Friday, June 26, 2009

Our Trip To Canada!


Hardy had a good time in Canada, showing nicely and winning Winners Dog on Saturday, and Sunday at the Kingston and District Shows and on Sunday winning Winners Dog and Best of Winners at the Canadian National Specialty. Thank you to the judges who appreciated his quality
Mrs. H. Glendenning, Mr. J. Ireland and Mrs. Kathy Stewart.

Foxfair Essex

Also, having a good time for himself was his son, Foxfair Essex, only seven
months old. We took advantage of all the opportunities offered for puppies in Canada, and as result Essex showed his toes off! He won BOB at the Puppy match on Friday evening, and Best Non Sporting Puppy. Then Best Puppy in Sweepstakes under judge Kit Wilson at the Canadian National Specialty.

I have included here pictures of the Thousand Islands, actually there are 1,800 of them. Many of islands have summer cottages. We took some of the pictures from the Thousand Island Tower in Canada. It is 400 feet high with an elevator and you can walk around and see the Islands from 180 degree view. Amazingly beautiful and highly recommended if you have never been there it is worth the trip.

The show was very friendly and more casually run than the show in US. Not as much attention to the schedule, best way to handle that is relax and go with the flow. The weather was predicted for rain all every day. But, we lucked out and it only rained on Saturday afternoon and that was tolerable not a real downpour. We got to see a lot of our Canadian friends that we don't get to see very often, Don and Glady Gates were there, Janice Graves, Ardis Shurtleef, Dave Hudson, Brenda Brooks, Sheila Taylor and many others. They held a nice luncheon each day and very good hospitality.

There is a bridge to Canada that goes to an island and it is VERY steep. Well it seems like it when you are going up anyway. Only two lanes. Crossing in was not a problem nor was it coming back and all of our papers were in order.

Our accomodations in Canada was a very nice trailer we rented at the Rideau Campgrounds where the show was held. This worked out very well, it was large, had a nice kitches and small yard in front to set up our ex pens for the dogs.

On the way back we stopped at two vineyards, and sampled the wine. This I would highly recommend it was a fun experience and is really the only way to buy wine that you like. Many good varieties were available including champagne. Liberty Winery was very nice and dog friendly offering water and biscuits and well saying we could walk the dogs on the property which was nicely shaded in the heat of the afternoon.

All in all a great trip, lots of fun and a new Canadian Champion to boot!

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House Raising Dallas, TX said...

So such cute dog and beautiful pictures!

<3 Lindsay

Maria Forman (Debert NS) said...

Hi Debbie: Just read your blog on your Canadian trip...glad you enjoyed it...both your boys are gorgeous, but I must say "Essex" really takes my eye!! I enjoyed meeting both you and Jeannie!
Maria Forman
Debert NS
(owner of Can Ch Klompen's Bail Me Out Mate & Can Ch Klompen's Ambriel)