While I was largely taking a break from the show ring this weekend and instead got to know my couch again, some of the Armahani boys were out there gunning it! I should stay on the couch more often!
Big congratulations to Bianca Ralphs with Lumi (Gr Ch Armahani Diamond Davvir (AI) CD RN JDX ADX ET who earned the last quallie they needed for his Agility Dog Open (ADO) title, being I think the first Lappie in Australia with an open title.
To Kat Yeap with Tortik (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Halu (AI) RN JC) who spent the first part of the weekend at a rally trial earning his Rally Advanced (RA) title in 3 straight passes (including a 1st place), and followed it up with his first JD pass at an agility trial today.
And to Nicole Wain with young Leevi (Armahani Kunzite Kuutamo (AI)) who finished off his Rally Novice (RN) title today (also with 3 straight passes)!
Three very skilled women, with three pretty awesome boys. Thank you ladies for bringing lots of cheers to my weekend and well done again.
Big congratulations to Shell today who ventured out with Squiggle (Ch Neut Ch Armahani Diamond Dansut (AI) CCD RA AD JD SPD SD HT ET JC WPD FMX ) and Slinky (Ch Armahani Iolite Ihana (AI) JC) this weekend to an agility.
Squiggle continued her winning ways, gaining quallies in Jumping Dog Excellent (3rd place), Gamblers Dog (4th place), and Snooker Dog Excellent (4th place) as well as a 1st place JDX NQ and a 2nd place ADX NQ.
It was Slinky's first attempt in the agility trial ring and she came home with her first quallie in Snooker Dog, and well as a 3rd place JD NQ.
Fantastic results for this mother and daughter team!
It has been a long and arduous journey for Baby (Am Ch Ch Calaban's Dirty Dancing RA JC ET (Imp USA)) over the last six months. Diagnosed with medial shoulder instability, with tears of her right medial glumohumeral ligament, she has spent that time living in a shoulder brace and undergoing fairly intensive treatment and rehab. We spend approximately two hours a day (sometimes more) undertaking her exercise and treatment regime, as well as countless vet visits.
Over the last month or so, we've been able to remove her shoulder brace for walks and exercises, and last Monday she received the all clear to re enter the show ring.
Given it was Australia's first FCI show at the Adelaide International this weekend, we used it as a debut opportunity. While Baby was the only Lappie bitch competing, she still needed to receive an excellent grading from the judge and declared worthy to earn the CACIB, which she thankfully did.
We still have a long way to go before Baby is 100%, and it will be quite some time before she is competing in other sports, but we finally have some light at the end of what has been at times a very dark tunnel.
Simone Dillon and I took the long outback drive to Broken Hill this weekend to enjoy some real country showing At the Silver City Kennel Club shows. While I used to do the Broken Hill shows quite regularly when I was a Mildura local, it has been a super long time, and I must say it was lovely to be back and see so many familiar faces.
Both dogs had a super weekend. Tortik (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Halu (AI) RN JC) walked away with a Best in Group and Aus Bred in Group under judge M Derbyshire (NSW), and Aus Bred in Group under judge V Morrow (NSW) and a Runner Up Best in Group and Aus Bred in Group under judge M Hoy (NSW).
Piper (Armahani Kunzite Kruunu (AI)) was awarded two Junior in Groups under V Morrow and M Hoy. But most importantly she ended the weekend with enough points to be have earned her Australian Championship title!
Way to go Piper!!
It was Tortik (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Halu (AI) RN JC)'s forth birthday today, and we headed out to Euroa for a lovely country show.
He had a great celebration, earning Runner Up Best in Group, with a big thanks to Western Australian judge Ms P Campbell for the recognition of my special boy.
A big congratulations to Shell, who took the young Slinky (Ch Armahani Iolite Ihana (AI) JC) for her first attempt in the herding trial today. She easily passed her instinct test and then was allowed to progress onward for her first go at her herding test, again doing very well and earning her first quallie.
