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It’s Show Time!

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Published on: May 4, 2017

Now the weather is starting to cool down, it’s time to start hitting some shows! We ventured to Durack last weekend for the Western Suburbs Kennel Club shows under an international panel. My boys did me proud and came away with some frilly ribbons.

Ch & Neut Ch Beagelee Keep The Spirit “Keeper” was Neuter in Group under Mrs P Lanctot (Canada). Mrs Lanctot had lovely words to say about my beautiful boy and wondered why he had been neutered. Sometimes, we just have to make those decision, for the health and well being of our babies. Keeper is now such a happy dog who’s enjoying life and due to Neuter Classes, I’m still able to exhibit this beautiful boy for Judges to look at. I always wonder what he could have been capable of achieving if he were still entire…. But at the end of the day, we still have our gorgeous boy in our lives to enjoy and love for the rest of his life. THAT is worth more than any show wins.

Ch & Neut Ch Beagelee Keep The Spirit

 

Our young boy Asalei Golden Keepsake “Oscar” also had a great weekend, being awarded Puppy in Group on Sunday under Ms Mary White (USA) and Reserve Challenge Dog against older competition on Monday under Mrs P Lanctot (Canada). Oscar is still really only a baby at under 9 months of age, he’s only had four shows where he’s been eligible for the Challenge and has walked away with two Reserve Challenges. I’m very proud of this boy! He will take time to mature, but I’m willing to wait. He still shows the great promise he did as a baby! Oscar is the Grandson and Nephew of Keeper.

Asalei Golden Keepsake – 8.5 months

 

Thank you to Stephen Uebel for the photos of our boys.

What’s Easter without the NSW specialties?

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Published on: April 13, 2017

This year will be the first year in 7 years that I haven’t made the trek to Sydney for their specialties. I do kind of feel like I’m missing out, but I can’t selfishly expect my husband to drive to Sydney and back over 4 days when he’s been working 60+ hour weeks for quite a few weeks now in our business. Sometimes, there’s other things that need considering before a dog show.

I’m sure our dogs won’t complain about not having to sit in the car for 12 hours! We usually do the trip through the night, so the dogs can sleep as normal.

I thought I’d share some wonderful memories of Sydney that I’ve had with Abby over the years. From her very first specialty in NSW where she went Baby in Show under Mrs Sally Kimber, to her numerous class in shows, many best headed bitches, and class placements in big classes.

 

Good luck to all those showing over Easter!

Our amazing results for 2017 continue!

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Published on: March 29, 2017

Our second show for 2017, and another fantastic result for our beagles. Poppy (Ch Houndmaster Gold Threads) was awarded a 17 point Best of Breed, and then went on to win Runner Up Best In Group (Group 2) from 108 hounds entered under hound specialist, Ms Liane Horne (QLD).

I haven’t shown Poppy much since she arrived 12 months ago, but the times I have shown her, she’s done very well and exceeded my expectations.

I look forward to what the future holds for Poppy!

Thank you to Patrik Berger for these wonderful photos of Poppy from Saturday night.

Ch Houndmaster Gold Threads – Photo by Patrik Berger
Ch Houndmaster Gold Threads – Photo by Patrik Berger

Show Results- Our first show of 2017!

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Published on: March 3, 2017

So, we finally went to a show for 2017 and what fantastic results for our beagles! This is the second year in a row I have won Best In Show at The Beagle Club of QLD Inc. Open Show. Last year was with Keeper at his last show before he was desexed, and this year was with his half sister Poppy at her first show of the year.

CH Houndmaster Gold Threads – Best In Show (OS) under Judge Mrs Lynda Trotter

 

Not to be outdone, Poppy’s son, and our home bred boy Oscar (Asalei Golden Keepsake) was Reserve Dog (2nd best dog) and Minor in Show! I wasn’t going to show Oscar at this show as I just didn’t feel he was “ready” and past his gangly/fugly puppy stage, but he certainly proved me wrong! I am very excited about the dog he’s maturing into.

