Congratulations to the Solitro family – Kathy and children Ava & Joe – on welcoming Pedey (CH Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Inferno) to their family. Pedey is settling in well and enjoying his new life in Central Massachusetts. I hope to see Pedey and Ava some day in the Junior Showmanship ring! Pedey loves to show and Ava loves dogs, so it’s a match made in heaven.
I am getting a lot of inquiries about puppies so here is what’s in store for 2017.
Libby should come into season in the late winter (February/March). We will try again to breed her. If it works puppies will be born 9 weeks later. Depending upon the size of the litter there may be puppies available for placement. We do not make any final decisions on which dogs to keep for competition and which are available for new homes until they are at least 12 weeks old. This also allows us watch them grow, perform temperament tests and health screenings, and complete initial vaccination protocols.
So, realistically and in the most optimistic situation, puppies would not be available until the summer of 2017. Frankly, summer is a great time to bring a new dog into a home as you have the easiest weather for housebreaking and training.
Check here and on my AKC Marketplace page for updates. I will start a formal wait list if/once pregnancy is confirmed by ultrasound and potentially take deposits for 1-2 puppies depending upon the estimated litter size.
Also, I am still considering placing Dante in a new home after he completes his AKC championship. I will be following up on inquiries about the young boys I mentioned in an earlier post. Pedey will be heading to his new home in a few weeks after reference checks are complete and he is neutered.
Questions? Comment below or send email.
Spectrum Basset Hounds were very successful at the Holiday Cluster dog shows December 9-11, 2016 at the Better Living Center of the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, MA.
Pedey and Beatrice both were competing but Pedey was the big winner! Here are his results – Pedey was handled by Candy Carswell in all of the competitions in the Open Dog class.
- Friday, 12/9/2016. Best of Breed/Best of Winners/Winners Dog under judge Fred Vogel. Pedey defeated four champions for this win to earn a 4 point major!
- Saturday, 12/10/2016. Best of Opposite Sex/Best of Winners/Winners Dog under judge Jackie Fogel. Pedey defeated three dog champions for this win to earn a 3 point major and New Champion!
- Sunday, 12/11/2016. Best of Opposite Sex under judge Eddie Dzuik. Pedey was moved up to the Champions class and defeated three other dogs for his first (and only) breed points as a special.
On the way to his championship Pedey earned 4 majors and a total of 16 championship points, pending AKC confirmation. He will now be known formally as: CH Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Inferno.
Beatrice did well although not quite as well as Pedey. I handled Bea each day in the Bred By Exhibitor class.
- Friday, 12/9/2016. Best of Opposite Sex/Winners Bitch under judge Fred Vogel. Bea defeated a bitch champion for this win and earned a 3 point major! This was Bea’s 2nd major win.
- Saturday, 12/10/2016. First Place in BBX under judge Jackie Fogel. No championship points although she did beat 2 other bitches for the class win.
- Sunday, 12/1012016. Reserve Winners Bitch under judge Eddie Dzuik. There was a major to be won but no award this day.
Bea now has 11 championship points,pending AKC confirmation. We’ll try to gain those remaining championship points this winter.
Congratulations also to Pedey on gaining his forever home! He’s been promised to the Solitiro family of Holden, MA after his championship is confirmed and he is neutered.
Next Up: campaigning Dante to earn his Championship. He will be available to his forever home when that is complete, hopefully in the Spring of 2017.
Pictures are on the way from the show photographer for posting soon!
Well, last week’s ultrasound showed we missed with Libby so there will be no puppies in the Spectrum household this Christmas. It is very disappointing to work so hard (and spend so much money) and end up with no result but that is the reality of being a careful breeder. We will try breeding Libby in the spring so stay tuned for updates.
Two of Libby’s puppies from the “Divine Comedy” litter are available for re-homing this winter. I have to decided to try complete AKC championships on Dante (Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Paradiso) and Pedey (Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Inferno) but do not plan to use either dog in our breeding program. I’ll post pictures of the two boys shortly. Each will be neutered before going to his new home. Contact me by email if you are interested in learning more about Dante or Pedey.
You can see Pedey in dog-show-action in December. He and Beatrice are entered at the following shows, all held in the Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition Center, West Springfield, Massachusetts:
- 12/3/2016. Worcester County Kennel Club
- 12/4/2016. Worcester County Kennel Club
- 12/9/2016. Champlain Valley Kennel Club
- 12/10/2016. Eastern Dog Club
- 12/11/2016. Eastern Dog Club
These are the last shows we’ll attend in 2016. Shows resume in early January 2017 – watch for details.
We had a wonderful time at the Basset Hound Club of America Nationals last week in the Greater St. Louis, MO area. It was great to see old friends and to make some new ones, too!
