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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

For Sale - Chaparral's Clever Cookie

"Cookie" is a gorgeous little brindle female puppy that we are having lots of fun with.  She was born January 22, 2013.   She has a typical Pyrenean character as well as the extreme atheticism that goes with the breed.  I don't think there is anything that she will not try to do.  She loves swimming, frisbee( and naturally retrieves), and is now learning basic agility, as well as working with our sheep.  With training she will excel in the conformation, agility, disc dog, tracking, nose work, trick dog, etc., etc. etc...............  She a beauty!
You can see a few videos of her on You Tube.

UPDATE>> Cookie has a wonderful home with an agility enthusiast in the U.S.  We wish them both the best in her future training.

"DD" Berger des Pyrenees Litter - Two male puppies available

This very cute brindle puppy is going to follow in his mother's footsteps, I have no doubt.  He is perky, full of curiosity, busy, playful and cute as a button!  He is small, as is his mother, and is always thinking of what mischief he can get into.  Very affectionate and loves to cuddle when he isn't searching for the next toy to play with.  His conformation is excellent and will be a natural athelete!

"DD" Berger des Pyrenees Litter - - Two male puppies available.

This very handsome fawn male puppy has a fabulous character and outgoing nature.  Excellent conformation. Good natural ears and tail.   He loves to play with any toy, or tug on your pant leg.  Very people orientated.  Will do well in the conformation ring or any performance sport event.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

"DD" Litter Pyr Shep pups

5.5 weeks old

"DD" Litter Pyr Pups

5.5 weeks old.  Brindle female and #1 Fawn male.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

DD Litter turns 5 weeks old today

So little time goes by but huge leaps and bounds of learning and discovery for the puppies.  They have been enjoying their time outside as well as playing and integrating themselves into the Chaparral Pack.  It has been a busy time for them with lots of company visiting as well as a few boarders to always keep them on their toes. 

Two male puppies still available.  One fawn male and the brindle male.  Both with excellent outgoing personalities and lots of kisses to offer.  Natural tails and ears.

Too warm to play outside on this afternoon.
Fawn Female comfy on my lap
Male #2  finds a peaceful place to rest his head.
 Fawn Female having fun in the baby tunnel & playing tug.

Brindle female and Fawn female on the same course

Brindle Female just looking cute
 Brindle Male always with a toy
 Brindle female after digging in the dirt in an effort to find a cool spot.
Fawn male #1 also enjoys the tunnel.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"DD" Litter is 4 weeks old

Another week goes by and the pups are romping around outside, starting to eat solid food, and are becoming more demanding. Every waking moment they want out of their puppy pen to explore the world. They are an endless source of amusement!
Brindle male
Brindle male
Fawn female (sold)
Fawn Male #1
Fawn Male #1
  Fawn Male #1
Fawn Male #2
Brindle Female (sold)
Fawn Male #2
 Brindle Female (sold)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Pyr Shep Litter "DD" - 3 weeks old

I cannot believe how quickly time passes. One minute the puppies are struggling along on their bellies to nurse and then, in the blink of an eye, they are bouncing around on four legs, barking, whining, and trying to climb out of their whelping box. At just over 3 weeks of age we proudly present our five "DD" Litter puppies sired by our newest import, Gabizos du Picourlet out of the infamous and charming Ch. Chaparral's Pooka2. The fawn puppies (left to right) male, female, male.
The brindle puppies: female and male
The females
The males

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


I'm all unpacked now from our show weekend. All the dogs have been out for a hike and so I turn my attention to the sheep and take them out of their pasture for a little graze--as they have been baaaaing at me all day telling me the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. I took out Crochet and her daughter Pooka2. Crochet has not been formally trained at all as she does not live with me on a full-time basis. Pooka2 lives here and so has practical working experience. They were both working as a great team. (Last year I sold most of my ewes and lambs and so only have 3 bitchy ewes.) In fact, watching the dogs work if seems they can read my thoughts and really it is my body language that they act on, with very few words required. If one compares this to the "sheep herding training" that we all sign(ed) up for it goes to show us how very, very much we miss out on learning about our dogs and their communication with the livestock. Again, time is our enemy with formal training schools/lessons where we pay huge amounts of money for 1/2 hour lessons with lots of movement and lots of noise quickly taught. If you watch the video you can see that the sheep were heading towards the forest (to the left). I do not allow them into the forest so I may have made a step in that direction. Immediately both dogs understand their services are required and what needs to be accomplished. Very subtly and very quietly they place themselves in a position to block the sheep. I could have called out a "come by" and got everyone moving faster, but to watch how SUBTLE the dogs were being was a joy. An "instructor" may have said the dogs were eating poop or grass or deemed them "off contact". But, they were working and thinking and communicating!

