This week has been horribly hot, but overall an big improvement over last week. On Wednesday, two new Wyandotte hens joined our coop, so we are back to a flock of four after last week’s fox invasion. There is still some tension between the older hens and the new one, but they are starting to integrate and we have already gotten eggs from Lucy and Ricki, the two new girls. Ethel, the Buff Orphington had a minor injury when the coop was attacked last week, but she is healing and getting back to normal.
Yesterday we went to a dog show in Centre Hall, PA. C.C. and Wally were entered in rally since they had gotten 2 legs each at the PBGV national and this was the first indoor trial I had been to since. Wally and Muse were also entered in breed. As usual, PBGVs and rally were on at the same time. We got there early and groomed the two breed dogs and then set up by the rally ring. C.C. was in Advanced A. I showed her and then had to head right to the breed ring. The PBGV entry was small, but the dogs showed well and Wally was Best of Breed. I headed back to rally and just got to do the last couple minutes of the Novice B walk through. After the walk, I learned that C.C. had placed first in her class and finished her Rally Advanced title.
Poor Wally is a really mellow guy and he wasn’t sure that all this activity on a hot day was a good idea. I almost scratched from rally since he wouldn’t even sit outside the ring, but he did ok once we got in there. The course had 3 call front signs and on the last one he sat at front and made it clear he wasn’t moving. I took the 10 point penalty for no finish, but he still managed to qualify and place 4th. He may have gotten a few cute points, in fact the judge specifically announced, “Fourth place goes to the really cute PBGV”. I suppose you have to use what works for you:) Finishing his rally title qualified Wally for his PBGVCA versatility award, since he is now titled in breed, rally, and hunting. Not bad since he isn’t even 2 yet.
This may be a fairly depressing post, as its been that kind of week. I had reported that we were expecting puppies, as I really thought that we were. When I took Maya for an x-ray on Thursday to get a head count, we discovered that it was just a very convincing false pregnancy:( We’ll try again next time, but Maya is almost 7 so there won’t be many more opportunities for another litter from her.
We had taken the weekend off from trials since we expected to be on puppy watch. Instead today turning into a major clean up day. I went out this morning to feed the critters and discovered that something, most likely a fox, had gotten into the chicken coop. One of the girls was totally gone and another was badly injured. The other two were visibly stressed but seem to be ok. When we first got chickens 3 years ago I worried about this happening a lot, but we’ve been really lucky so this came as a shock. The coop is now returned to maximum security status. Originally it had a wire floor to prevent anything from digging in, but when the wire rotted we hadn’t replaced it because the girls like to dust bathe. They can still use their outdoor pen when we are home, but at night and when we aren’t home they are going into protective custody with the wire floor. It’s too late in the season to start chicks, but I think I’ll try to find 1-2 pullets to keep Betsy and Ethel, the surviving hens, company.
Hopefully the next week will be better.
Things have been quiet on the dog show front for the last month since I worked every weekend in June. Last week we had a graduation of 10 new service dog teams at CPL, so this was the first chance to get away and play with the hounds in a while.
We spent 4th of July weekend in Maryland at breed shows. There were large entries in PBGVs. No success with Muse, but Wally showed very well all four days and was select dog on Friday. We had a lot of down time over the weekend which was nice.
Maya’s puppies are due next weekend, so we’ll be staying close to home!