Well we had quite a busy second half of the year and i fell well behind with updates so i'll recap briefly.
We welcomed our Guardians of the Galaxy Litter in early September. 6 gorgeous puppies from Lexie and Tiltti: 4 girls and 2 boys. They ventured off to new homes at the end of October, except for Nebula who stayed with us an extra couple of weeks before her flight to New Zealand.
Then we had the FLCV specialty show the first week of November. Nothing significant for us to report there, Summer decided to do a massive coat drop just before and looked like she'd just whelped a litter. It was awful.
Zeke (F), Vegas (D), Fenix (A) and an in-season Winter (F) were all present but weren't to the judges flavour. However they all had a great day and enjoyed the cuddles, treats and socialising immensely.
We moved house. Not a small undertaking on ones own. We moved states and it took several days for our furniture to arrive. We're still unpacking.
We also managed to attend 2 shows, the first for little Aura from our Guardians litter. She was awarded 2 Baby Puppy in Groups in her first 2 weekends showing. She's gorgeous and we're so happy to be able to spend time with her. Winter and Summer also shared the Best Bitch win over 2 shows.
Because we weren't busy enough moving, we welcomed our Character litter just before NYE from Alleria and Kassu. 6 puppies: 4 boys and 2 girls. From this litter, 2 surprise keepers who will have their own pages just as soon as i can get myself organised.
We sent the puppies home just in time for the Canberra Royal, where in absolutely torrential conditions, Summer pulled off a 25 Point Best of Breed. We were thoroughly soaked and flooded. We sent all the other dogs home, and most of the exhibitors didn't stay either, but we waited the 6 hours with a dozen towels, a borrowed dryer and a change of clothes, to represent the Lappies in the Best in Group lineup. Unsurprisingly, Summer was completely over it by then but she did her best and went home with a packet of Chicken Nuggets to share and had a great sleep after getting another dry off.
Mish had to have surgery on a small lump in her mouth. It's nothing serious but will continue to grow and become uncomfortable for her. Hopefully we got enough of it this time to stop it coming back.
I've since started work on a new website so this one will only get the essential updates until we migrate across.
We attempted a straight 5 days of dog showing over the Queens Birthday weekend. Given i'm recovering from probable whooping cough it wasn't the smartest idea i've had, but i held up ok. It was the week after that i really suffered.
It started easily enough with a Thursday West Gippsland KC show with Judge Mr Francisco Rodriguez (Spain) where Winter earned her first points with Bitch Challenge and Runner Up Best of Breed.
The Friday show she was Reserve Bitch. Saturday and Sunday i'd entered a few more dogs. Saturday was the Working Dog show double where we lost every class and we were able to relax for the afternoon.
Sunday I was rather expecting more of the same, and i was really starting to hurt, but being a glutton for punishment we were there bright and early to do it all again.
At our FLCV Open Show under Judge Ms Kathy Smith we had a great day.
Zeke (Caleebra Fearless Hero (AI)) was Best Minor Dog and Opposite Minor in Show
Vegas was Best Junior Dog, Best Dog and eventually awarded BEST IN SHOW!!
Aslak was Best Open Dog and Opposite Open in Show
Winter was 2nd (last) in Minor Bitch
Mischa was Best Neuter Bitch and Opposite Neuter in Show
Zeke and Winter teamed up for the Brace competition. Turns out we were the only ones brave enough but they did so well strutting around the ring together and were awarded 'Best Brace'
Mish was awarded Best Coated Neuter.
Summer wasn't entered as she's still recovering coat from her litter, though we let her have a run in the ring afterwards so she felt she was part of the action. The judge was even kind enough to play along. Sums had been beside herself and driving us all nuts all day and she promptly fell asleep after she'd had her turn. Poor darling. She's missing the show ring.
On the Monday i'd only entered Winter and we lost to the Minor puppy dog so again we were done and dusted quickly. It was a long and tiring weekend, with some fantastic wins scattered through. I'm so grateful to the puppy owners who made it possible.
