We have a new Champion!

Biggest congratulations to Buck & Randy Greenlee for finishing Buck’s AKC championship this weekend in Hollister, CA. Buck finished Sunday with his fourth major. Way to go guys – we are so proud of you both!! Send us pictures soon!

CH. Sherick M&M’s Red Hot Buckshot, EECT

Master Sherman – at it again!

Congratulations to Beth & Sherman on their new Rally Advanced (RA) obedience title they earned this past weekend! Sherman went on to earn his first leg towards his Rally Excellent (RE) title the day after earning his RA title! We are so amazed by this team work and what they have accomplished so far РSo proud of you both!!!

HIT Sherick M&M’s Red Hot Howlitzer CD, RA, EECT, Can MT, Can RN … less formally known as “Sherman” ūüôā

Another one in jail …

… complements of Merit! Below is a post we got this week from Merit’s owner and handler – Terri Heck. We are so proud of these ladies and the service they provide to their community. We never can hear enough about the searches –¬†Keep up the great work! You can read more about Merit, Terri and their other working team (Apache & husband Jim) on their website: Summit Search & Rescue

<<Hey all,¬† Most of the time our searches are not such that I am compelled to bore you with the details but last night’s is an exception.

first and foremost I am proud of “Merit” and maybe somewhat of this “not so young handler”. A brief synopsis follows. Auto accident – car on roof – flattened. Driver and passenger fled on foot. Passenger apprehended approx. 1/2 mile away laying in thicket. First I had to impersonate an auto mechanic as I layed on the road on my back to be able to have access to the air bag and steering wheel as I prepared a scent article. Trail was picked up on the road, crossing a major creek (bridge thankfully) and into a field. Working across the briar laden field she came to a thicket area (I was then¬†informed that this was where the passenger was apprehended. She continued into increasingly thick thicket. At this point this handler had to belly crawl (police department¬†estimated atleast 50 yards). Scuff marks were observed in several areas. Note: fenced in GSD’s were running a fence line next to us barking – ignored by “Merit”. Barbed wire tried to take us down as well. “Merit” then had a strong alert on the fence wanting to get to the other side. Fence was bent down a bit. After we were assured the¬†GSDs could not get to that area we lifted her over the fence. The trail continued through an area of storage sheds, abandoned buildings etc and out to the road about 3/4 of a mile North of where the accident occurred. Trail ended at that point. After several casts she jumped up on me. Strong trail for an hour! Walking back on the road – back tracking was clearly not a plan – but walked to see if anything else was noticed. Shortly after ending point “Merit” on collar had a strong alert at the golf course¬†. Across grass from road tire tracks were observed and scraped pavement –¬†police department¬†felt strong likelihood they had lost control at that point but were able to continue until lost control again at crash site. 30 minutes after returning home I was notified that the¬†subject was¬†in custody – dog’s trail confirmed. Police¬†department credits the dog with the quick direction of their investigation and subsequent apprehension. Love this dog!¬†¬†Terri>>

Happy 2nd Birthday Finny!

Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday too yoou. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR FINNY, Happy Birthday tooooo yooooou! Wow – it’s been two years since our last litter?! Fin is the light of my life and I am very blessed to have him. He had a great birthday! He wore his ‘Birthday Dog’ bandana (a tradition in our house on their birthday) and had his friend Tucker come play for the day. He got lots of goodies – including the jumps. Look at him go! ūüôā

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You can run, but you can’t hide…

we did it, we DID it, WE DID IT! At the Southeastern Bloodhound Club’s Trailing Trial this weekend, b/t the two of us, we handled 4 dogs to their Man Trailer title (MT)!
 handled by Molly:
CH. Sherick’s Dakota Wild Pitch, CGC, MT – Nolan
Sherick M&M’s Finally Red Hot!, CGC, TDI, RN, MT – Fin
 handled by Michael:
CH. Wychway’s Yello Polkadot Zucchini, CGC, TDI, MT – Paisley
CH. Sherick M&M’s Reflective Memories, CGC, MT – Higgins
¬†Whoo Hooooooooo! We are very proud of these dogs and their hard work as part of a team effort. ūüôā
As a bit of icing on the cake – we got home to find on the voicemail that Randy Greenlee & Buck (Sherick M&M’s Red Hot Buckshot, EECT) just passed is instinct test in trailing. Way to go guys!

A Valentine’s story

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Henry is¬†our 3yr old nephew that lives in Seattle, WA. Though Henry has a yellow lab, for some reason he is afraid of other dogs. When he comes to Charlotte, we’ve made a point for him to visit with Fin (I very slowly bring Fin into the scene and have him adjust to Fin being there) and realize that he is not scary. Just the other day we got a piece of mail addressed to Fin.¬†I waited to open it today ’til I had help getting pictures. It was a¬†very special valentine from Henry to Fin. Fin had to email Henry back to let him know he got it:

Dear Henry, It’s me Fin! I am so excited that you sent me a valentine. My Mommy and I opened it together this morning and now it is on our refrigerator. Mommy’s friend Melissa took pictures of me so that you can see me opening it. You did a great job coloring the envelope and we loved your finger prints. I put the valentine in my mouth after I put my whole nose in the envelope and wagged my tail b/c I knew your smell and it was in the envelope. Remember, I sniffed and found you while you were at GranMary’s?¬†I knew you sent it to¬†me and I miss you! I hope I can come see you very soon when you come to Charlotte. Happy Valentines Day to you too Henry! I love you.

Love, Finny

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Same weekend – different coasts…

West coast – Way to go Barry & Carolina! In Fresno, CA this past weekend Carolina picked up three more points with Barry handling both days. One point to go to her championship. Way to go guys!!

East coast – In Atlanta, GA , both of us (Molly & Michael) had the opportunity to judge Bloodhound sweepstakes at the regional specialty. This was our first time and we really enjoyed it.¬† Thank you to the Southeastern Bloodhound Club for the invite to do so! Hopefully we’ll find the time to load up to youtube the videos that were taken.

It snowed!

Last week felt like spring – this week brought us some of the white stuff. We usually get it once or twice a winter and the dogs love it!

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2nd Leg – Perfect Score!

I got an email from Sherman’s Mom, Beth, and here it is: “Hi! Just a quick brag- Sherman earned his 2nd Rally Novice leg today with a perfect score of 100! Took 2nd place to an Airedale who also earned a 100 but was faster…………….but we couldn’t be prouder!”¬† And neither can we!!! What a team you two are!

UPDATE!! – Sherman (Sunday) finished his Rally Novice title today – again second place. What a huge accomplishment for a dog less than 2yrs old! His name now reads:

HIT Sherick M&M’s Red Hot Howlitzer, CD, EECT, Can MT, Am/Can RN

Holy Smokes! ūüôā We congratulate you both and are beaming because we are so proud!!

Happy 3rd Birthday Price!

Wow – it’s the 20th of January and Price could not have hand picked a better day for his birthday. It’s 70 degrees!?! We had a very nice afternoon playing outside and taking advantage of this random weather.¬†Last year on this day it had snowed! ¬†Price enjoyed starting his day with putting on the ‘Birthday Dog’ bandana (a tradition in our house) and with leftovers in his food for a ‘birthday breakfast.’ Then he was given his new toy and has been lavished all day until ‘birthday dinner!’ As I write this, he is peacefully sleeping at my feet. It is easy to remember it, like it was yesterday, when you were a little baby …. our sweet¬†Pricey who we love. Happy Birthday big guy!

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