Thanks to Judge Joy Brewster Stanley is well on his way to being a Champion. He picked up a five point major going over nine Champions and Grand Champions under her experienced eye. He won Best of Breed, Best Owner Handled, and Best Of Winners. This win was long overdue and well deserved. Then we went on to the Owner Handled Hound Group where Mrs. Rita Holloway presented Stanley with a Group 3 Award! Thank you Mrs. Holloway. We had a very good day. It made the drive home to Tennessee a pleasant one.
We loaded up Ruth and Stanley for a road trip to Marion Ill and competed with others from the region. Ruth continues to perform well. She went Reserve both days only getting beaten by bloodhounds on professional handlers. Stanley continues to improve. He has taken a couple of Group 4 placements in the Owner Handler Hound Group. He is tied for 6th place in the National Owner Handler Series for 2017 following in the footsteps of his daddy, Bobby Lee, keeping Mayflower Bloodhounds ranked in Owner Handler for the 4th year in a row.
Wow! It has been almost a year since I've posted anything. As always a lot has happened. Ruth picked up major points in North Carolina in June. Then she was one of the most consistent winners at the Nationals of the 119 dogs entered. She placed in every thing she was entered in. She and Stanley placed second in their classes in the Futurity. Stanley placed second in the Sweeps at the Nationals. Ruth won first place in the largest class of bitches and then went on to win Best Jr. and came very close to winning the sweeps altogether. She was both stunning and amazing. Both Ruth and Stanley placed in Bred By Conformation. Stanley placed Fourth and Ruth placed First at the Nationals in Bred By. The day of the regional Ruth placed Third in Bred By. She won her class again in Sweeps and went on to Best of Opposite Sex to Best Jr. Stanley placed third in his class in Sweeps. Bobby Lee did not win anything but did a beautiful job presenting himself in Best of Breed both days. He and Shotgun were in the Parade of Honors and seemed to enjoy all of the attention. My only complaint about the Nationals is that it did not last long enough. I want to thank all the judges for honoring my dogs with such lovely wins. It says something about the dogs when so many different judges continued to put them up at such large shows each day.
We've been so busy. Mayflower's Home Run made her debut at the American Bloodhound Club Nationals in Ohio. She went BOS to Best Puppy in the Sweeps her first day in the show ring at just six months old. She placed Fourth in the six to nine month Puppy Class the day of the Nationals and First the day after at the Regional Specialty. She had lots of compliments and admirers. Her brother Mayflower's One Night Stand did pretty good too, placing Fourth in the six to nine month puppy class both days. Both kids were happy, outgoing and moved well around the ring. Their Dad, Bobby Lee wasn't feeling it. He did things his way in the BOB ring including stacking "left handed" as I like to call it. He's had better days. Just a couple of weeks before the Nationals he went a Owner Handled Group 1 with good competition. He ranks 6th in the Nation as an Owner Handled dog and is invited to attend the National Owner Handled competition at the Eukanuba Classic in Florida. I've signed up for it but not sure I am ready to make another long road trip to a dog show so soon.
GCH Nothing Left To Lose - Bobby Lee finished his new title two weeks ago in Tennessee. He also finished the year ranking at 6th place in the National Owner Handled Series for Bloodhounds. 2014 he ranked 5th. We are very proud of his accomplishments. This past weekend he took an National Owner Handled Series Group 1 in Hound Group in Nashville TN starting off the 2016 year with a bang! His daughter Mayflower's Home Run - Ruth also took a Puppy Best In Show two weeks ago at her very first show ever. Looks like we are going to continue to have some dog showing fun over the next few years.
Johnny AKA Mayflower's Married In A Fever earned his CGC. We are so proud of the big lunk. I know I need to update my website. Life has been full and busy. My mom passed away Christmas Eve. My husband, Mr. B., has been going through knee replacement surgery etc. etc. all in one year. Then as icing on the cake we've had a surprise litter. We have four beautiful pups from a pairing that was not planned. We are going with it and calling it the Shotgun Wedding Litter. We hope to place two pups on a co-ownership placement only because they are important to us and our dogs' bloodlines.
We are excited and proud to announce we have our seventh bred by champion. Preacher became a champion in South Carolina the end of July 2014. Now he can take a break from the shows while we get his brother Johnny ready for the show ring and while we campaign his other Champion brother Bobby Lee toward his Grand Champion title. The three boyz have done well. Bobby Lee has three major wins and one special defeat toward his Grand Champion title. Preacher enjoyed his last weekend out this year as a class dog hanging out with his good human friends Andrew, Molly, Melissa, and Michael as well as his four legged friends Diva and her Daddy, Later. Winning points toward a champion title out of bred by is difficult to do. At this time only four of our 7 bred by champions are still living. Rock was our first bred by champion in 2004 and he passed away at the age of 10. We also lost Maggie at 9 and Tiegs at 6. We still have LJ who is 10, Bobby Lee who is 3, and Maizey who is 7. As I say over and over these websites do not really track the passage of time unless I write about it. Wow! It is hard to believe the boyz (Bobby Lee, Preacher and Johnny) have just turned three.
Bobby Lee went third in Bred By under Judge Houston Clark at the Nationals. There was a Regional adjoining the Nationals this year and we stayed for the show. Bobby Lee won Winner's Dog at the Regional for a five point major and became a champion under Cathy Brey-Marler. We are so excited and honored over this win. So we have our sixth bred by exhibitor champion Ch Mayflower's Nothing Left to Lose - Bobby Lee.
