Tarahill Cairn Terriers &
Wags to Wishes K9 Training 

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My dogs

Aoibheann: AmCanGCh Quarrydene's Queen of Diamonds, CGN, RN, RA, JE, RATN, RATO. TDCh SD-S. 

Aoibheann is my second Cairn.  She was bred by Merril Schmitt in Calgary.  Merril has been a terrific mentor as I have jumped feet first into the world of breeding.  Aoibheann's first litter is co-owned by Merril and me.

Sire: AMCAN Ch Quarrydene's Gambling Man

Dam: Ch Quarrydene's Black Diamond

Aoibheann is a funny, spunky little girl who keeps me hopping!  She is a great escape artist and is responsible for many little wings and extensions on the gates around my back yard - but she never tries to leave unless I am outside the gate. 

Aoibheann and I have learned conformation showing together.  Despite my lack of experience she took best puppy in sweepstakes and best puppy in specialty at the AKC Summer Classic show in 2010 at just barely 6 months of age.  She has also achieved 4 Group 3rds and two  Group 4ths and completed her championship in Sept 2011 at the Saskatoon Obedience and Kennel Club Show, handled by Jeannette Hargreaves.  In 2013 she achieved her Canadian Grand Championship and in September 2013, she completed her US Championship over two weekends, handled by Catherine McMillan. In October 2013, she also achieved Select Bitch at the Montgomery Country All Terrier Show competing with 90 other Cairn terriers. She returned to the USA for 8 shows in January 2014 and placed in all of them including one group third, completing her American Grand Championship. For more details of her show career, see her page.

Aoibheann was my Karen Pryor Training Academy partner dog and went through the 6 month course with me - with many hours of training and 4 trips to Calgary for weekend workshops (including several wild winter trips).  She did me proud at our final assessment and completed her 10 behaviour chain with flair after a rather disastrous and scary "test run".

She is an experienced traveller and has put on many miles with me. She is a great little ambassador for the breed where-ever she goes.  Aoibheann is training in Obedience and Rally Obedience and recently achieved her Rally Novice title with qualifying rounds in her first three trials. She LOVES Barn Hunt and achieved her novice title in her first trial.  What could be better for a terrier?  For more about her accomplishments see her page.

Ceilidh: Grastar's Forget Me Not, CGN, RN, AGI, AGIJ, ATChC

Ceildh is my first Cairn.  She was born February 4th 2005 and was bred by Jeannette Hargreaves who has also been an excellent mentor as I discovered the world of Cairns. When I settled on a Cairn as the right breed for me, it was a challenge to find a breeder nearby. I eventually found Jeannette through the Cairn Terrier Club of America - only to find that she lived within a couple of kilometers of the acreage I would move to within a few months.
Ceilidh is Grastar's Forget Me Not, CGN, RN, AGI, AGIJ, ATChC and St John's Ambulance Therapy Dog and Paediatric Therapy Dog.
Sire: Ch. Grastar's Executive Decisions
Dam Ch. Grastar Believes in Dreams
Ceilidh has been a wonderful dog and has taken me on a journey from just wanting a pet, to agility competitions in both CKC and AAC, to obedience (where we recently achieved her first qualifying score) and Rally obediece.  We have dabbled in tracking and earthdog.  Ceilidh did not enjoy the show ring so we have not pursued that. Ceilidh is quite a serious lady who likes to do things right. Because of this she sometimes stresses a bit over things.
She is now the senior dog in my home and keeps everyone in line!
Ceilidh's achievements
Agility: Ceilidh loves agility - there is nothing she likes more than to play in my agility field.  She entered her first competition at 18 months and came within milliseconds of qualifying on her first run...after that it was all downhill for a while while she learned to focus on course. She is a perfectionist who likes to get things right - sometimes at the expense of speed.  Her second year in agility was fantastic and she made quick progress, then we had a bit of a setback for a while and had to work through some fear issues.  She is now back on track and enoying agility like never before. She completed her Agility Association of Canada ATCh in the summer of 2012 and is the 4th Cairn terrier to achieve this.  She has competed at several regional agility championships, qualifying twice with first place finishes in the 10 inch Regular class.  We have travelled to Sussex, NB and Ottawa for National Agility Championships in 2008 and 2009.  She now competes a few times a year in the veterans class.
Rally Obedience: Ceilidh and I recently started training and trialing in Rally Obedience.  She enjoys training but finds the trialling environment a bit stressful. She did however manage to qualify in her first 4 CKC rally novice events and completed her Rally Novice title at the Alberta Kennel Club show at Spruce Meadows in August 2012.
Therapy Dog:  Ceilidh is a qualified St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog and Paediatric Therapy Dog.  She visits most Monday afternoons at the Royal University Hospital Paediatrics ward showing off her tricks - wave, rollover, play dead, hit the easy button, find the easy button, bow, left and right etc. She adores children and can't wait to get to the hospital. She has also worked at autism day camps in Saskatoon and Regina.
What we are up to now: Ceildh and I are continuing to train in Rally Obedience and hope to soon enter some advanced rally competitions.  We are also continue to train for Obedience competitions. She is working on her CKC agility titles and is trialing at the Excellent A level in JWW and Excellent B in Standard.

Doyle: Tarahill's Wish Upon a Star CGN, PCD, RN, RATN, SD-S, NTD

Doyle is one Aoibheann's puppies.  At about 4 months of age he was found to have a serious health issue which may well mean that his survival is shortened.  We don't know what the future holds for Doyle but meanwhile he is the most affectionate, loveable little boy you could ask for. He loves other dogs and is afraid of none of them, regardless of size.  He adores sitting on my lap and would happily snooze for hours (if ever I get the chance to stay in one place that long).  He is obedient and enthusiastic. (A cuddler AND obedient?  Can he really be a Cairn?) He also has an amazing voice and an incredible selection of different vocalizations. 
For now, Doyle will remain part of my pack and work on conformation and performance sports as long he is healthy enough to participate with enjoyment and enthusiasm.  He has already decided that agility is the most fun EVER!  His favourite obstacle is the teeter.
Doyle achieved his CGN title at just under 1 year of age at the Alberta Kennel Club Show, August 9, 2013.

Miss Marple: Quarrydene's Diamond Heist RATO, NTD

Miss Marple joined our family in the summer of 2015, immediately travelling 1,000 km to our home on Vancouver Island. Since then, she has put on many more km. She is another great traveller and ambassador for the breed. She loves everyone and every dog!
She is a very mischievous little girl who loves to climb and jump. She is most often to be found on top of something - her crate, a hedge, a box, Doyle or whatever is to be found nearby, or shredding something.  She loves barn hunt and is working on rally obedience while she grows up and gets ready for the show ring.