Asalei Golden Keepsake – Reserve Dog and Minor In Show

 

Keeper was awarded Best Neuter in Show at the same show he was BIS at last year. Judges always ask me “why neutered”? Yes, he’s a beautiful boy, and I would have loved to do big things with him as an entire dog, but at the end of the day, his health and ensure we have many many years with him, was more important than any ribbons he could have won. And, we have the best of both worlds now, he wins pretty ribbons, AND he’s fit and healthy and going to be around with us for a long while yet! We love our Keepie <3

CH & Neut Ch Beagelee Keep The Spirit – Neuter in Show

 

Dinnies was placed 3rd of 7 entries in Intermediate Dog class, and was awarded Best Headed Dog.

Asalei Monkey Shenanigans (AI) Best Headed Dog

 

Overall, a wonderful night for our beagles and a great start to the show year ahead!

I don’t ever recall it being this hot for this long before.

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Published on: February 8, 2017

We haven’t been doing much lately due to the extended periods of heat we’ve been having. I’ve been entered in dog shows, but haven’t been attending as the health and welfare of my dogs is far more important than any ribbon or points could ever be.

My babies spend most days inside in the aircon. They eventually venture outside about 4pm once it’s cooled off a little bit. We are heading into another hot weekend again this weekend with predicted temps at home of 37°C (98°F) and 39°C (102°F). There are dog shows scheduled for this weekend in hotter temps than at our house as they are further out west. I will never understand people putting their dogs through the stress of driving to a dog show in the hottest part of the day, and sitting in the heat… for no other reason than to attempt to win a ribbon or get those extra points for the point score. No ribbons or points are worth more than the life of my dog.

Once it starts to cool down again, we will be heading back to the show ring!

Our August litter have turned 6 months old and are just so beautiful. Hard to believe they are 6 months old, but it feels a lot longer ago than 6 months! Time just goes way too fast these days. Oscar is a gorgeous combination of his mother and father and we see so many traits of both of them in him. Now, if he could just stop taking everything inside out, and bringing everything outside in… that would be great!

The power of social media is amazing!

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Published on: December 29, 2016
Asalei Beagles enjoying chasing a remote control car.
Asalei Beagles enjoying chasing a remote control car.

 

For anyone that knows us, and knows our dogs… they live a pretty damned good life. One of our favourite things to do, is run the remote control car around the back yard for a good old fashioned chase.

A few weekends ago, I filmed our guys doing this and put it on Facebook. Andrew asked me to put it on Youtube so he could send the link to a friend to show them what we get up to. Next minute, Andrew’s put it on Reddit, and I’m getting phone calls, emails and messages from everywhere from companies wanting to promote it, or do a story on it.

This is just mind blowing to us, as it’s part of our and our dogs normal life, to chase the car around the back yard. It’s the reason we bought acreage and one of our main requirements when searching was an open space for our babies to run around in and have fun. When we saw this property, we knew it was the one! We hated the house, but that wasn’t the reason for us moving. The reason for us moving was so our dogs could have a better life and acreage to enjoy.

People are very quick to judge others, and social media is definitely the worst platform for this. We are registered, purebred breeders with Dogs Queensland. We have a licence with Logan City Council to have our dogs. They live in an airconditioned house and have access inside and out 24 hours a day. In winter, the heater is left on inside for them. We take them to the beach at every opportunity we get. Opportunities aren’t as common as they used to be due to other commitments, but we do try. When they aren’t lounging inside, or chasing the car, they are show dogs with lots of lovely wins to their names.

So, if you haven’t seen it yet (… really? You aren’t one of the nearly 20 million people who have watched it??), below are a few links to the videos.

Enjoy the videos, I hope it brings a smile to everyone’s face, like it does ours when we see the pure joy on our dogs faces as they do something they love!

 

(For licensing or usage enquiries, please contact licensing@viralhog.com)

 

Facebook – The Lad Bible

Facebook – Daily Mail

 

At the end of 2016…

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Published on: December 20, 2016

Asalei Beagles

 

We look back at the fabulous year we’ve had with our beagles! This year saw Abby awarded Best in Specialty Show, Multiple Best in Group awards and a string of challenges which edges her ever closer to her Grand Champion title.

