This ‘N That Thursday


Today we join our friends at the 2 Brown Dawgs blog for This ‘N That Thursday.
“This ‘N That Thursday is for those times when you want to post about unrelated topics or each topic isn’t quite long enough to make up a whole post. It can be anything you want, so feel free to grab the button and join us!”
I would like to start out by thanking Misty Shores Chesapeakes again for another nomination for 2012 Blog Of The Year Award. That means I get one more star to add to my collection. I am now up to 2 out of 6 stars so thank you again Misty Shores Chesapeakes.
Here is the info about the 2012 Blog Of The Year Award if you missed it on my other post.

It is a bit different than other awards because you get to collect a star each time you are nominated. How cool is that!

Here are the rules:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…


Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check the FAQ on The Thought Palette.

Here are our picks for this award in no particular order and we want you to know how much we enjoyed reading each and every one of your blogs last year.

This is what Glory was doing Easter Sunday morning.
Glory at the AKC conformation show.

Glory at the AKC conformation show.

And this is what she and Gambler were doing after the show… more pretty, time to get wet.

Na Na Glory is getting Dirty.

Na Na Glory is getting Dirty.

Let's go get dirty Glory.

Let’s go get dirty Glory.

This is so much fun.

This is so much fun.

A little ice still left out here.

A little ice still left out here.

No more pretty show fur, all wet now.

No more pretty show fur, all wet now.

Half on ice, half in water.

Half on ice, half in water.

This is fun.

This is fun.

Much better to play in water than run in a ring.

Much better to play in water than run in a ring.

Ohhh La La.

Ohhh La La.

Gambler and Glory had a ton of run running in the water across the street from us. This water is in the marsh right across the road from us. Normally this marsh is dry and they make marsh hay on it. Because of all the snow we have had it has melted and created a water hole that won’t be here long. So the dogs thought they better have some fun in it while they can.

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Big News ~The UKC Premier Invite

20th Annual PREMIER
Premium List
Hosted by The United Kennel Club, Inc.
Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairground
2900 Lake Street • Kalamazoo MI 49048
June 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2013

Gambler and I got his invite to the 20th Annual Premier, the United Kennel Club 2012 Top Ten Finals Competition held in Kalamazoo, MI June 13, 2013.

By achieving a 2012 Tip Ten Show Dog ranking, your dog has earned the chance to compete in the 2012 Top Ten Show Dog finals competition. This achievement makes all of the hard work well worth it. 

The Invite.

The Invite.

Gambler and I started showing in UKC conformation in July 2012, he got his show title in August 2012,  you can read about it here. This was the first time I have ever shown any of my dogs, usually I am running hunt test and getting their titles in field work not show. This was a bran new experience for me, an experience that I will defiantly keep on doing. I was so proud to have been able to put a CH in front of his registered  name: CH SHR Sand Spring Ev’ry Paw’s A Winner JH.

Gambler was the first Chesapeake to get the most points from showing in the 2012 year. He won 4 points in conformation so he was the #1 Chesapeake in the UKC Top Ten Breed and Show Standings. Here is a listing of the standings. Glory was also in the top ten but that will be another days story.

The Top Ten Certificate.

The Top Ten Certificate.

2012 Top Ten Breed And Dog Standings
The current Top Ten Results By Breed, Organized Alphabetically

Posted JANUARY 18, 2012
for events through DECEMBER 31, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

01. CH SHR Sand Spring Evry Paws A Winner

Joann Stancer


01. CH Chesabar Dyna Glide

Mark Glaspey or Tina Camp


01. CH Chesabar Found My Mojo

Kim L Cramer or Tina Camp


04. URO1 CH HR UNJ Whiskey Creek’s Duke Chasceri

Charles R Prowler or Katherine E Case


04. CH Mercer’s Takin’ On The Outfit

Robert Boyd


06. CH Sand Spring No Guts No Glory

Jo Ann Stancer


07. CH URO1 Calico Raspberry Bacardi

Katherine A Nelson


Having been in the Top Ten Breed and Dog Standings brings us to be able to get invited to the UKC Premier and got an personal invite to the 2012 Top Ten Finals Competition. The Premier is the UKC version of Westminster. Anyone can enter their dogs in several venues during the 4 day competition but only the one’s with a personal invite can enter in the Top Ten Finals Competition.

The Premier website:

The Premier list:

This is a list of the different venues:

Obedience • Rally Obedience
Agility • Weight Pull • Terrier Racing
Dock Jumping • Lure Coursing

Another bonus is that since Gambler has received a UKC hunting title (he has his UKC Started (SHR)  title) he can enter the Total Dog Competition on Saturday for a chance to receive his Total Dog title.

***** NEW**** Total Dog Hunting Title Buy-In! With special
permission from the United Kennel Club, dogs that have
earned a hunting title in any hunting event recognized by UKC
on or before April 1, 2013 can enter PREMIER as eligible for
Total Dog. All dogs must be designated as entering Total Dog
upon submission of entry into the Conformation class in
which the dog is eligible for on Saturday June 15, 2013.
Total Dog Qualifiers Parade, Total Dog Groups
and Total Dog Best In Show Competition.
On Saturday June 15, 2013 in the Main Expo Building, approximately
a half hour after the conclusion of Saturday’s PREMIER Best
In Show competition, the following will take place (consult the
Judging Program for changes in time or location):
1. A parade of “Total Dog” qualifiers will kick-off this special recognition
and competition. All Total Dog qualifiers (dog AND handler
teams) will report for the parade of Total Dog qualifiers, followed
by the announcement of the Total Dog Qualifiers.
2. Next, all Total Dog qualifiers will immediately compete in Total
Dog Groups. The Total Dog Groups are the standard eight group
designations. Each dog that qualifies will compete in the group
that its breed belongs to.
3. Lastly, the Total Dog Group One winners will proceed to the judging
of the PREMIER Total Dog Best In Show competition. A 2013
PREMIER Total Dog Best In Show and 2013 PREMIER Total Dog
Reserve Best In Show winners will be selected.

Gambler ukc ch

Gambler was bred by Alan Sandifer, he is owned by JoAnn Stancer of Sand Spring Chesapeakes. Gamblers Dam is HRCH Hope Springs Dowry MH*** and his Sire is HRCH Sand Spring Norm Of Caroway MH of Sand Spring Chesapeakes.

Needless to say I am so excited to be invited to the Premier. Hopefully Gambler and I will make Sand Spring Chesapeakes proud!

Crafty Tuesday

I finally got around to purchasing shadow boxes for Gambler and Glory’s UKC show ribbons. They each got their own box for displaying their ribbons. I put a small show picture with their name on it in the box. Now I have to find a spot to hang their show accomplishment.