Three weeks ago I dropped off Miki to handler Diane Biggar for socialization. He wasn't walking on the leash very well at that point, and strollers, clapping and other "oddities" bothered him. Well, the little fellow has come a long way...
Entered for fun at the Thousand Islands Kennel Club (TIKO) dog show, he did great his first time out. Winners/Best of Winners/Best of Opposite Sex/ Best Puppy in Breed for 3 points. He went on to win Best Puppy in Group!
I didn't go the first day, but went today. Just before Shelties were judged there was a downpour. I stayed in my car with the wipers going watching as the Hound Group was judged. The poor dogs wondered why they had to go around in the rain. It more or less stopped, but when the Shelties went in, it started up again. Miki isn't much of a mudder, but did well enough to win Winners Dog. I went in with my jeans and pink boots and handled him to Best of Winners and Best Puppy in Breed. So off to the Puppy Group!
The rain held off and he showed like a little trooper.
Judge June Penta awarded Miki Best Puppy in Group. She just loved him.
On to judge Gerard Penta for Best Puppy in Show.
Best Puppy in Show! I said to her as she was leaving the ring that she was a rock star! She has handled our dogs five times in the ring and has won points all five times!
Diane and Miki; he just adores her!
Thank you Diane!
Addendum: Miki scores a hat-trick, winning WD/BW and on to Puppy Group the Sunday to finish!
Thanks to Connie for her help while we were out of town for a few days. We had started supplementing her with a bottle, as she just wasn't gaining weight like she should. With Connie she gained over three ounces in the three days we were gone. It seems she has turned the corner and is now doing really well. She is over 14 ounces and very plump. What is also helping is that Emma has become more motherly and is cleaning her; something she didn't do at first.
Interesting to see the colour change from the photos of her at three days old. What is also noticeable is the black around her right eye is much more solid now...so she looks like a raccoon with two eye patches!
It is not apparent to my eyes when I look at her, but in these shots it sure looks like she is a bi-factored blue; the tan is becoming visible on her cheeks and a dot above the eye.
We took "LuAnne" (BISS Am/Can Ch Laureate Louisiana) to her last show on Sunday. At every stage of her life, she has been a breeder's dream. She won Best in Specialty Match under the late Mona Hartwig in 1996, and at that show there was a group of breeders that wanted to start a syndicate of ownership; they said we could keep our names on her as well! Haha! She was brought out only once to an all-breed show as a Special and won a Group First. We wanted to reserve her for Specialties and only showed her selectively. So, over the years she won 13 Specialty Bests including the Canadian National, and four BISS at the DCSSA Specialty (every time she was shown). At ASSA, she won Best of Opposite Sex in 2005 and two Awards of Merit from the Veterans Class...in 2006 and 2009.
It was hot and muggy...hard on the old girl. Pete wet some little cloths and put them under her feet to help cool her down.
Line up with BIS Am/Can Ch Shelhaven Sweet Seduction and Todd Foley, BISS Am/Can Ch Toven Rikadon Makin' Waves with Shelley McHugh-Boumans, LuAnne and the Winners Dog, Avebury Grandgables The Graduate with Guy Jeavons. Tom Coen looking at the dogs from the other side... Keeping my eye on the judge...
Showing her outline which was always one of her strengths. She still has a strong back, and lovely elevation of head. She won Best in Specialty...a fitting way to end her career!
On Tuesday, LuAnne's great-great granddaughter "Emma" gave birth to a single puppy. We knew there was only one puppy, having had her up to the Vet for an ultrasound and X-Ray. We only hoped the baby would be female; and we are happy to say she is. It took her about two minutes before she took a breath and an hour or so before she was breathing without effort.
Pretty sure she is bi-blue...time will tell. I haven't seen any brown under her tail. My fingers are crosses as that would be so fitting! Sired by Ch Lynphil Timeless Piece http://www.lynphilshelties.com/jasper.htm