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Monday, April 27, 2009

LuAnne: Then and Now

LuAnne at eight weeks of age. She was our first blue merle and our smallest puppy born that has ever survived! She weighed only 2 1/2 ounces at birth! I didn't leave the whelping area for three days...every time she moved, I put her on Lexus to nurse. Luckily, she was a survivor!

We have just returned home from Georgia, having attended the 2009 ASSA National. We are delighted that the three we brought all won their classes, with Cocoa also winning her Futurity class and LuAnne an Award of Merit.
I agonized on whether to bring LuAnne. She has had success at the National level in the past (BOS 2005, AOM 2006), but I have not shown her at ASSA since she was a puppy in Chicago. Pete wanted to see me in the ring with her, so in the end she made the 2,000 km journey along with Cocoa and Stormy. Once she was there, I agonized whether or not to show her. LuAnne in the past would cut her corners, and she doesn't like slippery footing. The ring had concrete floors (slippery) however, they were matted two wide. By Friday, I was pretty much committed to giving it a go...though I didn't sleep well the night before, and was pretty anxious the day of the show.
So at two months shy of 13 years she returned to the ring for first time since 2006. She entered the ring to thunderous applause, and she had a HUGE smile on her face and was so happy! She moved well, she didn't pull, didn't slip, and had a wonderful time! Every hair stood up on my body, it was such a thrill. She won her VERY competitive class and on Saturday went back in for the Breed competition. She was a crowd favorite, and every time she moved, the place erupted in applause. It was a wonderul moment, a memory to last a lifetime. Thank you LuAnne...thank you Rachael, Diane and Julie for helping with her hair; and mostly, thank you Pete for suggesting we do this!


Daniela April 27, 2009 at 2:27 PM  

Congratullations for results! LuAnne is só beutiful!

windsor Shelties April 27, 2009 at 4:02 PM  

Congrats on your wins at National I was so happy when I saw that you had won some class you need those wins after the week you had been through.

So again a big congrats. LuAnne is stunning.


Mont'Alves April 27, 2009 at 4:33 PM  

Congratulations Kim and Pete.
See Kim why wife's should always listen what husbands say ihihihihihihih !!!!!!!!!!!!
Many kisses from Portugal

Jo Ann April 27, 2009 at 5:29 PM  


I can't remember the last time I saw LuAnne looking so beautiful and showing SO well. At her age, it is truly incredible, she looked just awesome!

You didn't look at all nervous but I can just imagine how you must have felt bringing out your precious girl with strong, worthy competition.

I was so happy I got to see her class. It was a big highlight for me. I won't soon forget it.

Yay to Pete for the push. He was right!

Jo Ann

OBay Shelties April 27, 2009 at 6:04 PM  

Thank God you had something to focus on and something good happen this past week. Luanne knew you needed her to do well; these shelties just know what we need.! :-)

chenn April 27, 2009 at 8:45 PM  

What a wonderful time! LuAnne is one of the most beautiful girls. Hi Kim I will send some photo of Luanne show in the ring.:)

Julie April 27, 2009 at 10:05 PM  

I can just picture LuAnne with her smile. She is just a pure beauty. I hope LuAnne enjoys her glory. Congrats to you and Pete!

Aspengrove Shelties Fantasias Collies April 27, 2009 at 11:53 PM  

Congrats on all your wins as ASSA LuAnne is just breath taking. I wish I could of been there to watch you show, but I loved seeing all the pictures of her.

Cool Design Shelties April 28, 2009 at 8:43 AM  

Congratulations with the greats wins at the National :o)


Siara Shelties April 28, 2009 at 12:55 PM  

Hi Kim. Once again, congratulations on your girls wins. LuAnne deserves her applause from the audiences!!

Ana Pires April 28, 2009 at 1:14 PM  

Congratulations Kim! What a well deserved win:)


Heather April 28, 2009 at 7:42 PM  

Kim & Pete,
Congratulations on each of your outstanding wins with your special girls!!! Your Shelties are amazing ... the quality, soundness, consistency, and stunning beauty!! LuAnne is absolutely gorgeous!!

Laureate April 30, 2009 at 8:38 AM  

Thank you all for your comments! What was fun was seeing how much LuAnne enjoyed being out...she was even flirting with the young boys in the yard!

Bandit looked truly amazing, and it is too bad that the judges can't pull more than one from the Veterans class for AOM's.

Josh and Jess May 1, 2009 at 8:36 PM  

Congratulations on your wins at National!! LuAnne is such a beauty!!!! :-)

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