This day has been a long time in the planning and came around oh so quickly.
First of all it was a chilly Victorian Day, which the dogs were loving, but the humans not so much.
We arrived before 8am and set about setting up and grooming the dogs. The first show started at 9:30 and we were almost ready. I was worried i hadnt finished brushing Mischa, but i shouldnt have concerned myself, because there were 65 Lappies entered and i had so much time between Dolce and Mischa going in the ring.
Dolce was a little superstar. So focused. and considering the temptation of 60+ show lappies and all the pet friends along for the ride it was a big ask. He was unplaced in his class of 11 dogs but i was so happy with him.
Mischa was also unplaced for neuter. i think she needs more time to really grow out that neuter coat. Some of the older girls have years of coat on her. But she was also perfectly well behaved and i couldnt be happier with them.
Nike - Ch. Ausvarg DragonValcore took out Best of Breed, and Emmi took Bitch Challenge in that show.
The long day continued as class after class of Lappies entered the ring for the First Finnish Lapphund Specialty Championship Show. All in all there were 81 entered with only 4 absent
Again Dolce was unplaced in his class but again gave me great focus and really was so well behaved.
Mischa's brother Ahti took 2nd in that Class so we were pretty stoked for Mel and James.
Mischa took 3rd in Neuter class. Her dam Ch. Armahani Amethyst Apina taking 1st at both shows and Best Neuter in Show at the Spitz Show.
Kalevi Kennels took out top honours for Best In Specialty Show (BISS) with Kalevi Blessed in Wonder (Comet) from South Australia.
RUBISS Went to Dolce's sire Louis. Bitch Challenge went to Kalevi Cheri Blossom (Anikka) from Western Australia. Dolce's dam, a rather naked post-baby bald Emmi took Reserve Bitch.
Both Comet and Anikka earned their Australian Champion Conformation titles with those fantastic wins.
The night was capped off with a dinner and presentations and we didnt leave til after 9pm. A 14 hour show day!!!
We're back home now. Tired but happy. and can't wait to do it all again next year.
Wow, what a BIG Weekend.
We drove to Victoria on Friday and spent the night with Mel and James. The following day we had an early start and were off to a herding clinic.
Mischa took to it fairly naturally, very calm and softly persuasive she was moving the sheep around the little area in no time. Showing her obedience grass-roots she was very keen to return to me and show me just how clever she was and seek praise and attention. On instruction i would ignore her very solid sits and recalls and instead focus on the sheep. Out of the corner of my eye i could see her mull this over in her head. She would look at me then look at the sheep, then she would move around the sheep and set them to moving again, earning praise. She quickly caught on.
Dolce was perhaps a little intimidated by the situation and whilst aware of the sheep may have been reluctant to interact with them due to concern that i normally want him working with me and ignoring other animals. So we may have some work to do to overcome that previous training. But he still managed to move the sheep a few times around the ring, earning praise in the end and feeling happy before we ended the training exercise.
Today Simon Harding from SPETACULAR Images arrived at Dogs to Stay and took over 100 photos of the gorgeous Lecibsin Sametti. I was able to slowly narrow them down to approximately 20 (more through feelings of guilt making Simon edit so many). She was such a great puppy for having such a new and strange experience. She even had a little nap during some quiet time.
The album is in the gallery. i hope you enjoy looking at the images as much as i did. She's a special little girl.
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