I’m not sure if anyone is still following my web site but just in case there are a few determined souls out there I thought I’d give an update on the craziness at Spectrum House. Between my (paying) job and a variety of significant but not dangerous human health issues there has been little time to post basset news.
So, in one fell swoop I’ll bring things up to date:
- Libby & Puppies. No success, again. I bred Libby (GCH Vision Spectrum Topsfield Love A Mystery CD BN RA NJP CGC) using surgical implantation to Wheaties (CH Topsfield-Sanchu Wheaties) but there were no puppies. I am very sad and disheartened. The sperm was good so Libby must not be able to either produce viable ova or retain fertilized ones. She’s approaching 7 years old so she’ll retire from the whelping box and spend full time on obedience and rally from now on. She may even make an appearance in the Veteran Class at some conformation specialty shows.
- Pippin. Pippin (CH Spectrum Topsfield Pippin of Sanchu BN RN) has been training hard in agility, obedience and rally with very good results. Due to a shoulder injury (torn rotator cuff) that eventually required summer surgery I have not been able to run Pippin at full speed. His agility instructor, Karen Hocker, has been graciously running him in class and then competed with him at the Wachusett Kennel Club agility trials in September. Pip earned Novice Preferred FAST and Novice Preferred Jumpers with Weaves legs with Karen! At the Basset Hound Club of America National Specialty Shows & Trials I was able to compete with Pippin in Rally and Obedience. He earned 2 Beginner Novice Obedience legs to complete his BN title! He also earned 2 Rally Novice legs to complete his RN title with an extra leg! Next up for Pippin is taking the TDI qualifying test. If he passes we will look for an organization to start therapy visits later this fall.
- Beatrice. Bea (Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Beatrice) continued with conformation training but due to injuries she has not been in any conformation competitions since February. I hope to be released from restricted running at my next post-op visit and then start Bea in conformation again this fall. She just needs a few non-major points to finish her championship. Either way, we will breed Bea when she next comes into season and hopefully have some puppies this winter.
- Noodles. Noodles (MBIS MBISS CH Topsfield Vision SilverNoodles CD BN RA NJP NAP CGC TDI) continues to enjoy retirement. She turned 14 years old in August and all things considered is doing well. She has been battling a yeast infection and may have lymphoma (biopsy inconclusive) but she doesn’t know it and is as mischievous as ever, opening gates and peeling back Velcro from the dog food bins so she can have an unscheduled snack. To keep her from getting bored I have started teaching her Scent Work. She is amused but still willing to work for treats.
So what’s next for the Bassets of Spectrum? We’ll try to finish Beatrice’s AKC Championship and then breed her. Libby will complete her AKC Open obedience training and begin competing. Pippin will compete in agility and hopefully complete his AKC Novice Standard, Jumpers and FAST titles. Noodles will continue to enjoy life and maybe try a scent trial or two.
More news next month.