Welcome to Intention Hill, home of Belgian Shepherds (Belgian Tervuren and Belgian Groenendael)
bred for versatility in sports, work and service.
My dogs are bred for high performance in Agility, Tracking, Obedience, IPO,
Detection (narcotics and conservation), Search and Rescue, Herding and Ranch Work, Therapy and Service.
Intention Hill is also home to my Blackbelly Sheep and a growing Fine Wool flock.
October 2015 - News
Aanandi is confirmed in whelp, with puppies due October 27. I'm very excited about this combination. In this pedigree are some long lived, healthy dogs, and some nice proof of working drives for herding, SAR and agility. In addition to Aanandi's family of SAR and sports dogs, Chase has some high accolades behind him: His great grandfather Treader sired one of our first SAR Tervuren in the USA, Mary Theriot's Red. Additionally, Treader sired the first dog of any breed to complete the requirements for a herding championship with AKC. Chase himself has sired the lovely Flyer, who has in turn sired multiple MACH and obedience titled dogs. Top that off with numerous conformation accolades, and this is a really exciting package. Ultrasound reveals at least 5 puppies. This may mean the litter is fully reserved, but we shall see!
"Freyja" Benazir of Intention Hill began agility training with flying colors. She may continue with IPO, but her club moved two hours away, so this is not particularly conducive to continuing. She also helps put poultry away at night, and is a service dog.
"Thor" Bashir of Intention Hill competed in his first ever agility trial. He ran in Jumpers 1 (Intro) obtaining 2 legs with 2 first place finishes! Thor also has become a ranch dog, and puts the neighbors sheep into the barn each night.
August 2015 - News
LITTER PLANS!!! - Basquelaine Aanandi of Intention Hill was bred to Arlequin In Hot Pursuit via frozen semen on August 29, 2015. More news when pregnancy is confirmed by ultrasound.
First Major for Jahnu - Jahnu du Domaine de Vauroux earns Winners Dog at the Evergreen Belgian Tervuren Regional Specialty for a 4pt Major on Saturday, August 21.
RWB for Savannah - "Savannah" Basquelaine Cat On The Scent, CGC, SAR went RWB at the Evergreen Belgian Tervuren Regional Specialty on Saturday, August 21. Savannah also still trains for area search in SAR.
Latest Videos of "Freya" Brietta (green girl from Beez litter)
Rally Advanced Legs for Pinkie - "Pinkie" Basquelaine Ashwini of Intention Hill, CGC, RN earned two legs towards her RA title at the Evergreen Belgian Tervuren Regional Specialty Aug 20-21.
Rally Novice Legs for Radha - "Radha" Cantata A av Thargelion earned a leg towards her RN title at the Evergreen Belgian Tervuren Regional Specialty Aug 20. Radha also trains in trailing for SAR.
Fresh video of "Freya" Brietta of Intention Hill, who will compete at the Pro level next year, with her owner/handler Zachary.
May 2015 - News
First Major for Savannah - "Savannah" Basquelaine Cat On The Scent, CGC, SAR earned her first major and 3 points at the Spokane/CDL shows May 22-24th.
First Rally Title for Pinkie & Me - "Pinkie" Basquelaine Ashwini of Intention Hill, CGC, RN earned her Rally Novice title in two trials, starting with Spokane and Couer d' Alene shows in May 22-24th.
New CGC for:
"Savannah" Basquelaine Cat On The Scent, SAR
"Pinkie" Basquelaine Ashwini of Intention Hill
"Abhithi" Basquelaine Abhithi of Intention Hill
I was going through some old video, and realized I'd never shared these two lovely video's of "Makani" Bhanavi of Intention Hill in agility class. Her family is doing so wonderful with her, their first dog!
April 2015 - News
"Freya" Brietta of Intention Hill, eyes normal (CAER exam, formerly called CERF)
Savannah is getting ready for her recertification in wilderness area search, after 4 years away. She is expected to test in May 2015.
Abhithi is training for SAR, and doing fantastic. She shares her mother's vest while she learns. She should be able to test this Summer, in wilderness area search.
Watch for the ads in the May issue of Dogs Naturally Magazine, where Aarti and Pinkie will star in an ad for Glacier Peak Holistics, via one of their baby photos. People often ask me what I keep in my K9 medicine cabinet. I keep my medicine cabinet stocked with these wonderful products.
Cuts, bruises and other ouchies - Inflapotion and Herbal Aspirin. The two products are different, and fulfill different roles, which can be combined. For example, Herbal Aspirin has some herbs for a mild sedative affect, which can be very important in injuries with higher levels of pain. Inflapotion is not just a remedy with anti-inflammatory properties - it is also blended with herbs to promote healing and knitting of tissue.
I also keep herbal salve, and have used this on the llamas and the dogs.
Peak Immune is a product to use during times of stress, including the change in seasons, before dog shows, shipping, etc. It is not a product for daily use, but is designed to support those periods where more support is needed.
I have great success with Glacier Peak Holistics remedies.
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Brodie (from the B Litter) has his Search and Rescue career off to a great start, and with some notoriety. He had a find this month. SAR dogs can go their entire career without a find, because it is the nature of our deployments to help narrow down a search area, and rule out areas of lower probability. So not having finds doesn't mean a dog and handler are not working hard - but when there is a find, it is a wonderful affirmation to our training and efforts, and the capabilities of the dogs. It also brings closure to families, in unfortunate and sad cases, and saves lives in other cases. Here is Brodie on the day of his first find.
Abhithi has been doing fantastic in her area search training. She's much like her mother. I hope she proves to have the same great work ethic, enduran
ce, and love of searching. Here's some video of early sessions - these are all in less than a dozen outings, I'm so impressed with her. I attribute it to both genetics and maturity.
