January 1, 2020 - After 20 years I have decided to change my kennel name. I chose Taklimakan after watching a NOVA special on the Taklimakan desert, translated it roughly means "what goes in doesn't come out" and while morbid in that context the idea struck me that when we bring an animal into our home it is here for life. Stemming from my experience with my Quarter Horse, Sassy, no matter the condition they are in when they arrive each animal is promised the best care for the rest of their life. Truthfully, and brutally honestly, I am not the same person I was 20 years ago. I don't have the same interests or goals. I love the one Taklimakan litter I produced, but I will not sugar coat that it was devastating to have tried to do everything right and end up losing them all to cancer at young ages. No dog can ever replace Fly or the boys, but I feel like I need a fresh start with a new name that signifies hope to build a brighter future on. So we have become Terrasen, taken from a book series that I love, it's still a unique name but one that is far easier to pronounce.
December 6, 2019 - We had our ultrasound today and unfortunately Valor is not pregnant. We are very sad, but we will try again next heat.
October 6, 2019 - Valor earned her CA this weekend. At first she didn't understand why there were turns but after some encouragement and wonderful help from the trial committee she improved with each run over the weekend.
September 22, 2019 - Valor competed in another FastCAT this weekend. She started the weekend off by smashing her previous best time of 9.80 with an 8.88. The rest of her runs were in the 9 second range earning us a bunch of DCAT points.
September 1, 2019 - Valor earned her CD and PCD this morning! She finished both titles with placements for every leg (CD: 2 firsts and 1 second, PCD: 2 firsts and 1 third). I can't wait to start polishing up our skills for Open.
August 30, 2019 - Valor earned a 98 and second place in Rally Intermediate today. It was one of the nicest runs we have had in a long time. Everything felt connected and happy.
August 25, 2019 - Valor and I entered our first Fast CAT trial this weekend in Syracuse, NY. We had a blast and because she measured under 18" we ran with a 1.5 handicap so she earned 168+ points and her BCAT title!
July 27, 2019 - Valor and I tried our first Fast CAT runs today and we loved it! She ran her first try in 11.26 seconds (18.17mph) and her second run in 10.10 seconds (20.25mph). We can't wait to attend our first trial!
July 12, 2019 - Valor earned her second CD leg with a first place! One more leg to go now! Fingers crossed we finish this before summer is up.
July 11, 2019 - Valor earned a Rally Intermediate bumper leg with a 2nd place.
June 8, 2019 - Valor earned her first CD leg with a first place!
May 26, 2019 - Valor earned her Zoom Rally Level 2 title!
May 18, 2019 - Valor earned her AKC Herding Instinct Certificate with nice feedback from the judges.
April 19, 2019 - Valor earned her second PCD leg with a 3rd place.
April 13, 2019 - Valor earned her first PCD leg with a first place and HIT for the Preferred classes!
April 1, 2019 - We said good-bye to Catcher today. His health had been declining since the summer and he had stopped responding to antibiotics. He was truly a miracle dog that survived so many health issues but it was clear that his body was tired of fighting an 11 year battle. He is greatly missed.
March 30, 2019 - Valor earned her Zoom Level 1 Ace and Zoom Level 1.5 titles!