I understand the judge was very impressed with this special crazy girl, and we look forward to what her future holds.
We ventured out to the Colac Kennel Club for their double championship show yesterday with some lovely company to be had.
Very proud of Tortik (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Halu (AI) RN JC) who was BOB at both shows, and made Runner Up Best in Group at the morning show under New South Wales judge, Miss B Daines.
Then today we got the fantastic news that young Leevi (Armahani Kunzite Kuutamo (AI)), much to my surprise, had been in his first rally trial with owner Nicole Wain. He did an awesome job, earning his first quallie in Rally Novice, with a 4th place at the Berwick trial.
Quite a weekend for the lads!
Super proud of Rachael and Benni (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Hulivili (AI)) who today earned his ET title!
The ET is earned through a 20km run (most handlers on a bike) broken into three legs with strict vet checks before, after and between legs. It requires a good deal of conditioning leading up to it and Rachael has been working really hard getting Benni ready over the last few months.
It is pretty daunting leading into it, and you really feel like you are going to never make it (I did my first last year) so I know how nervous Rachael has been.
Way to go. It is an achievement to be really proud of.
The Lappie Border Challenge - a fun competition between the Finnish Lapphund Clubs of Victoria and NSW held at the Deniliquin Kennel Club's weekend of shows in Albury - is one of my favourite show weekends of the year. It is always just a good fun time where we get together, socialise, cheer each other on, pretend to booo for the other "team" and in reality completely break down the normal barriers that can spring up on occasion in the dog show world. It reminds us all of what dog showing can be about.
I've had to miss the last couple of years, as puppies have been here at the time, so it was pretty exciting to be back again in 2018. Even more special was Rachael being able to come over with Benni to truly make it a family affair, and Cherelle also making the trip with Taija.
We had a pretty good weekend results wise too. Tortik (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Halu (AI) RN JC) was RUBOB twice and BOB once during the weekend, while brother Benni (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Hulivili (AI)) was BOB on one of those occasions. Loki Bear took Best Intermediate of Breed against some serious competition all three days, converting it to Intermediate in Group (against some REALLY serious competition) on one of them. Leevi was Junior of Breed all three days. And Taija took home two Neuter in Groups for the weekend.
Most importantly VICTORIA took home the trophy again! Proud to be part of it, even if Loki Bear was competing for "the enemy" ;)
The first part of the year seems to have been super busy, and as a consequence, I've got completely behind in the news.
So what has happened ..... from memory, Bennigan (Ch Armahani Heliodorr Hulivili) competed in Tasmanian show dog of the year for 2017 and Fleur (Ch Armahani Iolite Ilo) in puppy of the year - and have celebrated by making coming babies together (due at Zuleika Kennels)!
Tortik (Ch Armahani Helodorr Halu JC RN) earned his Rally Novice title under the very capable hands of Kat. Veikko (Ch & Neut Ch Armahani Diamond Danust CCD RA AD JD SPD SD HT ET JC WPD FMX) earned her Agility Dog title with Shell. And has just this weekend been competing in the Agility Nationals here in Victoria, going home with two JDX passes and a SPDX pass with lappie partner Thor.
And (pictured) Tortik and I headed to the Finnish Lapphund Club of NSW's specialty where he followed up last year's BISS to earn RUBISS under Finnish specialist Tapio Kakko, with his son Loki Bear (Armahani Jade Jylha) going Limit in Show and being taken down to the final 5 males. He continued up the next day by going RDCC and RUBOB at the Sydney Royal.
Aside from that there have been shows, including several classes in group. But a lot of our time has been spent in vet consultations and doing some fairly intensive rehab with Baby, who injured her shoulder late last year. It has been a fairly emotionally up and down time, and hard to be positive at times. Baby will still be out of the show ring for sometime, and out of performance work for sometime longer.
In the meantime I will attempt to keep a little more up to date with the news!