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.

Summer Shows Summary

It was a busy summer showing Juno and Taiga for us at Upcountry Vizslas. We hit the road in July and August, starting out in Surrey for Sporting Dog Spectacular July 18/19 and had a successful start to our summer. I was so proud of Juno taking BOB July 18 over 14 gorgeous entries. July 19 was also Taiga’s last day showing as a Baby Puppy and she went out as forceful as she came in – taking Baby Puppy BISS. The following day Taiga debuted in 6-9 month class and went BOW to earn her first 3 points towards her Canadian Championship. Sporting Dog Spectacular was also, at age 6.5 years, Petal’s show debut participating in Field Class. So proud of our beautiful girls!

From Surrey we continued on to Prince George to join our fabulous friends from Aurelia Vizslas for six shows in three days, July 24-26. It was an exciting three days of showing for all involved, resulting in numerous conformation, rally and canine good neighbour titles. Even our kids got involved handling Juno and Taiga in Junior Handling and Aurelia’s Merlin in Specials. For us at Upcountry Vizslas, Juno ended the series taking BOB and 3rd in Group becoming a new Canadian Grand Champion! Taiga continued to take the show scene by storm – at six months and one week old, she went BOB, 4th in Group, became a new Canadian Champion, and then went on to take Best Puppy in Show! In addition to conformation, Juno also became a Canine Good Neighbour and Petal completed her third leg in Rally Novice, earning a new title.

It was on to Vancouver Island for the Island Circuit August 1-9, with Kristy flying solo with two specials on her hands. A huge thanks to Jolie Thompson-McMullan for assisting with the handling of Juno and Taiga until Rob joined the circuit in Victoria. It was a whirlwind of activity with Juno winning multiple BOB and SB, and Taiga winning multiple BOB, SB, and BPIG. We were definitely getting tired and DEFINITELY gaining enormous respect for professional handlers who show all the time. It is really hard work!!! Fortunately we were once again in the company of our extended Vizsla family who provide much support and comic relief during stressful times.

Our final leg was an exciting one and a very new experience for us – attending our first American show and boy was it a big one! We travelled from Victoria to Port Angeles to meet up with friends and extended Vizsla family, Baroque and Eastwind, for a few days of much needed R&R before heading to Enumclaw, Washington, for four days of shows August 13-16, including the first Vizsla Specialty we have ever attended. Talk about a whirlwind of activity! Not only was there conformation but also obedience, rally, agility, lure course racing, dock diving and barn hunt tests! I can’t recall the exact numbers but upwards of 1,700 dogs were entered in conformation alone. Vizsla entries averaged 75 dogs per day with peak entry at 150 for the Specialty. I have never seen that many Vizslas before! Taiga participated in conformation along with her three litter mates Rockas (M), Turk (F) and Maura (F) and Dam Lela and Sire Mojo. The sisters took turns knocking each other out of 3-6 month class and Taiga took RWB over 17 open females one of the days! Juno took a turn at Dock Diving and Petal had some fun at Barn Hunting. While exhausted, it was an awesome, eye-opening experience and we look forward to future shows down south with our American friends!

We’ve been back at the farm for three weeks, are finally caught up on our sleep, and are now turning our attention to Fall activities including taking advantage of the cooler days to undertake Petal’s all-time favourite activity – field training!