Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ch. Cheysuli's High Hopes

The wonder of bonding with a dog is far more important than wins, but nonetheless we do show them off to people. I want to list a few highlights of Cassidy's short career.

"Debut: 2007 Southern California Specialty and Orange Empire all-breed shows, at 11 months of age. He won Best in Sweeps at the specialty, and went on to WD at both the Orange Empire shows.

Championship: Was shown again two weeks later at the Fiesta Cluster in Scottsdale, Arizona where he finished. He also was awarded BOB as a class dog over a top special.

Cardigan National: 2007, in Kentucky. He was Runner-Up Best Blue Merle in the Megan, and 2nd in his Sweeps class. He made several cuts in the BOB judging. In Stud Dog, he helped his sire, Fudge, take 2nd Place.

AKC/Eukanuba Show: in 2008, he qualified for the "Invitational" because all of his points came out of Puppy and Bred-By. He was one of the also-rans, but it was still a thrill to step out on the blue carpet with him.

Specials Career: He was very lightly specialed as I waited for him to mature a little, since he finished so quickly. He was awarded a few BOBs.

Litters: In 2009, he sired his first litter.

2009: He was entered in the AKC/Eukanuba show again, this time under a breeder-judge. Unfortunately, he did not live to strut his stuff again.

Cassidy was an incredibly mellow dog, not at all macho. Just sweet and happy-go-lucky, a complete ragdoll when I carried him around cradled in my arms upside down. Initially he was difficult to show because he kept jumping up on me, wagging like crazy. (I finally learned to bait him down low.) He also was fascinated by the grooming table when in the ring and "helped" me lift him onto it by standing up and putting his front paws on the edge. His movement was lovely with terrific reach in front, plus the extention and correct propulsion in the rear. He had an exquisitely beautiful head and lovely ears. Both eyes were brown, and he sported a wonderful black eyepatch over and around his left eye.

He was 2.8 years of age when I sent him to the Bridge.

Godspeed, sweet boy.


Traci said...

I have read about Cassidy for a few days now, and each time I weep - I know he was not MY dog, but watching him grow up, and having a blue boy of the same age really hits close to home. I can only imagine what you've gone through with him, Jennifer. My heart breaks for your loss, but the big man upstairs must have had better plans for your silly blue boy.... :( May you always have only the very best of memories of your dear Cassidy.... *hugs*

I need orange said...

I am so sorry. It is always hard to lose them, but one so young, with his whole life ahead of him..... I can't imagine. I am so sorry.