the live duck started hissing at him and that threw him off his game. He looked at me like....Mom, get it yourself! I am so excited for the Mia/Finn litter this fall. They should have amazing puppies with huge retrieve drive!
The show season has begun with a bang! BlackPine Harlequin Dancin Through Life "Nessarose" received Reserve Winner's Bitch at the South Jordan Beehive Cluster, Poppin showed beautifully and able to go in for Winner's Bitch. The boys did not have as good a show but Finn loves the show ring! He made up for it by going Winner's dog at the Mount Ogden Kennel Club show in Logan, UT a couple weeks later.
The best thing that has happened is we took 3 of the girls to the Chiropractor. Annie has had horrible movement and been unable to lift her head well for a long time. After getting adjusted she has gotten her "Swag in her wag back"!. It makes me happy!. Poppin and Mia both had front shoulders out and now have great movement and no limping of any kind. Wish we had done this sooner. Going to the chiropractor will definitely be a routine thing especially for Annie. She may be almost 9 years old but if I can keep her pain free and moving well then she and I will both be happy.
We are very happy with our show season this year. It was a lot of work showing 5-6 dogs each show but we did it. I learned that I need to spend a little more time with training to make sure that my dogs give a more consistent performance whenever we enter the ring. But, I am very happy with what we accomplished.
Zuko got 2 Winner's Dog, Best of Opposite and multiple 1st place open class placements. We are still a ways from his championship title but we are working on it.
Rosie had a really rough summer - she had an infection on her face, lost a lot of weight and had a horrible appetite which required hand feeding at times but by this fall she bounced back with a vengeance. She got over her shyness in the ring and got her first Winner's Bitch, Best of Opposite Sex and rocked it like a Rockstar in the ring.
Our biggest surprise has been Finn and how much he loves the show ring. He is a superstar. He got his first Reserve Winner's Dog in Boise at our last dog show as a 9 month old puppy. We have a ways to go an he is still growing but I am thrilled with this boy! He makes me smile every day.
I have a brave friend who took on the challenge of photographing 6 busy Labradors and Les and I. We got some beautiful shots that you can see throughout our website but I saved the family photo for our blog. I absolutely love it! Thank you so much Krystle Doty for accepting the challenge and adventure of playing with BlackRidge Labradors.
Our dog season is in full swing. We are excited about the progress we are making and are having a great time while we do it. Showing 5 dogs is allot of work but I wouldn't have it any other way. This last show in Blackfoot, ID was allot of fun. Zuko improves every time he gets in the ring and his personality is really starting to come out. Mia and Nessarose did some dock diving and we are excited to announce that Nessarose earned her Novice Dock diving title! Poppin loves the water but would rather go in via the ramp then off the dock. Just gives us something to work on. Finn started his dog show career and we had a good time. He is a fun boy and is growing like a weed right now. Super excited about his future.
Our show season has started. Zuko took Winner's Dog at the Intermountain Kennel club in South Jordan, UT. He showed beautifully and did a great job for me.
Finn started his show career in Logan Utah at the Mount Ogden Kennel Club dog show. He pranced his way around the ring and did a great job. Many thanks to the judge for making it a good experience for my boy. Those 4-6 month beginner puppies were so cute!
Les and I bought a home this last fall. We are super excited to be able to give our Labradors room to run on our two acres. They are happy and sassy and getting ready for the start of the show season. Wish us luck!
Ace and Cosette got to come over to play today! A good time was had by all. We tried to find out how many labradors fit in a little kiddy pool and the answer is 7! Then we took turns running through the sprinkler and finished our visit with a family picture. Hopefully the next time Ace and Cosette come to visit it will be at the new house where Black Pine Labradors will be making their new home on 2 acres on beautiful Jerome, ID. Stay tuned as we get closer to making our move.
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