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Saturday, December 24, 2011

"Nickel" Qualifies for 2012 Agility Championships

In his very first year of competing in agility Chaparral's Nickel Back MX MXJ OF has qualified for AKC's 2012 National Agility Championship, to be held March 31 - April 1, 2012 in Reno, Nevada! 

Congratulations to his owner and handler, Kat, for doing such an inspiring job with this youngster.  We are very proud of their hard work and success. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chaparral's Stars and Stripes

Liberty and her owner, Melanie, successfully competed at a Rally event earning two legs towards their Rally title.
There is no doubting the strong working relationship that these two are enjoying.

Friday, December 9, 2011


When Lauren was looking for a PBGV companion it seemed Rex was just the right fit for her.  She respected the qualities and the needs of the breed but was also able to bring to him a new purpose and job to fulfill in his retirement from Chaparral.   We all knew Rex was a happy dog with a gentle nature but apparently he had a much higher calling than family companion, hunting hound and stud dog.  Lauren worked hard to qualify Rex to be the only PBGV Registered Therapy Dog for Adult and Pediatric patients.  
I received this note from Lauren and although I often hear of how much Rex is enjoying his work this update brought a smile to my face
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Hi Susan,
Rex loves his therapy work. His tail is like a windshield wiper as soon as he get off the elevator. All the nurses, doctors and cleaning staff give him lots of cuddles and affection. It is little wonder he loves the Therapy Dog work. He is definitely a love bucket that brings such joy to not only me but to others as well. Thank-you for this wonderful dog and I just wanted to share a little part of our day with you because he is very special.

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Rex and Lauren, you are both so very, very special.  Thank you to you both for making this holiday season a little more enjoyable for everyone you come into contact with.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Agility training

In the last month, before the snow comes, I've been spending some time with the youngsters, Bear, Lickity Split, Zigue, Jolie, Tryst & Babette introducing them to the "clicker", agility equipment and just a general understanding of obedience training and new words.  Our older female, Pooka2, is also rehersing for her debut into the obedience arena in the hopes of qualifing for her Companion Dog title. 

The older pups are extremely enthusiastic with doing agility, for sure.  In fact, all the dogs line up along the fence watching "the chosen one" in the separate training yard receive all the attention and treats.  Everybody loves to show off, and of course, get yummy treats! 

Pictured below is Lickity who, after some training through he may still receive a treat if instead of going through the tunnel he showed that he was quite happy to trot along the top of it as well.  Now that is using your head!!
I can see the hound looking at him and saying, "Show off!"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bear and Lick-Lick's Coming-Out

Our two "A" Litter puppies turned 6 months old on October 24th so they were now eligible to compete at the dog shows.  I entered the two of them at a local show to give them a new life experience and to show off our beautiful boys to the world.    We are very proud of the two of them!  

There were four Pyr Sheps entered and much to my surprise Chaparral's Dusky Bear, as he is officially known, won top honours with a "Best of Breed" win.  This also gave him a 2 point major towards a Canadian Championship title.  Bravo, Bear!!

Go to:     to watch Bear in the Herding Group Ring

His brother, Lick-Lick, enjoyed the experience and concentrated on his growing fan club members.  Being true to his name he supplied ample lick-licks to anyone that came close enough.  Preferring more athletic activities he initiates the fun and game side of life, like dancing. 

Both are going to dog school once a week to accustom themselves to that type of  classroom environment.   I am also teaching them basic good manners, clicker training, a few lessons on agility equipment and basic obedience commands.  They are keeping us busy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


A fun afternoon out with the hounds & the pyr sheps.  The Pyrenean Shepherds love all the activity that the hounds stir up.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

B Litter - 7 wks old

Today we picked up Hoopla and her two puppies from my friends farm
They have been growing up there for the last 5 weeks and in two days they will be 7 weeks old so now they come to live with our pack for more learning and more socialization.

"Hello.  Don't be afraid of us."

"Really, we're your friends and cousins."

Not quite sure,

but after a couple of minutes then The Pack doesn't seem so threatening after all.

"Yahoo, they are actually lots of fun!"

More puppy tales to come .......................

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chaparral's Lickity Split-- Available

At 5 months old Lick-Lick is turning out to be a lovely puppy.  Very affectionate, biddable and playful.  He sports the conformation of a real athelete with great co-ordination, long stifles and short hocks--a real speed demon and can turn on a dime.  One very striking quality is his black coat.  I don't think I've seen a shinier coat and the other day he was laying with me on a lawn chair, basking in the sun, and his coat glittered with all colours of the rainbow.  It was really beautiful!  Even with all his energy he likes nothing better than to cuddle on your lap and enjoy a nice belly rub.

He will be attending his first dog show with his brother, Bear, at the end of he month.  This will be a new adventure for him but I have no doubt he'll enjoy himself.

Email Susan at for more information about Lick-Lick, or his brother Bear.

Enjoying the rustling leaves on a superb Fall day at the farm.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What's for dinner?

"Hope it's not us!"
Good thing there is a screen in the window!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

B LItter 2.5 weeks old

Eyes open and exploring their small world.  The pups have left us for a while and are now residing with Hoopla at her home, Twisted Pine Farm.  They will rejoin the Chaparral Pack when they are 8 weeks old.

