What an amazing national specialty we had! We took home ribbons in every class we exhibited in and even took high honors in several large competitions.
We started off with the Working Sweepstake entries. Nyssa took a fourth place ribbon in Intermediate Working Sweeps Bitches and Haku won his Advanced Working Sweeps class and went on to the judging for the Best in Working Sweeps. These competitors were the winners of each of the novice, intermediate, and advanced level classes for both dogs and bitches. Haku's sister, Meka, was chosen as Best in Working Sweeps, and Haku was selected as Best of Opposite in Working Sweeps (they will chose the best of each sex). This was such a special win as I truly love the working aspect of the breed and all these competitors have proven their dedication to train and work their dogs. A very special win with judge Laurie Stone.
Next was the judging for the girls and Kida was entered and won a 3rd place in the Open Bitches class under judge Lia Benson. I am very proud of her as it was her first big show with a handler she did not know and was nervous. She went in again as part of a group for the judging of Brood Bitch and was entered as one of three 'get' for her dam, BIS GCH Double Helix LIve from the PIston Cup (Puma). They all showed beautifully and Puma was awarded first place. Quite an honor!
Kida went in again with Haku as they were shown together with one handler in a class called Brace. They were selected by judge Mardee Ward as the second place team. Then, judging for the best of the best. The champions and group winners competed for the Best in the Specialty under judge Mardee Ward. This event was so exciting and tense. At ringside, every eye watched every detail and dogs were cut from each of 10 groups. There would be many more cuts as the pool became smaller and smaller from around 100 to the the final groups of dogs and bitches. Amazingly, Haku made each of the cuts and moved up the line until the last move placed him second behind the favorite, Tango. Tango did win BISS and Haku was awarded Select Dog which is 2nd place dog with a 5 point major toward a Grand Championship title. He amazed everyone with his graceful movement and structure and has now become quite the topic of conversations. Pretty good showing for a working dog that rarely shows!!!
Amazing! Very proud of mny little gang and appreciative of all those who helped. Memories made for a lifetime!