Five weeks after the American Nationals – the clan travelled west with Marlene Ness and Mark Ragusa to compete at the Canadian National Specialty in Edmonton. Once again, even though I couldn’t get the time to make the entire trip, I did manage to fly out Friday for the judging, getting home almost midnight on Sunday and going into work from a motel near the airport on Monday morning.
The Canadian National was judged this year by Diane Baillie – a Pembroke breeder/judge from Australia. Sweepstakes were judged by Dave Brunnel, a German Shepherd breeder from the west.
In Sweeps, all of the puppies won their classes, Amigo, Dragoon and Chaverah, but the only other dog entered won Best in Sweeps. Chaverah was the Best of Opposite in Sweeps (pictured here with the specialty judge who gave her 1st in her class).
Hunter was the winner of the Veteran Sweepstakes.
The specialty itself was a bit of a juggernaut for us, with dogs I own and dogs of my breeding bringing home everything but the bitch and unofficial classes.
Amigo (Yasashiikuma Friend of Mine) won the 6-9 month old class and brought home Reserve Winners Dog and Best Puppy, just like his mother, when she was Reserve Winners Bitch and Best Puppy in the Yukon in 2004.
Chief, Yasashiikuma Burning Issue, from the Fire litter (Sonny x Cinder) finished his Canadian Championship by going Best of Winners from the Open Dog class. I am very proud of his 11 year old owner/handler Eden Dale from B.C. who earned all of his points herself. Job very well done!! I think you could have knocked her over with a feather though when the judge pointed to her I’m not sure if her feet have touched the ground for the past month.
Dolly achieved another milestone in her career – winning Best in Specialty and Best Canadian Bred. Another goal ticked off on the “to do” list. She is now a Best in Show and Best in Specialty winner, in addition to being the only Grand Champion Cardigan in Canada.
Although he made Mark work hard to earn it, Dragoon came home with Best of Opposite Sex in Specialty. He was unfortunately showing that he really is still a puppy, even though the body may appear grown up and wanted to goof around instead of showing. But to Mark’s credit he didn’t lower the boom on him, and kept his sparkle up, tough as it must have been!
The old man gave Dragoon a run for his money though. The judge said afterwards that she had actually considered him, but couldn’t give it to him because of his eyes (at 14 they are starting to cloud). He still gave a good account of himself and the judges I was mentoring at ringside were very impressed that a 14 year old could still keep up with the youngsters.
Since we were unable to get the judge for photos after the specialty (she judged Bouviers until 9:45 p.m.!!), and we weren’t sure if everyone would be around Sunday, we got this family portrait done just in case.
In the back row are:
Hunter – Best Veteran in Sweeps, Best Veteran in Specialty – with Annie Willaims.
Dolly – Best in Specialty, Best Canadian Bred – with Marlene Ness
Dragoon – Best of Opposite Sex in Specialy – with Mark Ragusa
and in front:
Amigo – Reserve Winners Dog, Best Puppy – with me
Chief – Best of Winners – with Eden