2017 Seneca GSMDs Make the Year-End Rankings*
December - Mid-Atlantic GSMD Specialty
Nancy and Teddy (Trick x Salty) had a FANTASTIC end to the year going Winners Dog for a huge 5pt major at the Mid-Atlantic GSMD Specialty in Pennsylvania - WAY TO GO!!
December - Rosemont Winter Cluster
Marcy and Roger are doing great things in the Owner Handled ring! They went BOBOH all three days and picked up their first Owner Handled group placement on Friday. Way to go and keep up the good work! As always, thank you to Debbie Fields for the ringside candids.
November - Minnesota working girls
Sloane (Trick x Shine), Vesta (Rock x Zippo) and Midge (Trick x Rue) all earned two legs towards GSMDCA pack hike titles on the back-to-back pack hikes held in the Twin Cities - great job to the girls and their packing partners!
October - Trick earns register of merit
We are overjoyed to announce that our most adored boy Trick, officially known as Land’s End Silly Seneca Shenanigans at Trout Creek has earned his distinguished ROM (Register Of Merit) title today. He has sired 10 AKC Champions to date, and has 5 more offspring who will most likely earn their Championships in the next year. He is first and foremost a wonderful representative of the breed in temperament and type. I am so thankful to Chloe and Phreddie of Land’s End GSMD, his breeders, for entrusting such a special puppy to me. Thank you to all the bitch owners who bred to Trick and to their commitment for excellence. We are grateful for all you do to ensure his puppies have the best lives. I chose this picture as it is exactly who he is.... a wonderful friend who I could not dream of replacing. We love you Trick.
October - Roger new AKC Champion
And just like that Roger is a new AKC Champion! Just shortly after his first birthday Marcy & Roger finished up the final points needed to earn his championship at the Sandemac Kennel Club (10/21)...that's what I'd call lickity split! So proud of this team! Kudos to Marcy on putting all the points on Roger owner handled! Officially now known as CH Seneca's Just Called To Say I Love You from the Trick x Salty litter.
September - Big Weekend in New York
Helix (Fender x Poppy) picked up four Best of Breed wins along with four placements in the owner handler group and another leg (and 1st place) for her rally advanced title - great job Kelly & Helix! Dove (Trick x Salty) also earned both of her majors picking up 7pts going Winners Bitch/Best of Winners - so excited for Dove & Mary!
September - Best of Breed from the classes!
Holy smokes, Roger & Marcy are on fire! This weekend Roger picked up his second major (9/23) and then followed it up going Best of Breed from the classes over specials for a 5pt major at the Sheboygan Kennel Club show - these two are making quite the team and Roger is already so close to finishing his championship. Great job!
September - Roger's first major!
Big shout to Marcy and Roger on picking up his first major at the Rochester Minnesota Kennel Club show (9/17) - they are off to a great start at his show career! (photo to follow)
September - Working Beauties
Great job to Dove, Helix and Vida on showing off your skills at the Merrimack Valley Kennel Club obedience and rally trails! Helix picked up legs towards both her Beginner Novice (BN) and Rally Advanced (RA) titles, Vida earned her first leg needed towards Rally Novice (RN) title and sweet Dove (pictured below) picked up that last two legs to round out her Rally Novice (RN) title!
August - Seneca's Massachusetts Girls
Helix (Fender x Poppy) picked up three Best of Breed wins and four BOB Owner Handled this weekend along side Kelly and not to be forgotten, Vida (Trick x Salty), picked up three points going Winners Bitch three days and even grabbed a Best of Breed win of her own! Great job girls!
August - Sloane New Champion!
What a better way to celebrate NATIONAL DOG DAY than with a NEW SENECA GSMD CHAMPION at the Elgin Kennel Club in St. Charles, IL! Way to go Sloane (Trick x Shine) and Marcy!! You have been such champs! We are so proud of you! Cheers to Roger (Trick x Salty) too for such a young pup you sure are making Salty and Trick proud!!
August - Helix the herder
Helix (Fender x Poppy) Triple Qs in Herding on the 4th, qualifying in cattle (with a first place), sheep and ducks. Ducks was her 3rd of 3 attempts for her HSAd (ducks) title. With runs on the 5th and 6th, Helix got her HSAs (sheep) title (3 for 3) and got a second leg on cattle. Great job Kelly & Helix!
