bradl Posted September 19, 2017 Share Posted September 19, 2017 CH Robinsend A Bit of a Thrill CD RN ME CA April 19, 2001 - September 18, 2017 We spent the day sitting and holding and stroking our old girl, murmuring our memories into her deaf ears, unashamed of the tears her blind eyes could not see. She was tired, so tired, so we held her tight and said goodnight. She was peaceful before she left and she's peaceful evermore. Echo meant so much to us. Her names were both in reference to her father Haggis (Thrill of the Chase → A Bit of a Thrill). She was our first and only homebred champion. 4 weeks old. She had two litters in her lifetime, one a singleton (Stella) and another of three boys. She was a fantastic mother and constantly played and taught her own puppies and any puppies she came into contact with. She played with Dundee when we got him as if she were her own. Nursing her singleton Stella. He show career was a struggle. She was very slow to mature and she suffered from my unskilled handling and grooming. But her innate sparkle eventually emerged and she finished one sunny day at Hurricane Ridge. In a post at the time I summarized the process Quote How To Become A Champion in 10 Easy Steps by CH Robinsend Bit of A Thrill ME (aka Echo) 4/2001 - get born 12/2001 - enter your first show, but don't gait for the bad man 9/2002 - forget showing, earn your Junior Earthdog title instead 4/2004 - get pregnant and whelp a singleton girl 7/2004 - earn your Senior Earthodg title 11/2004 - try that showing thing again and earn 2 points, but the bad man keeps wrecking your coat, so hide 10/2005 - whelp a litter of three boys and blow your coat instead; finally stop looking like such a puppy 7/2006 - earn your Master Earthdog title 8/2006 - get serious and earn your first major with your new best friend, "Bait Man" 7/2007 - earn your last point and become a new Champion - hooray Bonus tip: Along the way earn fourteen Reserve Winner ribbons to stay motivated. Champion at last. She was our second master earthdog and the 5th Cairn to earn the title in the US. After the exuberant (and occasionally erratic) hunting style of her father, Echo on a master hunt-up was a blessed relief. She moved like an assassin. She ranged well ahead but could be called back with confidence. Her attention to the task was unwavering. Either Peggy or I could handle her with confidence that she would not run out of control but would be snuffling for scent like a hound. Let slip into the tunnel she worked it fast and worked the rats like a fiend. Peggy earned an obedience CD with her. We put a rally novice title on her. In her later years she even added a Coursing Ability title, before age and arthritis led us to retire her from racing. She was once crowned Fastest Cairn Terrier in the Northwest at a club raceday. She earned the CTCA's Versatility Award. You know Echo as the center dog of the three fuzzy faces on one of the forum header options. Following are a few more random photos I managed to drag off to a folder today during blinks through tears. Head one way, tail the other. A fairly typical look of inquisitiveness and seriousness. A face I could melt into. Please don't whelp your puppies in that hole. Pretty in an obi for the fancy-dress parade. Nominee for the Most Tolerant Mother in the World Award. Stella making Echo's head ring. Possibly my most favoritest photo ever. Echo on her 16th birthday. Thank you Echo for a lifetime of love. You were the woof and warp, the fabric of our life, the blanket that warms, protects, and comforts us. Long did you reign. Long may you ring. 9 2 Quote CAIRNTALK: Vote! | Questions? Need help? → Support Forum Please do not use PMs for tech supportCRCTC: Columbia River Cairn Terrier Club Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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