Another new Champion and Show of Shows

Last weekend was the Ottawa Kennel Club show and Show of Shows, an invitational show open only to Best in Show winners. Dolly qualified by virtue of her BIS win in Sudbury in August.

At the all-breed show Dragoon was Best of Winners all three days, and is now CHAMPION YASASHIIKUMA LEST WE FORGET. This is an awesome picture, thank goodness for a good photographer to capture this moment.

Dolly set another Canadian record. The Show of Shows is a formal event and each group is judged by three judges who score the dogs. Their scores are tallied and the four group placements announced at the end group by group, from group one through to group 7.

Since I had woken up at 1:30 a.m. with a nightmare, and been up at 6 for the show, it was a VERY long days since the show didn’t even start till 7:30 p.m. First the dignitaries were piped in and introduced, and then the junior handling finals were done before the judging began.

For the herding group we drew Leslie Rogers from BC, and Shari Robinson and Joseph Lobb from Ontario. Since no Cardigan who has won a BIS including Maggie, Admiral and Zack has ever placed at the Show of Shows, I didn’t hold out a lot of hope.

By the time the group placements were being announced it was about 10:40 p.m. and I was starting to doze. I never expected to get called back in. They then announced “For the herding group – we need in no particular order – the Bearded Collie, the Cardigan…..

THE CARDIGAN??? I was awake!!

They announced from 4th place up. I would have been happy with the 4th, but it went to the Shetland Sheepdog – #10 Herding dog in the country. Group 3rd went to the Briard. I was so excited I couldn’t sit still – Dolly was either #2 or #1!!! As it turns out she was #2, losing only to the Bearded Collie – #10 dog all breeds in the country and #2 herding dog.

The formal photo should be in the mail to me tomorrow – and will hopefully hit the blog on the weekend. It was quite the performance getting all the judges, the trophies, the handler and dog all together and looking good. Dolly kept looking back at the line of judges going “Why are you all here??”. But Dean did manage to pull off a nice shot of her…I’ve actually seen it, but it couldn’t be printed in time for me to bring it home.

In the meantime here are a couple of candids that I shot of Dolly and Colin.

This girl has truly had a record breaking year:
April – Best of Winners – CWCCA National specialty
April – Winners Bitch – 1st AOM – Three Trails Regional specialty
All breed record to date:
1 Best in Show – 3 Group 1′s, 6 Group 2′s, 4 Group 3′s, 7 Group 4′s
#26 Herding dog in Canada

She is the first Canadian bred Cardigan to win a BIS in 21 years, and the very first bitch and she is the first Canadian Bred bitch to win a BIS.

And now she is it he ONLY Cardigan to actually take a group placing at the Show of Shows.

Keep climbing Dolly!!

Happy Birthday Dragoon

His birthday is not really untill tomorrow – Rememberance Day – but it seemed more appropriate to post this today.

In honour of his birth date, and the regiment for which he is named, I asked Shannon to do a more serious caricature of Dragoon, which symbolizes the honour and respect for the fallen heroes who gave all that we can enjoy the freedoms many of us take for granted.

LEST WE FORGET

Eden and the Chief

One of the most frustrating things that seems to be happening lately is that the most important wins are being captured in the worst photos – Dolly’s BOW at the National, and her Best in Show for example. However, this was an amazing win for a new “team” and needs to be celebrated.

“Chief” Best of Winners – Judge: James Frederiksen (TN, USA)

Huge congratulations go out to Eden and her puppy Chief (Yasashiikuma Burning Issue) on their very successful performance at the Lower Mainland Dog Fanciers show in British Columbia. In an entry of 3 dogs and 7 class bitches and a special – they came in Reserve on Saturday, and won Best of Winners on Sunday – for a 3 POINT WIN!! Nothing like getting the “major” in style!

Thank you to Dayl and Yolanda, and all of the others who cheered them on. This was Eden’s first show handling and one I’m sure she’ll remember for a long time!