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1 month ago

SeaSpecs Dalmatians
The sun was out today and most of my work deadlines were under control, so the girls and I headed out to Meadowbrook Farm to run some tracks. Plus, it was little Cricket's 11th birthday! Sugar did much better today as far as distractions versus her last track. I left an extra couple of articles early on the track in the first 200 yards and she warmed up well, finishing the last part especially with focus and drive and pulling hard. She passed the final article by 4-5 feet, then spun around and indicated it with certainty. Good job, Sugar! Cricket showed her up, though, pulling hard and fast with accuracy on her entire track. Fantastic, Cricket! Ember backslid a bit, being distracted by the game scents new to her. This field was littered with elk hair and droppings and hundreds (at least) of mole hills, so quite a challenge. We will be back here again to continue her training. Still, it was so nice to get out into the fresh air. The girls returned home for a nice long nap. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

SeaSpecs Dalmatians
It's a sad day at SeaSpecs Dalmatians. Yesterday afternoon little Skookum lost control of her almost 17 year old body and so the decision was made to let her cross the Rainbow Bridge today which she did peacefully. She was the only pup out of my Flojo and Julia Soukups' JLS Just a Fig Newton and the first puppy I ever bred. Back then, I had been studying pedigrees and wanted to go back to KMax Law and Order lines which seemed to be behind the best obedience Dalmatians in the country. Quite by accident, I ran into Julia showing young Newt at the Portland specialties and found out his pedigree contained the individual I was seeking. So, plans were made and little Skookum indeed turned out to be exactly what I wanted for the performance sports I enjoyed. In the obedience classes, she had a nice prance when she was heeling. In agility she was drivey fast, able to blast through the weave poles and ran with a growl in her throat as if she were attacking the course. Out in the tracking fields, she could sometimes practically pull my arm out of its socket as she pulled really hard once she learned that mole hills were off limits. She obtained one of the first VCD2 (Versatile Companion Dog) titles for a Dalmatian in the country for her participation in the three major AKC sports available at the time. To the very end, she was my constant companion through the best and worst of what life has to offer. But life will not be the same without her. Rest in peace, little Skooks. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

SeaSpecs Dalmatians
Happy St Patrick's Day from little Cricket! ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

SeaSpecs Dalmatians
Congratulations to Max, No 13 ranked Dalmatian for 2020!!! What a good boy! ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

SeaSpecs Dalmatians
Happy Valentines Day! Cricket at Gold Star Dog Training taking a break. ... See MoreSee Less
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