Shadowbar Shepherds

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New year

Posted by Judith Snowdon on February 26, 2015 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's hoping 2015 is a great year.  Still trying to get past the fact that my two old girls are gone.  Each day is better.  I have Swayze, the image of Token, in her outside run and it helps to drive up and have him there. RoZe, Mesa's daughter, is thrilled to be the 'old' dog now and look after the house and all that goes with that job.

We were thrilled to be invited to Purina Farms in Missouri to compete at the U.S. Rally Nationals this March with not one, but TWO dogs.  Yes, at the Great Falls, Montana trials last September, Castle, our shiba inu, and Drummer, our sheltie, received amazing scores. Castle took first place and High Combined with a score 0f 398/400 over four trials with Drummer right behind with 395/400.  Had his handler, guess who, not caused him to lose 3 points, the dogs would have been tied for first place and High Combined.  Our goal for Drummer this year is to concentrate on Herding,  and both he and Castle will compete in agility, scent hurdle, and Nosework.

Hunter, GSD,  retired from Herding at the top of his career, winning a High in Trial and two Reserve High in Trials at the Winchester Ranch trials last summer. Not sure what is in store for him, although he hasn't finished his Rally Excellent yet. Hmmm.


Shaggy has nothing planned for her this summer so she is free to be.....

Swayze will work at being a Draft Dog.  We have four DD's and one DDX on our shepherds so he may as well be the fifth. Draft Dog work has been a favorite thing of mine and I am happy to say that the Rottweiler Club Of Canada has invited me to be one of three judges at their Bragg Creek Test this April. 

And I am absolutely thrilled to be flying to Grande Prairie in April to do a 2 day workshop on Scent Hurdle and Obedience with their club.

One of my favorite shows ever is the Evelyn Kenny show at Springbank Park for all seasons just west or Calgary and this year, the club has asked me to judge their Rally Obedience on July 11th. I really look forward to it.  I can camp onsite with our new trailer and I can hardly wait.

Planning a Draft Dog Workshop for this summer as well and a Mock DD here at home. 

If all goes well, we will be able to travel this summer to visit and train with some of our favorite people.   In the meantime,

High Scores and Happy Heeling to Everyone.

The End of An Era

Posted by Judith Snowdon on November 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (1)


   "How Lucky am I to have had something that makes saying goodby so hard."  

                    A.A. Milne

Just a month apart, I said goodby to two of my greatest dogs and companions, Ch. Snowycreeks' Dakota Rose, CD, HS, CGN, RAE (Mesa Sue)  and Ch. Tawnashee's Rose at Shadowbar, (Token) CD. RE. SHDCh. HS, CGN, ITD.

Such a loss is overwhelming because these two girls had been with me for a long time. Mesa Sue was 13 1/2 and Token 12 years old when the time came to walk them to the edge of the Rainbow Bridge. 

This picture below was taken when the girls were young. We had entered the Herding Tested Class in a CKC Herding Test and both dogs performed admirably and received their titles under judge, Sue Mesa from the USA. It cracked us all up when Sue Mesa thought I was trying to prank her by calling her Mesa Sue, when really, I had not idea her name was my dog's name backwards.

 I will miss these dogs forever and although I will learn to live with the loss, I will never be the same person I was before the loss, nor should I be, nor should I expect to be. Their greatness has set the bar for all the dogs at Shadowbar and I am so lucky to have their offspring to help me carry on.

Sad News

Posted by Judith Snowdon on May 4, 2014 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Received a message from Cheryl and the Alberta Bouvier Club with some sad news.

"We have just been informed that Honorary Lifetime Member, Kevin George of Sentry Dogs Ltd., suffered a massive Stroke on Friday. The prognosis is very dire, where his time is limited to be with us, we hope that you will keep Kevin in your prayers.

Should you care to visit, Kevin is at the University Hospital, Cardiac Unit 5A6, Room 24, visitors are welcome 24 hours a day.

Please call Wanda first before you stop by 780-240-5002.

Kevin over the years was known to be one of Canada's top and most knowledgeable dog trainers and handlers over the years. He was instrumental in training many of our local Bouviers in Obedience, Agility, Poison Proofing, Tracking and Personal Protection work. He also trained the Bouviers at the Storyland Valley Zoo and was in charge for many years training the Edmonton City Police dogs. He was Awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership with the Alberta Bouvier des Flandres Club, had judged our Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes and sponsored the Trophy in conjunction with the Shirdan Award."

Those of us who attended Kevin's two day seminar at the Lethbridge College will forever remember the fun we had and the energy Kevin directed into his teaching.  It was a blast!!!

Please send positive thoughts and energy to Kevin at this time.

The Prez

Lisa and Dante

Posted by Judith Snowdon on October 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Lisa adopted Dante this summer from the Calgary Humane Society and part of her contract with them was that this young dog would complete obedience lessons.  Lisa spent two weeks in the Crowsnest Pass area and during that time completed four lessons of beginner obedience at Shadowbar.  I was absolutely impressed with handler and dog.  What a great match.

