After a tough day in the field, Nova enjoys a good meal, a warm bath and massage, then retires to his favorite chair (which is supposed to be mine, but alas...). When he's not in his favorite chair relaxing, Nova LOVES to be with one of his two favorite humans, Jim! Sharing the couch and warmth for a winter nap is one of the greatest joys in life when we aren't out in the coursing fields hunting. During the 2007/2008 season Nova earned 100 more NOFCA points, bringing his total to 145.
Nova is pictured in the Mojave Desert at two and a half years of age.
(7/24/2008) Nova is pictured above while in the ring during the Desert Bred Exhibition sponsored by the Saluki Club of America, held in conjunction with their Western Regional Specialty show at Lompoc, CA. He very much enjoys "playing show dog" and is quite a ham! Showing off for a crowd probably comes second only to chasing hares for this boy. He is an absolute delight to live with!
(Photos by Cook Phodography)
Nova had a fine first full season of coursing, topped off with another AK and UK credits to finish his Courser of Merit title at the 2008 Grand Course. He also placed 7th overall! During the 2008/2009 coursing season, Nova ran in only three hunts, placing in all three! He has also earned his mixed points (25) and completed his Coursing Championship! We couldn't ask more of this boy, at home or in the field.
(Photo by Warren Cook, Cook Phodography)
(3/4/2009) "Nova" has matured into a handsome, well rounded coursing hound. He is a powerful runner, yet agile and shows great speed, endurance and an excellent mouth. He finished his Coursing Championship this past season, being slipped at only three hunts and running with top notch competition!
(The above photos are by K. Lonero, taken of Nova at 3 1/2 years of age.)
(August 2010) Nova is pictured above at almost five years of age out hunting in the desert on a early, cool morning. His gait shows balance and proportion, lack of excessive reach and drive without wasted motion as we so desire in our hunting hounds. With correct, unexaggerated gait at a trot, the hounds can hunt all day long and still have plenty in reserve for long hard courses.
(Photo by K Lonero)
In August of 2010, Nova and Ringo got to try out lure coursing. They both liked it. Alot! Even though they figured out no hares were involved, they were still game to "do plastic" with intensity. They will go to ASFA lure courses (they are not eligible for AKC, due to being Gen II Desert Breds) when time allows so they can have even more fun! It is not all that often one will get Cup Hunt winning OFC dogs that will also chase the plastic lure. They are smart, they get to run even more this way. To check out some more photos of Nova on that day, click HERE.
(Photo by Jim Wallace)
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