We entered 4 Championship Shows and an Open show over the Queens Birthday weekend.
Koda came home for the weekend and we really want to have him out and about as much as we can while he's still young and socialising so he's thoroughly used to being in the ring with other dogs. So it was great to see a few entries for the weekend.
Summer decided just 2 weeks ago that she didn't need her coat anymore and i was hoping she'd still look respectable on the weekend as she's shedding coat thick and fast at the moment.
It seemed her new streamlined self caught the judges eye as she did incredibly well over the weekend, taking 3 out of the 4 Bitch Challenges and a tidy 31 points. She converted 2 of them to Runner Up Best of Breed, earning herself a pretty ribbon at the Spitz Show, sponsored by the FLCV.
Koda also had a good weekend. He was handled by several new people and is getting the hang of standing still, though gaiting and being examined is still a bit of a work in progress, with him getting better as the weekend went on.
Aslak also did nicely, scoring two Reserve Dog Challenges. No points, unfortunately, but he gave a good account of himself and didn't put a foot wrong all weekend.
The dogs were all on their best behaviour and did everything asked of them so I couldn't be prouder.
Of course, the usual 'Nuggies' were purchased on the way home. Koda is a bit of a fan of this tradition and enthusiastically joined in on dinner celebrations
Well it was a bit of a whirlwind weekend as we headed to Sydney early on Saturday, to show at the 2nd FLCNSW Specialty Show.
I borrowed Koda for the weekend and he was behaving just like a typical puppy and I wasn't sure what we'd see in the ring. But it turns out he was a little rock star. He was the only one in his class but even standing in the hot sun for the Challenge lineup, he was a little champion, standing when i asked, moving when we needed to, and being sheltered from the sun by me and getting tummy rubs when we could relax a little. I was so proud of Koda, he did so well this weekend.
Koda was eventually awarded Minor Puppy in Show, with his sister, Boo, taking Opposite Minor Puppy in Show.
Aslak, shown by Megan, was the perfect superstar he always is and won the Junior Dog Class and took Opposite Junior in Show.
Dolce was in fine form, annoyed at all the barking dogs, he'd had enough before we even entered the ring and made me work incredibly hard for a surprise 2nd place in the Aust Bred Dog class.
As I wasn't sure how my injured ankle would hold up I'd already made the decision to hand over the girls.
Summer was handled by Linda to win the Open Bitch Class and then take Reserve Bitch Challenge and Opposite Open in Show.
Mischa was handled by her breeder, Jacq, and took 2nd in the Neuter Bitch Class.
There were also a few property classes and collectively the Caleebra crew won:
Best Breeders Team - With Koda(B), Lexie(A), Alleria(A) and Boo(B).
Best Coated Bitch - Alleria
Best Headed Dog - Aslak
The following day was the Royal. I withdrew Dolce and showed Koda and Summer, both took 2nd place in their classes.
I decided to take Aslak and Summer for a trip to Canberra for the Royal Show. Entries were due in months ago and at the time i wasn't sure if Summer would have her coat back in time. Surprisingly she's almost back in full coat, and just growing past that fluffy, puffy looking stage.
I injured my ankle a few weeks ago so I'd already decided I couldn't show either of them myself, and it was a bit of a nailbiter, as Summers handler arrived as the Baby Puppy Dog was being judged but fortunately the judging was at a reasonable pace and there was plenty of time to get into the ring.
Royal Canberra Show Best of Breed went to Summer.
Runner up Best of Breed and Dog Challenge went to Aslak.
Linda handled Summer through to the Group and Jeanette handled Aslak. Both the dogs did their very best and I couldn't be happier with their results as they both did so well on the day.
Other highlights included seeing Lexie and Alleria again. The first time i've seen them since the NSW show about 10 months ago. They're so grown up now and looking like Junior girls. Coat dropping on both, although Alleria has so much coat that its not as noticeable and they both showed well on the day. I was so proud of all of the Caleebra crew. It was a long drive home and we're tired but happy. And now having a break until the next big trip north, at the end of the month.