So much happens around here. I finally have a new computer Yeah! We've lost a lot of old four legged friends over the past year. I finally gave up on having my very own red female bloodhound pup and went and got one from Molly Nye. We are the proud owners of M&M's Diamond Jubilee at Mayflower. We call her Diva. She is our first red bloodhound girl in 9 years. These websites do not reflect the passing of time very well. Heaven and LJ (my Top 20 girl) are 9 years old. That is so hard to believe but it is true. I retired LJ from the show ring in 2009. I am so ready to have a red girl back in the ring. I look forward to new adventures with The Diva.
Finally, I have a new computer and can finally access my website from home. I should be able to keep it updated now. A lot has happened since Tiegs passed away. Recently we lost Cloud to old age. He lived to be 13 which is the oldest bloodhound we have ever owned to date. He was a good dog and we loved him very much. Most of our dogs are old although we show them in their prime when they were winning shows on the "Our Champions" page. The "Songs of Praise" litter is turning 9 this month and then the "GI Joe" litter turns 7 in September. There is nothing like tracking the passing of time in the span of one dog's life. Showing the dogs in competitions has been a wonderful experience over the years. We have been to a lot of interesting towns and cities and met a lot of interesting people and dogs. I hope to continue with the hobby over the years - time will tell the tale.
I really need a new computer. ahhh maybe next year. We made the long trek to Penn and carried our fab five to compete with the nicest dogs in the country. The first day Preacher placed 4th in his class in the Futurity. The next day Bobby Lee made the cut in Sweeps. Later in regular classes Johnny placed 4th in his class and Bobby Lee placed 2nd in Bred By. Wow! Robert got pulled in BOB doing his thing "sitting." <S> getting pulled is actually exciting because it shows the judge is taking another look. Maizey, was herself, the happiest dog in the ring bouncing all the way around and playing with me rather than taking things seriously:-) We did well for us and had a good time. On a very sad note though we came home to a sick dog, Tiegs. Tiegs died Oct. 23, 2012 due to a very agressive and rare cancer. I do not have the final report yet from the autopsey. Ch Mayflower's Cover Girl - Tiegs lost her life way too young. She is missed already. Our hearts are broken.
My computer is going back to the shop yet again so I won't be able to write anything until it gets back. I went over my blog and noticed I did not chat about the boys going through puppy school. Each one graduated puppy school at Petsmart. I have a couple of photos of them on the Future Stars page wearing their graduation caps. Those three are really good boys. Robert will be going to school just for some extra attention starting in July. Robert celebrated his 2nd birthday yesterday with an outing to Shiloh park. It seemed appropriate since his namesake is Robert E. Lee. He took to it like a real tourist. He did not even act like a dog. I think he has no clue he is a dog. I took down Jonesy's photos from my website because his behaviors/confidence has got to improve or he won't be back to the shows which is a shame, really. I love him and I've spent nearly a year trying to get him over his anxiety issues. I have not given up but I have accepted this could take much longer than I prefer. This year has gone by so fast. I have been busy training pups and working. There has not been much time for anything else.
I am at my wits' end concerning Jonesy's anxiety issues. I know he is spoiled rotten. But, he needs to get over it. I tried taking him to strange places. That did not work. I tried 12 weeks of Petsmart classes. It does help somewhat and he will get more classses in due time. Now I am trying leaving him at my vet's office for a little doggie day care a few hours every so many days and as he gets better with that I'll try leaving him overnight. I am hoping being around various people and dogs without being attached to my apronstring will help him build up more confidence.
I have had computer problems since November 2011. My computer has been in the shop (like an old car) more than it has been at home. So much has happened I do not even know where to begin. Bad News First - I have lost three bloodhounds since November: Erica, Desire, and Maytoo. Both Desire and Maytoo were over eleven years old and died of age related issues. We miss all three very much. They were a large part of our lives here. Good News - Both Robert and Maziey are Champions now and Maizey is working on her Grand Champion title. Bobby Lee and Preacher have points and all three baby boys have come close to winning majors already. The most current and most exciting thing for us is that Miss State Vet college was able to collect semen on Sonny who is nearly eight years old and we got a good collection. For the longest time now he has been the only red male bloodhound in the OFA database that is alive who also has OFA excellent hips. It seems to me that I appear to be the ONLY person who cares about this fact and that I need to do something to save what he has to offer the breed. I was afraid I had waited too long to get this done due to the expense of it but thankfully he is still fertile at his age and I did get it done. I am of a personal belief that dogs like Sonny should be bred or collected and saved until they are bred because if we do not make sure the healthiest of the breed are bred then why even bother with it? I have studied the OFA database for years and it sincerely bothers me that the few bloodhounds who do have excellent hips, normal elbows, good hearts, etc. often never get bred. It is good to be back online.
I had a good time at the dog show this past weekend. Me, Dana and Lynn found our way to Priceville Alabama. Polly won BOB with Lynn on Sat. Mona won her first point at 10 months old with Dana. I think I was checked out on vacation <S> me and Maizey came in last or rather RWB. I made a lot of mistakes including dropping the lead as we trotted around the ring. By Sunday I remembered that I was there to win too so on Sunday Maizey won BOB with me finally paying attention:-) Mona got RWB. We ate out a lot, enjoyed chatting, and laughing at our mistakes. The weather was beautiful. Maizey got a new pink elephant toy (she picked it out on Saturday) and a pig ear. We've only had Maizey a little over a year and she only needs two points now to be a champion. She is a beautiful girl and has the potential to be a special.