2013 Pyrenean Shepherd National Specialty Show

The Specialty show for the Bergers des Pyrenees breed was held in conjunction with the all-breed show in New Castle, Pennsylvania this past weekend. I had 3 dogs entered. Our 12 yr. old girl, Eureka, was entered in the Veteran Classes. Tryst was entered in the Open Classes and our newest member of the family, Gabizos du Picourlet, was only entered one day. The weather was cold, windy and rainy for two days. We were not outfitted for such weather and ended up going into town to purcahse warmer clothes. Thank goodness the trailer we were camping in is well insulated and had a heater. But, to enlighten our sour mood the weather was putting us in my old girl, Eureka, showed like a dream and surprised us all with a Best of Breed win from the Veterans Class. She never put a foot wrong, she moved gracefully and looked stunning. I am so very, very proud of all our dogs but Eureka certainly was outstanding! The day of the Specialty Show our male import, Gabizos du Picourlet, stepped into the ring an AKC showdog virgin and came out as "Winners Dog" then went on to be honoured with the title of "Best of Winners"! This earned him 5 points towards his American Championship title. Our youngest competitor, Chaparral's French Tryst, had her head in the clouds with all her socializing and took 3 days to work herself up from 4th place to 1st place on the last day before our departure. She is so silly and everyone threatened to steal her from me. Other Chaparral competitors were Tango and Liberty and their owners in the agility venue an hour away. They collected more legs towards a variety of agility titles and were also acting ambassadors of the breed at both venues.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 time!

It has been a slow start but the sun is now beaming through the clouds which have held snow, sleet or rain for the last 5 months. The birds are singing and the gray/brown grass is looking a little greener. Our move was not easy during the bad weather and muddy conditions but we've slowly started to organize ourselves and animals. We have started unpacking from our move and the puppies have been treated to the beginnings of their playground equipment finally being assembled for their amusement, and ours! and at the end of all the fun there is nothing better than to bask in the warm sunshine.

Monday, April 8, 2013

CC Litter - Puppy updates

I just love hearing from our new friends that we have entrusted with one of our wonderful puppies. Their future is now in their hands and it is comforting to us to hear all their stories and adventures--they are in good hands, for sure! Thank you to each of them, and good luck! Susan, Just to let you know, "Figaro" is doing very very well. He is getting along with our other two dogs and he has calmed down about the cats ... he might even make friends with one of them soon (whew!). He is so happy and outgoing! He loves to meet people and he also meets new dogs well. We have taken him on many walks already (not TOO long, but he is getting stronger by the day) and sometimes we meet other dogs. He is cautious but friendly. There is a breeder of Leonbergers in this area and one day we went to a conservation area to walk and found ourselves surrounded by them! They were very gentle and really wanted to see the baby ... I was impressed that Figaro handled it all very well. There were 5 or 6 of these big dogs, including one 12 week old one (must have been at least 40 lbs). Once the handler called them away, we were off. Figaro took the whole thing very calmly, though seems more comfortable with smaller (normal) dogs. So far so good! Figaro is really a lot of dog and I am enjoying that. We are already doing some simple training, which he enjoys. He usually gets his whole midday meal in the form of treats for training. Today I must get him some Frontline as the ticks are now in season. Yuck. Some photos from this morning's walk at the cranberry bog BILL, FIGARO AND MADDIE

Sunday, March 10, 2013

One Smart Cookie

Appropriately named, this is “Cookie”. She earned her name this morning after I referred to her as “one smart cookie”. After the flurry of our morning rituals with 11 puppies running under foot in the kitchen, feeding, cleaning, and constant inside outside, inside outside, inside outside.................the pups were finally starting to tucker themselves out and heading off to their chosen dog beds to falling asleep for another couple of hours. I did a quick headcount then took my cup of tea to sit down, watch the weather station on TV (says rain is coming! ugh!) and open the computer. After 10 minutes or so of peace I hear one puppy whining. I get up and look in the kitchen and here is this adorable little puppy sitting by the kitchen door which leads outside crying to go outside, I thought. I said to her, “Oh my, what a clever puppy. Only 6.5 weeks old and asking to go outside to go to the bathroom.” So, I go into the kitchen and open the door to let said puppy outside and there on the doorstep is one of the hound puppies. Poor little thing had gotten left outside and was sitting crying on the doorstep to be let in. The Pyr Shep puppy greeted it as it came into the house and then turned around and went away to lay down with the other pups in the doggie bed. She didn’t want out at all!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Playing outside

6 weeks old and they love playing outside in the snow. It is hard to get them to come back into the house. Springtime can't come soon enough for me but the pups haven't a care about the weather at all.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