Friday, September 9, 2011

"A" Litter - Our little black Bear

At almost 5 months old our Chaparral's Dusky Bear (Hivernal du Val du Vent Dore X Chaparral's Just Crochet) is all legs right now.  He is very cooperative and happily learning all that we ask of him.  Bear is available to an active family, suitable for the showring, agility, obedience or rally competitons.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Chicken Bergers

I sold my sheep this summer but that doesn't take the "herding" out of our herding dogs. 
Each day when I am doing chores near the chickens my two girls,  Eureka & Pooka2, amuse themselves with taking the baby chicks out of their pen and then putting them back in.  They do this all on their own with no verbal commands from me--just for something to do because they are "chicken bergers".   I brought my video camera this time and caught a very comical clip.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pyr Sheps - Litter "B"

August 31, 2011 brought the arrival of our anxiously awaited litter by Athos du Domaine des Elweis and out of Chaparral's Hoopla.  Two females were born, one fawn and one brindle. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Our Basque Chicks and their guardian

Our shepherd, Eureka, always making herself useful.  Keeping an eye on the chicks and keeping them together.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fun at the farm

With butter tarts in hand my good friend, Tricia, and her four dogs dropped by for a visit, a chat, tea and a fun walk about. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Puppy "A" Litter

Chaparral's Lickity Split is a really enjoyable puppy with a great disposition that brings a smile to our face every day.  He is happy-go-lucky, charming, handsome and is so light on his feet he is always impressing me with his agility.   A true mountain dog!
I have his brother, Bear, as a basis for comparison and Lick-Lick leaps around like he has springs on the bottom of his feet and is constantly outmaneuvering all the other dogs in games of play.  When there is a flight of stairs to climb Lick-Lick gracefully takes them two at a time while his brother, Bear climbs each step with purpose.  When there is an obstacle in his path Lick-Lick flies over it with enthusiasm and ease while his brother goes around it.  His personality is very biddable and all he wants to do is work for me, or anyone else that offers up a challenge.

Currently we are teaching the pups to enjoy the pool.  Lick-Lick hasn't decided if he is as brave as the older pups swimming around in the pool, but eventually the temptation will get the best of him, I'm sure.

His only bad habit is wanting to jump up when greeting anyone but we are working on correcting that behavior and when Lick-Lick thinks instead of reacts he keeps all four feet on the ground.  He adores children of all ages and thinks they are great playmates.

If you would like to learn if Lick-Lick, or his brother, Bear, would be a suitable companion for your family please email me, Susan at

Monday, August 1, 2011

Basque Chicks

Unfortunately, a few weeks ago I lost all our lovely old hens to a weasel attack.  It was very sad and I lost a few very good laying hens that I've had for years and we shed a few tears at their loss. 

I haven't been without chickens for decades so I was soon looking for new chicks.  What a surprise to discover an advertisement on Kijiji for Basque Chickens.  I had researched the breed a few years ago but could not find any breeders so keeping with our all-things-French theme I bought some French Maran Chickens.   

Our new chicks are turning out to be wonderful little characters.  I'm still not sure who is a female and who is a male but that is all part of the fun of waiting and getting to know them.   They are known as "the friendly breed" and they haven't disappointed.  But, being only five of them they are getting a lot of attention from me and my family.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Puppy available from "A" Litter

   BEAR and his brother  LICKITY SPLIT 

Both of these boys are absolutely charming and very striking with their black coats and blaze of white. 
Outgoing, curious and fun-loving they would fit well with any family as a companion, show dog or performance (agility) competitor.  Email us for more pictures and information:

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BABY "BEAR" IS  JUST  RIGHT and shows great promise for the show ring.

 He is very attractive to look at, well balanced, excellent structure and movement, excellent natural tail and ears.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Keeping your cool

Kat's Pyr Shep, Nickel, keeping cool in front of the fan.

Happy Chew Crew

The dogs are a little restless today--too hot to go for a walk but they are still looking for something to do.   So I gave everybody a frozen marrow bone to chew on.   Annie, the eldest doesn't have many teeth left so I just scooped out a bit of marrow and some cut off some chunks of meat for her.  The youngest two, the black pups from the A Litter that are still here, had a great tuck-in with 'zest'.  This was their first "fresh" bone and I hope they don't get the runs.  They seem to have pretty strong guts.  There are plenty of old bones lying around but nothing beats fresh marrow and they all seemed content in the shade of the trees on the front yard. I always put down two extra bones.  Inevitably, at one point in time they all like to play musical bones and so if there are a couple of extras about there is no worrying at each other. 
The pyr shep that is boarding with us was the first to give up and walk away (maybe she doesn't get bones at home).  Old Teddy and the young pups finished up after an hour of gnawing.  Now, 3 hours later the rest of the crew are at the front door waiting to be let in.  It is suppertime so maybe they are looking for their supper as well.  Well, it gave me time to bake a cake and make a salad for dinner--for myself!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hotdogs -- fun at the farm

A hot, hot week is forecast and the dogs are certainly enjoying their summer at the farm having free run on the property, going for early morning hikes and following me around with daily chores.  Always something new to discover along some pathway and when they tire there are lots of  trees that provide shade to lay under for their afternoon siestas. 

A dip in the pool a.k.a. "cement pond" is also a favorite with some of the dogs.  They don't care what colour the water is.  Cool is cool!