To tell this story properly we have to go back more than 3 years. Shell contacted me about friends of her brother who were really interested in a Finnish Lapphund after meeting Squiggle and to cut that story short they took home little Alleria. She was the mini-Dolce of the Armani Litter born in November 2013. In April 2014 we drove to Sydney for the FLCNSW's inaugural Specialty Lappie Show. We were reunited with Alleria and Leah got to talking to us about showing Alleria. We thought maybe they were a 'gunna' home. You know, the ones who are 'going to do' or 'gunna' do all the things but just end up having a well loved pet. Well Leah proved me wrong. Time and again. And i'm once again grateful to Shell for introducing us and for the gut instinct that told me to go for it.
Alleria has the temperament quirks of her pedigree and whilst she looks an angel in photos she can be a right shit when she wants to be. She was a little girl with so much attitude and was a real challenge for Leah as she tried walking all over her. But Leah persevered. It took some doing, but Leah and Wookie achieved Wookies show title and continued plugging away on the Obedience front.
Leah wanted to do Flyball with Wookie (Alleria's nickname) and in order to get there she needed a reliable dog who could work off lead and under enormous pressure and distraction.
In April of this year Leah and Alleria were Flyball demonstration dogs at the Sydney Royal Show. If you've never been, its chaos and mayhem. Huge crowds, rides, lights and sirens everywhere. And Alleria didn't put a foot wrong. I was fit to burst with pride. What an accomplishment.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and I was lucky enough to witness Leah and Alleria competing at the Flyball Nationals. This was their very first competition and i got to see her very first race in the beginners singles comp. Cool as a cucumber (at least on the outside) they blitzed it. I was so proud of Wookie. So focused. So much determination. And the execution was almost flawless. I couldn't have been more thrilled when Wookie finished her final race and they realised she'd won in her group. She later had to battle it out against the other winners and ended up FIRST place in her Beginners Division. What a coup
Fast forward yet a few more weeks and Wookie was now running in a Flyball team in her very first comp.
She's already considered one of the 'reliable' dogs and it makes my heart swell to see just how far they've come.
It took a few weeks for the points to be allocated but imagine our overwhelming delight when we discovered that during Alleria's very first competition, her oustanding performance gained her her first TWO Flyball titles. No small accomplishment and testament to a lot of practice and proofing.
It's hard to describe the emotion to encompass the last 3 years but i'll forever be grateful to Leah for all the hard work, dedication and devotion she has for Alleria and this is just the beginning. I wish them the very best of luck and can hardly wait to see what comes next.
In just her first few shows Winter has already made friends of dozens of dogs, won over plenty of judges and taken 2 Baby Puppy in Group awards.
She's starting to grow some legs now so that might be the last of the classes in group for a little while now. But she enjoys the outings so we'll keep them on her social calendar along with all the other adventures. Her dance card is pretty full and its a struggle to keep all her appointments. She's a darling and we just love her.
We've also had the absolute dream run in the show ring with wonderful, kind and friendly judges to help introduce Winter to the show world. And the many canine and human friends she's met outside the ring have made it one of her favourite places to visit already. She's worked out most people carry food in their pocket and willingly offer up free cuddles and kisses to her wagging tail and happy smile.
A.C.T Companion Dog Club
Rally O Trial 1 Judge: Ms M Fazekas (NSW)
Lexie - Ch. Caleebra Armani Acqua RN JC - 81/100 PASS & 3rd Place
Alleria - Ch. Caleebra Armani Diamond RN - 80/100 PASS
A.C.T Companion Dog Club
Rally O Trial 2 Judge: Mr S Schuck (ACT)
Lexie - Ch. Caleebra Armani Acqua RN JC - NQ
Alleria - Ch. Caleebra Armani Diamond RN - 87/100 PASS, 3rd Place and RALLY ADVANCE TITLE!
Well our babies have grown up and left the nest. You can see more info on their page here.
The photos below were taken at about 7 weeks.
Top: Adeline, Karhu, Raven and Zeke.
Bottom: Caleb, Winter, Hiccup and Pixie.
DV Royal Canin Summer Spectacular
Show 3: Sunday 4 December 2016
Working Dog Judge: Mrs Z Salijevic (Sweden)
General Specials Judge: Mr H Pybus (Canada)
Due to new puppies we only made it to the last day of the Summer Spectacular show and we finished in style with Mischa being awarded Best Neuter in Group under the judge from Sweden and then being awarded Runner Up Neuter in Show under the Canadian judge who admitted it was a tough call because he loved both his winner and runner up. It was a seriously warm day and i was so proud of Mischa who showed like a rock star for Robyn.
