Birchview Hat Trick Hero, Mikko with Joan Koskiniemi
Gr. Ch. Linderland Birchview Hop2It, Cricket with Connie Bleecker
Gr.Ch. Silvermist Rise and Shine, Harrison with Sharon Sloper
Ch. Silvermist Kookoo for Koko Puffs, Koko with Kellie Barry
MAS Nationals 2015
Birchview dogs had a great week at nationals with the most prestigious award going to Therese Stoebner and Levi, MASCUSA CH CACIB RavenRock’s Harmony 501 Denim Blues HSAs, CD, RN, NA, MV-MAS’15
Levi relaxing after a busy week at the Miniature American Shepherd National Specialty Show. Monday was two herding trials, and while we did not qualify, neither did we get “thank-you’d”‘ which in herding roughly translates to “get your $(&/#% dog out of the arena before he eats a sheep”. Tuesday was agility and he qualified two out of four runs, both first place and a new Agility title. Wednesday was obedience and rally, he went four for four, placed in every class, finished both an obedience and rally title, and got a High In Trial in his final obedience class. Thursday was the “be a pretty dog day”, and even though we haven’t practiced being pretty for a couple of years, he went in and showed like a pro. To top it all off, at our club banquet we found out he had won the Most Versatile Miniature American Shepherd Award!
Cricket, CH. Linderland Birchviews Hop2It, finished her AKC championship on Sunday by going Best Opposite Sex over 8 other females and then went Select at the National Show.
She tried her paw at herding on Monday but was soooo not interested. On Tuesday she and I ran her first agility trial and though we didn’t qualify in either run I was very proud of her for making the weave poles and teeter.
Joan Koskiniemi and her boy Harrison, Silvermist Rise and Shine, Mikko and Cricket’s son, had a pretty great week. Harry qualified for his herding instinct title with a load of instinct. He loved Barn Hunt earned his Novice Rally title. He had a great time in agility and then on Thursday we took a First in Bred By Exhibitor class against some very tough competition.
Christy Herreid and Magic earned their CATCH title!
At Birchview Kennel, our puppies are bred for temperament, health, and conformation giving them the foundation they need to make them outstanding working dogs and family pets. The combination of ancestors of both the sire and the dam is carefully evaluated with the goal of improving each subsequent generation. Our dogs have competed and titled in conformation, agility, obedience, herding and flyball. I have placed dogs who have gone on to be therapy and service dogs and even one who is a certified reading companion at a local grade school. Birchview dogs can do it all. The dogs we use in breeding have pedigrees that possess great depth of health clearances that include a consideration of each parent and grandparent’s own littermates. That means an even stronger health and temperament outcome for a puppy. All of the dogs I use for breeding have passed their OFA clearance for hip dysplasia and have passed yearly eye exams by a Certified Canine Ophthamologist. Additionally our dogs are tested for the M1DR mutation and PRA. In addition to genetics, the most important factors in the health of our “Mini’s” will be the care it receives both as a puppy and as an adult. Birchview puppies are raised in the house where they are well socialized with children, other dogs and cats, and a variety of adults. The puppies will have started with housebreaking, crate training, and car rides before going to their new homes.