Friday, June 26, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


© Pat Murkland Photo

This week, we celebrated!
Fathers Day (the first day of summer, June 21),
Blake's third birthday (June 22),
and Hunter's fourth month birthday (June 23).

© Pat Murkland Photo

Blake's best way to celebrate was to let his little son believe he was winning all the wolfhound games.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the famed tennis litter from your littermate, Blake.
Can you believe the Dozen are all already three years old?
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday, dear tennis litter,
Happy birthday to you!
Let's PARTY!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mr. Growing Hunter

©Photo by Pat Murkland

Hunter is growing so fast.
He's all tall and rangy just one week shy of his fourth month birthday.
And full of growing mischief, too!

©Photo by Pat Murkland

It's so much fun to see both his mother and his father in him.
He has his father's head, for example, but his mother's expressive eyes.

©Photo by Pat Murkland

And yes, he knows how to use those eyes, just the way his Mom and Dad do, when he gets into trouble!

Monday, June 15, 2009

At the shows

Liberty's journey toward her AKC championship title continued over the weekend at two all-breed shows in Chula Vista.
She was the youngest Irish Wolfhound competing, 11 months old and in the 9-12 class.
That stopped no one.
She won Winner's Bitch on Saturday and we thank our judge, Mrs. Lee Canalizo, for such a lovely win.
She won Winner's Bitch on Sunday and Best of Winners, and we thank our judge, Mr. Eugene Blake, for choosing her and also for awarding her Best of Winners over the Winner's Dog.
We were very privileged to have such respected hound judges at this show. We were thrilled they appreciated Liberty and how she represents the hard work of Glenamadda, Starkeeper, and Limerick kennels.
And we were very fortunate to have the talented Erin Hines handling Liberty.

The show each day was a lot of fun. The grounds were wonderful, the rings on well-groomed grass, the weather was overcast and not too hot or too cold, and we loved chatting with our wolfhound competitors. We came early and stayed late.

Liberty's journey so far:
3 points (a major), Orange Empire Dog Club, age 6 months, thank you again to our judge Mr. Elliott Weiss.
1 point on Saturday
1 point on Sunday
total  5 points! We're so proud of our puppy for these achievements.
The Goal is 15 points, including two major wins of at least three points each.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Congratulations, Sister Abby!

Liberty's sister Abby won a three-point major today from the 9-12 puppy bitch class, the youngest girl today taking the purple ribbon at the Contra Costa Irish wolfhound competition! 
Catalog is here.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Publicity Hound

I probably should have brushed Blake a bit better before this event.
He had a lot of fun and thought the entire Bark and Art downtown Banning event was made for him.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Irish Wolfhounds on TV

Animal Planet did a TV profile of Irish Wolfhounds and has posted it on YouTube here.