Libby, Beatrice and Pippin made the journey with us in our fully loaded (think Beverly Hillbillies) 2004 GMC Yukon XL across the US. Bjorn drove the entire 1200 miles, allowing me to catch up on some much-needed sleep.
I’ll eventually post pictures and videos but here are some highlights:
- Libby earned a bumper-leg qualifying score (“Q”) in Novice B obedience; it wasn’t her best effort but she did earn 4th place with a score of 177.5.
- Libby earned a bumper-leg Q in Advanced B rally with a score of 86. Again, not her best effort but good enough for 4th place.
- Pippin earned his first Q in Beginner Novice B with a score of 193.5 and then won the run off for first place!
- Pippin then earned is first Q in Novice B rally with a score of 96, good enough for 4th place.
- Libby decided to come into season (more about that in a minute) so she was pulled from all companion event competitions.
- Pippin did not qualify (NQ’d) in Beginner Novice B obedience when he stood up during the walkaround-sit. Too bad as he was working on a 197 and would have won the class again!
- Pippin Q’d a second time in Novice B rally with a score of 97 but this was not good enough for a placement.
- In agility, Pippin did extremely well but took bars down in Novice FAST and Novice Jumpers. He did keep all of the bars up in Novice Standard but had a refusal and run-out for a score of 90; he was still 15 seconds under SCT! This was good enough for 1st place (the only entry) in the 12″ class.
- Finally, Beatrice competed in the Maturity stakes, Bitch Class I. Sue Frischmann showed her to a class win in this large class and then I showed her to Best of Opposite Sex overall! Thank you to judge Jill Brooker from New Zealand for the honor.
- Libby continued to sit on the sidelines and missed the agility competition.
- Pippin did not Q in either Novice Jumpers or Novice Standard; he was very fast but took down 1-3 bars in each class.
- It was Beatrice’s time to shine. I showed her to 1st place over 13 other entrants in the prestigious Bred By Exhibitor Bitch class. Thank you judge Robert Opeka for the honor. We did not get any further wins but I was very happy with Beatrice and her performance.
- Libby then was named 1st place in the Brood Bitch class, with Beatrice and her brother Pedro as her produce. Thank you again, judge Opeka!
- BHCA also ran a demonstration of the AKC Coursing Ability Test. The St Louis Association of Sight Hounds (SLASH) assembled a 300 yard course for the bassets to try. Bjorn ran Pippin and he was a superstar! He accurately chased the plastic bag and completed the course in 48 seconds.
- Libby was the only one competing in the Best of Breed class. Since she was in season she didn’t want me touching her tail and I wasn’t happy with how she showed. That said, she made it through 2 cuts by judge Carol Makowski and her 1/2 sister Poppy made it into the final group.
Overall it was a great Nationals for the Spectrum Bassets.
After we returned home we decided to breed Libby. She’s been bred to Wheaties (CH Topsfield Sanchu Wheaties) and if all goes well we’ll see puppies in mid-December 2016.
Libby was a star on Saturday, July 9, 2016 as she completed her Rally Advanced title. To top it off, she received a perfect score (100) as she won the Rally Advanced B class based on time over three other dogs who scored 100! This was an all-breed trial with a class of 15 competitors in attendance. I have to say she was a girl-on-fire and a real hit with the judge, stewards, exhibitors and observers. I’ll post the formal show photo later but here is Libby with her goods:
On Sunday, July 10, 2016 Libby was not quite so good – very distracted – but she did finish her Companion Dog title with a (barely – ugh!) qualifying score of 171 in the Novice B class of 6 exhibitors. However, a CD leg is a CD leg and we’ll take it as her third one and a new title!
Libby’s complete AKC show name is now: GCH CH Vision Spectrum Topsfield Love A Mystery CD BN RA NJP CGC.
Next up for Libby: continuing her obedience work with the goal of competing again in Novice B and also in Graduate Novice at the BHCA Nationals; resuming agility competition in Novice FAST and Open Jumpers at a few trials this summer and fall; and trying out Field Trialing at the BHCA Nationals.
For those who may be reading my website to learn about Spectrum Basset Hound upcoming plans, here you go:
- Dog show: Wampanoag Kennel Club, Sunday, July 3, 2016, Crackerbarrel Fairgrounds, Wrentham, MA (not far from the outlets!). Dante (Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Paradiso) will be showing in the Bred By Exhibitor Dog class. Judging program is here. Bassets will show in Ring 8 sometime after 1:30pm, probably closer to 2:00pm. There is a 3-point major at stake for the boys, if all competitors show.
