December 2006 Update: Madison now lives in
Syracuse, NY with her new owner, Pat Steer. Here is an update on Madison
as she settles into her new surroundings and new family.
Madison may not care for the central NY monsoons,
but she has decided that SNOW is cool! I tried to take some pictures of
Madison and Casey this morning...still very overcast, so I'm not happy with
the brightness of the photos or my editing skills, but I'm going to keep at
it. Digital photography is a harsh mistress.
The snow started on Wednesday night, which was
also a full moon. There was powder dry snow everywhere when I got home, about
two inches, just enough to leave some grass tips above the snow. Casey loves
the snow, so he raced out and started making snow angels. Madison decided that
could be a lot of fun, even if the snow did get in her nose and her mouth. She
would roll all over the place, shake off, and then roll again. Then, she
started moving, and in the full moonlight, with the dry snow kicking up in
front of her and behind her, she looked like she was gliding on skis. When
she gaits in the snow, she looks like she's floating instead of walking on
little dog feet. I will try to get a shot of that...it took my breath away to
watch her move.
It's been snowing off and on ever since, so now
the snow is around 4 inches deep where it's level, and deeper where it's
drifted. It's a little wetter and clinging to them in little snowballs
when they go out. Madison starts dancing at the back door when she knows we're
going outside, and then she kicks up the snow and dives in with her nose to
find scent and tosses the snow up in the air so it can fall back down on her. When it was snowing heavily, she kept sticking out her tongue to catch the
snowflakes--what a hoot to watch her!
She understands sit, down and come most of the
time now, so I coupled her together with Casey to let them 'run' a bit on the
far edge of the property and give her some practice and reinforcement at
coming back every time. I can rely on Casey to bring her back if she decides
the doves in the trees are more interesting. I have to be careful with that,
though, because she can unbalance him and pull his neck out of alignment if
she really decides she should go another direction, even though he does
outweigh her. But since he comes like a shot, she realized "come" was a race
to get the cookies, and then they couldn't get back to me fast enough to
suit her taste! When they're coupled, I can also move away from them to get a
picture, knowing that Casey will hold them in position and follow my signals.
Take care, Pat
We have a new champion here at Winfree--Madison!!! On
Sunday, May 2, 2004 at the Trenton (NJ) Kennel Club show, Madison went
Winner's Bitch picking up the 3-point major she needed to become our newest champion. Our thanks to Judge James Burns for this exciting win.
Needless to say, we are extremely happy from the east coast (Winfree in Virginia) to
the west coast (Kabree in California)!!!!!
Madison made us very proud at the shows in Raleigh Labor Day weekend. On
Sunday, August 31st, 2003, Madison went Reserve Winners in the 9- to
12-month class under Judge Col. Jerry Weiss. On Monday, September 1 (her
birthday!!), Madison graduated to the 12- to 18-month class and, under Judge
Anna Wanner, went Winner's Bitch, Best of Winners, AND Best of Opposite Sex
earning her 1 more point. What a birthday present!!!!
The Virginia Kennel Club shows in Richmond on June 21st and 22nd,
2003 were very good to us. On Saturday in the 9- to 12-month bitches
class, Madison went Winner's Bitch, Best of Winners, and Best of Opposite Sex
under Judge Frank Sabella receiving 2 points. On Sunday, this time under
Judge Jean Fancy, Madison won the same--Winner's Bitch, Best of Winners, and
Best of Opposite Sex for 2 more points. WOW!!! What a weekend!
We are still reeling!!!
Madison continues to make us proud. Under Judge Terri
Lynn Burrows at the ECSCA-supported Bryn Mawr Kennel Club show in Pennsylvania
on Saturday, June 14, 2003, Madison won Reserve Winners Bitch. No points
but still a big win. We're smiling!!
Little Miss Madison really showed her stuff at the 2003 ECSCA-supported show in
Minnesota this year. Sponsored by the Key City Kennel Club and held at the
Nicollet County Fairgrounds in St Peters, MN, Madison went Reserve Winners Bitch
under Judge Anne Clark. What a thrill!!!
Madison comes to Winfree from Kabree Farms in Napa Valley, CA. She
received a 4-point major from the 6-9 month class under Judge Nathaniel Horn at
the Spring 2003 Raleigh Kennel Club show on the Tarheel Circuit in NC.