Best of Breed in Orlando!

Upcountry’s I Vant To Be Alone “Greta” Cash x Taiga took Breed in the Puppy Stakes at the AKC National event in Orlando in December 2018. We are so pleased with these puppies and are excited for this beautiful girl’s future. Thank you to owner/handler Britt Jung for taking Greta to Orlando for this exciting opportunity!

Best in Specialty Show!

Taiga had a great weekend showing at Enumclaw and enjoying social time with family and friends.

Day 1, RSDA Group 1 Specialty – Select Bitch under breeder judge Linda Kelly. Pending AKC approval this placement completes Taiga’s Bronze with limited showing in the US.

Day 2, PSVC Specialty – Best of Breed under breeder judge Alessandra Folz Stymiest!!! What an exciting and memorable win. Taiga was strutting her stuff Friday and I managed to hold it together and not let her down during the multiple run-offs for final placements.

Day 3 & 4, OKC – BOB and BOS under judges Charlotte McGowan and George Marquis, respectively.

Congratulations to all the other exhibitors on their placements. It is such a pleasure to be in the ring with you all and your gorgeous Vizslas.

Thank you to the clubs for putting on such a great event, in particular the Puget Sound Vizsla Club.

Cdn MBIS RBIS GCh / Am MBISS GChB / IntCH Baroque Eastwind’s Cool Runnings, CGN “Taiga” aka Tigger/Tiggs.

New FDJ Title for Willow!

Willow completed her FDJ title this weekend in style! Thank you to the Vancouver Island Pointing Dog Club for another great event.

Taiga is Canada’s #1 Vizsla!

Last year was quite the year for Taiga! Between Easter and Labour Day she showed her little heart out winning two BIS, one RBIS, nine Group 1st, eleven Group 2nd, four Group 3rd and eight Group 4th placements. Additionally, she jetted down to San Diego taking BOS at VCA Nationals. Taiga also managed her biggest accomplishment to-date, becoming a mama to 6 beautiful pups on November 11.

While the show season ended early for her, Taiga still managed to achieve our set goal of finishing in first place for Vizslas (Smooth) in Canada in 2017. Words can not describe how much I love this girl and how grateful I am to have her in my life.

Thank you to all of you that have, and continue to, support me on this journey. I love each and every one of you and couldn’t do it without you.

New Title for Petal!

After a 6 year hiatus from the obedience ring, we’re pleased to announce that Petal finished her CD title this past weekend at the Lower Mainland Dog Fanciers’ Show. Petal also earned a High in Trial at the event. Petal also participated in Rally Intermediate, earning two legs and another High in Trial. She is such a joy to handle and is enjoying getting back in the ring!

News Flash – Taiga is #1 in Canada!

After very limited showing in Canada (10 shows), we are so pleased to announce that Taiga is now the number 1 Vizsla in Canada! So proud of this beautiful girl and endless thank you’s to all who have supported us!!!

New Titles for Petal & Juno!

Petal and Juno survived the heat wave at Enumclaw, WA, this past weekend to compete in Barn Hunt! Both girls passed their Barn Hunt Novice legs, earning new “BATN” titles. On Sunday, Juno was High in Trial for her 3rd Novice Leg and Petal was High in Trial for her first Intermediate Leg! These girls love to hunt and have so much fun with this sport. Unfortunately we had to hit the road for home before getting any photos of the girls and collecting all their new ribbons.

Sea to Sky Litter Announcement

Upcountry Vizslas is pleased to announce the arrival of its “Sea to Sky” Litter on January 4, 2016, six boys and three girls. Proud parents are Juno and Taz.

Mr Red, 11:30AM ~ 14 3/8 oz

Mr Blue, 12:30PM ~ 14 5/8 oz

Miss Purple, 12:56PM ~ 14 1/8 oz

Mr Green, 1:38 PM ~ 12 3/8 oz

Mr Black, 1:45PM ~ 12 1/8 oz

Miss Pink, 1:51PM ~ 13 1/2 oz

Miss Yellow, 2:14 PM ~ 14 5/8 oz

Mr Gold, 2:41 PM ~ 15 1/8 oz

Mr Orange, 3:04 PM ~ 14 1/8 oz

A Time for Remembrance

Ch Piroska’s Ribbon of Red, CD, FDJ, FD, CGC, TT, AGN
March 20, 2000 – October 30, 2015

It is the season for remembrance; we wear red poppies to remember the sacrifice of our veterans. For our family, it will have an added significance this year. We recently said a tearful goodbye to our beautiful Pipacs, our 15 ½ year old senior Vizsla. Pipacs translated from Hungarian is ‘Red Poppy’. In her prime, she was a force in the Vizsla and sporting dog community actively participating in the show ring, hunt tests and field trials, agility, and even draft dog competitions. Pipacs always loved puppies, having three litters of her own with the famous Piroska Kennels from Vancouver Island, many of whom also went on to earn championship and working titles.

Nine years ago, at the age of 6 ½, Pipacs moved to her new forever home with Kristy, joined two years later by her great-niece Petal. Kristy and the two Vizslas met, and eventually moved in with Rob, John and Kate, forming our new family. Our pack grew over the past couple of years with the addition of another great-niece Juno, and most recently Taiga, and while Pipacs remained the stoic alpha female, she was always the forgiving and coddling great auntie to these pups.

Our pack has had many travels and adventures together over the years and, to the delight of a young John and Kate, Pipacs was often the subject or lead character in modified versions of pop songs and stories. The last couple of years saw declining physical and mental health; she would share our bed, be carried on hikes or to go potty, but remained everyone’s favourite with her nickname ‘Doopity-Doop’ or simply just ‘Doop’, after her sweet geriatric attempts to puppy bow and run with the pups.

Our family is in the mineral exploration and mining business, and Pipacs was involved as well, working with Kristy in exploration camps in the Yukon. She was always a gorgeous animal, with the most beautiful eyes ever seen on a dog (a combination of a doe and Betty Davis) and ears like silk. She was our running partner; we skied, walked and hiked thousands of kilometers in North Vancouver and Pemberton as a family, as well as lots of camping and trips together with scores of happy memories.

The poppy symbolizes many things to us as Canadians; to our family, it represents: remembrance, courage, honour, compassion, freedom, love, family and home. Pipacs represents all of these to us. We wear poppies to remember our veterans, but this year we will also wear them in remembrance of her. So long, old girl.

“….I am the Hunter, with power and drive. Swift as the wind, still as the night…”
I am the Vizsla, by Nancy Simmonds

News Flash – Juno x Taz Breeding!

We are excited to announce that Juno has been bred to Taz! Thank you to Greg and Dennise Dutson at Baroque Vizslas for this breeding. We look forward to seeing what these two beauties will produce. More information about this breeding, including links to Taz can be found under the Litter’s Page on Upcountry’s website.