From January 2015
From March 2015
Also "Radha" Cantata A av Thargelion is working on her foundation for SAR trailing. Here is a video of her doing some technical components. These are designed to shape and reinforce nose down behavior, true-to-track, and seeking odor near the track when loosing it. These beginning foundation exercises are intentionally laid with the wind perpendicular to the track. You can see her go to the downwind side and return to the track-true zone (footprints). The exercise is intended to reward this behavior.
January 2015 - News Please welcome to Intention Hill - Jahnu du Domaine de Varoux. Jahnu comes from France, and breeder Evy Monnereau. Jahnu comes with the intention of bringing strong, stable character, and a calmer general demeanor into the family, without losing drive and focus. His pedigree is 75% French Malinois lines, and 25% French Tervuren lines. Within his family, there have been both show dogs, ring sport dogs, companions and sporting dogs. Already he shows great promise for herding.
Jahnu du Domaine de Varoux (FR Import)
DOB: October 15, 2014
Ventadour de Condivicnum x Glamour du Domaine de Vauroux
Bred by Evy Monnereau
December 2014 - News "Savannah" Basquelaine Cat On The Scent, SAR proved that a strong foundation makes for a strong house. She returned to SAR training after nearly 4 years away. She remembered all her foundation behaviors. Though she needs some polishing on her indication, and she remembered all the rules, and showed her intense happiness to be looking for the lost.
The next wonderful event was to start a young dog to follow in Savannah's footsteps. I have started her daughter Abhithi for Area Search.
I have started "Radha" Cantata A av Thargelion in trailing.
November 30, 2014 - News "Brodie" Bajrang of Intention Hill, aka "Mr. Big" was successful in his first SAR test, and is now certified for Area Search with Lake County SAR in Oregon. Congratulations and many thanks to his owner/handler Gail Collins, who also recertified her other Belgian Tervuren, Finn, on this same day. Brodie is the Aqua Boy from the B Litter of Intention Hill. You can see more about Brodie and his siblings on the B Litter Facebook Page, or on the litter page on this site.
November 1, 2014 - News "Freyja"Benazir of Intention Hill competed in her first Dock Diving event, earning her first title of Dock Novice (DN). Congratulations and many thanks to Emmie Lieberman on her first competetive event with her first Belgian Tervuren. Freyja is the Pink Girl from the B Litter of Intention Hill. You can see more about Freyja and her siblings on the B Litter Facebook Page, or on the litter page on this site.
October 16-19, 2014 National Canine Health Symposium
A fantastic opportunity for those that can attend, Dr. Pitcairn will be presenting, among many others. Dr. Pitcairn was an early promoter of raw feeding, alternative (or vaccine free) protocols, and the treatments of disease with homeopathy in dogs.
September 1, 2014 - News "Novak" DDCh Basquelaine Anuraag of Intention Hill, HIT, CGN, RN, BDD competed again, earning himself two new titles (DDACh (Distance Advanced, 1000 pts) and ADD. He is now "Novak DDACh Basquelaine Anuraag of Intention Hill, CGN, HIT, RN, ADD
August 2014 - News Gabbit makes the morning and evening news. We participated in the morning news cast for Channel 6 KHQ in Spokane, to promote the Spokane Disc Dogs Skyhoundz event at Mirabeau Point Park (in conjunction with the Camaro Club Open Auto Show). We also were giving some airtime to announce the trial on 8/13 at Shadle Park. As to the trial, my throwing for the Mirabeau Point Park trial was appalling.
"Freya" Brietta of Intention Hill brings home some loot at her 2nd Disc Dog Trial, August 2014 (Distance and Accuracy, Bullseye, Spot Landing and Time Trial). Congratulations and thank you to Zachary Carlson with his success in competition with his first dog since childhood, and his first Beglian Tervuren. Freya is the Green Girl from the B Litter of Intention Hill. You can see more about Freya and her siblings on the B Litter Facebook Page, or on the litter page on this site.
July 2014 - News A few new photos of the B Litter were posted, and some news...
"Novak" DDCh Basquelaine Anuraag of Intention Hill, HIT, CGN, RN, BDD returns to competition. His injury will be an ongoing problem, however he will continue in Distance and Accuracy Disc Dog classes, and will resume obediene competition. It's fair to say he will not be able to compete in herding or agility, nor participate in bikejor/skijor. He now lives farther into the country, and has a pool, which has helped with his progress immensely.
Some new photos of some of the A's, Gabbit and Radha were posted to Facebook.
Most of the Intention Hill Fleeces have been sold, however I have obtained a number of outside fleeces and have been offering these for sale. Still remaining are a couple of Shetland fleeces, some alpaca and llama fleeces, and some dog fleeces.
June 2014 - First Disc Dog Trial for Gabbit, Jai and Savannah Gabbit wins his first Disc Dog Trial! He won by 1/2 point in Distance and Accuracy with 22 other dogs in competition.
June 2014 - B Litter Updates New photos and videos of the B of Intention Hill Litter (aka Beez)
"Freyja" Benazir of Intention Hill (Pink Girl), first try at dock diving. Freyja trains in IPO in Northern California.
"Thor" Bashir of Intention Hill (Orange Boy), after his obedience class graduation. Thor is now training in agility.
"Makani" Bhanavi of Intention Hill (Yellow Girl), training in agility. Makani has graduated from two puppy classes, and lives with her family in Southern California. She has her own two teenagers and a family cat
"Makani" Bhanavi of Intention Hill (Yellow Girl) showing a self-taught behavior - interesting because her sire Gabbit also tends to do this on fetches
May 27 - Litter Plans - C of Intention Hill As my waiting list begins to fill, I am formulating my plans for the C Litter of Intention Hill. This will be for either Autumn of 2014, or Spring of 2015. Stud TBD. Dam will be Savannah. She will be eight years old next Spring, and probably spayed after her litter leaves for their new homes. I'm looking at several studs which will continues the delightful working qualities, handler focus, and love for life that Savannah and her offspring bring to us.
