17 June 2014

Eight for Eight!

Varazs Vizslas has 3 birthdays in June!  Yesterday, one litter turned six and today, the eight puppies from our 2006 litter turn 8! 
Hence, 8 for 8!

Taken June 17, 2014 on Tyro's birthday

Eight for Eight!

Happy 8th Birthday to our 2006 litter born June 17th.  The 8 puppies turning 8 are:  Lucy 1, Lucy 2, Nika, Ruby1, Lloyd, Tessie, Tucker and our Tyro . They are out of Am/Can/Int'l Ch Kizmar Touch of Evil CD RE JH (Hudson)  and our  Nova (CH Ferngold Varazs Innovation Can/Am CD, FDJ, JH, Can/Am RA, Am RE, Am RAE, CGN.)  Many people mistake Tyro for a puppy because of his high energy and youthful appearance!! He doesn't have much grey hair except for a bit under his chin. 

Happy Birthday Puppies!

Puppies 12 days old.
Tyro (May 2013, age almost 7)

Tucker, age 8 (photo courtesy of owner Carol Fickling)

Lloyd taken when he was 7

Tyro at age 8

16 June 2014

Six for Six!

We have 3 birthdays in June!  Today one litter has a birthday and tomorrow, another does. And then in 10 more days, our 2003 litter turns 11.

Six for Six!

Happy 6th Birthday to our 2008 litter born June 16th.  The 6 puppies turning 6 - hence 6 for 6 are:  AndrasBlaze, our DivaGunnerQuest and Piper. They are out of Ch Hubertus Quality Control FDj (Ozzie) imported from Australia and our Miska (Ch Varazs Kiralyi Kedvesem etc etc etc.) 

My Diva (taken in May 2013)

Blaze taken earlier this spring - in Monument Valley, Utah

Diva & brother Quest taken in May 2013 (age 5)

Diva hanging loose (taken just before her 6th birthday)

6 June 2014

Ice storm damage aftermath

"Mother Nature may be forgiving this year, or next year, but eventually she's going to come around and whack you. You've got to be prepared."
Geraldo Rivera

A severe ice storm occurred on December 21, 2013 in Ontario and other NE states and we got whacked!!  BIG TIME!! The rural area where we live in SW Ontario is heavily treed and damage was major and extensive. Thousands of people just in our municipality were without electricity and heat for days and weeks, including over Christmas. I have no photos of what our property looked like because we were away at the time but here is a video taken of a street in Brampton, Ontario (east of us) which gives you an idea of the devastation to huge, stately trees.

We have 10 acres and most of it is treed. Heavily ice-laden trees like you see in the video above, snapped like pretzels and brought down one hydro pole (we call it hydro here in Ontario) and smashed our transformer drum and damaged a second hydro pole running down our driveway. (We have 3 poles on our land.)  A transformer drum carries 7,200 volts of power and reduces it to 240 for the house. Fortunately the wires were dead because all power was out in our area.  We couldn't get a hold of any crews to come and repair our electrical lines since they were all busy restoring power to cities and towns. Crews were called in from out of province and from US states to assist in the clean up and restoration of power.  There was almost no point because no one could get up our driveway anyway because of all the downed trees and major limbs.

It took over 1 month before we could get anyone out to clear our driveway,  It took 2 more months to get our power restored in one of the coldest and longest winters on record. There were lots of reasons for that which I won't bore you with. Needless to say, our house was inhabitable for that length of time. Although we had the water turned off and the pipes drained, we still had some water damage inside the house but compared to many homes, ours was minimal.  I try to look on the bright side - no trees actually fell on our house; damage inside was minimal; we saved on heating fuel and electricity and now we have a ton of firewood for our wood stove!! LOL. Our house was intact even though it's now inconvenient to drag dirty laundry to a laundromat because the valve to the washing machine is broken (we're still waiting for the insurance-approved appliance guy to replace it) and a pipe in our ensuite shower was frozen and we're waiting for the plumber to find a replacement & then get the shower retiled. Our roof also leaked because of an ice dam.  But that's nothing compared to what people whose homes are completely destroyed in floods, wild fires, hurricanes or tornadoes have to deal with physically and psychologically.

This short video gives you a little bit of an idea of what we faced after all the snow melted. I know it looked far worse with ice on the trees back in December.

4 June 2014

Busy Birthday Bees!