It was an epic weekend of showing for us with 6 shows from Friday through Monday with a day off on Sunday. Results were pretty amazing actually and we're really happy with how our dogs went.
The dogs have had an incredibly long time away from the show ring with the exception of the NSW Specialty a couple of months ago, so it was quite a big change of pace to suddenly be showing for consecutive days, and at very late shows with us spending nearly 12 hours at the grounds for Friday and Saturdays shows.
It was my first time handling Aslak again since the NSW show and I messed him up in the Friday AM show, with him taking 2nd place (of 2) in his class. By the afternoon show we were working as a team and Aslak won his class and was also the Reserve Dog Challenge winner.
Megan handled him for the rest of the weekend and he continued to do really well, winning his class and another Reserve Dog Challenge, before taking Minor Puppy in Show at the FLCV Specialty.
I'd entered the Spitz show months ago and bumped Aslak up into the older class to avoid clashes with Fenix in the Minor class (who was absent on the day) and he did pretty well, taking a 2nd place (of 3) against older competition. He didn't miss a beat all weekend and is so easy going we just love seeing this little guy doing so well.
Summer also did really well on the weekend being awarded 1 x Best of Breed, 1 x Runner up Best of Breed, 2 x Reserve Bitch Challenge and Opposite Intermediate in Show at the FLCV Specialty. She was a little star the whole weekend too and was very happy to come home and receive cuddles.
Mischa was also entered as she enjoys earning treats and showing off, with practice shows (and 2 x Neuter of Breed) on Saturday and taking 2nd place (of 2) in the Neuter Bitch class at the Specialty. She won a bottle of Chardonnay but as she's too young to drink, we'll toast her when we open it later.
Aslak has gone home to Megan and we won't see him again for a little while as his next shows are the Border Challenge weekend at Albury. We are sure he and Megan will have a great time.
We grabbed a few candid (phone) photos which aren't great quality but the dogs don't mind, as long as there's treats involved.
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
Aslak from Vintervidda Kennels in Norway will soon be calling Australia home.
Christian selected this ridiculously chunky monkey to come to us, believing it 'not fair' that he have all the fun and spoils, having two half brothers of Aslak at home: the very successful Ukkonen and handsome Elias, both of whom Aslak closely resembles, and we really are incredibly grateful to have been afforded this opportunity.
Those who know of our heartbreak last year with the loss of our beloved puppy Titan will notice that Aslak shares the same Dam, Lumiturpa Tytön Tyllerö and this was a huge factor in our decision to import this handsome boy. We adore Tyllerö and were devastated to lose Titan at not even 16 months old. With my heart still raw with pain, our own litter only 2 days older than Tyllerö's, and then notice of the impending changes to Australia's quarantine laws all crashing in at once, I submitted an Import Application with quarantine, effectively a place holder, giving me time for the litters to grow up and to think about what I wanted to do.
Not sure i would actually cope with having such a strong reminder of Titan in a half sibling of his at home, I approached Megan of Aetherglow Kennels about the option of co-owning him with us. Megan had also been a fan of Titan and understood exactly where i was coming from: delighted to be able to recapture some of him but anxious that i wasn't emotionally ready. We also have different lines at home and feel Aslak will be complementary to both of our breeding programs without overlapping pedigrees or compromising on those ideals we hold important. And so Aslak will be co-owned with and live with Megan and the Aetherglow crew, though we will be having frequent visits from him here at home too.
The last few days, i've seen and heard more and more and had a bit of time to appreciate this puppy for himself and i'm really delighted that Christian has agreed to let him go. He's drawn a lot of comparisons to Ukkonen and suggested that he'd be perfect for his breeders team (a common show entry in Europe) alongside his two half brothers. We're just very lucky that Christian likes us enough to send this little guy our way and we are excited to finally meet him in a few weeks.
Photos of Aslak by Vintervidda Kennels © Caleebra
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