The judge loved that Indy wanted to be in the photo and put her front and centre next to Mischa.
Thank you to Ffiona Erskine for capturing this lovely photo. Indy and Robyn love Mischa as much as i do, and she adores them both in return.
Yarra Valley Kennel Club
Sat 17 Dec 2016
Judge - Mr T Horchner
Just 2 weeks later and we were at an evening show. The judge liked the Lappies and after awarding both the Baby and the Minor classes in Group to the Finnish Lapphunds i wasn't sure he'd go for 3, so we were pleased when Mischa was awarded Runner Up Neuter in Group. No time for a photo with the judge as he was also judging General Specials. It was a late one and i was grateful to Glen for babysitting the puppies at home and allowing me to get to the show.
With Summer almost 6 weeks pregnant and already having gained 5kg I didn't hold out any hope for her defending her Best in Specialty Show win from 2015, but we took her along for the day anyway and she had a great time and certainly received glowing praise from the judge, who could quite clearly feel she was pregnant. The pause as he examined her and reached her ample abdomen was amusing, as was his verbal feedback that she was a little 'heavy' on the day.
Also at the show and having a pretty good day were Vegas, Vader and Tawnee from our Diamonds litter, Tilly from our Elixir litter, Alleria and Lexie from our Armani litter, and our cream delight Mischa, from Armahani as well as the gorgeous Aslak from Vintervidda Kennels in Norway. Fenix from our Armani litter, Mimi from our Diamonds litter and Akira from our Elixir litter also paid a visit to cheer on the family. I was certainly glad to see all their owners and was so grateful to them all for their assistance on what was a very busy day for me.
Vegas took out Best Junior in show with most of the others placing in their respective age classes.
Brush Farm Rally Trial
Judge: Mr R Probert (NSW)
Rally Advanced: Ch Caleebra Armani Diamond RN
93/100 and 1st place.
Congratulations Leah and Alleria. Great work.
Canberra All Breeds Kennel Club
Ch. Caleebra Elixir of Love (AI) awarded Puppy in Group on a miserable windy and rain filled day.
Congratulations Jeanette and Tilly
With a very recent rule review (July 2016) The ANKC will soon be offering Junior Courser titles to those dogs who have successfully competed at 2 meets (2 runs per meet) with a combined score of at least 150 points at each meet. The new rule will come into effect in October and so Jeanette will be submitting a title application for Lexie who qualified at her 2nd meet today and will soon be known as Ch. Caleebra Armani Acqua RN JC. Way to go Jeanette. So proud of you both.
There's not much we haven't already said about Mischa. We love this little blonde bombshell. And it seemed it was love for the judge also. She complimented Mischa on being so very beautiful and being in such great condition. Great praise from Border Collie specialist judge, Mrs Joyce Sullivan. I'm recovering after surgery so Robyn still has the reins. I'm not sure either of the girls will want to give them back to me. Mish has a new best friend in Robyn.
This show also saw the judge award our Puppy, Vegas, his first Best of Breed. These are his first points. The little guy is really putting it together now though he's a long way from a finished product. But the judge couldn't look past him on the day and we were thrilled to receive her opinion of our future shining star.
Jeanette was making a trip to Sydney to catch up with the extended Lappie family for a show.
While she was there, Tilly blew us all away by taking Best of Breed from the Puppy Class at only 6.5 months old.
The judge loved her and commented that she was such a promising puppy and encouraged Jeanette to continue showing her and hoped to see her again in the future.
Tilly then took out the Puppy in Group. So excited for such a young pup. She'd only moved out of Minor so as not to clash with the younger Vader, and no one was expecting much from a little 6.5 month old in the breed line up, let alone the Puppy in Group line up.
Tilly beat her Mum who was plainly not in the mood at all. Seems Lexie has found more interesting pursuits in Rally and Lure Coursing and finds the ring a little boring. But not Tilly. She loves it. Any opportunity to earn some food. She's a little food fiend and loves strutting around and preening for the judges.
I couldn't be more pleased for Jeanette who is just thrilled with her little girl. Well done
Whilst i was laid up in hospital, Mischa once again hit the show ring with Robyn.
