Pedigree Tarot - Foxglen
Tarot's Pedigree
Foxglen's It's In The Cards
ORT Elite1 NW3-I NW3-E NW3-C NW3-V L3I LV2 L1E


Bred By Joyce Smuda
DOB July 16, 2012
Labrador Retriever

Sire: "Tex"

HL Technically He's Royal
High Tech CEO
Ebonstar Lean Mac
Waldorf's High Tech
Rascals Super Spud

Itch's Flying Tiger
Ebonaceae Princess
Trieven El Conquistador

Snookum's Sky Raider
Hattie McBunn
FC NAFC Gusto's Last Control FC AFC
Snake Eye Double Or Nothin'

Hawkeye's Water-Gator Anny
Lakeside Icicle AFC
Riverbend's Bo Jangles

Lakeside Dixie
Countess Olenska MH
Candlewoods Rebel Ridge
Webshire's Honest Abe
Wilderness Harley To Go

Pine Creek's McChigger
Candlewoods Tanks A Lot
Candlewoods Super Tanker

Candlewoods Tiz Two
FC AFC Bird Perfect CD MH FC AFC
Sky Watch Radar
Wanapum Sky Shooter

Full A Malarky
AFC Just An Urchin NFC FC AFC
San Joaquin Honcho

Illini's Echoing Maiden

Dam: "Niven"

Foxglen's Event Horizon
Damien's Scar Houston's G and L's Judd MH FC AFC
Candlewoods MD Houston
Lakeridge's Charlemagne
Black Gold's Candlewood Kate
Huggable Molly FC
Sandy Slew Man Too
Del-Stars' Classic Addition JH FC AFC
Aran Island's Mr Murphy
Candlewoods Super Tanker
It's A Cinch Sheenah
Duncan's Kassie Kan-Doo MH AFC
Hiwood Apache
Chiefs Sandy Lake Samantha
Sady X Dandy Andy VI Norton's Old Yeller
Buchanans Silver Scout

Frank's Shining Sheena

Curious Louisa Mae

Amos Alfonso The Water Boy

Greg's Lady Chelsea Mae

Eshmere Yellow Sunflower
Hess Rd King
Hershey Acres Samson

Hershey Acres Sheva
Eshmere Goofer
Earlyndell Duke

Earlyndell Yellow
One of the four puppies from the 2012 Tex/Niven litter, Tarot is the puppy I kept. I am not sure what made me decided on her, but all offered potential and this puppy was no exception. Like her mother, Tarot is easy to live with, but differs in constantly being under foot. Like her father, she inherited his two speed philosophy of “Sit” and “Fast” with nothing in between. Being a great mix of both parents has proven to be an interesting challenge because of drive and enthusiasm.

I knew it would be smart to find a puppy kindergarten class where exposure to new working environments would be a plus. Each class following broadened the experience and simple obedience commands became cemented. We were able to join a Rally Obedience class she enjoyed and I was able to adjust the signs' performance to the current working level. I was not interested in creating a one year old dog ready for the competition ring, but was in trying to find a low-impact outlet for her want to work. This has paid off very well and eventually we will polish the performance and head out to the obedience and Rally rings.

At about a year of age, I found yet another Nosework class and Tarot was started on the road towards future competition. The challenges she presented stem from her working personality; the desire to run out three hundred yards and back overriding the logic of the 'Hide' being only ten feet away. She has the uncanny ability to home straight to source from fifty feet away. Always true to Odor, Tarot has proven to be a lot of fun to work with and I have had to develop new ways to approach training bumps. From November 2015 to November 2016, Tarot managed to sniff her way through the NW1, NW2, L1I, and NW3. I am astounded by how far we have come in training and trialing in such a short time. The future holds some awesome promise as we continue onward to Elite titling. All in good fun and for the learning experience.

At the beginning of 2015, we started ground work for Agility. This sport has offered Tarot a unique outlet, as I believe the obstacles can keep up with her mental ability. I was able to start distance work earlier than normal and Tarot has taken the challenge. She works in close and can send out thirty feet, making it easier for me to be where I need to be. Tarot adjusts her speed in an instant, is not afraid to retry an obstacle, and gives her all. I was able to enter two weekend trials and in four days, Tarot completed the Novice Jumpers and FAST titles, picked up two Novice Standard Legs, and one Time2Beat Leg. I am thrilled with the way she has put everything together and was looking forward to trialing more in 2017.