Lisa was kind enough to send me this picture and a short report on their progress over the summer. 

"I hope all is well with you and that you had a warm and happy thanksgiving with family, friends… and, of course, dogs!

Attached is a picture from yesterday – Dante was able to come out in the field with me for this field trip. This was the first time (so far) that the Project site was suitable to let me bring him. He did great in the hotel Monday night and the next day while we were out an about completing a stream assessment. My co-worker brought her lab cross as well and both dogs had a great time – they were tuckered out by 2 in the afternoon! We had a blast too and count ourselves fortunate that we are able to bring our dogs with us to the outside office! I am looking forward to taking him with me on more field trips next year.

I have not been south as much as I had hoped this summer and fall – things have become quite busy at work. I do hope that over the winter, perhaps in December, I will be able to book Dante and I in for some more classes with you. I can’t thank you enough for everything that you taught me…. Although I am sure that I could use some brushing up by now!"


Warm regards,


Dog Show results

Posted by Judith Snowdon on August 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Shadowbar dogs and client dogs rocked at the Alberta Kennel Club Dog Show at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta, Heritage Weekend. Three for three High in Class awards in Novice Obedience and a new C.D. title with Connemara's Drummer Boy, a Qualifying score in Rally Excellent with the shiba inu, Asgoodasitgets at Mtn. High, and 6/8 High in Class scores in Rally Advanced and Excellent classes with golden retriever, Bess!! Students' dogs did very well, too, with shiba inu, Foxx, handled by Deb Golding, receiving her Rally Novice title, and GSD, Ryder, gaining another leg towards his RAE VI!!!

We have had a great summer so far with Beckett picking up points at Ev Kenny and Castle getting a Qualifying score towards his CD. Drummer completed his PCD and he and Swayze obtained their Rally Excellent titles.  Drummer was High Score in Class.

On to Cranbrook to end our showing until the Lethbridge Show in November which should give us plenty of time to work on Drummer's Open and Utility work, and Castle's focus in the Rally Excellent ring. In the meantime, we will continue to cart with Swayze and will attend some parades as well.  

Rainy day Training

Posted by Judith Snowdon on May 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The boarding kennel is full and am I ever glad that we chose last week's nice weather to tear down all the runs and put down the new floor color!  It took four days to pull the panels and the floor mats and dividers and paint the floor and spruce up the doors and dividers and put them all back up in time for the dogs to arrive.  Phew. What a job!  But it looks great and is much easier to clean now.  Check out the pics. 

Royal Alberta Museum Exhibit

Posted by Judith Snowdon on May 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Alberta Royal Museum was working on a summer exhibit called. Wolf to Woof, the story of how dogs became Man's best friend. They ran a contest asking people to relate stories that would prove that their dog was best buddy quality. I entered a story about Shadowbar's Tuxedo Rose, my wonderful German shepherd who used to accompany me to school when I taught Humane Education in the Crowsnest Pass.  One of my students had no dog of her own to use as a project animal, so she asked if she could use Rose. We decided that, as a project, she should, over the course of 12 weeks, work with Rose at school  in obedience. The student, who had spina bifida, would use a wheelchair instead of her crutches and leg braces and then enter the dog in a regular obedience fun match. She did all this and passed the test with a score of 186 1/2/200.  

I received a call from the contest director last week, and Rose's picture and story were chosen as one of the 30 winners of the contest. The pic and story will be exhibited from June 9 - September of 2012 at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. And I get to attend the gala event and a preview of the exhibit.  So excited.



Posted by Judith Snowdon on November 5, 2011 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the past month, we have had the opportunity to work with an exceptional 7 month old  female sable German shepherd.  Here is a video of Murphy, after 15 days of training at Shadowbar.  Enjoy.  We certainly had fun with this young girl.  Her exuberance was amazing. 

Drummer Boy

Posted by Judith Snowdon on November 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Our resident sheltie, Drummer Boy, is now 22 months of age and in that short time, using our training methods here at Shadowbar, he has accomplished his SHDX title, his RA title and his CGN title.  But more impressive is the fact that he has been quietly training in obedience and has all his CD exercises in line, and his retrieving exercises for Open are fast and clean with a good front most times, and last night first time ever presented with metal, leather, and wooden articles, he correctly retrieved each one quickly and confidently from the entire pile of 18 articles. Thanks to scent hurdle racing, he understands the game.  This is his first Utility exercise other than the go-outs to a target.  It can only get better!!!!   We have decided to wait until he is proofed for Utility before even entering the obedience ring. As well, he has been working on his agility exercises with tunnels his favorite thing.  I have been working on a running contact and have now to teach him to stop.... oh, well, we have time for that.  Sheep are in his future in the spring.  What a great dog!!!

Fitness Program For Boarder

Posted by Judith Snowdon on May 17, 2011 at 9:37 PM Comments comments (0)

We have had the most amiable, jolly golden retriever staying with us for the past three weeks. When he came to us, he was more than comfortably overweight, but now he is actually beginning to take shape and he is fashionably fit as well.