May 27 - Fresh Photos and Videos of the Beez Some fantastic photo and video updates of the Beez! In no particular order...
"Brodie" Bajrang of Intention Hill (Aqua Boy) - who weighs in at 53 lbs already! (Training in SAR)
"Brodie" Bajrang, SAR training, May 2014 (7 months)
"Thor" Bajrang, SAR training, 7 months, May 2014
"Freya" Brietta of Intention Hill (Green Girl) (training in agility and disc dog)
First practice match with disc dog league
"Freya" Brietta (Green Girl), 7 months old, May 2014
"Makani" Bhanavi of Intention Hill (Yellow Girl) (training in agility)
"Makani" Bhanavi, 7 months old, May 2014 (sea gull gazing)
"Freyja" Benazir of Intention Hill (Pink Girl) (training in IPO)
"Thor" Bashir of Intention Hill (Orange Boy) (training in agility and obedience)
"Thor" Bashir, 7 months, May 2014
"Thor" Bashir, 7 months, May 2014
May 24-26, 2014 - Conformation Show in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene Aanandi and Savannah had an outing with me this past weekend. Aanandi showed three days, and earned RWB one day. Savannah goofed off like a two year old. But I did not mind :D
May 15, 2014 - Sheep Shearing Shearing for 2014 has been completed. I will be posting the fleeces for sale on the Intention Hill FB page, Ravelry and some of the FB pages for raw fleeces. I will post prepared bats or rovings on Etsy (Intention Hill) as I make them. Some mill processed roving and yarn may be available. Fleeces are CVM and Coopworth types, primarily. I have an additional two fleeces which are very fine Cormo (20-23 micron as measured from the seller previous years), and a Cormo-Cotswold cross. These there white fleeces are buttery soft, but not coated. They will need combing and carding to clean VM out, as will most of my other fleeces.
I added three new sheep to the wool flock: a Cormo ram, and two wethers. One of the wethers is Cormo, the other is Cormo-Cotswold. Each year I will sell a percentage of fleeces, and retain a percentage for processing, which I enjoy.
God willing, next year's fleeces will be coated.
May 2014 - Relocation Intention Hill has relocated to Washington - no more grizzly bears.
May 2014 - Admitting When a Career is Over This past Autumn, it was with such a sad heart that I heard the news of "Novak" Anuraag's career ending injury. True there are some surgeries (TPO) and perhaps some contemporary therapies which could be attempted at a veterinary school or in his home, but at great expense without assurances of full recovery for competition. And so my sweet Anuraag, with home I held so much hope, and in home I saw so much light, will compete no more. He had a fall, and chipped his knee, and damaged the ligament. It has been very stressful for his owner and for me, and I am very sad. But he is a happy boy, and he still lives up to his name, which after all, means "love" and not "sports champion.".
April 7, 2014 - Happy Birthday to the Basquelaine Super Sleuths Litter Happy Birthday to my "Savannah" Basquelaine Cat On The Scent, SAR. Savannah is 7 years young today. Her mother Serah will be 14 on April 30. Savannah was certified to SAR in 2008, 2009 and 2010. She is dam of two litters (Matti Deabei x Savannah, 2011, 3/5) and (Gabbit Elmar Slovakia x Savannah, 2013, 2/4). Savannah is my sweet sidekick, and the cat's meow around here. She's always ready to work, and simply a delight to live with. She passes on her strong character, and handler attentiveness to her offspring.
March 18, 2014 - Happy FIRST Birthday to the A av Thargelion Litter Happy FIRST Birthday to my "Radha" and her siblings from the A av Thargelion litter. Radha is formally known as Cantata A av Thargelion. She has one Tervuren sibling and six Groendendael siblings. Her siblings in Europe will now begin obtaining their health clearances. Radha is shared with me by her breeder Carina Tollefsen.
February 7, 2014 - Farming Farming is never easy, but it is a lifestyle which can be very wholesome and fulfilling. Today I had to send one of my flock guardians over the bridge. Buttons, the female llama that I got from AllMosta Ranch rescue fell on January 18th. It was clear then that she was quite ill, and had been for some time. Because she and Zipper free range, joining the sheep for grazing, and sleeping in the forest beyond the ram pen, it was not often I would have close interaction with them. Buttons struggled with skin problems which began before her arrival. I would treat patches of bald thick skin, and the hair would grow back, only to see other patches erupt. Once she fell, it was clear she was weak. She was thin, but not emaciated. I put her in the night pen, and treated her with Ivermectin, PennG and then Fenbendazol. The vet came out and took blood samples and skin scrapings but found nothing conclusive except for a high WBC. We put her on NuFlor. However from Sunday through today, she did not stand. By yesterday, it seemed only one of her hind legs was working. She did not even spit at me when I gave her the injections yesterday. She must have been struggling to try to stand because she turned herself to face the opposite direction, and dug a large hole beneat her in the snow. By this morning, she could no longer eat, and just lay there shivering. She seemed only vaguely aware of her surroundings. I ended her suffering as we do for most farm animals, and then sheared out her barrel. Two local cowboys came and took her body away. Zipper sang softly as she was carried away. We visited and I fed him. He is now living full time with the rams, where he has no conflicts with the LGD. I am very sad to lose a llama. They are mysterious and gentle creatures, who seem to always whisper great threads of wisdom. God Speed Buttons.
