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Samantha Ferguson (5/7/2008-11/22/2017)

Samantha, June 2008

Samantha, June 2008

One of the best things about being a dog breeder, besides getting the chance to love and raise baby pups, is placing the pups with wonderful families and getting to follow their lives together.   Sometimes I even get to see and spend time with them. I love all the stories, pictures, and videos – birthdays, holidays, hikes, pool time, training, antics, and even the occasional “no, no, bad dog” story.  I love that “my” baby puppies are bringing the joy and companionship that we all as dog lovers desire.

Sam, Ed, and Paula one Christmas

Sam, Ed, and Paula one Christmas

There is the inevitable downside- getting that dreaded phone call that something has happened… something that I can’t help to fix with suggestions about the vet, food, training, or ear cleaning recipes.

That something happened this week.

I am so sad to report that we have lost Samantha, Ms. Purple, “One”, Tigana’s Sixpence Worth of Heaven.  She was the first of Sport’s puppies born, in the Famous Jingles litter.  She was apparently healthy, active, and doing fine, but died suddenly the day before Thanksgiving, while in the park retrieving a tennis ball.  The vet’s best guess was that Sam had a blood clot that caused a heart attack; there was no indication of internal bleeding.  My heart breaks for Ed and Paula, who are absolutely devastated.


Samantha over the years

As a baby pup, Sam was the one in the litter that was always watching me, and we had a special bond because of it.  I cried for a week after she left here, though she was in good hands with Ed and Paula.  My heart filled with happiness as I saw the pictures of her swimming in Lake Tahoe at 9 weeks old.  She lived in Las Vegas but traveled to Tahoe, Arizona, Utah, and sometimes back to the Bay Area, so Don and I were very happy to get to see her several times.  Paula and Ed sent pictures and stories about Sam.  I learned about cholla cactus after Sam got stuck by the cholla a few times.

Photo: Aeon Jones

Photo: Aeon Jones

Sam, like her mom Sporty, loved to find, carry, and bring things: keys, glasses, groceries, socks… as Ed said, “you name it, she’ll bring it”.  She was Sport’s biggest female pup, at 23″ tall and 70 lbs of muscle. She was an active girl;  besides her daily 3 mile walks, Sam was practically an olympic swimmer and would swim daily in their pool for an hour at a time without stopping.  I seem to recall her fur turning green one summer!  She was quite affectionate and went everywhere with Ed and Paula.

Our deepest condolences to Ed, Paula, and family.  Rest in peace, Sam…  You were well loved, and are sorely missed.  Somehow I suspect you may be swimming circles around everyone at the Rainbow Bridge.


Memorial photo from Ed and Paula’s family

River – obedience

River (from the Famous Jingles litter) with his wonderful owner Meigs Matheson quietly earned two obedience titles in 2012- his CD from the Novice B classes and scores all in the mid to high 190s!    Then (as Meigs put it), they finished his GN (Graduate Novice) title without even realizing it.  🙂   Congratulations to a super team, who are now starting to compete in Open.  River’s registered name with titles is Tigana’s Land Of Sky Blue Waters CD BN GN RE .

Here’s River, having fun in Lake Tahoe.



Local Jingles litter get-together

Lucy from the Jingles litter stayed with us for a week while her family was out of town, and we were able to get the rest of the local Jingles pups (Jackson, River, Rockie) together at ARF to play with their sister who they hadn’t seen since their 1-year old birthday party (almost 3 years ago).  Ronan and Thistle got to go, too, as well as Meigs’ older dog Reilly.

Here’s Lucy:

and the group photo of Meigs’ Reilly and the 4 siblings (River, Lucy, Rockie, Jackson)

Here’s a fun sequence while we were trying to get the group shot set up.   Lucy and Rockie were twisting this way and that, which caused Jackson to break out of the lineup.   Check out the mortified look on River’s face as he watches Jackson run out.

Click on this link to view all the get-together photos.


Lots of brags

Exciting news- Pat’s Danica (Jingles litter) just completed her agility MX title and already has 5 QQs!   Go Pat and Dani!  Fingers crossed that Dani will finish her MXJ very shortly, as she’ll be hopefully be having puppies this season.  There’s more info about the planned litter on the Puppies page.

Ronan just finished his obedience Rally Novice title (!!!), and from here it’s on to Beginner Novice.   He did some pretty good work for my young, excitable boy.   On the left is a photo of me and a laughing Ronan with his ribbon.

In other news, progress is being made toward other titles.   Sporty just earned another leg toward her MXJ and her first Open FAST leg.   Corina’s Jackson earned his 2nd leg in both Open Jumpers (with a 2nd place) and Novice Standard.   And Meigs’ River earned his 2nd leg toward his Novice Obedience title in Novice B with a 2nd place.

Great job, everyone!!   You make us proud.  🙂  Congratulations to all!


Obedience brags!

Last Sunday was a fun Tigana family event at the Mission Bell Obedience trial.

  • Sporty finished her CD title from the Novice A class under judge Alice Peterson.  Woohoo!  She finished her title with two 1st places and a 2nd place.
  • Ronan did very well in his first trial, earning two Rally Novice legs.
  • Avalon (Ronan’s sister, owned by Miche Evans) earned her final leg to complete her CD from Novice B.  She was a superstar and finished in 3 out of 3 trials.  She also got a 2nd Beginner Novice leg.
  • River (owned by Meigs Matheson), made his debut in Novice B, and ended up with a score of 199+ (!!).  What a team!

Here are Sporty and Avalon in their mother-daughter title photo:

Sporty – Spiritlodge Sporting Chance CD RA JH AX AXJ NF WC VC CCA (ptd)
Avalon –  Tigana’s Glastonbury Golden Chalice CD

Next is a video of Ronan’s Rally trial on Sunday, where he earned a 4th place and score of 96.   We could have had a 99 if I hadn’t started the serpentine exercise incorrectly.

Next is a photo of Meigs and River in the “Heel Free” exercise.

Cute photo of Avalon and Miche.  Ava is clearly happy to have Miche returning to her after the Sit-Stay exercise in Beginner Novice.

Lastly, it seems appropriate to show Sporty in the Long Down exercise, which had been our nemesis the last couple trials.

Speaking of long stay exercises, I have started working toward the out of sight sits and downs exercises for Open, using Karen Overall’s Relaxation Protocol with both Sport and Ronan as structured practice for staying and relaxing through distractions.   We just finished Day 3.    An example of something that made Ronan excitedly pop up out of the stay yesterday was my counting out loud, and also clapping.  Today those things didn’t phase him.  I think these will be good exercises for us.

See Miche’s blog post for more about the trial.  Congratulations, Miche and Meigs!

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