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.
A New Champion!
Another one of the Divine Comedy litter became an AKC Champion recently. Dante, handled by professional Candy Carswell, finished his title on February 25, 2017. He is now know as: CH Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Paradiso. Dante is a sweet boy but we have decided to neuter and place him in his forever home. On April 9 he’ll join the Puntillo family in Shrewsbury, MA as their new basset boy. Until then he’ll be at home recovering from surgery and keeping us entertained with his silliness.
Therapy Dog in Training
Pippin is taking Therapy Dog training at DogStar Activity Center in Acton, MA. As you can imagine, the hardest tests for Pipping (and most bassets) are the “leave the food on the floor” and the “don’t jump on the lap” tests. However, he is making progress and we hope to pass the Therapy Dog International test in May.
If Libby cooperates we are still working towards our new schedule for a fall 2017 litter. Stay tuned for progress.
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!
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.
I haven’t been to a dog show as a competitor since October 2014 due to my recent crazy work travel schedule. I’d like to work on Brownie’s championship so I entered him and Libby in the upcoming Pioneer Valley Kennel Club and Cheshire Kennel Club shows on August 1 and 2, respectively. Several of my basset friends are also entering these shows so I’m hoping for a fun weekend.
Then I really took the plunge and entered the two adults plus puppies Dante and Beatrice at the Pilgrim Basset Hound Club specialty show on August 14 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough. That should be an amusing evening. The puppies have not yet figure out how to walk straight on a leash so my main goal will be remaining upright all evening.
By the way, I finally gave the puppies from the Libby x Douglas litter their final AKC registration names. The four kids are now known officially as:
- Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Beatrice (Beatrice)
- Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Paradiso (Dante)
- Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Purgatorio
- Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Inferno
Beatrice & Dante live with me while the other two boys live with Sue Frischmann at Topsfield Kennel.
Libby, GCH Vision Spectrum Topsfield Love A Mystery CGC, completed the AKC Grand Champion title by being awarded Best of Opposite Sex by judge Mrs. Sharon Nance at Pilgrim Basset Hounds Club’s 55th annual specialty show!
I forgot to post that we have another new title from the Biscotti-Cannoli breeding. Sue Frischmann showed Dolci, Topsfield Spectrum Dolci of Sanchu, to her AKC championship. Dolci finished at the Vermont shows in mid-July. That gives us 3 champions from that litter:
- CH Topsfield Spectrum Amaretti of Sanchu – Amaretti
- CH Topsfield Sanchu Confetti of Spectrum – Stanley
- CH Topsfield Spectrum Dolci of Sanchu – Dolci
In addition, I am showing Brownie, Topsfield Sanchu Spumoni of Spectrum, working towards his championship. In very limited showing he has 4 championship points. Brownie is lives with Mike and Sheila Casto of Marlborough, MA.
Stanley lives with us and will start training in obedience and agility later this fall.
And congratulations to Sue for finishing Topsfield Sanchu PizzaPizza last weekend at the Canfield shows; Pizza earned 3 5-point majors in the show weekend!!!! We don’t have any stake in Pizza but I love him – for his beautiful conformation and his sweet personality.
Libby and I competed at the Agility Club of New Hampshire trials on Saturday and Sunday at American K9 Country in Amherst, NH. I ordered the videos and will update this post when I receive them.
Libby started the weekend on Saturday Novice Standard Preferred, jumping 8″. I expected her to NQ has she recently scared herself on the seesaw and we’ve been avoiding it until retraining is complete. The course started with jump to the A-Frame and I thought she’d do well as she loves that obstacle. Instead she was a bit all over the place refusing the A-Frame, visiting the leash runner and the table crew, before finally getting back into the run. All went well until she refused the dog walk although she did complete it on 2nd try. As expected, she ran by the seesaw and I didn’t make her try again. But she was happy, not sniffing the floor, and kept all bars up. NQ
Saturday’s Novice Jumpers with Weaves Preferred was much more successful. She was attentive, not super speedy, but clean for a 100, 10 seconds under SCT. She was 1 second slower than the fastest dog, going 2nd place. Q
Sunday’s standard course was better – no visiting, totally on-course; she dropped one bar and refused the seesaw but was fast and focussed. I am very encouraged as I know we’ll fix the seesaw. NQ
Sunday’s jumpers course was slower and she visited one ring crew but w/o refusal. All bars stayed up and she was 3 seconds over SCT for a 97. But the other dogs in her class dropped bars so Libby was 1st. Q
So, all in all not a bad weekend! Perfect weave poles each day (all done on 1st try), no sniffing, 2 jumpers Q’s. We’ll work on the seesaw and staying clear of those fun ring crew people.