Today the gorgeous Alleria received her final points towards her title. We are so proud of Alleria, the little 'mini-Dolce' and her wonderful and devoted owner, Leah. Alleria was a late comer to the show ring and Leah has been slowly collecting the points needed to attain Alleria's title. Along the way she's been up against some stiff competition, regularly the 'bridesmaid' in reserve to the more mature girls on the Sydney show scene.
We rather expect that Alleria and Leah will still be venturing out to occassional shows, but they'll also be turning their attention to some more sports, including Flyball, where they've been regulars at training for months, and just waiting for her to be mature enough to start piecing it all together and get ready to race.
We can hardly wait to see what the future holds for the beautiful Alleria and Leah.
Today, Lexie received the final points towards her Australian Champion Title.
We couldn't be more proud of this lovely girl and her dedicated and devoted owner.
Lexie spent far more time at Obedience classes than shows so we're especially proud that she achieved her points just after her 1st birthday, and now her owner plans to spend even more time in the Obedience ring, having also enrolled Lexie into Rally-O for 2015.
Lexie was the first born puppy here at Caleebra and is from our gorgeous boy, Dolce and resembles her beautiful dam, Summer. Right from the start we had an eye on her and we're just so pleased with how she's maturing. But even more importantly, she's devoted to her owners and they spare no effort in ensuring she is loved and adored. We will continue to cheer them on in whatever they decide to pursue next and give thanks every day that they accepted the lovely Lexie-lou into their home and hearts.
Our first litter, the offspring of our handsome Dolce and gorgeous Summer turned one today. I can hardly believe how fast the time has gone. We receive regular updates and photos of them through the year but also managed to get some 'Birthday' photos of the gorgeous youngsters.
27 July 2014 we received the following cute photo of our dear handsome Django (Caleebra Giorgio Armani) with the wonderful news that he was once again top of his class in Obedience and has graduated to the next level (Level 3).
We are so proud of his owners, Leasa and Alex and all the obvious care and training they're putting in.
We have always called Django the 'Golden Child' as he was always the 'Good Puppy'. But it seems its truly a deserved nickname as he continues to impress us with his angelic ways. We hope he never changes.
Just a week after Django aced his end of term Obedience assessments, Lexie had her end of term assessment at her Obedience Club in Canberra and was 3rd place. She's now promoted to the Advanced class next term.
And only another week later, Alleria was also bumped up into the next class at her Obedience club.
Photos of the girls: Lexie (left) the week before, and Alleria (right) after a gruelling obedience class saw her promoted to the next level.
We're very proud of our puppies and their wonderful owners. We just know that all this training will pay off in the long run and couldn't be prouder of how very clever Summer and Dolce's babies are.
We thank our lucky stars every day for the fantastic owners who came into our lives and offered these special puppies (and their equally fabulous siblings) such a great life.
Yesterday was a bit of a surprise for all of us. Alleria's owners, Leah and Chris had entered her in a show in Sydney and our friend Shell Gurney was there to support them on the day as they get their feet. They've only been to a few shows and Leah and Alleria are still learning the intricacies of a show day. Unbeknownst to any of us before the day, the Judge, Mr F Klindrup (Denmark), actually owns and breeds Finnish Lapphunds under the prefix Mols Bjerge.
The judge was quite excited to know the Finnish Lapphund was in Australia and even asked Shell Gurney to bring her two girls Veikko and Ahsoka, (who hadn't been entered) along the next day. On Sunday, he sought them out; to discuss the breed and to express his pleasure in seeing that a breed so dear to him was also flourishing on the other side of the world.
Whilst he didn't give Alleria the Challenge points or Best of Breed (as is a common practice in Europe for young pups) he did one better, by awarding her Best Minor Puppy in Group. A wonderful result for a new show team and one we hope inspires them to keep going.
He provided the following critique:
Very promising 8 month old puppy. Beautiful head and expression, correct bite, would prefer a little bit more leg, shorter in upper arm than I would prefer, good length, correct top line, correct angulation, correct tail set, very nice all over, nice temperament. Very pleasing.
A lovely critique from a very friendly judge. What an experience for Leah and Alleria. Way to go girls!
The FLCNSW's inaugural specialty show has been and gone. We entered the show mainly to show support to the club, not actually expecting to attend, even entering Summer who is woefully out of coat after having a litter in November last year. But at the last minute we decided to make the trip. We'd entered all our dogs but took 4 up for the day (3 to show) and were met by Lexie (Summer x Dolce daughter) also competing on the day.
It's been almost a year since we've been at a show and there were a few exuberant moments with the dogs so excited to be out again that they forgot their show training.
We had a nice day out with some nice results.
Aslak Av Vintervidda (Imp NOR) awarded 1st place Baby Puppy Dog (of 2) and Baby Puppy in Show. Not bad for his first show. We hope his success and enjoyment of showing continues.
Caleebra Armani Acqua unplaced in the Baby Puppy Bitch class (of 5). She was happy to have the judge go over her, happy enough to move, but staying still in a stack is still a work in progress. She takes after her mother, in that respect.
Ch. Lecibsin Sametti (Imp UK) awarded 3rd place Intermediate Bitch (of 6).
Ch & Neut Ch Armahani Bloodstone Bilaidit RA 2nd place (of 2) Neuter bitch after skipping around the ring in her general excitement to be showing again. She was also awarded Best Coated Neuter (of 3).
Alleria (another Summer x Dolce daughter) also came along for the day to visit and spent most of it wrestling with all the other dogs, including Lexie and Aslak.
We were packed up and in the car straight after the show and headed home, arriving just after 2:30am.
The next day was a quiet one as everyone recovered.
We have a few more shows coming up over the next few months with our new boy Aslak hitting the show scene in Victoria
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