a day at the ‘spa’

gracie went to travis’ house for another ‘spa day’. travis is truly a magician – he turns our scruffy little girl into a glamorous beauty.

2016-02-29 at travis houseshe has so much fun when she visits with travis – gracie looks like she is smiling in the picture! such a happy little girl.


playing catch-up

so much going on here what with puppies and holidays and . . . finally have a few moments!

from our trip to the blandford fair last labor day, here are alex’s caricatures of miss gracie – note the scrunchie on top of her head so she could see!





i think he really captured gracie’s joy and happiness.

with everything else going on, gracie wasn’t able to go to a lot of shows – but she did really, really well at the shows she was able to compete in, racking up more ‘best of breed’ awards with travis.

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june 25, 2015/wampanoag kennel club





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july 4, 2015/farmington valley kennel club





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november 12, 2015/penn treaty kennel club





for now, gracie is semi-retired from the dog shows, although she still gets to have her ‘spa days’ with travis and is looking absolutely fabulous! i am checking her every day so i will be sure to catch when she starts her heat . . . and then she will be bred with gail’s ‘ruben’, a sweet black/white male . . . and then (fingers crossed) . . . puppies!


gracie does home depot!

had a bunch of errands to run today, all of which allowed dogs. started at home depot . . .


tom came over to say hi to gracie and he graciously agreed to hold her leash so i could take a picture.

she actually stayed in the cart and was curious about the whole ‘adventure’.

we spent too much time at home depot and instead of stopping at the library and the post office, we had to hurry home because travis was coming to pick her up. they have 4 shows in pennsylvania this week and then 4 shows in west springfield, mass next week. then, i think it’s rest for her until the beginning of next year while i stay home with the new babies.

not much happening here during september and october. after a 2 month hiatus, two really big show series coming up in november and gracie is ready for them!

but, today is halloween and i just had to do something to celebrate . . . she is all ready to go trick or treating – complete with flashing lights!


a busy week for our amazing gracie.

first she went to travis’ house on wednesday for her pre-show grooming.

on thursday, it was off to new jersey for the non-sporting group club of the garden state dog show. under akc judge cindy stansell gracie earned 4 points toward her grand champion bronze by going ‘select’.

friday and saturday it was back to travis’ house for a little rest and relaxation.

sunday, once again, travis and gracie went back to new jersey for the westchester kennel club dog show, where under akc judge sari brewster tietjen, gracie was again awarded ‘select’ for another 2 points.

monday she was back home again . . . but no rest this time. it was off to the annual labor day weekend blandford fair with my son, frank, and his girlfriend, delmi. we skipped watching the demolition derby this year and just walked around the fair. but every now and then we took a break.

this is delmi with gracie sitting by the largest pumpkin at the fair.
DSCF0931lots of food at the fair, here frank and delmi stop for a deep fried twinkie.

DSCF0933several local ladies were giving a demonstration on spinning. gracie went up and said hello to pamela.

DSCF0932there were a lot of rides for the children. gracie wanted to check out the kiddie train and said hello to jesus, the conductor, who drives the ‘train’ around the fair grounds.

DSCF0934we visited the president’s building where local vendors displayed their wares. dave (a local farmer) and his daughter, kate, came out from behind the shelves of maple syrup products to say hello to gracie.

DSCF0935gracie met a new friend, nubia, who was keeping her ‘mom’ company behind her display.

DSCF0936before leaving the building i stopped by alex’s set-up and ordered a pencil sketch and a caricature of gracie. alex lives in blandford and will give me a call when they are ready – will add them to this post when i receive them.

next stop – the rest rooms.

DSCF0937on the way out, gracie went to say ‘hi’ to pam and her friends. they were very impressed with our sweet little girl.

DSCF0938frank, delmi and gracie take another brief rest.

DSCF0939then it was my turn!

DSCF0940back home again, gracie gets a moment to just do nothing while hiding out under the counter in the kitchen. all of the activity and excitement this past week, she has to be one very tired little girl!


the southern new england summer classic and a new AKC GRAND CHAMPION !!!!!

wednesday, 08-19-15: elm city kennel club under akc judge dr. anthony d. dinardo

first day of four. travis and gracie first stand while judge dinardo checks off the exhibitors in the ring, then travis sets gracie up on the table and judge dinardo examines her.


DSCF0878then at the end the dogs all line up for judge dinardo to make his final selection. these are only 3 of the dogs in contention.


best of breed for the day went to the black/white dog to the left of gracie and BEST OF OPPOSITE WENT TO GRACIE!!!! gracie and travis got 2 more points toward her grand championship title . . . only 4 more points to go!

then back to travis’ set-up for a quick rest. going clockwise, starting with the top left: gracie, molly, george and darcy (travis’ beautiful whippet girl). after the brief rest, they all loaded up into travis’ car and off they went to dr. anne huntington’s office to artificially inseminate molly – george is going to be the proud father of molly’s puppies (hopefully) in the middle of october! molly and george have another appointment with dr. huntington on friday . . . busy, busy week for travis and through it all he had to go to work. don’t know how he managed it all.



thursday, august 20, 2015: newtown kennel club under akc judge dorothy b. taylor

judge taylor examines gracie on the table.


after the out and back and going around the ring for the judge, travis sets gracie up for the judge’s final look.


a beautiful line-up of all of the dogs – i could never be a judge!

alas, no points today for gracie. fingers were crossed for the friday show.


friday, august 21, 2015: northwestern connecticut dog club under akc judge sharon r. lyons

gracie gets some last minute primping from travis when they first enter the ring.


judge lyons examines gracie on the table and travis does the ‘out and back’ for the judge to show off gracie’s front and back movement.


gracie was given a ribbon for ‘select’ . . . and got her final 4 points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DSCF0908DSCF0909here travis and gracie pose with judge lyons for her official


show picture.

absolutely amazing gracie! she met all of the requirements for her akc grand champion title (25 points, wins over champion dogs in 3 separate shows and 3 majors) in only 10 shows!!!! travis is truly amazing! and gracie loves travis and being in the show ring with him so much – she’s amazing too!


saturday, august 22, 2015: newtown kennel club under akc judge michael forte

travis and gracie line up for her final show in this cluster.


i think gracie knew she had gotten her new title and was ready to come back home. sometimes at a dog show, ‘s–t happens’. she took care of ‘business’ in the ring and travis had to clean it all up. then up on the table he checks to make sure that when judge forte examines her he doesn’t get his hands dirty.


aaaaaaah gracie, never a dull moment! needless to say, no ribbons or points today. but what an absolutely fantastic week! gamine tibetan terriers now has a brand new AKC GRAND CHAMPION!!!

i can’t thank travis enough for presenting gracie and doing it with such grace (not to be redundant) and elegance. they make a fantastic team in the ring. travis says he has so much fun showing gracie that he wants to keep showing her . . . and he will be showing her from now on as her co-owner! the akc paperwork for this was dropped off at the local post office on the way home.

thank you, thank you, thank you travis!

spa day at travis’ house today. on his way to his mother’s house to drop off his boy george for a trip to obedience class, travis stopped by to pick up gracie.



gracie absolutely loves all of the attention. she is always so happy to see travis . . .




before being put in the crate on the middle seat, gracie had to jump up and say hi to george.

and then it was off for a day of indulgence (a shampoo and ‘pet’icure) and a chance to run and play in travis’ yard with his two whippets.

my funny, silly little girl is appropriately named for gracie allen, whose stock comedic line was ‘goodnight gracie’ to her husband, george burns, when he said, ‘say goodnight, gracie’ at the end of their 50’s tv show, burns and allen. how appropriate that travis’ tt is named george.