December 13, 2013 The Flying Beez "Devi" Bhagavathi (Red Girl) and "Freya" Breitta (Green Girl) flew to Ohio together. Freya joins Zachary and Megan Carlson and their 3 ferrets and 1 cat as a new family member outside the Cleveland area. Zachary is an avid hiker and outdoorsman, and plays frisbee golf. He has aspirations of training Freya in agility and disc dog, and perhaps herding. Devi is retained by Intention Hill in co-ownership with a trusted friend. She will spend time with extended Basquelaine family, and may return to Intention Hill for showing or performance endeavors in the future. "Thor" Bashir (Orange Boy) flew to Denver, and joins the family of Brad and Pam Waufle in Wyoming. He will be their new ranch hand, guardian and best friend. Brad has aspirations to train Thor in herding, obedience and agility.
And so we have an empty nest at Intention Hill, and prepare for a season of skijor and possibly sledding.
December 11, 2013 Basquelaine Aarti of Intention Hill Aarti traveled finally, after a long wait, to her new home in Long Island with the Noon family.
December 8, 2013 The Traveling Beez "Brodie" Bajrang of Intention Hill (Aqua Boy), "Freyja" Benazir of Intention Hill (Pink Girl) and Bhanavi of Intention Hill had baths and manicures on Saturday December 7, then loaded up in the truck with myself and their mother Savannah. We drove icey, wintery roads to Spokane Washington, where we met with Gail Collins of Southern Oregon, who now owns "Brodie" Bajrang. Gail and her husband took the Three Traveling Beez with them, an d after an overnight visit with family, headed home to Southern Oregon with a 10 hour drive. They had several stops for play time along the beautiful Salmon River, and enjoyed their visit with the Collins family. The following morning, braving Wintery road conditions, Gail met with Emmie Lieberman of Northern California, and exchanged "Freyja" Benazir and Bhanavi. The two girls went home with Emmie, with still slow driving conditions, and enjoyed play time in the snow there. They met her Great Pyrenees flock guardian, some of the flock members (poultry) and her Doberman named Quinn. The following morning, they had the last leg of their journey, as Emmie met with Naomi Ryono of Southern California to pass off Bhanavi to Naomi and her daughter Elle. They Ryono ladies took their new bundle of blessing on home with a full day of driving. Thus ended the journey of the Traveling Beez.
"Brodie" Bajrang joins Lake County SAR and California Oregon Regional SAR as Gail's up and coming SAR dog. He will share her home with Gail's other Tervuren Finn of Sky Acres breeding.
"Freyja" Benazir joins Emmie for IPO training, and will begin in the most auspicious way with a seminar slot with Mario Verslype in January. Mario has fantastic foundation principles for starting puppies in IPO. He himself handled"Freyja" Benazir's great great grandfather Stoned van Duvetorre, Stoned's son Hasco, and a 2nd generation down from Stoned in Usca. All three dogs were world championship participants in IPO.
Bhanavi joins the Ryono family in Southern California as their first Belgian, and they have interest in exploring nosework, agility and possibly herding.
December 4, 2013 Sending off the Beez The Bumble Beez will begin their journeys to their new homes on Sunday. Some of their activities outdoors have been limited by bitter cold temeratures here in Montana - 2 degrees this morning, and it's expected to grow colder! Red Girl remains unconfirmed in her placement. Contact me if interested.
Gabbit Elmar Slovakia x Basquelaine Cat On The Scent, SAR
born October 2, 2013
Red Girl (Bhagavathi)
Intention Hill et al
retained in co-ownership
Pink Girl (Benazir)
Aqua Boy (Bajrang)
Green Girl (Brietta)
Discdog, Agility, Herding
Orange Boy (Bashir)
Brad & Pam/Wyoming
Obedience, Agility, Herding
Yellow Girl (Bhanavi)
Obedience, Agility, Nosework
November 2, 2013 Growing up the Beez The B of Intention Hill Litter, affectionately referred to as "The Beez" have new photo albums for each week of their lives!
October 2, 2013 B Litter is born! The B of Intention Hill Litter is born! This was a mating between my Slovakian import Gabbit Elmar Slovakia and my SAR bitch Basquelaine Cat On The Scent "Savannah." Puppies have been reserved for Search and Rescue, IPO/schutzhund, agility/disc dog, herding and PPD. Standby reservations are being accepted, in the event one or two puppies don't fit the requirements of the buyers. Puppies are suitable for Search and Rescue, Conservation Detection, Narcotics/Explosives/Contraband Detection, Service (not for mobility assistance), Ranch Work, Sports, Personal Protection and very active companion homes. Puppies will have intense toy drives and strong handler focus. Prey drive is expected to be moderate with self-control if conditioned for primary focus on toys. The puppies have their own Facebook Page!
August 26, 2013 OFA Results
Gabbit Elmar Slovakia (ICh Prot Deabei, IPOIII x Karla z Polytanu, LE)
born June 12, 2011
Normal 2012, 2013
Full dentition, scissors
sable, mild parvo @ 6 months, full recovery
UKC Ch. Matti Deabei x Basquelaine Cat On The Scent, SAR cert.
born June 19, 2011
Red Girl (Aanandi)
Full dentition, scissors
sable, mild parvo @ 6 months, full recovery
Pink Girl (Ashwini)
Full dentition, scissors
mahogany, parvo @ 6 months, full recovery
Purple Girl (Alluring)
Full dentition, scissors
sable, fx left femur
Aqua Boy (Amal)
Full dentition, scissors
Green Girl (Abhithi)
Full dentition, scissors
mahogany, parvo @ 6 months, full recovery
Orange Boy (Anuraag)
*Optioned with possible dystrophy in both eyes 1/2012, 7/2012 Dx with Pannus, both eyes.
