Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Usual Suspects

Ok, I'm a little slow to get started. Living with 4 dogs and working full time can make it difficult to get to something like blogging. So what do I do? Take a break at work to blog!

I think I should probably introduce the Horde first.

The first Horde member was Ginny (CardiRidge Red Ginger 'Spice'). She came to me in 2002, just before her 3rd birthday. Ginny, as you can probably tell from her picture, is an old soul. She has, in my opinion, the perfect red Cardigan bitch temperament and she rules the house with an iron paw in a velvet glove. She thinks 'boys are stupid' but absolutely loves older men (the human variety). She is practically perfect in every way.

Next came Sam (Ch Yardican Roland). Sam came a bare 5 months after Gin and is Ginny's father. Sam is a lot of dog. He's loud, charismatic, funny, smart, manipulative, loving....there's just a lot there. He came to me when he was 4 1/2 years old. He and I have come a long way together. He was my first performance dog (it's great to have a dog with a can-do attitude) and my first show dog (although others handle him for me). I love him dearly and now, at 11 1/2 years old he is an aging frat boy; enters a room believing he is the life of the party, plays too hard and then goes home and crashes while vowing never to do that again - until the next time.

Moira (CardiRidge Sweet Potato Pie HT), Horde member #3. She is Sam's granddaughter and Ginny's niece. She is a lot like her mother, Honey (Yardican CardiRidge Ella Elotuli). Ra is another sweet, funny red girl. Her picture on the blog says it all - Strange Dog. She has some oddities that make life with her interesting. She's a very cautious soul, changes in her environment must be carefully studied before they are accepted. New people must make her list before she will let them touch her. Moira has taken over as my performance dog. First as a herding dog (we have some test level titles) and now as an agility dog. I think agility will be her sport - it's fast and furious, which she loves. Moira has a plethora of nicknames; Ra, Pu, PuPu, PuHead, Red Pu Head, Evil Red Dog, Baby Red Dog.... It goes on and on because I love her so much and one word for love is never enough.

Lastly is Bogey. Bogey actually belongs to my housemate, Ann. He is her first Cardigan and she's getting the full treatment. He is a Sam son and, when all the paperwork is complete his registered name will be All Trade Fairway Xceeds Par. At just 6 months old, Bogey is exactly what you would expect. He's a BOY and we know what Gin says about that :) No, he's wonderful and loads of fun. He starts a foundations agility class next week and will meet sheep for the first time next month. Ann has lots of plans for him.

Next post - Why 'The Heathen Horde?'


  1. Hey there,
    Good to see you in the "neighborhood".

  2. Hey there!! So glad you are in blogland now!

    Reading this post, Luther is every word you say for his grandpa Sam, just in a black & white body. *sigh*

  3. Holly:

    After what I saw in KS, I'm not the least bit surprised to hear that :) BTW - proud as hell of Luther, and you, for the PT title. Ducks take finesse, be patient....

  4. I have only one of the red girls -- that's enough to keep me on my toes. You're definitely a glutton for punishment. Enjoy blogging and the blogs -- we're a virtual support group for cardi-addicts.

    Visit Chase, Inca, Phoebe and me -- and puppies soon at

  5. Hi Dina!

    Welcome to the virtual Cardi kingdom! These blogs can be pretty addictive, so watch out!
    Check out Wilson and Jimmy at:

  6. Glad to see that we will be able to hear more about the Hordes expoits. Love the whole crew, of course, they are red! Magic, Grace, Peace and Siren all say woohoo to the family.

  7. Hi Dina! Long time no see! Great to see you'll be blogging.