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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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