Once again she was awarded Neuter in Group. She showed like an absolute star and made friends with the judge, showing off her tricks.
I love this pretty little blonde. She's a brat and a princess, but she's gorgeous and sweet and now loves Robyn, possibly due to all the chicken she gets fed. Thanks again to Robyn for taking our blonde out for a spin.
NSW Lure Coursing Assoc Inc held a Lure Coursing Trial on the 19th June.
Judges R Jewels and L Perry. Junior Courser - Ch Caleebra Armani Acqua RN* "Lexie" 165.5/200
Lure Coursing is a new sport in Australia. With a trial close to home Shell Gurney offered to take Lexie for her first look at the sport. Lexie was a little powerhouse, completing two runs in great time and being very focussed on the lure. She can't wait to have another go. She earned her first pass in Junior Courser and came home with a ribbon.
In her last week as a Baby Puppy, Vader decided to give it all she had and took away the Baby Puppy in Group award at the Parramatta and District All Breeds Kennel Club Show on the 19th June in Sydney. The judge complimented Vader on her lovely movement which is great to hear in such a promising youngster. Kira and Vader have been training hard and it's all paying off at the moment with Vader learning to let the judge examine her without fidgeting and she's even learnt to stand still.....for a little while at least.
We're so excited for Kira and Vader and just love this little Black Beauty. Well done!
I have had the worst year for health and after spending a day in the Emergency Department and being kept overnight for observation and with surgery scheduled in my near future I really didn't feel up to a weekend away that i'd been looking forward to for weeks.
But as i knew Robyn (Janoby) was heading away to the same weekend, I thought i'd be cheeky and ask her if she'd like to take Mischa away for the weekend. Robyn already had 2 of her own dogs going but happily agreed to take Mish along. Our blonde bombshell has made herself a lot of fans over the years and firmly won over Robyn months ago.
And so Mischa headed off on an adventure without me and i'm so glad i sent her along for the weekend.
On Friday night at the Bendigo KC Show she was awarded Best Neuter in Group 5 and then Best Neuter in Show.
At the Eaglehawke PM Show on Saturday she was again awarded Best Neuter in Group.
And on top of everything, she was happy and loved her weekend holiday with Robyn and 2 of her kids: Ryan and Indy. Mish adores kids and so was thrilled to pieces to enjoy cuddles on the bed with the kids at the end of each night.
She's a funny, adorable, diva, princess. And I love her madly.
So thankful to Robyn for agreeing to take away our pretty blonde for a show holiday. I've already had Indy asking when she can borrow Mischa again.
On Saturday 18 June, Lexie earned her 3rd qualification for Rally Obedience - Novice and earned her Rally Novice title. Lexie only entered her first trial in May, with her training interrupted by seasons and babies and Jeanette says it was great to get the first one under her belt. There will no doubt be a slight pause as she progresses to the Advanced level where everything is done off lead and the courses become longer and more complex.
But we've no doubt they'll get there. Jeanette and Lexie make an amazing team. We are so proud of them both.
On Friday 17 June, Mr B Walkey from Canada awarded Tilly her second Minor Puppy in Group. Tilly was very pleased with her fringie but happier with the toy bought with her prize money .
One things for sure, she's certainly going to get accustomed to posing.
Congratulations Jeanette and Tilly.
What a mash up of shows we've had this last week.
Working Dog Champ Show
Working Dog Open Show
Spitz Breed Champ Show
FLCV Lappie Specialty Open Show.
All the shows overlapped each other, owners were getting confused about which dogs had done what. Who had to go back in and for what class.
For us, Vegas Won the Baby Dog Class at 3 of the 4 shows. He took Baby of Breed at the Working Dog Open Show and Opposite Baby in Show at the FLCV Show. He was a star, a tired star, by the end of the weekend. So proud of him.
Reserve Bitch at the Working Champ show
BOB at the Working Open Show
Reserve Bitch and Opposite Open in Show at the FLCV Show - She had a great weekend and was great to show
Neuter of Breed at the Working Champ Show and won a bottle of wine
(no neuter at the Open Show)
and Neuter in Show at the FLCV Show. She was also a star all weekend.