X Litter - PBGV puppies

Puppies are now 4 weeks old. They are out and about, integrated into the pack and are soooooo much fun to have around. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Diana and her Pyr Shep "Jinn"

I love hearing updates from everyone and I wanted to share in Diana's excitement.
Hi Susan, We had lots of excitement this weekend! We went to an Odor Recognition Test on Saturday in Milton, TN and on Sunday went to a NADAC trial in Murfreesboro, TN. Both locations are about 50 mins from our home. The ORT was for Anise certification, which is required in order for dogs participating in nosework competitions to be allowed to enter the second level of testing. Chinook and Jinn were both entered and Chinook was to go first. I have not really been doing Anise that long with either dog, but as the test was so close to home, it seemed a great opportunity to give it a try. The dogs are given 3 minutes to determine which of 12 identical boxes contains the Q-tip with one drop of the odor on it. Chinook found it in 14.12 seconds and, as you can imagine, I was delighted. A little later the course was re-set and it was Jinn's turn to go. Jinn is generally a much more methodical searcher than Chinook is and tends, in competitions, to take his foot off the gas pedal a little in order to make sure that no mistakes are made (he is quite the little perfectionist!). To my great surprise, when Jinn caught sight of the boxes, he went to work even faster than Chinook did and found his odor box in 7.93 seconds. Needless to say, I was floating around on cloud nine for the rest of the day! As you may remember, Jinn participated in his first real agility trial in early December. It was a NADAC trial and he did really, really well, earning two standard Qs and two jumpers Qs as well as his novice tunnelers title. Initially, I was rather disappointed that the ORT was scheduled for the same weekend as the NADAC trial was and thought it might just be too much dashing around to try and do the ORT on Saturday and the NADAC trial on Sunday. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to give it a go, so I entered Jinn in four runs on Sunday: jumpers, two standard runs, and one tunnelers run (his first ever open level course). Chinook was entered in tunnelers only because although agility is not really his sport, he LOVES running tunnelers courses. Well, we had the most marvelous time and I am so glad that I decided not to forgo the trial. Jinn Qd in all four of his runs with first place finishes in everything and his tunnelers time was almost as fast as Chinook's and that meant that Jinn ran the second fastest tunnelers time among open dogs overall. What a thrill that was! In addition, Jinn's jumpers time was the fastest of all the novice dogs entered in all jump heights -- he ran 5.63YPS! Chinook also came first in his tunnelers division, so we came home with five qualifying ribbons each of which had a blue ribbon attached to it. Going into the trial, Jinn needed one jumpers Q and one standard Q to finish his novice jumpers (NJC) and novice standard (NAC) titles. So, in addition to everything else, Jinn also presented me with two new agility titles. I think I gave Jinn exactly the right name --- he really is a Little Wizard! I have uploaded Jinn's title runs in jumpers and standard, as well as his open tunnelers run on You Tube. If you compare these runs with his jumpers and standard runs from the December trial, you will see just how much his confidence and speed has increased. In practice, Jinn swims through the weaves quite a bit faster than he does in the trial and he also gives me a much faster dog walk with a dramatic drop into a down at the end of the board. In the trial setting he is not able to do that for me yet. But that will come as his confidence builds. I think he is running at about 80% of his top speed now (whereas before I think he was giving me around 65-70%). I am just amazed how much he has improved between the two trials. Here are the YouTube links of our little wizard: Novice Jumpers title run: Novice Standard title run: First Open Tunnelers run: It is a beautiful day here today, crisp and sunny, so I am going to take the dogs out for a run. Blessings, Diana

Friday, February 8, 2013

"CC" Litter (Gabizos X Hoopla) - Pyrenean Shepherds

The pups are now 2 weeks old and becoming more aware of their surroundings, new sights and sounds.  The male puppy is the fawn in the front at the right.  The others are all females. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"CC" Litter - Pyrenean Shepherds

With great anticipation I can finally announce the arrival of our "CC" Litter of Bergers des Pyrenees. Sired by our recent French import, Gabizos du Picourlet, he also shares his birthday with his first puppies born in North America. In excellent form BISS 3X Ch. Chaparral's Hoopla gave birth to 3 females (1 fawn, 2 brindles) and 1 fawn male.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

During the cold wintery evening of January 17th, 2013 our Petit Basset, Spot, was in her cosy whelping room where she gave birth to her beautiful litter of 7 puppies. Three females and four males. I must say they are the "spottiest" litter I've had. The two girls, one tricolour and the other orange and white (like their father) have the least spots on their back and and the other female has lots of black colouring on her back. All the pups are doing very well. Spot loves them and this being her second litter she is very experienced.