2017 was the year to be out there, but disaster struck and all plans slammed to a complete stop. I was diagnosed with Stage 2B Breast Cancer during that June and had to endure the full barrage of Cancer treatment that spanned out until January of 2018. Tarot, like Desi and Torch, suddenly found herself playing the part of my personal Therapy Dog. A dog who can complete an Agility course in until 50 seconds or find two Hides in less than a minute, was suddenly curled up next to me. We stayed active with park walks, easy trick training, and whatever Nosework classes I could get to. It killed me to be on the couch and that the dogs were patiently waiting for the times when I could get up.

I was more lucky than most in Cancer treatment and recovered from each stage fairly well and quickly. By the end of 2017, I found myself entering Tarot in her second NW3 trials. Like the beginning of the year we were waitlisted, but hitting the “submit” button for trial entries did more for my spirit. Not only was I finally getting off the couch, but so were the dogs. Tarot got into one of the six trials from the waitlist and despite me sporting the chemo cap, super sniffed her way to a second NW3.

With the new year, all I had energy for was Nosework and Tarot was more than ready. We were able to enter a lot of the NACSW Element Trials, got into two NW3 trials, and attended a seminar or two. By the end of 2018, in one year alone, Tarot completed her NW3-Elite title and ten other NACSW titles. We were and are on fire!

As I look forward to 2019, there should be a lot of positive promise for new beginnings! I am working to completely recover from Chemo so I can run to keep up with such an awesome Labrador.

Completed / Certification

2013 - AKC Canine Good Citizen
2013 - Therapy Dogs Internationl
2015 - NACSW ORT Birch
2015 - NACSW ORT Anise
2015 - NACSW ORT Clove
2015 - NACSW - NW1

Seventh Place Overall
Third Place Interiors
Pronounced Exteriors & Interiors

2016 - NACSW - NW2

Fifth Place Overall
First Place Vehicles & Exteriors
Pronounced Containers, Exteriors & Interiors

2016 - NACSW - L1I

Fourth Place Overall

2016 - AKC - Novice FAST
2016 - AKC - Novice Jumpers
2016 - NACSW - NW3 #1

Fifth Place Overall
Second Place Containers
Pronounced Containers, Exteriors & Interiors

2017 - AKC - Open FAST
2017 - AKC - Novice Standard
2017 - NACSW - NW3 #2

Sixth Place Overall
Second Place Vehicles
Pronounced Containers, Exteriors & Interiors

Completed / Certification (cont)

2018 - NACSW - L1V

Ninth Place Overall

2018 - NACSW - L2V

First Place Overall

2018 - NACSW - NW3-V
2018 - NACSW - NW3-I
2018 - NACSW - NW3-E
2018 - NACSW - NW3-C
2018 - NACSW - NW3 Pronounced #3

First Place Overall
First Place Vehicles
Second Place Containers & Interiors

2018 - NACSW - NW3 Elite
2018 - NACSW - L1E

Third Place Overall

2018 - NACSW - L2I

Fourth Place Overall

2018 - NACSW - L3I

Second Place Overall

2019 - NACSW - Elite Trial #1 New Hope, PA

67 Elite Points

Pronounced "Abbe" Search

First Place "Abbe" Search

2019 - NACSW - Elite Trial #2 Cumberland, ME

75 Elite Points

Pronounced "Hallway" Search

Third Place Overall

Completed / Certifcation (cont)

2019 - NACSW - Elite Trial #3 Nashua, NH

Elite 1 Title

55 Elite Points

Pronounced "Consession" Search

Third Place "Concession" Search


AKC Open Jumpers
AKC Time2Beat

Training - Agility
Training - K9 Nosework
Training - Rally Obedience

February 2019 Litter

Tarot was bred to a dog named Pete that also produced four pups.  If the last litter was an excitement point for Mike and me, this litter is promising so much more.  We are very fortunate to have two of the pups in wonderful homes with a lot to keep them busy.

Pete (Barnes Waterwood For Pete's Sake JH) is currently running for his Senior Hunter Title while playing the part of Dad role model.  Tarot continues to trial in Nosework and other dog sports.  It will be fun to watch how each of these puppies develop into adult dogs and for what their people are getting them involved in.

Waterwood's Feather In Her Cap - (Yellow) Quill is now with her Dad, Pete and Aunt Spring.  She is also doing a fantastic job of retrieving her marks.

Foxglen's What The River Knows - (Blue) Poem has made her home here with Mike and myself.  She is learning her manners and started on Primary for Nosework.

Foxglen's Way Of The Wind- (Orange) Shaman has also remained here with Mike and me.  She is learning the ropes of manners and is started on Primary for Nosework.

Foxglen Waterwood's Royal Flush - (Purple) Jade is now living with her Aunt Duchess & Duke and is looking forward to becoming a running partner to her humans.  She is keeping up on the mile long runs.