Full dentition, scissors
Small break or malformation in tail, no affectation
Yellow Girl (Aarti)
Prelim Good to Excellent
Full dentition, scissors
mahogany, Soft tissue injury to back and pelvis, 12 weeks, parvo @ 6 months, full recovery
Blue Boy (Amsterdam)
Full dentition, scissors
July 28, 2013 "Novak" DDCh Basquelaine Anuraag of Intention Hill, CGN, HIT, RN, BDD Day 2 of Frisbee Regionals, 3rd place(67 pts) and 1st place overall at CDDA Regional Championships Quebec!
July 27, 2013 "Novak" DDCh Basquelaine Anuraag of Intention Hill, CGN, HIT, RN, BDD
Day 1 of Frisbee Regionals, 2nd place (62 pts), Earned DDCh
June 27, 2013 Intention Hill welcomes Cantata A av Thargelion! Amid the worry with Jai, we welcome a new gift of great potential. Cantata A av Thargelion will be share with her breeder Carina Tollefsen of Kennel Thargelion in Norway. My gratitude to Carina for agreeing to share her with me, and to Jannett Anson for acting as consignee in Seattle, and Corey Goyer in assisting with the final travel arrangements. Read more about Cantata here.
June 22, 2013 Tragedy strikes for Jairam Just after midnight, Jairam had what appeared to be a grand mal seizure. I am devestated and deeply worried for him. I will give more details after medical tests. Jai has been training in narcotics and protection, after deciding I would not return to SAR with him in Montana. He is proficient on marijuana and heroin, and performing vehicle and building searches in training.
June 19, 2013 Happy 2nd Birthday to the A Litter! It's so hard to believe they are TWO years old already! Happy Happiest Birthday to the A Litter, and in order of appearance:
Aanandi: Earned RWB at ABTC 2013 National Specialty in Portland
"Pinkie" Ashwini made her first attempt at Rally Novice A at ABTC 2013 National Specialty in Portland
"Lourdes" Alluring recovered nicely from her broken femur
"Mulder" Amal now goes on trail rides w/ his horses/ family,and assist w/ medicating shy wolves at his ranch
Abhithi 3rd in Bred By at ABTC 2013 National Specialty in Portland and started in foundation agility
"Novak" Anuraag, CGN, HIC, BDD, DDX and a Q in agility, and now exploring IPO as a possibility
Aarti recovered from back injury and will be going to a new home this Summer... she is my Zen Princess
"Vallon" Amsterdam is now described as a carbon copy of his mother in behavior
Happy Birthday to my Savannah babies, and great thanks to owners and fans!
June 18, 2013 Wonderful Video of Jai's aunt Bejaydunia Jai's aunt Bejaydunia (Disco's sister) performing at Suisse Nationale 2012 at 10 years of age.
June12, Hppy Birthday to Gabbit! Happy Birthday to Gabbit and his siblings! TWO years old! Gabbit has been getting foundation training in narcotics, and working on socializing and playing in novel environments. He's also begun to tend grazes with the sheep, and is started on frisbee retrieves in hopes of competing in frisbee at some point. Over 2012, he did some light skijoring with Jai, and proved to have fantastic work ethic. He will begin tracking training also if he does not continue in narcotics. Since Jai is doing so well in narcotics, I don't know if I will train another dog on it until later when he begins to age out. However Gabbit can work on obedience and tracking aspects for IPO. There is no IPO club here right now, so we will have to settle with that.
May 25-30, 2013 ABTC National Specialty, Portland, Oregon May 25-26, Savannah competed in her first herding trial at the ABTC National Specialty. It was my first since Kylie passed away, and a long time really for me. Savannah must take after her sire in levels of offensiveness to crook direction. After attending a seminar with Larry Painter when she was quite young, Savannah decided that if a crook would be tossed at her, sh ewould not herd. But she was fairly amped up before her run, so I took a crook in "just in case." She "sort of" worked. She covered her stock a couple times, but then let them run down field in the PT course. They went back to the draw. I should have just dropped my crook, but hindsight being 20/20... Well so I retired on course. On day 2, I worked with no crook. I had to be in her face a few times, she was putting too much pressure on the sheep. This caused a couple splits, which sent her chasing after. She didn't do any grips, but I ran after her anyway, preferring not to have a single chased. She returned the single to the group, and on we went. She did some nice covers, which were helped by me starting the motion for her, and squaring my shoulders to the sheep. There was one point where the sheep balled up in the corner, and one dropped it's nose to her, which eliceted a perfect head from her. The judge liked it. We'll try to get ready for the July ASCA trial here in Montana.
May 28 Pinkie and I had a delightful lesson with Julie Flannery (www.rallyfree.com). I learned so much in our short session. Would be so nice to be living back there in Oregon and near her. I really appreciate trainers that will work with you where you are, and without judgement.
May 29th Pinkie and I both made our debut to Rally Novice A at the ABTC National Specialty(Portland). Though she was charming with all people, Pinkie was too nervous to perform. We practiced in the hallway, but once in the ring, I got a cute Terv walking beside me and only did one finish front. She wouldn't perform any other moves. It's okay though she showed her lovely attentiveness, and we will keep practicing and going places. We'll try obedience at Home Depot and there is an obedience class starting up locally that we will join.
May 30th, Abhithi, Aanandi and Savannah were entered in Conformation (ABTC National Specialty, Regular Classes). Savannah went 2nd in American Bred, Abhithi was 3rd (last) in Bred By Exhibhitor, and Aanandi was 2nd in Amateur Owner Handler. Then.... Aanandi went Reserve Winners Bitch for the ABTC National Specialty and a 3pt major :D I was moved to tears. I was so happy. She showed like she belongs in the ring. It was her first time. And I've only shown a few times. I'm not a good handler really, but I love to be with my dogs. It was an amazing experience! We are looking forward to showing again, perhaps at Centralia in July. More pictures to come!
