We've had Nike (Aus Ch. Ausvarg DragonValcore) visiting for the week leading up to the Royal. It has been heavenly having 3 Lappies in the house. Nike fit in just as i expected he would, loving cuddles, treats and especially rough-housing with Dolce. They all happily hopped into the new trailer on Monday morning for the trip over the border. We stayed with Jacqualine Lincoln of Armahani and the Lappies: Kulta, Emmi, Louis and Taija.
Melbourne Royal Show Lappie entry consisted of 25 with 3 absentees. In what proved to be very typical of the Victorian state, the heavens opened and severe electric storms and flooding shut down the show (and the airport). But not before we got to show under the same Finnish Judge who recently judged Lappies for the World Dog Show in Europe. We were all very excited and had no idea what the day would have in store for us.
Mischa's grandma and Dolce's dam Emmi, whom we love and adore, finally had her moment in the sun. A runner up to the Best of Breed winner 5 years in a row, Emmi finally broke through the glass ceiling and took Best of Breed in 2011. The cheers even drowned out the thunder breaking overhead. Emmi looked very happy with herself as were her league of admirers ringside, clapping and cheering the girl of the moment.
Nike was the only junior dog and he performed effortlessly. So much was his natural style admired i had competition for handlers to take him in for the Challenge. Megan Ruff won and handled him for the line-up. Whilst the judge was more taken with the older boys, Nike wasn't at all phased by the experience of different handlers or the crowds. The boy is a superstar and we will be watching his future with great interest.
Dolce spent the entire day showing off for the crowds so i was surprised he was still awake but he showed really well and took 3rd place behind 2nd placed Ahti (Mischa's brother - Armahani Bloodstone Bihci)and Larry (Janoby Kennels owned Watersege Secret Agent) taking 1st place.
Mischa was in the biggest class. 5 girls. Up against some quality bitches, Mischa showed like a true star and took 1st place. Not enough for her, and to our complete delight and surprise, she then took Reserve Challenge (2nd best bitch) behind her Grandma Emmi. It was a proud moment for me when Mischa actually ran off against her sire Alaska who took Runner Up Best of Breed. At her last Royal Show no less. Mischas grand-sire Kulta took Reserve Challenge dog to Alaska. A fitting send-off for his last Royal Show also.
Today was assessment day for Dolce. As Mischa came into season early she only attended one obedience class this semester. Dolce only attended half the classes so i had fairly low expectations come assessment day. In a very warm 22 degrees I'm pleased to announce Dolce passed the Advanced course. He was only 1 point behind 3rd place and there was only a point each between all three placings. So proud of my little boy.
Next semester is over the hottest part of the year so i think we might rest him as he really doesnt cope with the heat and instead we might get Mischa through Advanced whilst taking Dolce to some evening Instructor training sessions when its a little cooler.
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