Monday, August 3, 2009

Our Recent Wins

Just back from a 10 hour drive to Canfield Ohio for a Bull Terrier specialty put on by the Buckeye Bull Terrier Club. It is a great weekend on a sprawling fairgrounds and weather usually plays into the picture. In years past we have had faint worthy heat. This year we had rain with flooding on Friday. I was wearing knee high muckboots and the rain came Over my ankle. Everyone with ankle muckboots was soaked! This pic is UNDER our tent After it had Subsided LOL! You cant really tell but the water was flowing. You could have had rubber duck races.
This is my local friend Patti. She came out in the pouring rain; it stopped long enough for our pic but she had to throw her shoes out when she got home! We had been on-line friends for 2 years but had never met and this was also her first dog show! We had a great time and she took all the wet and muck in stride.
Friday I was showing my puppies Rose and Huey under breeder judge Claudia Sharp. I usually "enhance" my show dogs with the appropriate "makeup" (did I just say that in a public forum?). I did powder my white Huey a bit but I decided to let Rose go in "naked". She is quite pristine and yet I have Never NOT touched her up to some degree. I have never sent a dog in the ring au naturale. But I took a long hard look at her and decided to go for it and let her stand on her own in all her glory. She is a very correct lovely girl and even though we were competing in a puppy class, I believed she could do well. And she did! She took Winners Bitch and went on to Best of Winners for a 5 point major and 2 ROM points! Her first AKC points - a nice way to start a show career. Here is a pic of her about 2 weeks before the show. She also has a perfect bite all the way around and moves freely like a dream. She has a pink show lead:) She is alllll girl.
Saturday was a BIG show - the largest bull terrier entry of the year. Mary Remer was judging and as she is slated to judge Silverwood in Oct. (our most prestigious breed event), so many people turned out to see what she thought of their dogs. Huey was in the first class of the day and he did nicely for me (he barely had 4 feet on the floor at once for Claudia the day before). He went on to Reserve Winners Dog, which was a Very nice placement for him out of the 9-12 month class. Here he is asking Mary for the win.
And here he is sitting pretty for me. I never taught him to sit. I dont teach any of my show dogs to sit! But he has done this since he was a pup. He is very attentive and that is a Good thing in a show dog. Especially the males who can be spacey and sluggish.
Then the BOV class....many gorgeous dogs came and the sun was shining, there was a slight breeze and it was a picture perfect show day. Competition was hard and Mary put us through our paces. She had us move a lot, which was great for me because Java LOVES to move! She did beautifully for me, even giving me her ears at least 50% of the time, which is 50% more than usual!

Mary pulled us out along with 2 other bitches for a last look.....and then moved us to the head of the line. We took BOV! This was a weekend of a lifetime for sure!
We had a 10 hr. drive home but we had to stay for group, this had been Such an honor. I handed Java over to Pete Denbow (see him below in an older blog entry). Here is Pete and his assistant Ryan putting some finishing touches on Java before Terrier Group.
And here is Pete getting her to pay him attention and "give her ears".
He has a sibling of Rose and Huey's and he did beautifully with her in group and Java got pulled by the judge! Here they are waiting their turn.
And here is Pete's boy, the sibling, Iko. He will be hitting the show circuit soon!
Thank you to the Buckeye Club and Congrats to all the other winners. I know of a few that finished their dogs, which is always a great feeling of accomplishment! By the way, the Vendor Dollars as prizes were GREAT! I came home with two lovely leashes. Fabulous idea!

Here is a bonus pic of Rose playing in the mud before she got bathed for the show. Wet rat!


Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

congrats on all your wins - we know nothing about shows dogs - but waht i can also say is your dogs when i met them were so sweet and well tempered.

Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ

Rockie and Sax said...

You must have been a girl scout or a Marine in your earlier years to be so prepared no matter what the weather ...
3 BTs, the never-ending assortment of goodies for prepping the dogs for the ring, food for 2 & 4 legged beings, appropriate clothing (with a coordinating) and muckboots too! Always prepared no matter what the conditions. We're impressed!!!!!
By the way ... big congratulations on such a successful weekend from all of us at Chez Cwalinski.

Rockie and Sax said...

OOPS ... my comment should have read:

3 BTs, the never-ending assortment of goodies for prepping the dogs for the ring, food for 2 & 4 legged beings, appropriate clothing (with a coordinating hats) and muckboots too! Always prepared no matter what the conditions. We're impressed!!!!!