- Rally trial: Holyoke Kennel Club, Saturday, July 9, 2016, Better Living Center Building, Big E, West Springfield, MA. Libby (GCH Vision Spectrum Topsfield Love A Mystery BN RN NJP CGC) will compete in Rally, Advanced B class. Judging program is not yet posted but the premium list is here. There are 15 competitors in the class. If Libby earns a qualifying score she will complete her Rally Advanced (RA) title!
- Obedience trial: Holyoke Kennel Club, Sunday, July 10, 2016, Better Living Center Building, Big E, West Springfield, MA. Libby (GCH Vision Spectrum Topsfield Love A Mystery BN RN NJP CGC) will compete in Obedience, Novice B class. Judging program is not yet posted but the premium list is here (same as the rally trial). There are 10 competitors in the class. If Libby earns a qualifying score she will complete her Companion Dog (CD) title!
- We may enter Dante and/or Beatrice (Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Beatrice) in some early August shows. Stay tuned!
- Specialty dog show: Pilgrim Basset Hound Club, Friday, August 19, 2016, Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, MA (1/2 mile on Rt 20 West of I-495). I don’t know yet who will show and in what class but look for Dante, Beatrice and Libby to be present. All local basset hound fanciers are welcome to attend – no admission fee!
- Dog shows: Wachusett Kennel Club, Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21, 2016, Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, MA. We won’t have any dogs showing as Anne is chairman of the Saturday show. On Sunday she is judging the Bred By Exhibitor Terrier Group. Come by and say hello – Anne will be at the club table all weekend. Admission fee: $5 per adult; seniors and children under 12 are $3.
- We may enter Dante and/or Beatrice (Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Beatrice) in some early September shows. Stay tuned!
- Agility trials: Wachusett Kennel Club, Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24, 2016, American K-9 Country, Amherst, NH. Libby and Pippin (CH Spectrum Topsfield Pippin of Sanchu) will compete in several classes. Libby will likely be entered in Open Jumpers with Weaves Preferred and Pippin will be entered in Novice Standard Preferred and Novice Jumpers with Weaves Preferred.
- BHCA Nationals: September 30 – October 7, 2016, Purina Event Center, Grey Summit, MO and environs. See the 2016 BHCA Nationals web site for details. It’s not clear who will go but Libby will likely compete in rally, obedience, agility and conformation, Pippin will likely compete in rally, obedience and agility, and Beatrice will compete in Maturity and conformation. If Dante travels he’ll also be competing in Maturity and conformation. Noodles will watch the house.
Later in 2016
- Breeding! We plan to breed Libby at her next season (late November/early December). Selection of the sire is still being finalized.
It’s common to hear people say “Basset hounds cannot do agility.” That’s just not true. It is true that not all basset hounds can do agility and it is true that not all basset hounds can earn MACH and PACH titles. But as long as you have a healthy dog in good weight that likes to learn, anything is possible.
I have put agility titles on three basset hounds and hope to get titles on more. Here are Libby and Pippin showing it can be done!
You always remember your first, the pundits say. And this is very true for Winnie.
On this day (March 29) in 1990, 26 years ago, our wonderful Winnie was born. Registered as Lady Winifred of Simpson and earning both her AKC Canine Good Citizenship certificate and AKC Companion Dog title, she is the reason I am so involved in basset hounds to this day.
There was never a kinder basset born. Sweet, gentle, and loving are the best words to describe her. She loved all people and especially loved children. She welcomed all of the other bassets that came into our home during the 14 years of her life. Her best buddy in the world was our first rescue, Mr. Dudley. When he passed away in 1998 she was never quite the same – quieter and withdrawn as you hear can happen to old people when they lose their spouses. Winnie and Dudley were just like an old married couple.
She had many names around our house. Winnie. Weiner. Babbo. Winifred. Weens. She answered to them all cheerfully, especially if calling her was accompanied by the tossing of a dog biscuit. My daily driver has for the last 15 years had the vanity license plate WNNIE.
In 1992 I took Winnie and our new (at that time) rescue Dudley to a beginner obedience class at the Parsons Barn in Boxborough, Massachusetts. At the end of that 8 week class Winnie earned her CGC certificate and Ginnie Parsons said to me, “You know, you could put a CD on that dog”. I answered “What’s a CD” and the rest, my friends, is history.
We have had more famous dogs in our house – a multiple Best in Show winner. Specialty winners. Agility title holders. Multiple obedience and rally title holders. Dogs that have traveled the country and even overseas. We have had crazier, more energetic and probably more intelligent and trainable dogs in our lives. But none will ever take up that special place in my heart.
She was my first, and you never forget or replace your first. Sleep well, big girl. Even though you’ve been gone for almost 12 years I think of you every day.
See you at The Bridge.