We were on National TV (NBC) on Thanksgiving Day

Liza placed 3rd in the Herding Group at the National Dog Show which was aired on NBC on Thanksgiving Day.  The show itself had taken place a week and a half prior to Thanksgiving, so I was able to have the family over and we all got to watch the show together.  Mike and I have hosted Thanksgiving for both of our parents, plus siblings and any nieces and nephews that could attend.   It was very exciting to be able to share the fun of watching with them.  My sister even got a text from one of her high school friends letting her know that he had just seen her sister on TV.
Watch it here: Liza on NBC

I am Thankful for Liza.


Liza wins BEST IN SHOW again!!

Saturday Liza won the Herding Group, and the was awarded Reserve Best In Show.  I was thrilled. Sunday, she got the top prize, Best In Show!  The judges had such nice things to say about her.  Talk about Cloud 9!!!!


MACH 4 Acadia Color of Passion, HSAs, MXC, MJB2, OF (2/14/1998 - 6/17/2014)

My good friend Pam had both Molly (on the right), and Valerie (on the left).  She wrote, "MACH 4 Acadia Color of Passion HSAs, MXC, MJB2, OF "Molly" Molly came to live with me as my daughters junior handling dog for agility. When she "grew up" and gave up agility, I inherited a wonderful partner for many years to come.

Retired from agility for many years, Molly still took every opportunity to chase Border Collie Quest and "train him" to do the work. Molly and Valerie were born 2/14/1998 about the time of my first Sheltie National in Tucson where I met their breeder owner. Cadie Pruss, I can never thank you enough for sharing the girls with me. Valerie pass just a few weeks ago and Molly was still going strong at that time. Valerie passed during her nap on the cement patio, today, Molly passed in almost the same place and way. Tomorrow will be the first day since 1991 that there is not a Sheltie in the house. It will be so weirdly quiet"
My heart breaks for Pam.  I can't believe that 1 month and 2 days after Valerie passed away, Molly followed.  Pam said that her Border Collie, Quest, attempted to put the ball he and Valerie played with in Molly's grave.  I think he thought Valerie had forgotten it, and he wanted Molly to give it to her. 
These girls were truly special.  They do continue in my breeding program through Claire.


New *NA* and *NAJ* Acadia’s Party Girl *NA, *NAJ

"Pippa" earned both the Novice Standard and the Novice Jumpers title to officially become, Acadia's Party Girl, NA, NAJ
Her owner Lynn writes, "Just wanted to give you a happy update.  Pippa (who weighs just under 9 pounds and measures just under 13 inches) started her agility career in
March.  By her second trial, she had finished her NAJ title and had 2 out of
3 legs toward her NA title.  She's entered in Open JWW this weekend and will
hopefully finish her Novice Standard title.  She is lightning fast!  Thought
you'd enjoy the photo.  I'll keep you posted regarding her progress."

Pippa is the daughter of Ch. Acadia Sunburst Merry and Bright.


New *CH* Acadia's Crown Prince

Luke completed his championship this weekend by winning his 2nd major.  I was So Thrilled because he did it on the 1st day of a 4 day show weekend.  It was such a relief to win the first day.  I "bumped him up" to the Best of Breed class so he could compete for points towards the Grand Championship.   This weekend he also successfully won a major towards his Grand Champion.  I would call that a successful weekend.


Acadia Sweet Emotion, PT, AX, AXJ, NF 2/14/1998- 5/15/2014

Valerie was unique and fun and has been one of my favorites forever.  Valerie was born when we lived in Arizona and she and I started learning agility when it was a new AKC sport.  Valerie LOVED agility.  She also loved walks in the desert, hunting for small mammals (and EATING them when she caught them).
After we had moved to Pennsylvania, Valerie enjoyed chasing squirrels, and one time she actually caught one by the tail at the moment the squirrel was leaping onto a tree.  There is this poor squirrel hanging by it's front feet onto the tree, and Valerie holding it all stretched out by the tail.  I yelled, and Valerie let the squirrel go.   I was just amazed at her speed and abilities. 
My friend, Pam, had Valerie's sister Molly and was doing agility with her. Pam and I attended a full week agility camp together.  I had so much fun spending the week with the two sisters (and of course Pam!).  Valerie was in heaven.  I felt she was such great partner.  Unfortunately, I stopped doing agility.  I called Pam and asked if she would take Valerie "for a summer" to do agility.   You know how that goes, Valerie never left. 
Crazy Val never saw any point at all for hitting those contacts  and Pam had to retire her years ago for fear she would injure herself with her "no respect for her own safety" antics.
There are soooo many more "Valerie stories".  She was truly a great dog.  I have a picture of her at the top of my stairs, and I love to look at her every day. 

 Valerie has led the life of leisure with her sister Molly  (on the left) and was the main soccer playing buddy for Quest for years. But yesterday, at age 16 Valerie crossed the bridge during her nap at her favorite sunny spot on the patio. Pam and I will miss her but I am happy she left on her terms and in such a peaceful way.
Valerie is the mother of HC Acadia Whatever It Takes, HXAsd, AX, AXJ and the daughter of Ch. Zion Acadia Town Heroine, CDX, PT, VCX


Happy Mother's Day!

These are the incredible mothers of GCh. Acadia Serenity (Serena) and GCh. Acadia's Stage Presence (Liza).  In the chair is Ch. Acadia Peaceful Garden (Eden) and on the hassock is GCh. Acadia Presence of Mind (Cassia).  Acadia honors the Mothers' of the world!   Mother's are the BEST!!!