May 20, 2013 "Novak" Anuraag earned his BDD (Basic Disc Dog) title at St-Lazare. He earned 6th place and 1st place in consecutive runs.
May 12, 2013 "Novak" Anuraag earned his first qualifying score and 1st place in agility in the Standard Jumpers class, 22" at Club d'agilité de Montréal. Here is his qualifying run (video).
January 6, 2013 A new title for Anu!!! "Novak" Basquelaine Anuraag of Intention Hill earns his DDX title today with a 2nd place 50pt finish. First time with an indoor trial and seemed very happy to be back at it.
December 3, 2012 RIP Unia d'Ajelpajo, granddam of my Jai.
I've just learned from Jai's breeder that the world famous Unia passed on at 16 1/2 years old. She was still running in agility at 14 years old, and survived her daughter (from her only litter) "Disco" Baikadunia (Jai's mother) who passed away earlier this year to Hermangiosarcoma!
Unia's other offspring continue, as I understand it, including Brittadunia (USA), Bejaydunia recently at 10 1/2 yo won the Swiss Championship in August in agility, Bogeydunia still running agility in the Netherlands, and Jazzydunia with Guy Blanke (Unia's owner) running agility.
Unia's only litter was to Ch Megaspirits' All for One (Athos).
October 31, 2012 A new ram for Intention Hill for the Blackbelly Flock. I traded one of the juvenile BB rams with Five "R" Stockdogs/Sagebrush Meats for this three year old. He has a good attitude. His horns do not curl wide, as mine do, and I would like more length of back, but he has good legs and good color. We're overdue for a fresh BB ram here. So for next breeding, including the two BB ewes that currently have lambs on the ground, I expect to put FiveR to service.
October 31, 2012
"Jai" Chittaprasad Jairam du Volant begins Patrol/Protection training for security work.
October 14, 2012
"Novak" Anuraag completes his Rally Novice title in Canada at the Canadian Collie & Sheltand Sheepdog Association Trial.
September 29, 2012
Aarti, Abhithi and I visited with "Mulder" Amal (aka Aqua Boy) for the afternoon. We headed over to the lake for a swim, and play. I posted some photos here.
September 16, 2012
Another BRAG from the A litter!!! "Novak" Basquelaine Anuraag of Intention Hill, aka Prince Anu, competed in his first Rally Obedience trial at Club Canin Chomedev. He got 95% for 2nd place in his first run, and 98% for 1st place in his second run! Visit "Novak's page here. There are videos of his runs, and his complete "Performance Resume."
September 3, 2012
Another BRAG from the A litter!!! "Novak" Basquelaine Anuraag of Intention Hill, aka Prince Anu, won 1st place in BOTH runs at his frisbee trial today, with a scores of 65 pts and 55 pts. Comments from the judge include "Novak is a dog who can be in the numbers ones in Canada!" Our Prince Anu needs one more leg to complete his BDD title. He's currently at 271 pts, and needs a total of 300pts to complete the DDX title. Visit "Novak's page here.
August 12, 2012 A BRAG from the A litter!!! "Novak" Basquelaine Anuraag of Intention Hill, aka Prince Anu, won 1st place in the first leg of his frisbee trial today, with a score of 71 pts. He earned 2nd place in the second leg with a score of 53pts. He is now Basquelaine Anuraag of Intention Hill, CGN, HIT, DD. Anu's grandmother "Hupy" is also a frisbee queen. Grandma breeder Beata says she's very proud, and so am I! Some photos and a video of his first session here.
July 27, 2012
Some sad health updates for the A litte or relatives of the A'sr:
Orange Boy "Anu" was diagnosed with Pannus, at 1 year of age (07/27/2012)
Muko Deabei (brother to Matti Deabei, sire of the A's) to cancer (small intestine) at 6 years of age.
Minea Deabei (sister to Matti Deabei, sire of the A's) produced one offspring with idiopathic epilepsy (Dx 1/2012, euthanized 3/2012).
River, half sibling to Savannah (mother of the A's) has been diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy (Brenner x Jo litter).
June 30, 2012 Novak competed in his first Frisbee Trial today! Sandra Lafontaine reports that Novak did well at his first frisbee trial. She said it was windy and hard to throw straight, and she had to head to work right after her runs, so doesn't know the results yet. "But im VERY proud of him - good behavior good focus hes just awesome to bring to canine events."
Bravo to both of them, and really wishing that Sandra's throat would stop hurting. Novak, also called Anu, is more formally known as Basquelaine Anuraag of Intention Hill, CGN, RPT, HIT. Sandra, sent to me by Kelley Hoffman, was interested in one of Anu's sisters, but after I watched her working Vega, I had a strong sense that Anu was her dog. It's been a match made in heaven, they are just in love.
I sent him to her at six months of age, a difficult age to travel alone on a plane for a young Belgian boy, but he has really blossomed with Sandra and her community of dog friends.
Novak/Anu is from the Basquelaine 'A' of Intention Hill litter by UKC Ch Matti Deabei out of my SAR Cert bitch "Savannah" Basquelaine Cat On The Scent (who is torturing the boys in her standing heat as we speak), bred by Kelley Hoffman and me.
June 19, 2012 I wish a very happy birthday to my first litter! It seems impossible that one year ago today, the A's were born! It was Father's Day, and they began just after midnight, arriving about every half hour, but for the last two, which barely had a moment between them. Four of the puppies went on to new homes, and four are still with me. I have jobs to begin training them in, though I will still consider sending two of them on to the right performance or working home.