Stella and Bodi (from our 2011 breeding between Brick and Miska born May 31) who just celebrated their 3rd birthday, were very busy on their birthdays earning new titles!!!  Stella and her hu-mom competed in a Cdn Association of Rally Obedience (CARO) trial to earn her Rally Advanced (RA) title and Bodi was in the US completing his Americah Kennel Club (AKC) Rally Novice (RN) title.  So two sibs and two titles on their third birthday! 

Bodi in repose with his new title (Rally Novice) rosette and ribbons!

Stella's mom showing off their gorgeous rosette for Stella's new title (Rally Advanced).
And Bodi also earned two more AKC Coursing Ability Advanced legs while he was at it on his birthday weekend. That's as in "lure coursing"!

Bodi chasing the 'bunny'
Way to go kids!!!

PS - photos are courtesy of the dogs' owners.

31 May 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday!

Wishing our Brick-Miska puppies born May 31, 2011 a very Happy 3rd Birthday!!

Here's to:

Bentley -  Varazs Kedvesem Final Edition
"Bodi" Varazs Mokany Kiralyi Orban
"Charlie" Varazs Kedvesem Final Frontier 
"Elsie" Varazs Kedvesm Grand Finale 
"Stella"  Varazs Kedves Final Dance
"William" Varazs Kedvesem Final Legacy

Mama Miska and her new born babies.

Bently, the first born


27 May 2014

Bet you can't do this!

I bet YOU can't touch your eyes with your tongue! [Diva] 

24 May 2014

Strange bed fellow

Shortly after breakfast not long ago, I was startled to see something furry in a dog bed next to Diva.

On closer inspection, it was definitely NOT a dog toy.

Sad to say, it was a dead baby chipmunk. Most likely Diva had brought it inside and I didn't even realize she had it in her mouth. Fortunately, she doesn't eat them!

22 January 2014

Fifth Anniversary

Today (January 22, 2014), marks the fifth anniversary of when I kissed my beloved Sasha (BPIG Am/Can CH Varazs Kiraly Sassy Sasha Am/Can CDX, FDJ, Am RE, Am RAE, TT, CGC, CGN) farewell (Dec. 31, 1992 - January 22, 2008). 

Sasha, I thought of you with love today, 
but that is nothing new.  
I thought of you yesterday and days before that too.  
I think of you in silence but often say your name.  
All I have are memories and your picture in a frame.  
Your memory is my keepsake with which I'll never part.
Heaven has you in its keeping and I have you in my heart.
(borrowed from the Internet)

Loved and still dearly missed. 
'Til we meet again.

21 January 2014


Major Milestone for Miska!

This past weekend in Tempe AZ, Miska (born June 26, 2003) achieved her 40th title, earning her American Kennel Club Agility Excellent Standard Preferred (AXP) title.  Of all the dogs I've bred, trained and owned, Miska has far exceeded all my expectations.  She is SUPER DOG!!!  And she is the most titled dog I've ever owned or bred.  We've had a ton of fun over the past decade.  And just think what we could/would have accomplished if I hadn't also been busy showing many of her littermates as well as her puppies!!

At 10.5 years of age, Miska isn't about to retire.  She's still a very sound dog, in great physical and mental shape and we are still having waaaaaay too much fun in agility to retire.  I am hoping there  will be several more new titles to add to her name in 2014!!!  Way to go Miska!!! I love you sooo much!  Today, you made your papa (Sasha), mama (Nova) and me very, very proud.

14 January 2014

2012 Tibor Reiter Trophy Recipient


Earlier in 2013, our beloved Nova (CH Ferngold Varazs Innovation Can/Am CD, FDJ, JH, Can/Am RA, Am RE, Am RAE, CGN) was posthumously awarded the Tibor Reiter Trophy by the Vizsla Society of Ontario Inc. for the year 2012.  This award recognizes one Vizsla annually that overall has demonstrated the highest level of versatility in a number of different sports. Eligible Vizslas must have a title in three areas, two of which must be Conformation and Field.  Nova earned a total of 12 titles in four areas:
  1. Conformation
  2. Field
  3. Rally-Obedience
  4. Obedience.  

Nova is the dam of 18 puppies and grand-dam to 12 and great-grand dam to many others.  She is the second Vizsla of mine to earn this award.  Our wonderful Sasha (Am/Can CH Varazs Kiraly Sassy Sasha Am/Can CDX FDJ TT CGC, 1992 - 2008) previously earned this award in 2007.  Only one dog per year can earn this honor and I was very thrilled that it was presented to Nova, although sadly, she wasn’t with me to accept it since she passed away in June 2009.  Nova, you are still loved, greatly missed and I think of you often.  Until we meet again. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