Other Caleebra highlights included Sheya taking 2nd in Baby Bitch at the FLCV Show,
Fenix taking a 4th of 7 in the FLCV Show Intermediate Class
Aslak taking a 2nd of 6 in the Spitz Show Intermediate Class
and visits from Alleria (who came into season the day before so was scratched) and Mimi
Matilda (Caleebra Elixir of Love (AI)) turned 6 months old on the 11th June and was suddenly eligible for points.
But Matilda decided not to stop at points and thrilled her mum (and us) by taking 3rd place in the 6-12 months Sweepstakes and also being awarded the Best Minor Puppy in Group 5.
Great results for only her 2nd day in the class.
Well done Jeanette and Tilly.
We may have had a slow start to the showring this year, our first shows being last weekend, but we're blowing out the cobwebs and I'm really proud of all our Lappies, especially this weekend.
Vegas (Caleebra Diamond in the Ruff) is really putting it together and even stacked in Breed and the Baby in Group lineup today as well as gaiting like a star. 1st place Baby Puppy Dog and Baby of Breed.
Fenix (Caleebra Armani Junior) also did better than last week with 1st place Aus Bred Dog and Reserve Challenge.
Summer (Ch. Lecibsin Sametti (Imp UK)) pushed through her phantom pregnancy to take 1st place Open Bitch, Bitch Challenge and Best of Breed.
And Mischa (Ch. Neut Ch. Armahani Bloodstone Bilaidit RE) showed them how it's done with 1st place Open Neuter Bitch, Neuter of Breed and Neuter in Group.
Big Thanks to Robyn for handling the girls for me today. She made them shine. :)
Elsewhere, Tawnee (Caleebra Diamonds are Forever) at her very first show was awarded Baby Puppy in Group.
And Lexie (Ch. Caleebra Armani Acqua) took 1st place in her Obedience Club's competition. So proud and excited to receive the messages from their owners. I love good report cards ;)
Everyone deserves lots of cuddles and treats for their efforts.
And we've just been informed we have to move house so we'll be forced to take a bit of a break while we relocate everyone.
Sydney Royal was coupled with the FLCNSW Specialty this year.
The timing was unfortunate as Summer was being a right hormonal mess, just heading into a phantom, but we made the trip anyway as we wanted to catch up with friends and see our puppies strutting their stuff.
The highlight for us was seeing the siblings: Leo and Tilly, Caleebra Elixir of Strength (AI) and Caleebra Elixir of Love (AI) as well as little Vader (Caleebra Diamond Empress) who was too young to enter but enjoyed the day out being cuddled and adored by almost everyone.
Show highlights came from Tilly - taking 1st in the Sydney Royal Baby Puppy Bitch Class and having the judge coo over how pretty she was. She strutted her stuff with her owner, Jeanette and had a fantastic day at the show. She was 2nd in the FLCNSW show but she was still behaving like a little star
Leo gave it his all, placing 2nd behind an older Baby at both shows.. Rather particular about toileting on the grass used by so many dogs, he waited til we were in the ring and in front of the entire crowd. Not once. But twice. He's the sweetest little boy and didn't care about peeing in front of the crowd. When you've gotta go, you've gotta go.
Summer managed a respectable 2nd in Open Bitch behind the RUBOB in the Royal but by the Specialty she was done and was unplaced.
Mischa gave it her all at the FLCNSW show only (Neuters don't compete at Royals) after waiting around all day for her turn, but she wasn't the judges cup of tea. Still, she won a couple of show prizes including a cute pink toy and a handmade lead, taking Opposite Neuter in Show.
The Diamond Litter are now 8 weeks old and all but Rey and Kylo flew the coop on the weekend, with Kylo leaving a week later and Rey a few days after that.
They're now all registered so we'd like to introduce
#1 Vader - Caleebra Diamond Empress
#2 Trooper is now Ollie - Caleebra Diamond Dog
#3 Rey is now Mimi - Caleebra Diamonds and Lace
#4 Leia is now Tawnee - Caleebra Diamonds are Forever
#5 Chewie is now Sheya - Caleebra Diamonds that Sparkle
#6 Luke is now Usva - Caleebra Diamonds in the Sky
#7 Kylos is Vegas - Caleebra Diamond in the Ruff
Photo of the puppies at 8 weeks below. (L-R, Top: Vader, Vegas and Ollie. Middle: Tawnee, Sheya and Mimi, Bottom: Usva)
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