Yes, is time to put 2022 to bed! Many thanks to all our instructors, students, friends and family for helping make 2022 another successful year for Bella Vista.
This was the 22nd year for Terry Rowe to work her magic and create our holiday photo. It is hard to believe that in the beginning we had to get all the dogs posing together—oh, those days before Photo Shop! In this year’s photo, Steph is holding Ethel, Olivia is on the stool with Ida and Midge beside her. Border Collies: Can-ya?! is on the left with Black Jack and Murray (yes, we have a border collie puppy-a son of our Jack) sitting next to Rob on the right. We have also added another Cesky Terrier to the pack, Leona is in the cradle who is a half-sister to Lucille. So, if we had to answer the question “is 8 enough?” we must say “No” since we now have 9!
Events and Trial Secretary Services
BVTC continues to offer a wide variety of classes, seminars, workshops, and events. Plans for 2023 include our usual AKC & CPE Agility Trials, CDSP Obedience Trials, WCRL Rally and AKC Rally/Obedience Trials & Barn Hunt Trials. Two new events in 2023 will be a Rally Marathon in February-3 days, 6 trials and an April Rat-A-Thon: 10 days of Barn Hunt Events, including 7 days of trials, a Judges Workshop and practice sessions. As always, Bella Vista will be busy, busy, busy!!
The Adventures of Steph and Rob
In 2022, Steph and Rob were able to once again able to return to the sea to participate in a Disco Cruise.
They attended the AKC Agility Judges Re-Education in Nashville, TN and got to do all the Music City attractions including going to the Grand Ole Opry and buying boots! This year Steph & Rob’s judging assignments were local since so many things were going on at Bella Vista.
Steph’s main project this year was renovating a second cottage in Mt. Gretna. All of the furniture was either given to her, purchased at yard sales or thrift stores or picked off the side of the road. It is amazing what a little paint and stain can do! The first cottage was rented almost every weekend and she will be renting out the second one also. Both cottages are dog friendly and close to agility trials at In The Net in Palmyra. The cottages are listed on VRBO but you can contact Steph to book direct.
The Dog Report
Can-Ya!?: This year Can-Ya?! decided that Barn Hunt is her sport and excelled at all trials with a variety of handlers. If she could speak, we are sure that she would say “a handler? I don’t need a stinking handler!”
Black Jack: Jack continues to love any sport that involves running and jumping! He is also an expert Barn Hunt exhibitor and like Can-Ya?! he is fun to watch!
Murray: Murray is our newest border collie and is a son of Black Jack. He is currently enrolled in agility and obedience classes. He is already competing in Barn Hunt and is at the senior level.
Ethel: Ethel spent the year entertaining the crowd at local agility trials by either having perfect run or by being a Westie comedian! She also participated in rally and barn hunt trials. In October she earned the Certificate of Conformation Assessment from the West Highland White Terrier Club of America.
Olivia: Olivia continues to compete in Barn Hunt, Fast CAT and agility trials. In August, she gave 5 little puppies-4 boys and 1 girl and they have all found wonderful forever homes.
Lucille: Lucille once again qualified for the AKC Agility Invitationals, and this year also got invited to the AKC Fast CAT Invitationals. She was the fastest Cesky at Fast CAT and earned a clean run at the Agility Invitationals. As always, she was the crowd favorite for doing extra tunnels! Lucille also started competing in scent work and has earned multiple titles in the exterior, interior, buried & container elements.
Midge: In October Midge also was evaluated at the West Highland White Terrier Club of America’s Quality Westie review and earned the Certificate of Conformation Assessment from the West Highland White Terrier Club of America. She also competed in Barn Hunt, Agility & Fast CAT events.
Ida: Leona is the newest addition to our pack! Steph flew out to Montana and brought her home in July. She has begun training in both agility and rally. She has competed in AKC Rally and has 2 legs towards her Novice Title.
Leona: Leona is the newest addition to our pack! Steph flew out to Montana and brought her home in July. She has begun training in both agility and rally. She has competed in AKC Rally and has 2 legs towards her Novice Title.
The Puppy Report
2022 was another year of puppies and more puppies. While we did not keep
any here for us to raise, we did place a boy from Olivia’s litter in a home where we will be able to show and use him at stud. Edie has been bred and is due in late January 2023. Life is merrier with a terrier.
Please go to The Bella Vista Facebook page to view photos and videos of the puppies.
Wishing you and your canine companions a Very merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Please Join us at BVTC in 2023 for more dog fun!
Steph, Rob, Can-Ya?!, Black Jack, Murray, Olivia, Midge, Ethel, Ida, Lucille & Leona
“The 2022 Bella Vista Gang”