Australian Shepherds & Vizslas

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CH JFCoventry's Cover Girl Magic, DNA-CP, HIC, AgI, plus titled in NADAC, USDAA, AAC

March 15, 1998 - April 25, 2008

Breeder: JFCoventry Australian Shepherds & Vizslas

Dam: CH Powerpak's Misty Blue Magic, CD, HIT, SHDCH, FMCH
Sire: CH Lobo's Dixiana Dance King, DNA-CP

Cara's Stats

Blue merle, CW trim, red factored
19 1/2 " 42 lbs
Hips OFA Good
Eyes cleared annually and CERF'd
AHT DNA cataract test CLEAR
Pelger Huet neg.
Thyroid - normal

Cara's Pedigree

Coventrys Cover Girl Magic
Blue C/W RF
E94388 HE494520 3/15/1998
Lobos Dixiana Dance King DNA-CP
Red C/W AS-5340G26M
E39591 DL41341501
Ch Bluecrest Creme D'coca of Lobo
Red C/W
Bluecrest Rocky I of Windridge
Ch Suns Mark of Windermere CD
Ch Bluecrest Somethin' Special CD STDcs OTDd
Ch Bluecrest Topic of Conversation
Behrends Butch of Comstock
Bluecrest Seme Fox Ya'
Ch Dixie Dance Queen of Royalty
Blue RF
Ch Royaltys King of Desert Hills
Behrends Butch of Comstock
Desert Hills Saguare Flower
Royaltys Queen of Shadbriar
Ch The Chessman of Shadbriar
Hallmarks Southern Comfort
Powerpaks Misty Blue Magic
Blue C/W
E50797 1049414
Ch Tailored By Carousel
Blue C/W RF
Ch Headliner of Sunny Brook CD
Ch Papillon of Meshlacon
Ch Summer Breeze Of Sunnybrook
Chrisdavas Shanna of Carousel
E9338 DL42454801
Ch Las Rocosa Ricky Taylor
Carousels Blaze of Glory
Firesides Cosmic Interlude
Black C/W
Firesides Space Age Hero
Ch Aristocrats Repeat Performance
Higgins Coty
Harmony's Fireside Wind Chime Ch Windhills Aristocrat
Happy Days Holiday Cheer


Cara was my agility dog, although it took a number of years for us to get our act together enough to be a team! She certainly challenged me. We were members of the All Sorts Dog Sports team and then with the Inner Drive flyball team. We participated mostly in agility - ASCA, CKC, NADAC, USDAA, & AAC.

JFCoventry Aussies - Cara
Photo by Craig Koshyk

Cara was my pick from Maggie's last litter - born Mar. 15, 1998. She was a beautiful blue merle, moderate size, bone and coat. Cara was CH JFCoventry's Cover Girl Magic, HIC, AGI, AAC and NADAC titled (my kennel name with ASCA is Coventry and with the CKC is JFCoventry). Cara finished her CKC championship with ease but agility took a bit longer to "get". We tried flyball, but her heart wasn't in it. After a few runs, she'd just look at me as if to say, "OK, been there, done that -- now what?" So, she wasn't to be my flyball dog and that was fine.

We concentrated on agility and Cara really made me work hard to open that door for her, but when the lights finally came on, we had such a great time. Everyone always commented on her smiling face - she was truly having a good time. I think a lot of it was just the fact that we were spending time together. Cara took me to the AAC nationals in 2005 and considering the extreme talent we were up against, we placed a respectable middle of the pack. I was just happy to be out there playing amongst all that incredible agility talent and Cara had a wonderful time.

Photo by XpressFoto

Cara got to two ASCA nationals, one as a pup in 1998, along with her mom, Maggie, and the second time in 2003 with her daughter, Flury. Several other of her kids made it to nationals to play, too. Cara's true colors emerged in the herding arena at nationals - but unfortunately, she was stuck with me as her handler - and we'd only practised a few times on sheep and NEVER on ducks before we went. We had a blast and I received so many wonderful compliments on cara's herding ablities, from many of the big names we always read about in aussies and herding - I was very proud of my little blue girl.

Coventry Aussies - Cara Coventry Aussies - Cara

And then in April, 2008, Cara was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma and it was finally time to give up. That was the hardest day of my life - and I don't think I will ever get over it.

When Cara died, she broke a lot of hearts. She impacted so many lives - and I think what people remember about her is her smiling face as she flew over the jumps in agility. I remember how she and Emily just floated around the conformation ring; I remember how determined Cara was to overcome my handling faults to bring the sheep to me - she just never gave up. So I never gave up.

Cara - JFCoventry Aussies

Cara was just 10 years old when she died. She has left a HUGE hole in our lives. I miss her so much. Flury misses her and is more than ever, my velcro dog. I think even our vizslas miss her. I miss her cool blue touch of fur - Flury, being a red merle, is so warm to the touch - Cara was always so silky and cool.

I miss her smile and I really miss our agility time. It will take me a long time to heal.


Flowers for Cara - JFCoventry Aussies