July - Roger's 1st points
Kudos to Marcy for showing Roger (Trick x Salty) to his first points in Wisconsin - so proud of you!
July - South Bend, Indiana
The Seneca crew had a wonderful time in South Bend, IN! So excited to announce that Orla (Recon x Zippo) earned her championship! A heartfelt thank you to her family, Clint & Mary Spaar, for allowing her to come stay with us these last few months - she has been nothing but a pure delight and we'll miss her dearly when she goes back home to New Hampshire. In other news, our young boy Shimmy (Oliver x Rue) blew it out of the park and earned two major wins to finish his championship! Chief (Seuss x Zippo) also came out the first time as a special and held his own going Select Dog three of four days picking up three Grand Championship major and defeating specials each day.
June - Lake Shore Kennel Club
What a gorgeous weekend to appreciate Indiana! We had a perfect weekend for a dog show in darling Crown Point at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Marcy and I also were able to enjoy an afternoon at the awesome Fair Oaks Dairy with Sloane, Roger (who went RWD to the major Saturday) and Shimmy. Sloane earned another point toward her Ch., Shimmy earned 2-3pt dog majors and Ragnar (Crown Swissies) went Reserve Winners Dog Sunday. Congrats to Mike and Amber (Crown Swissies). Their girl Freya showed terrific today. Freya was BOB and BOW getting the crossover major she so deserved which is so often not awarded to girls in our breed for whatever bizarre reason. The food at Fair Oaks alone is worth the trip to Crown Point!
May - National Specialty
The 2017 National Specialty has come to a close and I had the great honor of judging the GSMDCA National Specialty sweepstakes - THANK YOU to everyone who brought out their puppies and veterans to exhibit to me! Sweepstakes has always held a special place for me, as the first time I took my girl Kayak to the National in 2007 she went Best in Sweepstakes! This year some of her contemporaries were in my ring as veterans which was very special. At the awards banquet our sweet girl Zippo was recognized for earning her Register of Merit during 2016. As breeder this title is extra rewarding...she is from Seneca's very first bred litter and she follows rightfully so in her mother Kayak's footsteps. Seneca kids from Indiana (Castle), Minnesota (Sloane), Virginia (Teddy), New Hampshire (Orla & Dove), and Massachusetts (Helix & Vida) represented our kennel and I couldn't be more proud of the dogs and their owners! Great job to everyone and congratulations to all the winners on their accomplishments. As always, many thanks go to Debbie Fields for capturing the week with her pictures and for the use them!
Orla was the real shining start of the 2017 National Specialty along side her owner Mary!
Helix and her ribbons from the GSMDCA National Specialty Herding Trials. 2 Qs in Started A course ducks, not bad for 20 months old
A just seven months Dove (Trick x Salty) experienced her first National Specialty and did great!
Castle showed among the top dogs in the country in the Top 20 showcase and also made the cut in the large special entry at the National Specialty.
At the annual awards banquet Gypsy Boots was recognized for earning her Versatility Greater Swiss Mountain Dog title and also for being the #3 Novice B GSMD - earning both of these as a veteran!
March - Helix New Grand Champion!
Helix (Fender x Poppy) and Kelly have had great success in the specials ring and have already finished the requirements for Helix's Grand Championship before her 2nd birthday - great job, girls! At the Louisville's Cluster, Helix was awarded Best of Opposite Sex two days and Select Bitch two days.
April - Seneca Girls Take on Philly
March - Skylar the Pack Dog
Great job Skylar (Seneca's Under Heaven's Skies) from the Collective Soul Litter for earning her Novice Working Pack Dog Title! What a great effort made by her owner Michelle Charters for the great team work!
February - Fin earns championship!
Fin, Ch. Seneca's Get Your Fins Up, earned her Championship at the Indy Winter Classic after she chased down those last two single points! She loved every minute of it! Fin's New Champion title earned her sire George his Register Of Merit!
February - Helix's First Best of Breed Win!
Helix, Best of Breed under Dana Cline at First Company Governors Foot Guard show on February 24th.
January - the many darling faces of Rex the therapy dog!
January - Gypsy Boots & Cutter shine in veteran ring
Gypsy Boots (8) was awarded Best Veteran in Sweepstakes at the Cascade GSMD Club specialty held at the Rose City Classic in Portland, OR and Cutter (7) had his veteran debut in the 7-9 sweepstakes class!