What else does one do over Easter, but enter some Rally Trials. We've done almost no training at all this year and my ankle injury about 6 weeks ago really hadn't helped with our preparations but off we went. I'm really glad we did.
On the first day, on a max'd out course (maximum number of signs, with a maximum number of the most difficult 'Excellent' signs) including stations I know are not Mischa's strong suit, she did me super proud with a qualifying pass and a score of 80/100.
I was so relieved and pleased she had passed but had no idea until presentations at the end of the trial that Mischa had also taken 1st place on the course! I was astonished as thats not a high score by any stretch of the imagination. But I think its a testament to the difficulty of the course that a score of 80 took 1st place. It really was a tough layout. That pass also gave Mischa her 3 passes for her Rally Excellent Title. I'm so proud of Mischa and she's now probably retired from sports except for the odd outing maybe to keep her young at heart.
On Day 2, I decided to leave Mischa at home with her hu-dad. She tends to prefer it anyway. I was so nervous, as I always am, but I have no idea why. Dolce aced his course. A couple of minor errors for enthusiasm (and a typical 10 point deduction for incorrectly performing a station by taking an additional step - yep, its that tough in Excellent) and he passed with a score of 88/100. Yep, 'Dolce' only lost 2 points. Each was after a jump as he gets so excited that he bounces in front of me before returning to heel. But i'll never discourage his enthusiasm and will happily take point deductions if he's happy to be there though I might try to tidy up his returns for future trials. We were complimented several times over the weekend for Dolce's 'very promising' / 'lovely to watch' work ethic. He was a star and now has his first pass in Rally Excellent. I need to work on keeping him in the ring after the course finishes as he thinks we should be running for the rewards as soon as it ends. But I was just so happy with his work, I kept kissing him and telling him how good he was for hours afterwards. He loved all the attention and especially the treats. As usual, both nights saw me driving thru the McDonalds Drive-Thru for 'Nuggies' as their ultimate reward for dinner.
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.
Today at the Warragul and District Kennel Club (Vic) under Judge: B Doyle (Vic), Kelly-Lee took Koda out for the first time out of Baby Puppy Class.
We were so thrilled to receive the very exciting news that they won their first 'fringie' ribbon with Koda winning Minor Puppy in Group. Shows can be confusing for newcomers, so a big Thank you to Kelly-Lee for going to the show even after we pulled out (still nursing an ankle injury) and to the other lappie exhibitors for helping her be in the right places at the right time.
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.
Congratulations to Erica and Poppi on being awarded Minor Puppy in Group. We're so proud of you both.
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.
We're so excited to finally be able to announce our latest addition. The beautiful Elsa (Yes, named for the character from Disney's Frozen) is now a part of our extended family.
Her sire is the stunning and unstoppable Ukkonen av Vintervidda from Vintervidda kennels in Norway.
His sire is the hugely successful Dagolas Qultapoju and his dam is the beautiful Lumiturpa Tytön Tyllerö
Elsa's dam is the absolute little firecracker, Lapinlumon Xaana, who whilst being quite the successful show dog herself, is also from two stunning parents: Lapinlumon Elämänilo and Orso-Farm Ämmi.
The pedigree for this little puppy packs quite the punch.
Elsa will be growing up in Sweden and will enjoy a few years overseas before she finally calls Australia home.
We're very excited to watch her grow up and can hardly wait to meet the little princess.
Thrilled to get the exciting news that the darling Poppi (Caleebra Burberrys Bespoke (AI)) was awarded Best Baby Puppy in Group two nights in a row at the Canine Fundraiser show in Western Australia.On Saturday night under Judge Ms J Seary (NSW) and Sunday under Judge Mr J Sheppard (NSW). We're so proud of the hard work and training they've been putting in and trust this is only the beginning of their adventures together. Way to go Ladies :)
The 'Fantastic', 'Wonderful', 'Cuddly', 'Clown' otherwise known as Missy, Lapinlumon Xametti made her show debut in Norway at the 'Letohallen Romjulsutstilling' show (quite a mouthful). Missy was awarded 1st place in the 4-6 month puppy bitch class. Then the 4-6 and 6-9 month classes compete for BOB Puppy. All up there were 12 Puppies across the 2 age groups and Missy came out on top, taking Best of Breed Puppy. What a little star.
Many Thanks to Christian and to Per Ola who handles and presents her so perfectly. Missy's critique from the Danish judge Gunnar Nymann:
5 months old. Nice proportions and a very feminine and appealing head. Correct scissor bite. Correct stop, cheeks and skull. Nice ears. Good neck and topline. Well angulated. Super movement from the side. A little narrow from behind, acceptable in front.
We have more exciting news. We are now co-owners of the delightful fluffy black and tan Lapphund known as Missy. Lapinlumon Xametti to be more precise. We are truly excited to be a part of this gorgeous girls future. You can read more about her here
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.
With puppies only a few days old it was rather ambitious of me to enter a double Rally trial. But i told myself if i didn't go then the next one would be forever away and i was only going to get busier.
So at silly o'clock in the morning and running on nothing resembling decent sleep i bundled Dolce and Mischa into the car and we headed to the Dogs Victoria Inaugural State Rally Trial at KCC Park.
The ground was incredibly soggy but the weather was lovely. After several hours of waiting we finally got to go in with Dolce first up. He only needed the one pass in Advance (And i'd already told myself that was my main goal). It wasn't his best performance but he did get his pass and now has enough qualifications to get his Rally Advance title. I was especially pleased that he wasn't distracted by any of the other dogs trialling and practicing around him even if it took all his willpower. He's come so far and i'm very proud of him.
A few more hours and the lack of sleep developed into a nasty headache. Mischa was surprisingly not in the mood for her trial with me having to encourage her around the first half before i stumbled through one station with her, flustered, misread the next station and cost us enough points that we didn't pass.
With it already being after 1pm, and dozens of dogs to go, and an hour long break before the start of the second trial, I decided to take our one pass and call it a day. The dogs were happy to be in the car and we stopped for the traditional McDonalds McBites treats on the way home to share with Summer.
Photos below: trying to get that perfect shot of Dolce. Just love him.
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 Armani Collection have all departed for new homes across the states of Australia.
We have been hearing stories about their progress with their new families and the delight they are bringing their owners. We are so thrilled to have such happy, vibrant puppies, bringing so much joy to their new owners.
Their registration papers are back and our webpages have been updated. There is more information on the litter here. Photos below taken at 8 weeks by our wonderful friend at MG Studios
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