Stardate..........2009

June 27th
Watersedge Unique Design (Ziggy) has another Best of Breed to his credit today. This handsome young Australian Kelpie at almost 9 months of age, owned and campaigned by Corinne Chandler of Kelprin Kennels, is now of the way toward his Australian Championship title.

Go Ziggy!

June 26th
It seems that we always balance joyous events at Watersedge with tragedies.

Our lovely old lady Ch. Kairouban Disco Dancer (Cocoa) has passed away. She was only ill for a couple of days and despite having turned 15 last month, it is unthinkable that she could be taken from us so suddenly. Cocoa was one of our true treasures - she was such a gentle girl.

Cocoa "danced" her way into our hearts along with her daughter Tarndrew Watch My Style (Dani) in 1997. She was the last of the famous Kairouban Australian Kelpie line and the last of the original dogs with whom our kennel was established.

I have so many vivid memories of this majestic lady.

When she first came to live with us I remember her circling the house with Dani before coming back to us as if to say "We've enjoyed our visit but would like to go home now"! Of course she stayed and created such an impact with our Australian Kelpies.

I can remember how much she loved to practice "synchronised swimming" with her sister Ch. Kairbouban Waters' Sprite (Hailea). The two of them would spend hours in the dams practicing their "moves".

I also remember how she was with her puppies. It was like watching a lioness with her cubs - she was so proud of them.

More importantly, I will remember how she would greet me every afternoon when I came home from work. She would always make her way up the drive way, tail wagging; and last thing at night she would follow me to bed and lie on her mattress next to my bed.

There will be a great gap now that the last of the originals have gone. I just hope that they have all now found peace.

June 25th
Birthday celebrations again for June!

This time Watersedge is celebrating the birthday of our 2nd Finnish Lapphund litter - born to Ch. Theldaroy Wild Wild Ways (Chey) and sired by Grand Ch. Watersedge Alias Aleksi (IID) (Aleksi).

This litter heralded the first time that creams had been born in Australia. What made it so unique was the fact that there was only 1 black & tan in the litter! All of the rest were "polar bears".

Happy 3rd birthday wishes to Ch. Watersedge Sno Storm (Kustaa), Ch. Watersedge Sno White (Miia), Ch. Watersedge Alias Anja (Sanni), Watersedge Sno Ball (Indy) and Watersedge Sno Man (Tahvo).

June 24th
I am very pleased to announce that a bouncing litter of Finnish Lapphund puppies has been born to Ch. Janoby All About Aura (Roara) - 7 puppies in total. Roara has 3 boys and 4 girls; 1 each cream male and female, 2 black & tan males and 3 black & tan females. Mother and precious babies doing well.

Roara, who has been with us several months is enjoying motherhood on the Gold Coast, where temperatures are not as chilly as Melbourne!

The father of this fabulous gift, Grand Ch. Watersedge Alias Aleksi (IID) (Aleksi) could be seen kicking back, cigar in paw, thinking what a clever boy he is!

This litter is a collaboration between Watersedge and Janoby Kennels.

June 21st
Ch. Watersedge Sno Lily (Lylli) has obtained the first leg of her Herding Test (HT) title. She is the first of the Watersedge dogs and the first of our Finnish Lapphunds to have achieved a pass in other than the Herding Instinct Certificate (HIC) so far.....

This latest accomplishment has followed closely behind Lylli's Australian Championship title achievement earlier this month. Lylli is proving that she has brains as well as beauty.

June 19th
Watersedge Unique Design (Ziggy) has once again been awarded Best of Breed Australian Kelpie at today's show. His sister, Watersedge Designer Label (Abby) was again awarded the Challenge over her sister Watersedge Private Collection (Ivy-Rose).

The "star" of the show though was Ringbarka Flaming Star (Star), Ziggy's girlfriend also owned by Corinne Chandler. Star was awarded her first Baby Puppy in Group, the judge very impressed with this young Black and Tan girl. Oh my God! Another two-tone in the show ring!

June 16th
Another birthday celebration! Ch. Watersedge Crown Jewels (CJ) one of our senior citizen Australian Kelpies has become a teenager - celebrating his 13th birthday. CJ is still making guest appearances in the show ring and has recently (June 2009) been awarded Neuter in Show at the Cattle Dog & Kelpie Club of Qld. Inc.'s show.

June 13th
Another win for Watersedge Unique Design (Ziggy), our two-toned Australian Kelpie owned by Corinne Chandler.

Ziggy is now over half way to his Australian Champion title which is no mean acheivement at 8 months of age!

June 12th
A win today for our lovely Red & Tan Australian Kelpie female, Watersedge Private Collection (Ivy-Rose). Ivy-Rose was awarded Best of Breed over her sister Watersedge Designer Label (Abby) and an older solid colour Australian Kelpie.

The interstate judge was also very impressed with our gorgeous teddy bear of a Finnish Lapphund - Grand Ch. Watersedge Alias Aleksi (IID) (Aleksi).

June 8th
The Queen's Birthday weekend has been very fruitful for Watersedge Kennels.

As an adjunct to the other successes from the weekend, Watersedge Sno Lily (Lylli) has now gained the final few points for her Australian Championship title. Lylli has followed closely on the heels of her litter sister Ch. Watersedge Tiger Lily (Heidi) with this achievement.

Lylli was once again handled admirably to this award by her "partner" Olivia Wong of Elkana Kennels.

For the icing on the cake, Olivia was again partnered by Lylli for second place from a very large field in the Senior age group of Child Handlers.

Grand Ch. Watersedge Alias Aleksi (IID) (Aleksi) was also given consideration for the Best in Group award, along with complimentary comments from the international judge, who has recently visited Scandinavia.

June 7th
Go Ziggy!

Well if we had a good day yesterday, today continues with good news.

Our Winter Carnival weekend with International judges has been very rewarding also for Watersedge Unique Design (Ziggy), our two-tone Australian Kelpie owned by Corinne Chandler. At 8 months of age he has been awarded the Dog Challenge over many of our well known interstate and local Australian Kelpie exhibitors.

I am one very, very pleased breeder.

June 6th
Another year and another round of Cattle Dog & Kelpie Club of Qld Inc. shows has been and gone.

Ch. Watersedge Crown Jewels (CJ), our veteran, was out representing the kennel as was Watersedge Unique Design (Ziggy), Watersedge Designer Label (Abby) and Watersedge Private Collection (Ivy-Rose).

Whilst Ziggy and Abby were awarded their classes in the Championship show, our star was CJ who was awarded Neuter in Show!

The old boy was still quite the professional and still managed to strut his stuff in style. It was as though it was only yesterday that he had been out to such a spectacle. Well done old man!

CJ had the misfortune of being diagnosed with testicular cancer 3 years ago which necessitated surgery. Up until that point he was still in the show ring and still winning - at 10 years of age. It was a shame to have to retire him from open competition as he had also almost acheived his Australian Grand Champion title - but his health was more important than anything else.

CJ was shown at 2 shows in Baby Puppy before being adopted. CJ came home to live at 4 and did not restart his show career until he was nearly 5. At his 2nd show he was awarded a Class in Group prize, 3rd show a Reserve in Group award and from there he never looked back. He is still shown on occasion in Veteran classes.