Thursday, March 21, 2013


It has been a really long time since I've posted, and much has happened in that time.  Shortly after my last post, the Queen of our family, Hershey, was diagnosed with cancer.  We lost her in January of 2012.  We sold our house, and moved into a new house.  During that time, we also lost our other girl, Kyra to Hemangioscarcoma.  The good news, is that we have a beautiful new home, Hemi got his MACH and went to the AKC Nationals and I also got my next agility star, a miniature poodle named Mingo.  I have much to be posted on all of the above.  The first post will be a tribute to our dear Queen.

I am also in deep in the process of trying to write my first novel.  Working title is "Innocence by Guilt."  33,000 words and counting.

I hope to get on a more consistent schedule of blogging again.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Nationals! Another first for the Downing poodles

Gene and Hemi qualified for AKC Nationals this year.  What a whirlwind!  Once Hemi figured out the teeter and dogwalk, he has become one of the most consistent dogs!  He doesn't just Q, but he has awesome speed as well!

It was a stressful situation for Gene and Hemi, but the two of them worked together, and came up with 2 qualifying runs, and had an AWESOME finish for their first ever Nationals appearance.

Look out, Pennsylvania!  This poodle will be back in 2014!