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Prarielands Bloodhound Club trailing trials

The 3rd annual David Bauer memorial trailing trials was held in Brighton, IL this weekend by the Prarielands Bloodhound club. We were honored to be able to judge some great Bloodhounds and their handlers. There were two passing teams, MT level, for the weekend.  Congratulations again! It was a fabulous time of mantrailing, fun, friends (old and new!) and Bloodhounds!

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Happy 10th Birthday to Nolan!

Nolan, the patriarch of our dog family, turned 10 years old today. Nolan is a recent Stud Dog Hall of Fame inductee with only three litters to his credit, one of those being a singleton. He had quite a show career when he was out, all of it owner handled. Today he enjoys the retired life of hanging out, sleeping, eating and waiting on his next meal. 🙂 Happiest of birthdays to you big guy! Oh, and Happy Halloween to the rest of you!

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SSAR & BTH meet again!

Summit Search & Rescue (from New Cumberland, PA) and Behind The Hound group met again for it’s annual mantrailing training weekend here in the NC/SC area this weekend. As usual it proved to be a fantastic time, full of learning, food and laughs. The weekend consisted of 17 handlers and dogs. The dogs ranged from beginner puppies to experienced mantrailers. Trails were laid in all types of environments with different distractions, surfaces, levels of contamination. Smoke bomb demos were done to show the handlers who had never seen it exactly where scent goes … it was a fabulous time and we can’t wait to do it again!

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ABC 2013 National Specialty

WOW, what a week! HUGE, huge week for M&M. The week began with Little Bit running an exceptionally challenging MTX in downtown Topeka, KS. She worked the best and the hardest she ever has for an enduring 59 minutes on a 26hr old trail in 30mph wind gusts and contamination and distractions too lengthy to list to bring me to the runners in an inner city park. She took me straight up to the correct runner but didn’t do her reliable jump up ID. She then took me to the cross runner, with the exact type of reaction she had on the runner and then looked back to me and went up. I called the cross runner, though I felt it was the other one, based on that going up. I know now she just had a brain fart and didn’t go up on the runner b/c she was -beyond- exhausted and worked her little heart out. We’ll get it next time!  On Tuesday we got to go spend the afternoon at Sherry Duling’s house, a real home coming and bittersweet time for me. I will treasure that forever. Wednesday brought a fun time stewarding for obedience with Beth Mares. Wednesday night Hattie B. and Morgan represented us beautifully in the Top 20 event and Thursday …. Reserve Winners dog at the National for Milton!! M&M’s Alamosa Kid Has A Price On His Head owned by Jill & David Dingle and shown by Barb Copeland. Friday … that is a day we won’t ever forget … congratulations to Little Bit on going Winners Bitch to finish her championship and then on to win Best of Winners at the National. Morgan also won an Award of Merit shown by Barb and owned by Randy & Anne Greenlee. Holy cow! That night at the banquet it was an honor to receive Nolan’s Stud dog of Merit and Rio’s Dam of Merit and Sherman’s working dog of Merit ribbons (congratulations to Beth Mares) … then Saturday, the day of the regional, the first time in the ring as a special and Little Bit makes both cuts for the breed and goes on to win Select Bitch. I really don’t think this week has fully sunk in just yet, I’m still somewhere in the clouds. I am so proud of these babies from Rio/Price on their HUGE week! Now, we’re getting back in the groove of life back at home and Little Bit continues her naughty and bossy ways at home with her peeps. 🙂

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Not the greatest shots of her but you can see she had fun on the down and back mat. She was hoping judge Clark had something for her 🙂


Congratulations to the new owners!

We had a fabulous time at our puppy party and saying goodbye to most of the puppies this past weekend! They are all with excellent new owners. We look forward to the stories, pictures, time together in the future and watching them blossom into the beautiful dogs that they are!

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Another new champion!

We are excited to announce that “Beau” and his owner-handler, John, finished his championship this weekend! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you both! I am sure all the hard work was worth it in the end. Way to go guys!

Introducing … CH. M&M’s Price Of His Redemption, MT – “Beau”

owned by Cathy & John Houser & Molly Nye

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Oh … the cuteness! OHHHH … the work!

Hard to believe these ‘lil boogers are close to 6wks old now. In just a few weeks they’ll be headed to their new homes. We are SO grateful for the time we’ve had with them and the tremendous help from our friends. Raising 19 puppies, there is no way to properly explain how much work it is. 🙂

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Our oldest friend has crossed over the rainbow bridge …

He was perfect. He was ~truly~ perfect. No words can help heal the pain. Until we meet again our sweetest old man, may you rest in peace. What a celebration we should have for your long, healthy life! You are already sorely missed …

Sherick’s Sweet WM. The Great – “Willie”

11/22/1999 – 7/14/2013

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Top 20 – two invites!

Whoooo hooo! We have two nationals top twenty finalists for this upcoming National Specialty in Topeka, KS! Congratulations to Randy & Anne Greenlee, and his handler Barb Copeland, on Morgan’s accomplishement! Morgan is CH. M&M’s The Price of Freedom. Congratulations to Tom & Nan Taylor on Hattie B.’s accomplishment! Hattie B. is GCH. CH. M&M’s Worth The Price, EECT. Both are co-owned with Molly. We are so excited for them!

Two litters, due 2 days apart … what happens??

… of course – they’re born on the same day! 🙂 It was a bit of a whirlwind, and thank God for good helpers, but 22 puppies were whelped in about an eighteen hour span and 19 of them survived. Boy, we have our work cut out for us!

Congratulations to London & Later!

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Congratulations to Deana & Bennie!

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