Zeke awarded Best Dog at the FLCV Specialty Show. What a day. While i was enjoying the sunshine standing around a paddock watching dogs chase plastic bags (Lure Coursing) i received the exciting news that Zeke (Caleebra Fearless Hero (AI)) had been awarded Best Dog at the FLCV Specialty Open Show. Not in my wildest dreams had i expected that. I still think of him as such a baby, like his sister, Winter.
It was bittersweet for me, as I couldn't be there in person. I can't believe I actually suggested to Zeke's owners that they didn't really need to go as I couldn't be there to help them.
Robyn Sharp (Janoby Kennels) handled him to that win and i'm so incredibly grateful.
For Best in Show Zeke was beaten by a bitch with multiple international titles, and runner up went to an Australian Grand Champion. Not bad company at all.
Winter earned her Junior Courser Title the same day Zeke was strutting around the show ring. She's such a little trooper and so easy going. She's worked out the Lure Coursing game now though and enjoys herself immensely.
She's also had some success in the show ring, beating her mother quite a few times (helped that Summer is out of coat) and is now so close to her title. Of course she picked that moment to come into season, missing 11 local shows, and now nothing locally for a few months. Oh well, she'll get there when she gets there.
A few weeks later and an in-season Winter i felt was sure to ruin my chances at the double Rally trial in Canberra. But surprisingly Dolce still had plenty of focus, and pulled off 2 very nice Rally Excellent passes with 4th place in both trials. Just one to go now for his title.
Summer found the 6hr wait between runs a little too much and lost her focus for the last trial, but scraped through with 2 passes including a 5th place in the first trial, to earn her Rally Novice Title.
Lexie also lost her brain on her 2nd trial but gained a beautiful pass in the morning trial towards her Rally Advanced titles
Vader completes another leg of her Working Pack Dog Title. Unfortunately an accident has Vader on crate rest for 6 weeks and she'll miss completing the last leg for the title this year.
Eva was the surprise though. Wendy has been super keen to get back into dog things with Eva and finally it all came together. She pulled out some beautiful passes to earn her Rally Novice Title. So proud of this fantastic pair.