Basquelaine Amal of Intention Hill "Mulder" is in a companion home on a ranch in Montana. He is to accompany his mistress on trail rides, and help alert the homesteaders to intrusion and predation. He provides them many hours of entertainment.
Basquelaine Alluring of Intention Hill "Lourdes" is with Kelley Hoffman of Basquelaine, and will be part of Kelley's ongoing breeding program. Lourdes broke her leg and has a plate on that femur. She might not have the opportunity to show. She is adored by Kelley and Rick, and also now known as Princess.
Basquelaine Amsterdam of Intention Hill "Vallon" is also with Kelley Hoffman of Basquelaine, and will be part of Kelley's ongoing breeding program. Vallon may have opportunities to participate in showing, agility, tracking or IPO as Kelley or a nearby handler can accomodate, but he will do her proud regardless.
Basquelaine Ashwini of Intention Hill "Pinkie" is with me, and will be training for freestyle and rally, under the online video tutelage of Julie Flannery. She will also be training for Conservation Detection with a new partnership I am part of in the Pacific Northwest. We are working on deciding our first odor, and will begin. Pinkie is suitable for Search and Rescue, agility and possibly herding (ducks certainly, lighter sheep yes, cows no), and could be available for such a home.
Basquelaine Aarti of Intention Hillis with me, and will also be training for detection. We are still contemplating what this will be, as she is very detail oriented like Pinkie, but also has a nice deep nose. It will either be Conservation Detection, or trailing for pet finding, or both really. I hope to also show Aarti in conformation. She says she might like to try herding. Aarti loves swimming, and is a much calmer brand of energy than her siblings, though she is happy to be active all day, as opposed to short bursts of energy. She is nicely tolerant of heat. She is suitable for Search and Rescue, Tracking and Obedience. With her calm and affectionate demeanor, Aarti could also participate in therapy or reading for children programs, but as an active dog with lots of drive, she must also have a good exercise program. I see no residual symptoms from her previous back injury at this time.
Basquelaine Abhithi of Intention Hill is with me, and will be training in agility. I will have online structure and coaching from Marla Friedler, and have practice sessions locally while we are in Montana. Once we move back to Washington or Oregon, we will inroll in some local activities. If opportunity presents, I'd like her to go to Marla for training and handling. At some point, I will also work Abhithi in herding. She has a lot of drive in a very small package. Abhithi is a fairly sharp bitch, very dominant, extremely athletic. She is an extreme swimmer, and I hope, a future dock diving participant. I may train her for Area Search over the next year as a back up to Savannah.
Basquelaine Aanandi of Intention Hill is with me. I have not decided what I will do with her. I really want to work her in avalanche on Mount Hood, and participate in the ski patrol there, but of course, our move is undetermined at this time. She could also participate in the Conservation Detection program. With her current coat, which could be very different as her adult coat comes in, I don't find her as heat tolerant for conservation work in Summer environments, nor Wilderness SAR in warmer months. Once we move, I'd like to try her for IPO. She has come off her bite somewhat, but I expet she'll go back one as she passes through this phase of hormones. I may also work her in herding for trialing. Aanandi is very biddable, though independent, and a deep thinker. She is very social and loves all people. I look forward to showing her in conformation as well.
June 8, 2012 Novak had a special and exciting day! He and Sandra Lafontaine participated in the filming of an episode of Animo, a pet-focused weekly television show in Canada. Novak and Sandra practiced Frisbee for this episode, which takes a look at dog sports. Sandra reports that Novak was a star, friendly with the film crew and other participating dogs. She says she learned some new frisbee techniques to boot, from Martin Daunais.
Filming lasted about 3 hours, and we'll let you know when the episode airs! Such a wonderful opportunity for both of them! Upcoming episodes can be viewed here: http://www.tou.tv/animo. The show's official website is here http://www.radio-canada.ca/emissions/animo/2012/. Visit them on Facebook for, hopefully, some sneak previews https://www.facebook.com/AnimoRC! Novak was of course, the Orange Boy from the A Litter. He is more formally known as Basquelaine Anuraag of Intention HIll, bred by Kelley Hoffman and me, and co-owned by Sandra Lafontaine and me. For more about this litter, clicke here.
Also June 8, 2012
I am sad to learn of the passing of Jairam's mother, "Disco" Ch Baikadunia, AX, AXJ, STDs, MAD, MS, MA, CGC. "DIsco" died of hermangiosarcoma at the age of 10. She produced 19 offspring, and has 26 grandget on the ground as well. Her offspring have been healthy to date with exception of one puppy with epilepsy. Disco gave an intensity of energy and enthusiasm to her offspring. She was highly social and silly, intense in prey drive and athleticism, and seemed to be an eternal puppy herself. RIP Disco. May you find the flock you can really herd there in heaven. Kisses for you. Disco (DN02643101, 5/11/02) was bred by Guy Blancke, by Ch. Megaspirit's All For One x Unia d' Aielpaje. She was owned by Chris & Ryan Libs. Her mother Unja still lives at 16 years of age, in Belgium. I have written more about my memory of Disco here.
April 3, 2012 Eva's lambs are on the way. She's been uncomfortable all evening. She wanted to lamb in the woods, which is cleaner, but with the fox about, and lions, coyotes and wolves, I made her come into the barn. Eva is 1/2 Shetland x 1/4 Rabouillet 1/4 Polypay. More about this here.
March 28, 2012 Predation begins, signaling Spring. One lamb lost to Raven attack. Neighbors dogs killed by lion, and another by wolf. More about this here.