After having to desex Keeper due to health issues, we decided to enter him into shows as a Neuter and boy did he take the shows by storm! Keeper earned his Neuter Title in 7 shows, being awarded 3 Best Neuter in Shows, and 2 Reserve Neuter In Show awards. Keeper has found a new lease of life, and is thoroughly enjoying his time in the ring with me.

2016 also saw the addition to our pack of Poppy from Houndmaster Beagles in WA. Poppy’s pedigree adds valuable lines to our breeding program and she has proven to be a lovely producer with her first litter arriving in August.

From this litter, we are running on Oscar who has had some lovely wins as a baby puppy with 2 Baby Puppy in Group awards. This litter also brought two new lovely families into our lives, whom we’ve shared some lovely weekends with since. We are extremely lucky to have found some wonderful families for our babies to be spoilt by.

With the wonderful results of 2016, we look forward to what 2017 holds for our beagles in the show ring. On the home front, I’m sure it involves lots more lounging around in the air conditioning, chasing their remote control car, and beach trips!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

WE DID IT!

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Published on: October 4, 2016

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There’s one thing I’ve always wanted for my princess, one thing that’s eluded her at every specialty we’ve entered…. until 06th August, 2016.

Abby was awarded her very first Specialty Challenge, and converted it to her first Specialty Best In Show! I can’t believe it! She has always been the bridesmaid with 5 reserve challenges at specialties under her belt.

A huge thank you to the judge on the day Dr Catharina Linde Forsberg. It was certainly a dream come true, and I got to be on the end of the lead to handler her to this amazing win. Huge thanks must go to her Breeder, Sara Skinner, for showing her in her class. Due to my injuries (which subsequently got worse on the lap of honour), I wasn’t able to show her the whole way. Without Sara showing her in her class, I don’t think I would have made it through to BIS with my princess.

Dreams do come true! Abby has had an amazing year this year, with multiple BIG’s, and now a specialty BIS… we will push on and hope to achieve my goal of obtaining her Grand Champion title. Wouldn’t that be awesome… the dream continues!

I just love this girl so much, we’ve had some amazing wins together.

 

Why does time go so fast?

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Published on: October 3, 2016

I can’t believe how quickly the last 8 weeks have gone. It has seriously just flown past. It doesn’t feel that long ago that Poppy had the babies. I still feel like I could sleep for a week, but alas, life must go on.

Yesterday, the three girls from our litter went to their new forever homes. This never gets any easier. I think though, when the time comes that you don’t feel sad that these little beings that you’ve raised for the past 8 weeks, are leaving home, then maybe I shouldn’t be doing it anymore?

Chelsea and Lil will live their lives together and be spoilt rotten! While, Georgie has gone to live with her new sister Patches, and her part-time sister Xena.

At home, we have kept Oscar. At 8 weeks, he shows a lot of promise and we hope he will develop well and be a great contribution to our breeding in the future.

Enjoy your new lives babies! Be spoilt rotten, loved and cherished every day.

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Georgie, Chelsea and Lil

Welcome to our new puppies

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Published on: August 23, 2016

We are very excited to announce the arrival of our latest puppies!

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Sire: Aust Ch Asalei Finders Keepers
(Neut Ch & Aust Ch Beagelee Keep The Spirit x Aust Ch Baldev Blonde Bombshell)

Dam: Aust Ch Houndmaster Gold Threads
(Aust Ch Fonteposca’s Dark Fashion x Aust Ch Houndmaster Finnish Gold (AI))

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Devastatingly, at just 36 hours old, we lost one of our precious girls. This photo below might look like a lovely serene moment with mother and puppies, but to us it breaks our heart. The empty space of our precious little girl. Rest in peace sweet baby. You weren’t meant for this crazy world.

 

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PLEASE NOTE – All puppies are sold.

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