March 23-24, 2012
Basquelaine A of Intention Hill Litter CERF Clear/Normal (Aanandi, Aarti, Abhithi, Aswhini, Mulder)
Basquelaine Cat On The Scent "Savannah" CERF Clear/Normal
Chiitaprasad Jairam du Volant CERF Normal
Gabbit Elmar Slovakia CERF Normal
March 22, 2012
Aarti spinal xrays reveal normal spine with no fractures, preliminary hip xrays confirm good to excellent hips, pelvis still not fused, no signs of panosteitis - gorgeous healthy bones. Confirms soft tissue injury, which has been steadily healing with Percussive Realignment from Deb Gwynn of Glacier Peak Holistics, plus the addition of MSM, Vitamin C and Inflapotion.
March 9, 2012
New photos of the puppies at home, with two cute series "Study on Tennis Ball" (Pinkie) and "Reflections of a Tennis Ball" (Abhithi), 8 months old: Photos here.
February 18-20, 2012
This weekend, Gabbit, Abhithi and Savannah practiced skijor with just a collar line, running beside Jairam. For Gabbit and Abhithi, this was their first time. Neither one had any reaction to the skis nor the sound of the skis when I snow plowed :P Abhithi kept jumping over my skies, cirling me... without fear! Liveing up to her name. Here is some video of their first attempts: Gabbit with Jai
February 17, 2012
I am saddened by the loss of a great Groenendael, FR 3 MR 3 Orsam de Salte Cabre, FR3, MR3. Orsam was the first Groenendael in 25 years to be present at the final of the ring ( Fr.Ring III, Selectif 2003 & 2004, Finalist 2003, Mondioring III, Selectif 2005, Finalist in september 2005). I am privileged to have one of his sons, Chittaprasad Jairam du Volant "Jai" (SAR), and to have connected with others with his progeny so I may follow their progress in life. He left us February 17th, at 14 years of age. RIP and my condolences to André Dugast. http://www.working-dog.eu/dogs-details/6950/Orsam-de-Salte-Cabre
February 4, 2012
New photos of Gabbit and Aarti at Lake Kookanoosa-MT, 7 months old: Photos here.
January 29, 2012
New photos of "Mulder" (Amal), Abhithi and Aanand, 7 months oldi: Photos here.
December 31, 2012 - Lambing Season Began!
Last season, we lost two lambs early Spring, causing two ewes to be on a different lambing schedule for 2012. The first ewe had her lamb trampled in a feeding frenzy over the daily mash. This year, ewes are staying in the night pen for three days, The LGD also prevent the previous frenzy over the mash. The second early loss last year was due to fox predation. The remaining ewes should lamb in February.
December 10, 2011
Exciting announcement from Kennel Deabei, from which we have the sire of the A Litter (Matti Deabei) and the sire of Gabbit (Prot Deabei). Prot will be bred to Minea Deabei, Matti's sister, for a 2012 litter. We will follow this litter with great interest, as it may be predictive of future aspirations for Gabbit and the girls from the A Litter.
The remaining four A Litter puppies and Gabbit contracted Parvo after Pinkie visited Petco on the 3rd. All puppies have made a full recovery. Gabbit and Aanandi were not very sick, Gabbit had mild inappetance and diarrhea for a week, Aanandi had inappentance, bloody diarrhea and a little vomiting, but only for two days, then she was bouncing off the walls again. Pinkie took 5-6 days to recover, with her primary issue being inappetance. She had soem diarrhea and vomiting, but mostly she had no action. She got fluids for 1/2 day, IV. Abhithi needed about 5 days of IV fluids, during the day,and I brought her home each night for holistic treatment. Aarti was the sickest, but still maintained her energy to go potty at the litter, or to vary her sleeping spots. She took about two weeks. All puppies have made a full recovery, with the only long term affect expected to be lifetime immunity.
Anuraag flies to his new home in Quebec City - Montreal. He is now called "Novak" and will train in agility, obedience, herding and skijor. He is now co-owned with Sandra Lafontaine and Tracy Wessel.
All puppies in the litter passed their BAER testing with hearing in both ears (+/+).
September 3, 2011
Aqua Boy is now Basquelaine Amal of Intention Hill "Mulder" - now with Marty & Harriet Collier of Libby, MT
August 30, 2011
Purple Girl is now Basquelaine Alluring of Intention Hill "Lourdes" - now in residence with Basquelaine
Blue Boy is now Basquelaine Amsterdam of Intention Hill "Vallon" - now in residence with Basquelaine
Red Girl is now Basquelaine Aanandi of Intention Hill - will remain with Intention Hill
Welcome to Gabbit Elmar Slovakia (Ich.Prot Deabei, IPO2 x CAC, R.CACIB Karla z Polytanu), bred by Juraj Paulovič, Slovakia
Prot trains in IPO with owner/breeder Beata Stybrova in the Chzech Republic. Karla is with the Slovakian Police with owner/handler Juraj Paulovič. Gabbit will train in narcotics detection and protection, and team with Jairam for skijor when he is old enough.
June 11, 2011
Prot Deabe (Sire of Gabbit) with breeder/owner/handler Beata Štýbrová - IPO3 (77/87/82)
Prot Deabei executed exam IPO3 today.
Helpers Martin Plecháček and Tomáš Taubner. "Points are not selective, but they are good enough and due to the strict arbitration I appreciate them.
The exam left me feeling good from hard work and enjoyment of training. Prot worked for me and it was great.
I love my dog! I love Prot :o)"
"Brodie" Bajrang of Intention Hill, 1 year (Nov 2014)
"Brodie" Bajrang of Intention Hill, 10 months
"Makani" Bhanavi of Intention Hill, 10 months
Gabbit Elmar Slovakia, 15 months (9/23/12)
Aarti, 15 monhts (9/23/12)
Anuraag "Novak" at his 2nd Frisbee Trial (8/12/12)
Aanandi with her mother Savannah (3/9/12, T. Wessel)